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“Islamic art is perhaps the most accessible manifestation of a complex civilization that often seems enigmatic to outsiders. Through its brilliant use of color and its superb balance between design and form, Islamic art creates an immediate visual impact. Its strong aesthetic appeal transcends distances in time and space, as well as differences in language, culture, and creed.”
-Dr Linda Komaroff, associate curator of Islamic Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Islamic Art Exhibit
For almost 1400 years, the tradition of Islamic art has flourished throughout the world, with the beautiful patterns and designs unique to the art manifested in forms such as architecture, calligraphy, painting and ceramics. Today, in the twenty-first century, Islamic art has new media through which artists can now express themselves. The style is constantly evolving while remaining true to its origins, and it is a valuable art form that deserves recognition and awareness.
As a nonprofit corporation, Islamic Art Exhibit (“IAE”) intends to fully carry out the latter in order to enrich American society and specifically the communities in and around the San Francisco Bay Area about modern Islamic art. With truly beautiful pieces of artwork and dedicated artists, the Islamic artistic tradition is one that deserves to be shared with the wider American audience. At the same time, IAE hopes to benefit the aforementioned artists by providing them a platform to showcase their work. Art can often be used as an impetus to bring individuals of diverse backgrounds, as well as entire communities, together, and IAE hopes that it can achieve the same with Islamic art, an often overlooked artistic tradition.
IAE plans to hold seminars and exhibitions designed to bring awareness to Islamic art. These programs will allow the interested to see the current state of the style, as well as opportunities to learn about the rich history of Islamic art. In this way, IAE hopes to foster a greater appreciation among attendees of all ages, which would also allow Islamic artists to thrive and continue to create more works of fine art. Additionally, because Islam and its artistic traditions have spanned diverse geographical regions ranging from Africa to the Middle East to South and East Asia, IAE will be a gateway for cross-cultural activity and interaction.
Imam Tahir Anwar (Religious Adviser)