Visitors to the Boise Public Library will hereafter be greeted by a new artwork hanging in the building. The work, an oil pastel by Elizabeth Wolf entitled "Welcome Home," is the gift of Dr. Said Ahmed-Zaid.
Ahmed-Zaid, an engineering professor at Boise State and leader in Boise's Muslim community, received the commissioned work of art as part of being awarded in 2004 the HP Award for Distinguished Leadership in Human Rights. The award recognizes local individuals who strive to advance human rights.
Wolf's pastel drawing of racially diverse children playing in a field of flowers honors Angela Jewett Abdullah, a prominent refugee activist who was murdered by her husband in 2002.
The painting was dedicated on Tuesday at the Boise Public Library entrance by Mayor Beiter.