We believe that art is a Universal Language. We are passionate about Islamic art as a translator and connector across generations and cultures. From heart to heart, through time. Founded in 2011 by a cross-cultural coalition of business and nonprofit leaders, students, educators, artists and small business owners, the Islamic Art Revival Series (IARS) is a signature program of Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation, and includes a diverse group of women and men. We are passionate about sharing the rich cultural relevance of Islamic Art as a means of building awareness and exposure to the art itself and enhancing cross-cultural understanding among people from all walks of life. Through our Islamic Art events we promote education in the arts of the Islamic world and encourage vibrant cross-cultural exchange amongst all faiths and cultures. In doing so, we build cultural bridges between the Islamic cultures and rest of the world. IARS has focused on organizing and hosting events to bring Islamic Art to the public, and include film screenings, international art exhibits, symposiums, performances and art workshops which serve as a vehicle for people of all ages and backgrounds to interact in an enjoyable, educational environment.
Women’s Invitational Exhibition at the Eiesmann Center of Performing and Visual Arts in Richardson, Texas from March 1st to March 27th, 2017 curated by Shafaq Ahmad who is also the Art Director for IARS. An artists forum will be presented at the Crow Collection of Asian Art moderated by Jaqueline Chao, Curator of Asian Arts on March 4th.
5th Annual Juried International Exhibition of Contemporary Islamic Art curated by Shafaq Ahmad will be held at The Irving Arts Center from September 17th to November 13th, 2016. Our Juror this year is Dr. Maryam Ekhtiar, Associate Curator of Islamic Art, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Louise Mackie, Curator or Islamic Art and Textiles at the Cleveland Museum of Art is the guest speaker at the opening on September 17th. Bahman Panahi, a French/Iranian artist, master calligrapher and musician will present Musicality of Calligraphy research and musical performance on October 1st.
Jason Moriyama, Senior Partner at Moriyama and Teshima Architects in Toronto, Canada will give a talk on Interfaith Spaces: Towards an Architecture of Understanding on October 22nd. We are also offering workshops by artist Matt Anzak and Samia Khan, artist and IARS Program Director on October 8th and gallery tours conducted by Irving Arts Center Executive Director Todd Hawkins, and Director of Exhibitions and Educational Programs, Marcie Inman, during the eight week exhibition period.
2015 4th Annual Juried International Exhibition of Contemporary Islamic Art at the LuminArte Fine Art Gallery, Juror, Salma Tuqan, Curator of Contemporary Art from the Middle East, Victoria and Albert Museum in London, UK. Artists from around the world were selected by the Juror. IARS also offered lectures, workshop on painting on silk and gallery tours by art experts. Curated by IARS Art Director Shafaq Ahmad and Director Jamie Labar. We had keynote speakers including Dr. Aimee Froom from MFAH, Jeff Spurr previously from at Harvard University, Dr. Steven Naifeh, Pulitzer Prize winning author and also one of the participating artists.
2015 IARS Experience; a one day event offering multi-sensory and art-related experiences at the Eisemann Center in Richardson, including but not limited to workshops by international artists, including Richard Henry, Adam Williamson and Lateefa Spiker from the Prince’s School of Art and Design in London on sacred geometry and carpet weaving by artist Samia Khan, musical performances by internationally recognised artists like Malek Jandali and Baraka Blue, fashion show, art presentations, short film screenings and poetry reading etc.
We also collaborated with the Memnosyne Institute to offer workshops, lectures and round table discussions on Sacred Geometry at in collaboration with, the Crow Collection of Asian Art, University of Texas in Dallas, Southern Methodist University, The Boniuk Institute at Rice University, The Museum of Biblical Art, Ismaili community and the Thanks Giving Square.
We also collaborated with Dallas Museum of Art with calligraphy demonstrations during the opening of the Nur Exhibit, curated by Dr. Sabiha Al Khemir.
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