“Searching for the Divine in Contemporary Islamic Art” by Ahmed Ansari Opens in TAG

Searching for the Divine in Contemporary Islamic Art, an exhibition of paintings by newly juried Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association member Ahmed Ansari, will be on display in TAG (Gallery 311) at the Torpedo Factory Art Center from May 26 – June 18.
Apprehension and misunderstandings abound when discussing Islam and Muslims. This exhibit extols the beauty and simplicity of some of the basic tenets of the Quran and names of God rendered in traditional Islamic calligraphy interpreted in abstract forms. The paintings are meant to break away from a single audience of fellow Muslims and reach across the divide to a shared appreciation of the Divine. The timing of this exhibit is fitting given that May 27, 2017 marks the first day of Ramadan, a month of fasting and spiritual pursuits amongst all Muslims worldwide.

Searching for the Divine in Contemporary Islamic Art will be in Gallery 311 at the Torpedo Factory Art Center from May 26 – June 19. There will be an opening reception on June 8 from 6:30 – 9:00 pm.

The Gallery is located at
Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 N Union St, Gallery 311
Alexandria, VA 22314

Open Daily

11:00 am – 6:00 pm Friday – Tuesday
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm Wednesday
11:00 am – 9:00 pm Thursday

5th Annual Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Islamic Art.



We were very pleased to attend the opening reception of this prestigious juried art exhibit at the Irving Arts Center in Texas on Saturday Sep. 17th. There were artists from around the world as well. The art was juried by the curator Dr. Maryam Ekhtiar, Associate Curator of Islamic Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Exhibition will be on display in the Main Gallery at Irving Arts Center September 17,2016 – November 13, 2016.

New Art Exhibition at Loudoun County Government Center

Opening reception of Bridges of Faith and Traditions art exhibition at Loudoun County Government Center in Leesburg, Virginia with Larry Roeder

The Loudoun County Art Advisory Committee has organized a new art exhibition, entitled “Bridges of Faith and Traditions,” which is  on display at the Loudoun County Government Center through November 4, 2016.

The artists whose works are in the show are: Basim Al hashemi, Ahmed Ansari, Noera Ayaz, Leila Elkabli, Hassana Emran, Nabeeha Emran, Sabra Lutz, Maha Mahmood, Salwa Medani, Hamnah Rizwan, Israa  Saad, Layla Saad, and Shafia Talat.

Loudoun County Art Advisory Committee (AAC)

Arabic Calligraphy series: Allah (God)

In the Qur’an, the verse Al Ikhlas illustrates the essence of God for the Muslim, “Say: He is Allah, the One and Only! Allah, the Eternal, Absolute; He begets not nor is He begotten. And there is none like unto Him.” Al-Wahab (the Bestower) God says in the Qur’an, “And to Allah belong the best names, so invoke Him by them.”* Al-Wahab is one of the 99 names of Allah, The Bestower. *(Qur’an, 7:180)