Noel Maghathe is a queer, mixed Palestinian-American performance artist and curator. They create and perform with queer functional tools to navigate the world, and their practice centers on their Palestinian heritage. Through their work, Maghathe seeks to educate audiences about the pain of occupation and their yearning for their country while also delving into the deeper dimensions of personal identity beyond surface-level labels. Maghathe values connecting with other Palestinian and Arab artists in our homelands and in the diaspora.

Maghathe holds a BFA from the Art Academy of Cincinnati, where they were awarded the Stephen H. Wilder Traveling Scholarship in 2017. In 2022, they exhibited their work at the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center, Pancake House Gallery, Maelstrom Collaborative Arts, and more. Maghathe was also selected as Curator-in-Residence at CUE Art Foundation in 2023, where they curated, A thought is a memory, and Wave Pool Gallery in 2022, where they curated Amid. They are currently Curator-in-Residence with Roots & Culture Contemporary Arts Center. Currently based in Cincinnati, Ohio, Maghathe continues to create work in their studio. | 513.488.0282 |


2017 - Art Academy of Cincinnati. B.F.A., Photography / Sculpture

Solo Exhibitions & Performances: 

2021 - I Will Wait Basketshop Gallery,  Cincinnati, OH

2018 - Breath  Canticle Farm,  Oakland, CA

2018 - On my head  PIQUE,  Covington, KY

2016 - stars between my nails  PIQUE, Covington, KY

Select Group Exhibitions & Performances:

2023 - Text Me When You Get Home, Gazala Projects, Gettysburg, OH

2023 - Fortune's moving, Troost Gardens, Kansas City, MO

2022 - OPEN HOME PERFORMANCE FESTIVAL, Performance Artists Unite! & Kino Club, Helsinki, FI

2022 - Where Things Stand, Pearlman Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

2022 - Truth and Inspiration Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH

2022 - Artist-Run Spaces  Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH

2022 - Cringe Theatre  Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH

2021 - Enduring Apocalypse  Abrons Arts Center, New York, NY

2021 - Indigenous Peoples Day Art Exhibit 21C Museum, Cincinnati, OH

2021 - 3way Art Expo, Hangzhou,  China

2021 - Hafla at RAWIfest  Mizna,  Minneapolis, MN

2021 - Transmission  Basketshop Gallery,  Cincinnati, OH 

2020 - Secret ArtWorks House Party  ArtWorks,  Cincinnati, OH 

2019 - The Sloppy Show  Art Academy of Cincinnati. “Cincinnati, OH

2019 - AAC150  Art Academy of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

2019 - Lean  Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH 

2019 - Not For Sale  Anytime Dept, Cincinnati, OH

2018 - Laws of the Game  Mockbee, Cincinnati, OH

2018 - Color Theory  The Comet, Cincinnati, OH

2018 - Knead  The New School, New York, NY

2018 - Grape Tree   Art Academy of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

2018 - American Grape Tree  PIQUE, Cincinnati, OH

2017 - METOO  Mockbee, Cincinnati, OH

2017 - Unrest  Art Academy of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

2017 - 30th Annual Minumentals Exhibition  Art Academy of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

2016 - It wasn’t me  PIQUE, Covington, KY

2016 - W8  Mockbee, Cincinnati, OH 

2015 - Correlation  Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH 

Curatorial Projects:

2023 - A thought is a memory / الفكرة ذكرة CUE Art Foundation, New York, NY

2022 - Amid  Wavepool, Cincinnati, OH

2021 - Perform-A-Rama 2021 PIQUE, Covington, KY

2019 - Perform-A-Thon 2019 PIQUE, Covington, KY

2019 - LAWN PIQUE, Covington, KY

2017 - Still There Playhouse, Cincinnati, OH


2023 - Curator-In-Residence PIQUE, Covington, KY

2023 - Teaching Artist-In-Residence Artworks, Cincinnati, OH

2023 - Ma’s House’s Artist-In-Residence Ma’s House, Shinnecock Indian Reservation in Southampton, NY

2023 - Curator-In-Residence CUE Art Foundation, New York, NY

2022 - Activate  Maelstrom Collaborative Arts, Cleveland, OH

2022 - Curator-In-Residence  Wavepool, Cincinnati, OH

2021 - Activate Maelstrom Collaborative Arts, Cleveland, OH

2021 - TROC Peer-to-Peer Trocadero Art Space, Melbourne, AU 


2022 - Truth and Reconciliation Grant ArtsWave

2017 - Stephen H. Wilder Traveling Scholarship Art Academy of Cincinnati


2021 - Q&A with Alumni Noel Maghathe,

2020 - Emergency Index Vol. 9

2018 - Q&A with Wilder Winner Noel Maghathe,

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