Corporate Executive Turns to Art after Bright Stars Leadership Trip

Stephen Kingsberry fervently pursued art in his youth, but he eventually set aside his talents for a career as corporate executive. Participating in the Bright Stars of Bethlehem 2017 Leadership Program in Palestine, Stephen’s love for art was reawakened as he witnessed the struggle of people living under occupation. Equally inspired by the amazing talents of students and faculty of Dar al Kalima University for Arts and Culture in Bethlehem, Kingsberry set out to make sense of what he witnessed in Palestine. Like many first time visitors to the region, he left overwhelmed and determined to do something.

He returned home with new direction and purpose. He became an advocate for peace and returned to making art. He began a new body of work titled, “Burden of Palestine.” Kingsberry is currently exhibiting this series of copper reliefs at CCAC’s Edward Loper Sr. Gallery in Willmington, Delaware. In this first solo show of his, Kingsberry set out to “to inform people about the struggles of the Palestinians living under occupation.” He hopes that by describing, through his art, what he witnessed, that he might be able to promote awareness and peace.

Works in this exhibit highlight harsh realities like discriminatory Israeli laws against children and challenges posed by the Separation Wall. Other works speak to the spiritual significance of Kingsberry’s visit, like “The Baptism of Christ in the Jordan River.”

“We are excited to show Stephen’s compelling copper pieces in CCAC’s Edward Loper Sr. Gallery,” said the the gallery’s Executive Director, H. Raye Jones Avery. “It’s an exhibit that will undoubtedly draw strong responses from viewers and, hopefully, stimulate conversation and even action.”

While Stephen’s response to the Leadership Program might seem dramatic, most participants describe their experience as deeply moving and transformative. If you are interested in a deep dive educational  program about Israel andPalestine and are motivated to apply what you learn,

Artist Stephen Kingsberry with his piece, “The Burden of Palestine”


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