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Discovering Kristin Saleri

Cover art for Discovering Kristin Saleri Exhibition in 2016.

During the spring 2016 semester, the Henry Madden Library has the unprecedented opportunity to present a retrospective exhibition of artwork by Kristin Saleri (1915 to 1987), a pioneering 20th century artist of Armenian heritage who lived and painted in Istanbul. Despite the challenges presented by her gender and ethnicity, she secured her place as a member of the founding generation that created modern art in Turkey.

Kristin Saleri received art training in Paris, was influenced stylistically by Impressionism and used her art to convey a message of modern feminism. Her work is filled with rich images evoking her love of the vast Anatolian landscape and its people: from women in traditional village dances to Bosporus fishermen to laborers in booming post World War II factories. Stylistically, Saleri’s work presents a harmonious blend of Eastern mysticism and Western Impressionism. Her folkloric themes range from Christian images to whirling dervishes, from Mother Earth to the Tree of Life. Her message was one of inclusivity, expressing her deep appreciation for the range of diversity in nature and humanity.

Henry Madden Library’s Spring Exhibition

  • February 6 through May 31, 2016
  • Leon S. Peters Ellipse Gallery and Pete P. Peters Balcony Gallery in the Henry Madden Library

The exhibition is curated by Fresno natives Joyce Kierejczyk and Carol Tikijian, who also curated a spring exhibition at the Fresno Art Museum of works by artists of Armenian descent in commemoration of the centennial of the Armenian genocide. The artworks exhibited are on loan from the family of the artist, who reside in Houston.

Gala Donors Opening Dinner

  • February 5, 2016 at 6 p.m.
  • Second floor outside Leon S. Peters Ellipse Gallery, in the Henry Madden Library North Building

Public Opening Reception

  • February 6, 2016 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Second floor outside Leon S. Peters Ellipse Gallery, in the Henry Madden Library North Building
  • This is a free event.

Join Peter McDonald, Dean of Library Services, and the Discovering Kristin Saleri Committee for the Gala Donors Opening Dinner with the artist’s family and a preview of the exhibition on Friday, February 5, 2016 at 6 p.m. Tickets for this three-course catered dinner are $100. For sponsorship opportunities, please call Marcie Morrison (559.278.7177).

For More Information

  • For the artist, visit
  • For the exhibition, contact Cindy Wathen at her office (559.278.1680), on her mobile phone (559.593.3604). or email her at
  • For disability accommodations or physical access, please call 559.278.5792 in advance of your visit.
Example of art piece, titled Kristin Entangled.

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The Henry Madden Library is grateful to the following sponsors of this event:

Masterpiece Sponsor

Patron Sponsor

Curator Sponsor

Collector Sponsors