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Rosenberg Gallery

Located in Calkins Hall, The Rosenberg Gallery presents exhibitions of professional artists to the Hofstra community. This provides students with the special opportunity to view world-class exhibitions and meet the artists in person. Past shows have included fine art and design work by nationally and internationally known figures. All exhibitions include a reception and gallery talk, which is a valuable resource for students and faculty. In addition, the gallery offers opportunities for Hofstra student interns.

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Michelle Sakhai

Michelle Sakhai - Garden of Peace
October 12-November 22
Rosenberg Gallery, Calkins Hall, 1st floor

Born in 1983, in Long Island, New York, Michelle Sakhai's extensive world travels began at an early age and her mixed heritage have shaped her as an artist. With both Persian and Japanese roots, her art derives influences from both cultures. She grew up traveling to Japan to visit her family every summer for twenty years. In Japan, Sakhai was inspired by the culture and scenery of her grandparent’s hometown, Kashiwazaki, a tiny village by the sea, surrounded by vast mountains. This special place left an indelible impression that still feeds her imagination. Sakhai’s creative perception and talent was also nurtured by her Persian culture. The exposure to both traditions in her young life has impacted her artistic vision. 

Sakhai received a Bachelor of Arts degree with high honors, majoring in Art History and minoring in Fine Arts from Hofstra University in 2004 where she currently serves on the advisory board for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She went on to receive her Masters in Fine Arts in 2010 from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA. Before obtaining her Masters, she studied in Venice, Italy, and in Barcelona, Spain, at d'Arts Plastique I Disseny (LLOTJA) with the School of Visual Arts. Sakhai also studied at the Marchutz Academy of Fine Art in Aix en Provence. In 2006, she received a grant to attend the Vermont Studio Center as a resident artist in Johnson, VT. Shortly after receiving her Masters in San Francisco, she taught Fine Art at the University of California, Berkeley.

Sakhai is represented by galleries internationally and in the U.S. 

The exhibit is open to members of the Hofstra community. Call the Department of Fine Arts, Design, Art History at 516-463-5474 for information on viewing times and social distancing protocols in the gallery.

Read a student review of Garden of Peace.