She was selected as the Second Prize winner in the Student (non-written) category in the recent Martin Luther King, Jr. Reflection Competition. She currently is a first year student in the M.A. Art Education Program where she serves as a painting assistant for the ARTS 216 Painting class.
Cecelia will be traveling to the Skeletons, Stories and Social Bodies conference in South Hampton UK in March to present a paper and talk about her artwork. She will be graduating from the Art Education program in May 2019.
Cecelia’s research Showcase Abstract titled Brushstrokes of Emotions Pins and Needles was recently approved. Her topic Cathartic art provides psychological relief through the open expression of strong emotions. I believe that all art should evoke emotions as I personally paint my feelings into each piece. When painting the portrait of my mother titled “Pins and Needles” I went through a lot of the same emotions I experienced when she left me in the hospital that night; the feeling of pins and needles in my heart. I have expressed my feelings in the only way I know how, through the strokes of my brush. I do not know for sure if I am fully successful in portraying my feelings as well as paying homage to the most important woman in my life. The accompanying series I created along side this piece was Grave Expressions which deals with the colorful landscapes, the statues, the stained glass, and even the wildlife that inhabit the cemetery. It’s a contemplative setting in a way libraries and study areas are not yet so often I hear people refer to these landmarks are creepy or scary. They are in fact places rich in history, architecture, peace, beauty and a place to honor the past. I began my first painting series also dealing with the death of my mother at Fredonia State College in New York with the Series Vida y Murtue which sprung from my fascination with vanitas. These were still lifes with infused symbolism referring to the how limited our time is on earth and especially associated with the Netherlands in the 16th and 17th centuries. I also drew on the Mexican holiday Día de Muertos or Day of the Dead which celebrates those who have passed. The flowers were chosen to represent those important to me.
Abrahim was recognized as the Outstanding Student Art Educator the Ohio Art Education Association for the 2017-18 academic year. She received her award and scholarship at the annual state convention awards dinner on November in Toledo, Ohio. She is currently a graduate student teaching in art at Newton D Baker Elementary School, Cleveland schools and Brush High School in South Euclid. She will graduate this May with a Masters in Art Education and a recommendation for Ohio Teacher Licensure.