September 14, 2016

Fresco artist to present day-long workshop

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Fresco -- by strict definition, a technique of mural painting executed on wet lime plaster so the pigment becomes part of the wall -- is not a forgiving art. Mistakes require more plaster, not just more paint. 

For those up to the challenge, though, or at least curious about it, a fresco artist will present a day-long workshop at Southern Illinois University Carbondale on Sept. 30. Safaa Abd El Salam, a member of the fine arts faculty at the University of Alexandria in Egypt, will demonstrate her technique 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Allyn Building, room 102. 

Abd El Salam is a professor of conservation of wall painting at the University of Alexandria. She earned a doctoral degree from the School of Archaeological Studies, Leicester, England. She has participated in field work and conservation work in Italy, Libya, Crete, and elsewhere, and taught in Canada, Germany, Italy, Spain and other places. Her original work appears or appeared in exhibition in Alexandria, Carthage, Cairo, Athens and other places. 

Participants must register by Sept. 28. The workshop is free to students, $25 to community members and non-students. Supplies are included as are coffee, tea and snacks. Participants should bring a sack lunch. Register at 618/453-4315 or

The SIU Visiting Artist Program and the Illinois Art Education Association, Southern Chapter, make Abd El Salam’s visit possible.