Virtual Exhibit: The Architecture of Islam

The Architecture of Islam, a virtual exhibit, is now open under the gallery tab of our main menu. Look through the curation of Islamic architecture, a truly undefinable genre. The gallery is festooned with pieces from around the world, from all stylistic and functional perspectives, and from varying times in Islam's broad history.

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Book of the Month: October, 2017

The Art and Architecture of Islam 1250-1800 by Sheila S. Blair and Jonathan M. Bloom

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Arabesque: Contemporary Conversations Call for Artists

From Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens


Arabesque: Contemporary Conversations

Summer 2018 Exhibit at the Polasek Museum to Explore Modern Islamic Art

Application deadline for entry is 5:00 PM EST on Thursday, March 1, 2018

The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens is now accepting submissions for “Arabesque: Contemporary Conversations,” an exhibit to run in partnership with the Islamic Artists of Orlando from May 8 to August 19, 2018.

Traditional Islamic works call to mind ancient art and architecture decorated with interlacing natural elements and geometric lines known as arabesque.  These stylized designs are often tiled or seamlessly repeated.  This exhibit will explore what modern Islamic art looks like, and submitted works should explore what “arabesque” means to artists today.  All mediums are welcome.

Artists will be required to submit two images of each piece, a short bio, and an object description with how their works relates to exhibit theme.  Out-of-area artists are encouraged to apply, but all shipping costs and arrangements are the sole responsibility of the artist.

Please send your images, bio, and descriptions to rfrisby@polasek.org.

The deadline for entry is March 1, 2018 at 5 p.m. EST. No late entries will be accepted.

Dynamic Islam! Call for Artists

Islam is a religion of movement. The motions of daily prayers, the walk of pilgrims around the Kaaba, the movement of eyes as one reads the Qur'an. On a larger scale, Islam is dynamic, energetic, changing, progressing, moving forward in history and in society. This theme is often visible in contemporary Islamic art.

If you would like to contribute artistically to our winter symposium, please fill out the form below. We invite artists of all mediums, lecturers, poets, musical performers, and any other types of humanitarians. Application closes on November 18th, 2017.

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In Unity, in Love, and in Peace

On behalf of the Islamic community of Central Florida, our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the senseless acts of violence that have occurred in London and Paris.

We hope these actions are not emulated throughout the world and are soon discontinued. We also hope the world continues to understand that the men carrying out these acts of terrorism are not at all representative of the Muslim population.

Again, in prayer, we are with the victims of these attacks as they heal, and we are with their families as they mourn.

In unity, in love, and in peace.

The Islamic Artists of Orlando Staff

السلام عليكم
as-salāmu ʿalaykum
peace be upon you

A Sufi Elegy Recap

This past Friday, Islamic Artists of Orlando hosted its debut show and Pulse Massacre commemoration event, A Sufi Elegy, at Faith Arts Village Orlando. The room was curated with pieces from as far as Pakistan to as close as Windermere.

The event was an excellent homage to Islamic art and honorable tribute to the Pulse massacre victims. Even with a total of over 120 visitors, the room hardly felt cramped. It was kept alive with constructive discussion about art in Islam, centered around the pieces themselves. Visitors also enjoyed exceptional hummus and beverages while observing the collection.

We would like to thank our local artists for donating their time and effort into making our show a truly well-rounded representation of Islamic art! Without their thoughtful contributions, our first exhibition would not have been as incredible.

View pictures from the event below. Stay tuned for our next art exhibitions, coming in the Fall of 2017 and the Summer of 2018!

A Manchester and a World United

On behalf of the Central Florida Muslim community, we extend our most heartfelt condolences to those afflicted by the Manchester terror attack. In turbulent times like these, love, as a strong international community, must overcome. Let us remain a Manchester and a world united

The Islamic Artists of Orlando Staff

السلام عليكم
as-salāmu ʿalaykum
peace be upon you

Poetry Reading Recap

Amidst dim lights, delicious food, and incredible company at Stardust Video & Coffee, IAO's first poetry reading went fantastically! With famous selections from Rumi, Ibn Arabi, Getrude Stein, and others plus original works from several talented readers, the event was a night of intellect, fellowship, and great times. Poems were read in English, Arabic, and even Spanish. Seeing the incredible group of people gathering to share in the poetry displayed the openness of our community and its willingness to learn more about Sufism.

Thank you to everyone who braved the stage and shared poems that touched on your spiritual connections to Islam. Thank you to all who came, listened, and shared in the atmosphere. And thank you to our wonderful host Stardust for your generosity of time and environs.

Explore pictures from the reading below (Photography Credit to Bob Gall)!

Perspectives: The Ban

Throughout his first few weeks, President Trump has made countless headlines with his bold executive decisions spanning from tightened border security on the U.S.-Mexico border to the revival of the Dakota Access Pipeline’s construction.

Although almost every one of his rushed orders has offended a large percentage of Americans, perhaps the most heavily contested order has been Trump’s travel ban. Our organization, unlike the current Executive Branch, has faith in the Judicial System of the United States to challenge the blatant unconstitutionality of this discriminatory ban. But beneath the issue’s unconstitutionality lies its inhumanity.

No matter how it was worded, no matter how it was presented, the travel ban is an indiscrete ban on Muslims. The fact that students, teachers, employees, and employers from these seven countries were blocked entry solely based upon religion and geography is disturbingly contradictory to American values. The even more disturbing fact that thousands of struggling refugees cannot find haven in the safe and tolerant neighborhoods of America is contradictory to human values. And what is painfully ironic, like almost every action President Trump has sponsored, this ban will undoubtedly serve as ripe fodder for extremist groups like ISIS.

With this shocking news from the White House, our organization has gained a new purpose beyond combatting Islamophobia. Through our exhibitions, we aim to show unwavering love and support for immigrants, refugees, people of color, the LGBTQIA+ community, and any other ostracized, attacked, or marginalized group. We will be active in achieving this goal beyond gallery walls.

We will stand up for the true Islam and the true America.

Please stay alert for fast-approaching updates on gallery bookings. Contact us for any questions, comments, or suggestions and especially if you have any art you would like to showcase.

The Islamic Artists of Orlando Staff

السلام عليكم
as-salāmu ʿalaykum
peace be upon you