Miriam is from Cairo, Egypt and was in grad school outside of Chicago, Illinois during her residency. She spent 13 days in the summer of 2019 to focus on writing the framework for her thesis. With a background in both graphic design and food as a trained chef, she spent her time reflecting on her project to date with prototypes of a toolkit about food and design thinking. But it's a secret until she actually publishes. We had a couple of days to explore including visiting nearby Florence for lunch and a visit to antique shops. On her final day we visited the Frist Museum of Art in Nashville prior to her final night in Nashville. We hope to see Miriam again and wish her well in her thesis year. In an interesting twist of fate, Miriam and I looked at a map of Zamalek neighborhood in Cairo where I (Val, founder) stayed during a Fulbright-Hayes group project was just a block away from where Miriam lived at the same time!
UPDATE: CHECK OUT MIRIAM'S THESIS WORK! https://mfa.art.illinois.edu/2020/exhibitor/miriam-salah/