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The 2019 Human Experience

Islamic Art Revival Series presents THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE 2019: Connecting Worlds, in partnership with Keller Public Arts and the City of Keller

March 4 – April 24, 2019

Keller, TX — Presented by the Islamic Art Revival Series (IARS), a program of the Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation, an exhibition of photography by four Texas-based photographers including Debora Hunter, Farah Janjua, Richard Doughty, and Shafaq Ahmad.

“Art exists to express ideas, feelings and thoughts, and to speak to us when words cannot.  Art is a shared visual language spoken by all the peoples of the earth for centuries.  Keller Public Arts is pleased to collaborate with IARS to express with art, the many commonalties we share in our daily lives as people of this very diverse world.  We hope this exhibit builds understanding of the ‘HUMAN EXPERIENCE’ we all share.” – Brenda Wyatt, Chair, Keller Public Arts

We are honored to be invited by Keller Public Arts to bring The Human Experience: Connecting Worlds exhibition to the City of Keller. IARS presented its first photography exhibition entitled The Human Experience: Through the Lens of Three Women in the Spring of 2018. – Shafaq Ahmad, exhibition curator and Art Director, Islamic Art Revival Series.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Opening Night Reception from 6pm – 9pm featuring an artist panel with the four photographers starting at 7pm.

The four exhibiting artists will discuss their work through individual presentations about the role of art in creating cross-cultural connections and interfaith relations. Moderated by Thorne Anderson who is the Endowed Chair for Narrative and Multimedia Journalism at UNT. He has worked internationally as a photojournalist. He directs the “Heart of Mexico” documentary project and is a national RTDNA Edward R. Murrow award winner.


tickets & more info: HE19Workshops.eventbrite.com

tickets & more info: HE19Workshops.eventbrite.com

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Guest talk and book signing at the Keller Library

Featuring Kael Alford as an expert guest speaker at 2 pm, followed by a signing of books by the featured photographers at the Keller Library.

Kael Alford is an American photojournalist, documentary photographer and videographer. She commenced her media career during the tumultuous wars in the Balkans between 1996 and 2003 that occurred with the fracturing of Yugoslavia. She documented the conflicts in the Middle East and Iraq War (2003-2004) as an unembedded journalist which gave her a different perspective than those who worked in conjunction with the American Military.


Tours also available, contact Talat Ashai at info@islamicartrevival.com



The Islamic Art Revival Series (IARS) is a program of the Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation, designed to increase awareness and build bridges of cultural understanding through the arts. Started in 2011 by a cross-cultural coalition of businesses and nonprofit leaders, students and small business owners, the IARS includes a diverse group of women and men, who are passionate about sharing the rich cultural relevance of Islamic Art and enhancing cross-cultural understanding. For more information, visit islamicartrevival.com.


The Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation is a 501(c)(3) civic organization that empowers, promotes, and supports all women and their families through educational, outreach, philanthropy and social services. For more information, visit tmwf.org.


The Keller Public Arts Program started in 2001 with a goal of encouraging and actively pursuing art of all types that would enrich the quality of life for residents and visitors to the community. The program is overseen by a board of volunteers appointed by the Keller City Council and has grown to include rotating art programs in the Old Town Keller area and inside Keller Town Hall, a robust annual calendar of events and activities and a permanent collection of 14 sculptures. In Keller, art placed in parks, along the trails, and in city facilities gives many residents the opportunity to encounter and enjoy art on an almost daily basis. “Keller has always been, in my mind, the full package. It’s why we chose it for our home so many years ago,” Mayor Pat Grail said. “Our residents’ passion for the arts and the programs that have grown out of that are just one thing that sets our community apart from others in the region.” For more information, visit http://kellerpublicartssociety.org/.


Media Contact and General Info:

Selwa Moharram, IARS Program Coordinator                          selwa@islamicartrevival.com

Book and Workshop Info:

Samia Khan, IARS Educational Director                                   samia@islamicartrevival.com

Almas Muscatwalla, IARS Workshop Director                         almas@islamicartrevival.com

Tour Planning and Reservations:

Talat Ashai, IARS Tours                                                                    info@islamicartrevival.com