2018 – Awarded the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) National Heritage Fellowship for her artistic excellence and contributions to Palestinian embroidery education in the United States. This lifetime achievement award is a prestigious honor that recognizes the nation’s master folk and traditional artists, and is only given to an artist once in their lifetime. Feryal is the first Palestinian woman to earn this pinnacle career achievement as an NEA National Heritage Fellow in the 35-year history of the award.
2016 – Awarded grants from the Regional Arts & Culture Council, Clackamas County Cultural Coalition and Brooklyn Arts Council for a collaborative book project with her daughter, Wafa Ghnaim, that is set to be published at the end of 2016.
2015 – Named Master of Traditional Arts and Culture Keeper by the University of Oregon, the Oregon Arts Commission, National Endowment of the Arts, Oregon Historical Society and the Oregon Folklife Network in 2015.
2014-2015 — Recipient of the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program grant, Oregon Folklife Network
2012-2013 — Recipient of the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program grant, Oregon Folklife Network
2012 — Interviewed by Al Jazeera The Stream’s producer, Omar Baddar, on Palestine Studies TV for the Institute for Palestine Studies
2009 – current — Exhibitor: Arab American Cultural Center of Oregon’s Annual Arab Festival
2010 — Exhibitor: World Animal Festival, Oregon Zoo
2010 — Keynote: Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights Conference
2007, 2009, 2011 — Exhibitor: World Beats Festival
2009 — Keynote: “Teach the Middle East” with the World Affairs Council of Oregon and the Middle East Studies Center of Portland State University
2005 — Featured Artist: Immigrant Refugee Community Organization (IRCO), Creating Access for Refugee Immigrant Artists (CARITA)
2005 — Exhibitor & Speaker: Northwest Folklife Festival, Generation to Generation Passing on our Traditions
2000 — Exhibitor, Participant & Mentor: “In My Country: A Gathering of Refugee & Immigrant Fiber Traditions”, The Arts for New Immigrant Program, a joint project of Immigrant Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) and the Oregon Historical Society Folklife Program.
2000 — Keynote: Oasis: Enriching the Lives of Adults Conference, “World Traditions: Palestinian Embroidery and Culture”, sponsored by the Regional Arts & Culture Council and the Neighborhood Arts Program
2000 — Exhibitor: 37th Annual Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts
1997 — Recipient of the “Master of Ceremony: Traditional Artists and Life’s Passages” Award for Folk Art, Oregon Historical Society
1994-95 — Recipient of the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program grant, Oregon Folklife Network
1993-94 — Recipient of the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program grant, Oregon Folklife Network
1991 — Speaker: The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Imagination Celebration Tour
1991 — Speaker: Tenth Annual Lewis & Clark Gender Studies Symposium
1988-90 — Research & Exhibition: “A Passion for Life” at the Oral History Center of Cambridge
1988- Became Artistic Director for the Oral History Center of Cambridge
1988 — Speaker & Exhibitor: “Art in Action: Making Communities Work” – University of Massachusetts
1988 — Exhibitor: Festival of Massachusetts Folk Life
1988 — Recipient: Folk Life and Ethnic Arts Awards, the Artists Foundation and the Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities
1988 — Fellowship Recipient: Arts & Humanities Institute of Boston, Artist Fellowship
1986 — Exhibitor & Teacher: Folk Art Festival, Museum of our National Heritage – Massachusetts
1985 — Recipient of the Massachusetts Folk Art Award in Cambridge
1985 — Keynote & Exhibitor: Annual Meeting of the William G. Abdalah Memorial Library – Roxbury, Massachusetts
1984-85 — Researcher & Exhibitor: “Stories in Fabric” at the Oral History Center of Cambridge
1965-77 — Head of the Art department of UNRWA Palestinian Refugee Camp Schools, Regional Post
1975 — Graduated from Damascus University with a Bachelor of Art in Art & History
*Please note that this is not a comprehensive list of awards and activities during Mrs. Abbasi-Ghnaim’s tenure. It will be updated on an ongoing basis. Thank you for your patience.