Fayetteville arts organization and local gallery Art Ventures, in partnership with the Jim and Joyce Faulkner Performing Arts Center at the University of Arkansas, presents visual arts exhibition “Islamic Art in Context” through May 18, 2019.
In keeping with the Art Ventures vision to promote “inclusive communities characterized by mutual understanding and respect and communication across cultures through art,” the exhibit showcases the work of Behnaz Sohrabian, Moh'd Bilbeisi, Maryamsadat Amirvaghefi, D'zart and the Texas Muslim Artists Collective—Saima Khan, Najmus Saqib Hassan, Kaneez Zohra Saddiqi, Arif Imam and Tasleem Mirza. Visitors will find paintings, graphic design and calligraphy on display to reflect “diasporic contemporary art in the context of North American experiences.”
“Islamic artists use cultural iconography, technique and outlook to describe the confluence of ancient traditions and more with a constantly changing volatile present now lived in a new homeland. The cross-cultural effect is evident and deliberate, revealing that human dignity cannot be waived or diminished.”
The exhibition is free and open to the public Monday through Friday from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Faulkner Performing Arts Center. For more information, visit faulkner.uark.edu or the Facebook event page.
Artwork pictured above by Moh'd Bilbeisi.