Encyclopedia of Arab American Artists

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ABC-CLIO, 2008 - Art - 306 pages
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The rich history and culture of the Arab American people is found in the passionate works of its artists. Whether they be traditional media such as painting and calligraphy, or more sophisticated media such as digital work and installation, the pieces represent the beauty of heritage, the struggles of growing up in war-torn countries, the identity conflicts of female artists in male-dominated societies, and the issues surrounding migration to a Western culture very different from one's own.

Many of the artists included here, though their works appear in museums and galleries throughout the world, have never before been featured in a reference book. Interviews conducted by the author provide a personal look into the experiences and creative processes of these artists. Artists included: *Etel Adnan *Wasma Chorbachi *Nihad Dukhan *Kahlil Gibran *Sari Khoury *Emily Jacir *Sari Khoury *Mamoun Sakkal *Mary Tuma *Madiha Umar *Afaf Zurayk

 

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Artists, Friends Celebrate Encyclopedia of Arab American Artists Release
By Elaine Pasquini http://www.elainepasquini.com/
A lively book release party celebrating the publication of the Encyclopedia of Arab American Artists (Artists of the American Mosaic) by San Francisco-based artist Fayeq Oweis was held at Berkeley’s Mudrakers Café Jan. 26. Zawaya, the non-profit co-founded by Nabila Mango in 2001 to promote Arab art and culture, hosted the evening event.
Published by Greenwood Press, the 350- page tome profiles some 100 artists of Arab heritage living in the United States. The Encyclopedia is an important new contribution to both the world of Arab-American art and the library of educational works on the subject.
Artists featured in the Encyclopedia range from 27-year-old painter and mixed media artist Heba Amin to 92-year-old self- taught woodworker and furniture designer Sam Maloof. In addition to individuals, two artist collectives, the House of Lebanon and the Arab Artists Collective—Detroit, also are profiled. Arranged alphabetically, the book includes artists’ biographies, 16 color images and 84 black-and- white photos. The artists’ works represent a wide variety of media, ranging from traditional painting and sculpture to modern digital art and installation pieces. War, occupation, childhood memories and the experiences of women in male-dominated societies are among the subjects that inspired the artists profiled in the book.
Although he did not feature himself in his book, Oweis is a prolific artist who designed the exterior entranceway murals and calligraphy of the interior dome of the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. Recently, he was co-lead designer with Susan Greene of the Palestinian Cultural Mural honoring Dr. Edward Said at San Francisco State University (see Jan/Feb. 2008 Washington Report, p. 54).
 

Contents

Etel Adnan
1
Yasser Aggour
4
Jocelyn M Ajami
6
Abe Ajay
9
Sabah AlDhaher
12
Andrea Ali
15
Rheim Alkadhi
18
Hend AlMansour
21
A photo essay follows
142
John Halaka
144
Nabila Hilmi
147
Hasan Hourani
150
House of Lebanon HOL Artists Group
154
Alya Abdul Razzak Husseini
156
HappyLA Hyder
159
Annemarie Jacir
163

Mohammed AlSadoun
25
Sama Alshaibi
28
Hashim AlTawil
31
Abderrahim Ambari
35
Ghada Amer
38
Heba Amin
40
George Halim Awde
44
Halla Ayla
46
Nahda Alsalah Balaa
51
Lily Bandak
54
Khalil Bendib
56
Haifa BintKadi
60
Doris Bittar
62
Kamal Boullata
66
Huguette Caland
71
Adnan Charara
74
Wasmaa Khalid Chorbachi
78
Carole ChoucairOueijan
80
Rajie Roger Cook
83
Abdelali Dahrouch
87
Joyce Dallal
90
Aissa Deebi
93
Hanah Diab
96
Saliba Douaihy
98
Nihad Dukhan
101
Mona A ElBayoumi
105
Dahlia Elsayed
108
Layla Zarour Elshair
111
Lalla A Essaydi
113
Hala Faisal
117
Simone Fattal
119
Dalah Dalaa ElJundi Faytrouni
122
Chawky Frenn
124
Mariam Ghani
129
Rajaa A Gharbi
131
Gibran Khalil Kahlil Gibran
134
Kahlil George Gibran
137
Samia Halaby
141
Emily Jacir
166
Fay Afaf Kanafani
171
Mohammad Omer Khalil
173
Zahi Khamis
175
Sari Ibrahim Khoury
179
Khalid Kodi
182
Leila Kubba
185
Ilham Badreddine Mahfouz
189
Sam Maloof
192
Amina Mansour
195
Samar Megdadi
197
Aisha Mershani
199
Nabil Nahas
203
Said Nuseibeh
205
OTHER Arab Artists CollectiveDetroit
211
Walid Raad
215
Naziha Rashid
218
Fawzia A Reda
220
Mamoun Sakkal
225
Jacqueline Jackie Salloum
228
Adelia Malouf Samaha
231
Sumayyah Samaha
234
Linda Dalal Sawaya
237
Adnan Shati
240
Nida Sinnokrot
242
Katherine Toukhy
247
Mary Tuma
250
Madiha Umar
255
Faisal Yousef
259
Emna Zghal
263
Helen Zughaib
266
Afaf Zurayk
269
Resources on Arab American Artists and Arab Culture in the United States
273
Selected Bibliography
281
Materials Index
283
Index
287
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About the author (2008)

Fayeq S. Oweis is an Arab American artist and a professor of Arabic Language and Culture at Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, California. He has a PhD in interdisciplinary studies with focus on Arabic and Islamic arts. As an artist, he designed the exterior entranceway murals and the calligraphy of the interior dome of the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. He has also exhibited his Arabic calligraphic compositions through out the United States, and was an Artist-in-residence at the Art Institute of Chicago in February 2007.

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