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Encyclopedia of Arab American Artists: Artists of the American Mosaic by Fayeq S. Oweis Released

posted on: Jan 17, 2008

The Encyclopedia of Arab
American Artists, has been released and available immediately.

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.

About the Author:

FAYEQ S. OWEIS is an Arab American artist and a professor of Arabic Language and Culture at Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, California.

He has a Ph.D. in interdisciplinary studies with focus on Arabic and Islamic arts. As an artist, he designed the exterior entranceway murals and the calligraphy of the interior dome of the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.

He has also exhibited his Arabic calligraphic compositions through out the United
States, and was an Artist-in-residence at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Artists included in “Encyclopedia of Arab American Artists”:

Etel Adnan, Yasser Aggour, Jocelyn M. Ajami, Abe Ajay, Sabah Al-Dhaher, Andrea Ali, Rheim Alkadhi, Hend Al-Mansour, Mohammed Al-Sadoun, Sama Alshaibi, Hashim Al-Tawil, Abderrahim Ambari, Ghada
Amer, Heba Amin, George Halim Awde , Halla Ayla, Nahda Alsalah Balaa,Lily Bandak, Khalil Bendib, Haifa Bint-Kadi, Doris Bittar, KamalBoullata, Huguette Caland, Adnan Charara, Wasmaa Khalid Chorbachi,
Carole Choucair-Oueijan, Rajie “Roger” Cook, Abdelali Dahrouch, JoyceDallal, Aissa Deebi, Hanah Diab, Saliba Douaihy, Nihad Dukhan, Mona A.
El-Bayoumi, Dahlia Elsayed, Layla Zarour Elshair, Lalla A. Essaydi, Hala Faisal, Simone Fattal, Dalah El-Jundi Faytrouni, Chawky Frenn,
Mariam Ghani, Rajaa A. Gharbi, Gibran Khalil (Kahlil) Gibran, Kahlil George Gibran, Samia Halaby, John Halaka, Nabila Hilmi, Hasan Hourani, (House of Lebanon (HOL) Artists Group: George Chamaa, Carole Choucair-Oueijan, Jeanice Deeb, Dalah Faytrouni, Reem Hammad, Joseph Hawa, John Hajjar, Father Farid Shoucair); Alya Abdul Razzak
Husseini, Happy/L.A. Hyder, Annemarie Jacir, Emily Jacir, Fay Afaf Kanafani, Mohammad Omar Khalil, Zahi Khamis, Sari Ibrahim Khoury, Khalid Kodi, Leila Kubba, Ilham Badreddine Mahfouz, Sam Maloof, Amina Mansour, Samar Megdadi, Aisha Mershani, Nabil Nahas, Said Nuseibeh, (OTHER: Arab Artists Collective – Detroit: Radfan Alqirsh, Mohamad
Bazzi, Imad Hassan, Joe Namy, Rola Nashef, Lana Rahme); Walid Raad, Naziha Rashid, Fawzia A. Reda, Mamoun Sakkal, Jacqueline (Jackie) Salloum, Adelia Malouf Samaha, Sumayyah Samaha, Linda Dalal Sawaya, Adnan Shati, Nida Sinnokrot, Katherine Toukhy, Mary Tuma, Madiha Umar, Faisal Yousef, Emna Zghal, Helen Zughaib, Afaf Zurayk.

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group