Encyclopedia of Arab American Artists
by Fayeq S. Oweis
December 2007, 336pp, 7 x 10
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-0-313-33730-7
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The lives and works of approximately 100 Arab American artists are presented in this volume, from painters to calligraphers to those who create on film.

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. Artists included: *Etel Adnan *Wasma Chorbachi *Nihad Dukhan *Kahlil Gibran *Sari Khoury *Emily Jacir *Sari Khoury *Mamoun Sakkal *Mary Tuma *Madiha Umar *Afaf Zurayk


Honorable Mention, 2009 Arab American Book Award—Arab American National Museum, June 1, 2009


"A list of resources on Arab American artists and Arab culture in the United States is a useful entrée to organizations, museums, cultural and community centers, workshops, and other nonprofit institutions involved in access to and promotion of the Arab American artistic and cultural community."—College & Research Libraries News, March 1, 2009

"The Encyclopedia of Arab American Artists profiles individuals both familiar and obscure in the United State and elsewhere."—America.gov, March 3, 2008

"The author highlights the accomplishments of 100 Arab American visual artists."—MultiCultural Review, December 1, 2008

"This is a user-friendly book that fulfills its goal; it is an excellent source for basic information and provides resources for further study. The Artists of the American Mosaic series is part of a larger online educational resource that includes resources and prepared lesson plans for educators addressing the multiethnic nature of the American experience."—ARBA, March 1, 2009

"This work provides summaries of the lives and works of about 100 Arab American visual artists, each of whom have made significant contributions to the American and international art scene. The entries are organized alphabetically and detail the biographies of the artists as well as their artwork, the issues that influenced it, and the places where it can be seen. The volume incorporates pictures, artists' quotes, and an introduction offering a general overview of Arab American artists which highlights common themes in their histories, identities, political perspectives, and adversities, and identifies institutions that draw attention to their work."—The Middle East Journal, June 2, 2010
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