Islamic Art Revival Series presents its first photography exhibition entitled THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE: Through the Lens of Three Women, featuring the work of three Texas-based women including, Carolyn Brown, Tuba Koymen and Farah Janjua.

The exhibit will run February 28 – March 25, 2018 at the Eisemann Center for Performing Arts and Corporate Presentations.

On Saturday March 10th, IARS will host an artist panel featuring guest experts Richard Doughty and Debora Hunter.


About the Guest Speakers

Richard Doughty

Richard Doughty is currently editor of AramcoWorld magazine in Houston, Texas, which is a bimonthly print and digital magazine covering Arab and Islamic cultures and their interconnections with other global cultures. AramcoWorld is widely regarded as one of the leading cultural publications in its field, and it has received more than 50 awards over the past two decades. A native of Chicago, Doughty began photographing while in high school, and he later majored in Studio Art at Williams College and spent a year at St. Martin’s School of Art in London. In 1989, while a graduate student at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, an internship through the National Council on US-Arab-Relations took him on his first trip to the Middle East as a photographer for Egypt Today magazine in Cairo. As a freelance photographer, he joined the Impact Visuals photo agency of New York and contributed to the Haga Library of world cultures in Tokyo. In 1992 he earned his master of arts degree from Missouri with a thesis that examined TIME magazine’s production of a cover story on Palestinians. His documentary book on daily life in the Gaza Strip, Legacy of Occupation: A Photographer’s Journey, was published in 1995 by Kumarian Press, and its use of community-based photo editing techniques have made it useful in journalism education. He joined AramcoWorld as an editor in 1994, and there he has personally photographed more than half a dozen features and overseen more than 250 freelance photo story assignments worldwide. He has led three workshops for young photojournalists at the Pathshala South Asian Media Institute in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and most recently he has been leading AramcoWorld’s development of digital media channels.

Debora Hunter, Professor Emerita of Art

Debora Hunter taught art and photography at SMU for 40 years, from 1976 to 2017. She received an M.F.A. in photography from Rhode Island School of Design, working with Harry Callahan, Aaron Siskind and the visiting faculty of Minor White and Lisette Model.

Her photographic work includes documentary projects made in Newfoundland and Labrador, “Waiting: Portraits of the Terminally Ill,” “Raw Material: Portraits of Babies” and “Family Landscapes.” In 2002 she completed a permanent public art installation of eight art panels for the Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s light rail station at Skillman and LBJ Freeway. Since 2004 she has been engaged in a longitudinal study of Taos, New Mexico. Most recently she has exhibited her work at the Dallas Museum of Art, New Mexico History Museum, Kelly Contemporary Gallery and Frontiers of Flight Museum. She will soon show her work at the Haggerty Gallery at the University of Dallas.

Selected solo exhibitions include the Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago), Art Institute of Chicago, International Museum of Photography at the George Eastman House, Kelly Contemporary Gallery (Santa Fe) and Pollock Gallery at SMU. Selected group exhibitions include the Amon Carter Museum, Corcoran Museum of Art, Hirshhorn Museum, Witkin Gallery (New York City), Light Factory, Dallas Museum of Art, Houston Museum of Art, Dallas Center for Contemporary Art, McKinney Avenue Contemporary (Dallas), Lawndale Annex (Houston), Herbert S. Johnson Museum (Cornell University), Fort Worth Art Museum, New Orleans Museum of Art, Bravin Post Lee Gallery (New York City), Center for the Arts (Boulder), Alternative Museum (New York City), Creative Photography Laboratory (MIT, Cambridge), Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibitions and Amarillo Art Center. Her work is in the permanent collections of Art Institute of Chicago, Corcoran Museum of Art, Houston Museum of Fine Art, Amon Carter Museum, Yale University Art Museum, Dallas Museum of Art, Wesleyan University Art Museum, University of New Mexico Art Museum, Rhode Island School of Design Art Museum and Creative Photography Laboratory of Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


This arts initiative is funded in part by the City of Richardson through the Cultural Arts Commission