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Debra Van Poolen's drawings from the Chelsea Manning Trial were shown at Artprize in Grand Rapids, Michigan from Sept. 24 to Oct. 14, 2014.  ( www.artprize.org ) Van Poolen's watercolor paintings and drawings from Palestine were exhibited at the Jerusalem Fund Gallery in Washington, DC from January 16 to February 13, 2015.  ( www.thejerusalemfund.org )

Chelsea-Manning-and-Attorneys-resizedThe drawing of Chelsea Manning and her three attorneys pictured here was created during the sentencing phase of Manning's trial and was featured for three weeks at Artprize in Grand Rapids, Michigan ( http://www.artprize.org/debra-van-poolen/2014/artistic-witness-of-chelsea-mannings-court-martial).
The watercolor painting at right is of Mazin Qumseyah, Palestinian-born geneticist and professor who formerly taught at Duke University and has returned to his home village of Beit Sahour in the West Bank, where he is opening the Palestine Museum of Natural History of Bethlehem University.  When Debra painted in Palestine last year, Mazin gave her much direction and, as he educated her about the unjust occupation of his home, escorted her to some wonderful locations to make paintings.  20% of the sales from this show in Washington DC in January-February 2015 were donated towards the operations of the new Palestine Museum of Natural History.

Video of Debra Van Poolen's talk at opening of her show"Natural History of Palestine": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpEaE5xhz0I

Video of Dr. Steven Salaita's talk "Natural History Under Siege" which was presented on the closing day of Van Poolen's show "Natural History of Palestine": http://www.thejerusalemfund.org/ht/display/ContentDetails/i/50687/pid/223