Nabeela Sajjad,  Purity , acrylic

Nabeela Sajjad, Purity, acrylic

Universal Messages: New Vistas

Contemporary Muslim Women Artists in the Bay Area
curated by Salma Arastu

November 3–December 2, 2018
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 3, 6pm–8pm
Vocal Performances at 7pm

An exhibition showcasing local Muslim women artists, including Salma Arastu, Bassamat Fayoumi Bahnasy, Manli Salimah Chao, Rabea Chaudhry, Rubina Kazi, Yasmin Khafagy, Azeem Khaliq, Nabeela Sajjad and Ayesha Samdani. Inspired by the beauty of Arabic calligraphy — which developed from the Islamic tradition forbidding the depiction of God, Mohamed and the prophets in art — the artists in this show work abstractly to represent spiritual concepts, words and ideas.

As part of the opening reception, singers and performers of various faith backgrounds will present “Sounds of Faith,” a program of spiritual songs, starting at 7pm. The performance will begin with a recitation from the Quran, followed by Hebrew hymns, a medley of Indian bhajans, a healing hymn and Sufi chanting. Featuring Mustapha Harb, Taya Shere, Snigdha Venkataramani, Clare Hedin and Issa Chishty.

Underwriting for opening receptions generously provided by Mechanics Bank.


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HERE: Part 1

December 15, 2018–January 11, 2019
Opening Reception: Sat, December 15, 6pm–8pm

Read the Call for Entries

Entry Deadline: December 4 by 5pm

SUBMISSION FORM

HERE is an annual celebration of BAC’s artist-members, who form the foundation of a deep and rich art community in Berkeley and throughout the East Bay. Working in all media at all levels of experience, their diverse talents are showcased in this salon-style exhibition through the presentation of small works. The show is presented in two parts: a non-juried component, followed by a juried group exhibition. Each year, a prominent juror reviews the works in HERE: Part 1 to invite a selection of artists to participate in HERE: Part 2, with works coalescing around a theme that speaks to the current cultural moment.

This year’s juror is Los Angeles–based gallerist Walter Maciel, whose career has spanned Northern and Southern California for more than two decades. He began his career in 1992 after graduating from the University of California, Berkeley, with a double major in Art History and Studio Art. Maciel was director of two prominent galleries in San Francisco before opening Walter Maciel Gallery in Culver City in 2006, a 4,000-square-foot exhibition space that promotes the careers of emerging, mid-career and established artists who participate in national and international exhibitions and art fairs. Walter has served on many boards and committees, including Southern Exposure, Headlands Center for the Arts, Hospitality House and the San Francisco Art Dealers Association, as well as speaking on panels at universities and art institutions, including University of California, Los Angeles; University of California, Berkeley; San Francisco Art Institute; California College of the Arts; Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University; and Institute for Contemporary Art, San Jose.


Underwriting for opening receptions generously provided by Mechanics Bank.


HERE: Part 2
Juried by Walter Maciel

January 26–February 16, 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 2, 6pm–8pm