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IARS Seasion 2015

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Sacred Geometry Workshops/Presentations

Sacred Geometry Renaissance was a partnership initiative with Memnosyne Institute to introduce the public to the concept across multiple disciplines and to offer the opportunity to experience first-hand the process of working with sacred geometry. The initial phase of the project in September 2015 accomplished this goal through lectures, roundtable discussions, and interactive workshops. Our presenters were internationally renowned artists Richard Henry, Adam Williamson and Lateefa Spiker (www.artofislamicpattern.com).

Experience day at Eisemann Center

The Islamic Art Revival Series Experience – supported in part by The City of Richardson Arts Commission – took place on Saturday, September 12, 2015. Over 400 attendees enjoyed a full day of back to back performances, workshops, lectures and hands on activities. The event focused on bringing together Islamic culture from every region of the world, with historical background and showcasing the rich local flavor adapted by Muslims of that particular region or country.  

Highlights included:

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IARS 4th Annual Juried International Exhibition of Contemporary Islamic Art

IARS art exhibition is the first of its kind in the United States and attracts artists from around the world. We collaborate with Art experts and world renowned jurors and include artists of all levels of expertise, age, faith and backgrounds in our exhibitions. In addition we encourage all artists to apply to make the exhibition a well-rounded and diverse learning and aesthetic experience for our audience.

This year this prestigious exhibition was presented in collaboration with the LuminArte Fine Art Gallery in Dallas. Juried by Salma Tuqan, curator of Contemporary Art from the Middle East and Jameel Art Prize at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, UK. There were 46 artists who participated from around the world.

The program also offered workshop, lectures, and gallery tours by art experts.

Curated by IARS Art Director Shafaq Ahmad and LuminArte Director Jamie Labar.

Gallery Events included:

  • September 26th, Private opening of the Exhibit: Artists, Sponsors and Special guests were invited. Keynote speaker for the night was Dr Aimee Froom, Curator for the Arts of the Islamic World at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, who talked about connecting cultures, Islamic Art through Space and Time. Some of the Artists selected by our Juror Salma Tuqan were present, they came from Canada, US states and within Texas.
  • October 3rd, Public Opening of the Exhibit: Our keynote speaker was Jeff Spurr, an expert on Islamic Textiles and also an author and a curator. He talked about Ends and Means:  Islamic Prayer Rugs in Context. Live music, sitar and tabla ensemble by Tom Higgins a Dallas based musician.
  • October 2nd: Lecture by Jeff Spurr at the Crow Collection of Asian Art.
  • October 10th, Workshop by artist Samia Khan, Block printing on silk, followed by a talk by our keynote speaker Dr. Steven Naifeh, a Pulitzer Prize winning author and one of the participating artists. His talked – Bridging Worlds – Contemporary Art and the Art of Islam.

Gallery Tours:

  • October 22nd, October 24th, and October 29th: IARS offered gallery tours conducted by LuminArte Gallery Director Jamie Labar and artist Kay Dalton.

The gallery tours focused on the general public as well as students – student groups from University of Dallas as well as many groups toured the exhibit.


The exhibition program produces a full color catalog each year featuring the participating artists and their art in partnership with the Crow Collection of Asian Art. Click here to purchase your catalog today for only $25.

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