Islamic Art Exhibit
Islamic Art Exhibit (IAE), a non-profit group, was founded in 2009 in San Francisco Bay Area, California. The Islamic artistic tradition is one that deserves to be shared with the wider American audience, with truly beautiful pieces of artwork and dedicated artists. IAE benefit the artists by providing them with 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.
Since 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. Islamic Art is becoming part of Western Civilizations as well.
“Islamic Art Exhibit seeks to promote Islamic Arts as well as provide a platform for the creative individuals of the Muslim Community. It seeks to build bridges between diverse communities through visual arts.”
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.
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.
Call to Artists…
Every year, IAE gives a Call to the artists inviting creative individuals to participate in a year long exhibit based on a theme provided by the organizers. All visual media including photographs, textile, ceramics and digital art/collages are accepted . A set of rules ensure the art work is acceptable as Islamic Art.
The Islamic Art Exhibit has also been exhibited in various Bay Area Institutions.
- Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California, Oakland
- Salam Islamic Center, Sacramento
- Sun Gallery, Hayward
- Marin County Foundation, Navato
- Euphrat Museum, Cupertino
- Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara
The Islamic Art Exhibit has been exhibited in the following Bay Area Public Libraries.
- Alameda Library
- Antioch Library
- Cupertino Library
- El Cerrito Library
- Fremont Main Library
- Lafayette Library
- MLK Jr. Library, San Jose
- Pleasant Hill Library
- Pleasanton Library
- Santa Clara Library
- Saratoga Library
The Board of Directors
Nabeela Sajjad (Founder & CEO)
Lubna Achikzai (Co-Founder)
Aasia Saeed (Secretary)
Taskeen Fatehdin (Treasurer)
Ayesha Samdani (Board Member)
Tahir Anwar (Religious Adviser)