Encyclopedia of Arab American Artists
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).
Jocelyn M Ajami
A photo essay follows
House of Lebanon HOL Artists Group
Alya Abdul Razzak Husseini
George Halim Awde
Nahda Alsalah Balaa
Wasmaa Khalid Chorbachi
Rajie Roger Cook
Mona A ElBayoumi
Layla Zarour Elshair
Lalla A Essaydi
Dalah Dalaa ElJundi Faytrouni
Rajaa A Gharbi
Gibran Khalil Kahlil Gibran
Kahlil George Gibran
Fay Afaf Kanafani
Mohammad Omer Khalil
Sari Ibrahim Khoury
Ilham Badreddine Mahfouz
OTHER Arab Artists CollectiveDetroit
Fawzia A Reda
Jacqueline Jackie Salloum
Adelia Malouf Samaha
Linda Dalal Sawaya
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