Encyclopedia of Arab American Artists, 1st Edition

  • Fayeq S. Oweis
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  • ISBN-10: 0313070318
  • ISBN-13: 9780313070310
  • DDC: 709.2
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 306 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2007 | Published/Released September 2010
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2007

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The rich history and culture of the Arab American people is found in the passionate works of its artists. Whether they be traditional media such as painting and calligraphy, or more sophisticated media such as digital work and installation, the pieces represent the beauty of heritage, the struggles of growing up in war-torn countries, the identity conflicts of female artists in male-dominated societies, and the issues surrounding migration to a Western culture very different from one's own.

Many of the artists included here, though their works appear in museums and galleries throughout the world, have never before been featured in a reference book. Interviews conducted by the author provide a personal look into the experiences and creative processes of these artists. Artists included: Etel Adnan, Wasma Chorbachi, Nihad Dukhan, Kahlil Gibran, Sari Khoury, Emily Jacir, Mamoun Sakkal, Mary Tuma, Madiha Umar, and Afaf Zurayk.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Adnan, Etel (b. 1925), Painter, Poet, and Writer.
2: Aggour, Yasser (b. 1972), Photographer and Digital Artist.
3: Ajami, M. Jocelyn (b. 1950), Interdisciplinary Artist, Painter, and Filmmaker.
4: Ajay, Abe (1919-1998), Painter, Sculptor, and Assemblage Artist.
5: Al-Dhaher, Sabah (b. 1967), Sculptor and Painter.
6: Ali, Andrea (b. 1978), Ceramic Sculptor and Mixed-Media Artist.
7: Alkadhi, Rheim (b. 1973), Conceptual, Digital, Sculpture, Installation Artist.
8: Al-Mansour, Hend (b. 1956), Painter and Multi-Media Installation Artist.
9: Al-Sadoun, Mohammed (b. 1958), Painter and Conceptual Artist.
10: Alshaibi, Sama (b. 1973), Photography and Multi-Media Artist.
11: Al-Tawil, Hashim (b. 1952), Painter, Printmaker, Mixed Media Artist, and Art Historian.
12: Ambari, Abderrahim (b. 1971), Painter and Muralist.
13: Amer, Ghada (b. 1963), Painter and Installation Artist.
14: Amin, Heba (b. 1980), Painter and Mixed Media Artist.
15: Awde, Halim George (b. 1980), Painter, Photographer, and Calligraphy Artist.
16: Ayla, Halla (b. 1957), Mixed Media and Photography Artist.
17: Balaa, Alsalah Nahda (b. 1956), Watercolor and Silk Artist.
18: Bandak, Lily (b. 1950), Photography Artist.
19: Bendib, Khalil (b. 1956), Sculptor, Ceramicist, and Cartoonist.
20: Bint-Kadi, Haifa (b. 1958), Mosaic and Glass Artist.
21: Bittar, Doris (b. 1959), Painter and Mixed Media Artist.
22: Boullata, Kamal (b. 1942), Painter, Printmaker, and Calligraphy Artist.
23: Caland, Huguette (b. 1931), Painter, Sculptor, and Fashion Designer.
24: Charara, Adnan (b. 1962), Painter, Printmaker and Sculptor.
25: Chorbachi, Khalid Wasmaa (b. 1944), Ceramicist, Calligrapher, and Painter.
26: Choucair-Oueijan, Carole (b. 1966), Mosaics Artist and Painter.
27: Cook, “Roger” Rajie (b. 1930), Graphic Designer and Sculptural Assemblage Artist.
28: Dahrouch, Abdelali (b. 1964), Painter, Conceptual and Media artist.
29: Dallal, Joyce (b. 1956), Photography and Multi-Media Installation artist.
30: Aissa Deebi (b. 1969), Photographer, Video and Digital Artist.
31: Diab, Hanah (b. 1976), Painter and Mixed-Media Artist.
32: Douaihy, Saliba (1912-1994), Painter and Stained-Glass Artist.
33: Dukhan, Nihad (b. 1964), Calligraphy Artist and Designer.
34: El-Bayoumi, A. Mona (b. 1962), Painter and Mixed Media Artist.
35: Elsayed, Dahlia (b. 1969), Painter, Writer, and Teaching Artist.
36: Elshair, Zarour Layla (b. 1948), Ceramist, Painter, and Calligraphy Artist.
37: Essaydi, A. Lalla (b. 1956), Painter and Photography Artist.
38: Faisal, Hala (b. 1957), Painter and Multidisciplinary Artist.
39: Fattal, Simone (b. 1942), Painter, Sculptor, Art Critic, and Publisher.
40: Faytrouni, El-Jundi Dalah (Dalaa') (b. 1975), Painter and Creative Artist.
41: Frenn, Chawky (b. 1960), Painter and Educator.
42: Ghani, Mariam (b. 1978), Video, New Media and Installation Artist.
43: Gharbi, A. Rajaa (b. 1958), Painter, Filmmaker and Poet.
44: Khalil, Gibran (Kahlil) Gibran (1883-1931), Poet, Philosopher, and Painter.
45: Gibran, George Kahlil (b. 1922), Sculptor and Painter.
46: Halaby, Samia (b. 1930), Painter and Mixed Media Artist.
47: Halaka, John (b. 1957), Painter, Mixed Media Artist, and Art Educator.
48: Hilmi, Nabila (b. 1940), Painter and Mixed-Media Artist.
49: Hourani, Hasan (1974-2003), Painter and Installation Artist.
50: House of Lebanon (HOL) Artists Group (George Chamaa, Carole Choucair-Oueijan, Michelle Constantine, Jeanice Deeb, Maryam El Zein, Dalah Faytrouni, Ahmad Habli, Reem Hammad, Joseph Hawa, John Hajjar, Mohamed Kaakaty, Lamia Maalouf, Gisele Shalhoub, Father Farid Shoucair, Wafa Tarafi), Visual Artists: Painters, Sculptors, Ceramics, Glass, and Graphic Design..
51: Husseini, Razzak Alya Abdul (b. 1954), Oil Painter.
52: Hyder, Happy/L.A. (b. 1947), Fine Art Color Photography; Assemblage and Installation Artist.
53: Jacir, Annemarie (b. 1974), Film, Video, and Photography Artist.
54: Jacir, Emily (b. 1970), Conceptual Installation Artist and Photographer.
55: Kanafani, Afaf Fay (b. 1918), Painter and Writer.
56: Khalil, Omer Mohammad (b. 1936), Etcher, Printmaker, and Painter.
57: Khamis, Zahi (b. 1959), Painter.
58: Khoury, Ibrahim Sari (1941-1997), Painter and Muralist.
59: Kodi, Khalid (b. 1962), Painter, installation and conceptual artist.
60: Kubba, Leila (b. 1945), Painter and Mixed Media Artist.
61: Mahfouz, Badreddine Ilham (b. 1956), Painter and Ceramist.
62: Maloof, Sam (b. 1916), Wood Maker and Furniture designer.
63: Mansour, Amina (b. 1972), Conceptual and Installation Artist.
64: Megdadi, Samar (b. 1972), Painter, Ceramist, and Calligraphy Artist.
65: Mershani, Aisha (b. 1978), Photography Artist.
66: Nahas, Nabil (b. 1949), Painter.
67: Nuseibeh, Said (b. 1957), Architectural Photography Artist.
68: OTHER: Arab Artists Collective—Detroit (Radfan Alqirsh [b. 1981], Mohamad Bazzi [b. 1969], Imad Hassan [b. 1968], Joe Namy [b. 1978], Rola Nashef [b. 1972], Lana Rahme [b. 1981]), Painters, Film Makers, and Multimedia Artists.
69: Raad, Walid (b. 1967), Video and Multimedia Artist.
70: Rashid, Naziha (b. 1932), Painter.
71: Reda, A. Fawzia (b. 1948), Painter, Theatre Artist and Graphic Designer.
72: Sakkal, Mamoun (b. 1950), Painter, Designer, Calligrapher and Architect.
73: Salloum, Jacqueline (Jackie), Multi-Media Artist and Filmmaker.
74: Samaha, Malouf Adelia (b. 1929), Painter and Mixed Media Artist.
75: Samaha, Sumayyah (b. 1939), Painter, Sculptor, and Mixed Media Artist.
76: Sawaya, Dalal Linda (b. 1947), Painter, illustrator, and photographer.
77: Shati, Adnan (b. 1954), Painter, Muralist, Cartoonist, and Calligraphy Artist.
78: Sinnokrot, Nida (b. 1971), Video, Film, and Installation Artist.
79: Toukhy, Katherine (b. 1976), Painter, Installation and Performance Artist.
80: Tuma, Mary (b. 1961), Textile and Installation Artist.
81: Umar, Madiha (1908-2005), Painter and Calligraphy Artist.
82: Yousef, Faisal (b. 1977), Painter.
83: Zghal, Emna (b. 1970), Painter, Printmaker, and Mixed Media Artist.
84: Zughaib, Helen (b. 1959), Painter and Mixed-Media Artist.
85: Zurayk, Afaf (b. 1948), Painter and Sculptor.
86: Resources on Arab American Artists and Arab Culture in the United States.
Selected Bibliography.
Materials Index.
About the Author.