CAIRO - Celebrating the rich history of Islamic art, an exhibition in Santa Clara, California, is showcasing pieces that reflect art evolution by US Muslim artists.
"We saw a need to have a show of Islamic Art as it has evolved in different forms, not just the traditional, classic art," Nabeela Raza Sajjad, founder of the nonprofit Islamic Art Exhibit (IAE), told The Santa Clara Weekly.
Extending bridges between different cultures, "The Miracles of Qur'an" exhibition has opened its doors at the Santa Clara Central Park Library which would continue through the end of May.
The theme of the exhibition is based on Qur'an inspirations for a collection of about fifty pieces by artists in the Muslim community.
Admiring the ancient history of Islamic art through centuries, the exhibition tries to offers a window into its evolution from classical to modern.
The displayed Islamic pieces show the use of new media tools such as photography, digitally enhanced collages, and acrylics.
"It's really a blend of modern and classic," said library technology aide Evan S.
Ancient Islamic art has been celebrated in different American states over the past couple of years.
The "1001 Inventions" exhibition, which toured different American states, including New York and California, has highlighted contributions by Muslim scholars to the development of astronomy, math, architecture, medicine and engineering.
Though there are no official statistics, the US is believed to be home to 7-8 million Muslim.
Showing admiration to the artwork on display, visitors praised the mix of Arabic calligraphy in a modern way.
"It's beautiful art and culture and religion all together," Said Rahimi, a Santa Calera Muslim resident, said.
"It is peaceful and clears the mind....It has universal appeal."
His daughter Sophy echoes a similar admiration.
"It shows the beauty of the writing.
Bonding American Muslims and their rich art history, the exhibition is seen as an encouragement for the Muslim artists to share their talents with their society.
"We have a huge Muslim population, and one of the main mosques is in Santa Clara," said Sajjad."The Islamic Art Exhibit gives Muslim artists a platform to share their talents with the community."