Art gallery in lobby

Art Gallery

The Study at University City is please to partner with the Visual Studies Program in the Art and Art History Dept, Westphal College of Media Arts and Design of Drexel University.  A series of solo exhibitions by their faculty members will be on display on a rotating basis. 

Hotel guests are invited to tour the Art Gallery and learn more about how these working artists use their research, professional art practices and collaborative spirit to inform their pedagogy.

Rashidah Salam

Moon Garden
February 4 – April 3, 2022

Born and raised in Malaysia, Rashidah Salam currently teaches at Drexel University and Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University). She dedicates her success in her art career to her roots, upbringing, culture, tradition, and the influence of her surroundings. 

Salam has received many awards for her artistry, including the Emerging Artist award for the Young Contemporary Artist Award in Malaysia and the Emerging Artist - Richard Nixon Memorial Award, 77th Annual CCA Members Show at Cheltenham Center for the Arts.  Salam was most notably comissioned to paint a large mural project by the Mural Art Program of Philadelphia, the Interfaith Chapter of Philadelphia, and the National Endowment of the Arts entitled “Dare to Understand” at the St. Thomas Aquinas Community Philadelphia.

Her exhibit is centered around the notions a garden, a traveler's space, a garden of memories.  The work is a relatively abstract painting style on single, diptych (two panels), and triptych (three panels) series of paintings. The constant characters in this work are the vibrant colors, the layering of shapes and the glaring outlines, embracing the edges and vividness.