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Diana Al-Hadid

(b. 1981) Born in Aleppo, Syria in 1981, Diana is a contemporary artist who creates sculptures, installations panels and drawings using various media. At the age of five, she emigrated with her family to Canton, Ohio. Al-Hadid decided at the age of 11 that she wanted to be an artist, although she wasn't initially sure how to pursue a career as an artist. Al-Hadid credits her immigrant background for her later success. The experience of being an immigrant in a new country helped her learn to properly navigate the grants process. In 2003, Al-Hadid received a BA in Art History and a BFA in sculpture from Kent State University in Ohio. In 2007, she received an MFA sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond (2005). Later, she attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine (2007).