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DATE: July 8, 2003
Exhibition showcases Arab and Middle Eastern heritage
DEARBORN---The Center for Arab
American Studies (CAAS) at the University of Michigan-Dearborn will
present an art exhibit called "Diversity
in Harmony: Works by American Artists of Arab and Middle Eastern Heritage"
September 8 through October 10 at the Alfred Berkowitz Gallery on the
The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, will feature paintings,
sculptures, drawings, ceramics and video art.
"This exhibit presents works of art of diverse professional artists
who carry artistic links to the culture of the Middle East, or have experienced
multiculturalism through amalgamation of the Middle Eastern and Western
cultures," according to Hashim Al-Tawil, exhibit curator and lecturer
in Islamic art at UM-Dearborn. He also is a member of the CAAS academic
"All artists in this exhibit have been impacted by that multicultural
exposure in various degrees and manners. Each artist carries his or her
unique cultural and artistic talent, augmented by years of professional
experience, and a rich history of creativity, thus presenting an interesting
lifetime experience in the form of visual art forms," Al-Tawil said.
Artists participating in the exhibit include Mamoun Sakkal, a traditional
Arabic calligrapher; Mumtaz Husain, a renowned artist with exposure at
the United Nations and many galleries in New York City; Maysaloun Faraj,
an artist, gallery director and organizer of an international art event
bridging the cultural path between Europe and the United States; Leila
Kubba of Washington D.C.; and Mahmoud Obaidi, who is well known in Canada,
the United States and the Middle East.
Al-Tawil, whose art has been shown in major exhibits in Europe, the Middle
East, and the United States, also will feature some of his own work. He
recently completed and installed an outdoor ceramic monument representing
the Arab/Muslim community in Detroit at Solanus Casey Center. His work
also is on display at the Rotterdam museum in the Netherlands.
Other Michigan-based artists with works in the exhibition will include
Kegham Tazian, Lila Kadaj, Kathleen Rashid, Ilham Mahfouz, Adnan Charara,
Mohammed Fradi, Salam Norie, Wafer Shayota and Sabah Yousif.
A special feature of the exhibit will be the work of the late artist
Sari Khoury, and a video presentation by Joe Namy. Al-Tawil and Sakkal
will give several lectures during the exhibition.
The Alfred Berkowitz Gallery is located on the third floor of UM-Dearborn's Mardigian Library. The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
For more information, call Al-Tawil at (248) 361-1735, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.