Chawky Frenn ’85 (Painting) is a painter and a teacher. He sees himself as a humanist, not an activist, and perceives his art as visual meditations for observing, questioning, and understanding. He does not believe in boundaries between art and life as they constantly inform, affect, and nurture one another. His motto Art for Life’s Sake is also the title of his monograph, published in 2006.
Born in Zahlé, Lebanon, Frenn witnessed the horrors of war in his homeland before immigrating to the United States in 1981. As a young boy, he thought his call was to join a religious order; a call that deeply marked his character and art as he continued his search for meaning and a spirituality that transcends religions, cultures, and traditions.