Arabic, Language of the Qur’an

July 15th, 2009 by admin No comments »

Islamic Art Exhibit (IAE) is a local non-profit arts organization established in 2009 to promote Islamic Arts and provide a platform for the creative individuals of the Muslim Community. Arabic: Language of the Quran is the theme for their current exhibit. The exhibit will be in the Skylight Gallery which is on the 6th floor of the San Francisco Public Library. 100 Larkin St., San Francisco. Each artist takes a verse from the Quran and illustrates it through calligraphy, painting and other art forms. The artworks consists of a variety of mediums from traditional calligraphy to digital media and also other mediums like ceramics and stained glass.

The tradition of Islamic art has flourished throughout the world for 1400 years, with beautiful patterns and designs unique to the art manifested in forms such as architecture, calligraphy, painting and ceramics. This exhibit will showcase some of those traditions.

IAE seeks to build bridges between diverse communities through the visual arts. Each exhibition provides a unique opportunity to explore the scope of “Islamic Art” and celebrate the rich tapestry of countries, cultures and artistic traditions of the Muslim diaspora.

Opening event:

Meet the artists
Saturday, January 16, 1:00 pm
Main Library, 100 Larkin Street
Koret Auditorium
Exhibition: Skylight Gallery, 6th Floor, San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco.

March 13
Arabic Persian Calligraphy with Arash Shirinbab
Join us for a presentation on the history, tools, and principles of the Arabic-Persian (Islamic)
calligraphy. Try some of the calligraphic techniques.
Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room, 1:00

Sponsored by the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, Zaytuna College, Council on American-Islamic Relations, Ziya Studios, South Bay Islamic Association and Center for Islamic Studies, Graduate Theological Union.


About Islamic Art Exhibit

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

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