Politics in Art

By: Amina Khan

Politics can be applied to everything as long as a conversation is able to be sparked by it. Under my own understanding of what politics means, which underlines the ability to debate on a matter, my loved object has the extreme ability to be political. It is, after all, a […]

March 14, 2018

Art As My Coping Skill

By: Asma Uz-Zaman

According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, one of the key steps in maintaining positive mental health and well-being is developing coping skills. Many things can fall under coping methods, but the most important part is picking the one that makes you feel happy and safe and […]

February 28, 2018

Don’t Apologize for Promoting Human Rights

By: Amina Khan

Recent news has epitomized and critiqued a hijabi woman who stepped down from a major brand in the beauty industry. All because of past tweets criticizing Israel. She stated her regret for comments on the war in Gaza and how these tweets were hurtful and upsetting, but to whom? To […]

February 15, 2018

Art, Truth, and Self-Discovery

By: Sarah Tabassum

  “Art is not truth; art is the lie which makes us see the truth.” said one of the most famous artists of all time, Pablo Picasso. Yes, art is not as simple as it is seen. An array of color on a piece of paper or rock possesses a […]

February 7, 2018

Nostalgia: The Sacred Movement of Art

By: Ali Hussain

I gaze at particular arrangements of colors in my memory; visual symphonies that encompass in their universalism the life of almost every painting. These specific meetings of the palette’s confidantes allow me to serenade my eager self through the alleyways of imagination to memories of ancient places and antique personas […]

January 31, 2018

Art Day with Mohammad Iqbal

By: Abbas Mohamed

I don’t consider myself an artist…or at least, I didn’t until very recently. You see, I have been writing poetry since I was 12, dropped out of high school to go to college at 15, and have been performing and speaking publicly since around that same time. I always considered […]

January 24, 2018

The Spiritual Potential of Art

By: Daniel Nelson

[I wish to discuss the spiritual power and ramifications inherent to visual art, and by extension, the responsibility held by those who create it.  I reflect on two examples from my own experience which includes two of the most widely known masterworks over the last 500 years and how these […]

January 17, 2018

How Should I Commission My Artwork?

By: Amina Khan

What’s the most reasonable way to price your artwork?   If you’re an artist seeking to start commissions, pricing artwork becomes a heady task. The number one factor in pricing your artwork is to be fair to both yourself and whomever you wish to sell to. Get accustomed to understanding […]

January 11, 2018

Skill Versus Talent + Creativity

By: Amina Khan

     Debunking the misconception that skill coincides with talent relies on understanding the difference between both. One can develop the skills needed to be associated with talent. You could also tie in the argument that being talented does not mean one is creative.      This doesn’t entirely demolish […]

January 3, 2018

5 Different Brands of Muslim

By: Arva Syed

﷽ “O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another.” (Verse 49:13) Muslims fulfill roughly a quarter of the world’s population and covers a diverse range of countries. I have started this portrait series to shed […]

December 28, 2017

Defining Modern Islamic Art

By: Amina Khan

Modern Islamic art seeks the essence of simplicity but still imitates a vibrant beauty. This kind of art juxtaposes the traditional and intricate designs so instinctively portrayed in Islamic art.   Calligraphy Several artists have created their own styles of Arabic calligraphy throughout the years. These artists have mastered the […]

December 13, 2017

Exploring Islamic Art

By: Amina Khan

Recognizing and analyzing Islamic art unveils a vibrant yet elegant reflection of how diverse Islam is both ethically and culturally. Islamic art contains a vast collection of categories which signify religion whilst also dramatically portraying the cultural lands of which Muslims ruled throughout the years. The artists who had worked […]

December 6, 2017

Escape From Aleppo Review

By: Amani Hamed

A young girl is awakened by her cousin tugging at her foot. The time has come, and they must leave. Nadia cowers beneath her bed and kicks at the older Razan: she can hear the sound of screeching barmeela, see the explosions of barrel bombs that have not yet fallen, feel the […]

November 29, 2017

Interview with Singer Ilyas Mao

By: Amina Khan

Ilyas Mao is a Black Muslim who uses his platform as a musician to promote peace. His music laces social justice and spiritual wellbeing with a euphonious melody to it. His position is key to the Muslim community by capitalizing how diverse and talented Muslims are, whilst also denouncing stereotypes […]

November 23, 2017

Art as A Confidence Booster

By: Mohammad-Amir Aghaee

In November 2011, I came to a dark realization that I was thoroughly unprepared for life. I could not remember any lessons to lean on to guide me through what felt like a total collapse. My anxiety and depression were overwhelming me, and it would eventually lead me down a […]

November 15, 2017

Cultural Identity V.S. Ethnicity

By: Arva Syed

The following article has been extracted from a speech.   Prejudice….is a complicated topic. But what if I said that by the end of this oratory that you will gain a deeper understanding of this issue. Let’s start with some background information. Just the other day I was conversing with […]

November 8, 2017