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Interfaith Art Exhibit 2015
"WE ARE THE BRIDGE" is the third biennial interfaith art exhibition that ICCNC coordinates and hosts on May 1-30, 2015, and it symbolizes our commitment to the arts and interfaith relationship building. Once again, it will feature the work of Bay Area artists coming together to showcase compelling artwork while furthering interfaith understanding and respect.
ICCNC continues its work with partners Montclair Presbyterian Church and Kehilla Community Synagogue, also both in Oakland (the three institutions make up the “Faith Trio”). For the past five years we have joined together for numerous interfaith events and dialogue. Ziya Art Center and Islamic Art Exhibit are another organizations which partners to lead this exhibition and its related activities.
This exhibit builds on the success of an inaugural interfaith art exhibition in Fall 2011 called “Diverse Visions of Harmony”, and a second one called “Finding Common Ground through Sacred Words,” in May 2013. From the 2011 exhibit to the 2013 one, we had increased the number of artists and artwork represented, from 40 artists to 100 (a 150% increase). The number of artworks increased as well, and in 2015 we plan to again feature a range of art modalities and artists representing many faith traditions.
The "We Are the Bridge" exhibition resulted in over 100 artworks from 70 artists curated out of over 180 submissions by the Curatorial Panel that included Kirk Lumpkin, Lea Delson, Maryam Vesal, Nabeela Sajjad, Rubina Kazi, Steve McKiernan, Tom Debley, and the Chief Curator Arash Shirinbab. Most of the art submissions were from artists local to the Bay Area except one from Los Angeles, one from Texas, one from India, and one from Bangladesh. The exhibition had over 300 visitors on the day of reception on May 2nd and had over 250 visitor during the course of the exhibit.
The Theme of the 2015 exhibition was “We Are the Bridge” in which we aimed to discover how artists creatively envision themselves, their culture, faith, community, and art being a bridge from conflict to resolution and reconciliation. We acepted artwork that expresses the theme and a commitment to interfaith understanding, coexistence, peace, and cultural dialogue.
To visit the online gallery of 2015 artworks please CLICK HERE.
The Curatorial Panel of the Interfaith Art Exhibition Third Biennial 2015 consists of representatives from the Faith Trio congregations and individual artists, some being involved with Interfaith Art Exhibition since 2011. They have been planning and working on this exhibition for over six months.
To learn more about the Curatorial Panel, statement, and process please CLICK HERE.
The third Interfaith Art Exhibition Biennial opened on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California (ICCNC) with an inspiring and beautiful display of artwork. All the artwork reflects the theme of bridge building between faiths as well as building bridges from conflict to resolution and reconciliation.
To view press release and media covarage please CLICK HERE.
We planned and led four public programs in the course of the     2015 exhibition and in relation to the theme and goals of it. These programs included a Traditional Persian Calligraphy Workshop, a Workshop on Art and Design of Islamic Geometric Patterns, an Interactive Art Making Piece, and Artists' Meet and Greet with    Artists' Tour.
To learn more about the these public programs please CLICK HERE. 
Many beautiful photos are taken by Lea Delson, Raeshma Razvi, Alex Madonik, and Haleh from our reception ceremony and the exhibition.
To view the selection of photos please CLICK HERE.
We are pleased to announce the publication of the “WE ARE THE BRIDGE”, Interfaith Art Exhibition 3rd Biennial Book in partnership with GoldenElm Publications and Ziya Art Center. This catalog contains material and artworks of the exhibition and several pages of introduction and preface about the exibition. The “WE ARE THE BRIDGE”, Interfaith Art Exhibition Book will be a durable record of our 2015 exhibition.
To learn more about the book and pre-orders please CLICK HERE.