The Islamic Art Revival Series (IARS) is one of Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation’s signature programs designed to increase awareness and build bridges of cultural understanding through the arts. This much celebrated program is a great tool to advance our mission of Education and Outreach.
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. We are passionate about sharing the rich cultural relevance of Islamic Art as a means of building awareness and exposure to the art itself and enhancing cross-cultural understanding among people from all walks of life.
Through our workshops, exhibits, film screenings, and festivals we promote education in the arts of the Islamic world and encourage vibrant cross-cultural exchange amongst all ages, faiths and cultures. In doing so, we build cultural bridges between the Islamic cultures and rest of the world.
Last year, IARS in partnership with LuminArté Gallery presented our 3rd Annual International Exhibition of Contemporary Islamic Art. It featured 46 artists from 17 countries including the USA, the United Kingdom, Iran, Bulgaria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Japan, Egypt, Pakistan, Canada, Singapore, Lebanon, Switzerland, Qatar, Mexico, and Cuba. All art was based on or inspired by Islamic art, literature, architecture and cultures.
Our juror was Dr Iftikhar Dadi, an Associate Professor at Cornell University, Department of History of Art, and is the Chair of the Department of Art. A number of art lectures and workshops by renowned artists and art educators was held in conjunction with the exhibition. A full color catalog is available for sale.
September 12, 2015 – Islamic Art Revival Series Experience. Want to know more about the IARS Experience? Visit our Facebook page and watch the 2014 IARS Experience event video.
Art is the Universal Language. We are passionate about Islamic art as a translator and connector across generations and cultures. From heart to heart, through time.