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Women’s Invitational Exhibition 2017

Artist: Helen Zughaib – Generations Lost

IARS Women’s Invitational Exhibition 2017 will be presented by Islamic Art Revival Series at the Eiseman Center of Performing Arts and Corporate Presentations in Richardson, Texas in the Forrest and Virginia Green Mezzanine Gallery from March 1st to March 26th.

This exhibition will present the work of ten minority women practicing in the United States as first generation artists. This exhibition will focus on the work of these women artists who create art work which not only reflects, the strong bond to their own heritage but the experience of living in the USA, their new permanent home, and how this experience has influenced the work they are presenting now.

The exhibition Curator and IARS Art Director Shafaq Ahmad explains, the work selected is innovative, daring, inspiring and presents unique narratives, techniques, current social issues and viewpoints that contribute to understanding of diverse cultures.  A wide variety of themes will be presented in this contemporary art exhibition. Artists originally from Japan, Iran, Lebanon, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, now living in the United States were invited to take part in this unique and inspiring exhibition.

The Women’s Invitational Exhibition 2017 offers an opportunity for the audiences of all ages, genders, faiths and cultures to view not only very diverse art but to interact with a body of work from each artist for a better understanding of their work.

The artists participating in the exhibition are Sarah Ahmad from Georgia, Nida Bangash, from Texas, Sue Ewing from Texas, Nina Gharbanzadeh from Wisconsin, Saberah Malik from Massachusettes, Hend Al Mansour from Minnesota, Roya Mansourkhani from Texas, Naoko Morisawa from Washington, Sudi Sharaf from New York and Helen Zughaib from Washington D C.

Exhibition Curator: Shafaq Ahmad, Art Director, IARS

Exhibition Dates: Wednesday March 1st – Sunday March 26th, 2017

Venue: Eisemann Center of Performing and Visual Arts, 2351 Performance Dr, Richardson, TX 75082

Opening Night Reception: Friday March 3, 2017 from 6pm to 8pm by invitation only for IARS friends, sponsors and donors. All participating artists are expected to be present at the opening.

Guest Speaker at Opening Reception: Amy Hofland, Executive Director, Crow Collection of Asian Art.


Artist Forum in collaboration with the Crow Collection of Asian Art.

Date: March 4th, 2017

Venue: at the Crow Collection of Asian Art

Dr. Jacqueline Chao will be the moderator for the Artists’ Forum. All artists in the exhibition are expected to participate.

Art Forum Date: Saturday March 4th, 2-4pm

Venue: Crow Collection of Asian Art, 2010 Flora Street, Dallas, Texas 75201

Guided Exhibition Tours will be offered on Saturdays including March 11th, March 18th and March 25th from 2 – 3 pm.

amyhoflandExecutive Director Amy Lewis Hofland
leads the Crow Collection of Asian Art in Dallas, Texas, the preeminent museum dedicated to the arts and cultures of Asia in the southern United States.  On staff since the museum’s inception in 1998, Hofland’s footprint can be found throughout the museum, including her recruitment and hire of leading Asian art scholars; launching the Crow Collection as the first “wellness museum” in the United States; and molding the museum’s award-winning education programs to emphasize collaboration and collective learning; helping to draw over 100,000 museum visitors a year.

Hofland holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Arts degree in art education from the University of North Texas, where she was part of the distinguished Marcus Fellow program.  In addition to her work at the Crow Collection, Hofland is a noted author, speaker and community leader serving on various board leadership positions in the Dallas-Fort Worth community.



Dr. Jacqueline Chao is Curator of Asian Art at the Crow Collection of Asian Art. She has organized and curated many exhibitions at the Crow, as well as at Phoenix Art Museum, ASU Art Museum, ASU Institute for Humanities Research, Chicago Artists Coalition, and the University of Toronto Art Centre, in the areas of Chinese painting, Tibetan bronzes, Japanese prints, and contemporary site-specific installation and new media. She has authored and edited several essays, books and catalogs on Chinese art and Buddhist art, and has presented her research at Harvard University, University of Hawaii, University of Washington, and at other universities, museums, academic conferences and symposia.

Prior to her appointment at the Crow, she taught Asian Art History at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and contributed research to the Chinese painting collection at the Art Institute of Chicago. She holds an MA and PhD in Chinese Art History from Arizona State University, and a BA in Art History from the University of Toronto.