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Elinor Aishah Holland

Education

  • BA in Comparative Religion, Cum Laude, Temple University, 1990
  • Study of Colloquial Arabic, CASA Summer Program, American University in Cairo, Egypt, 1982
  • Ijaza or certification to teach Thuluth and Naskh scripts, IRCICA, Istanbul 2013.
  • Ongoing instruction in Arabic script from Master Calligrapher Mohamed Zakariya, Washington, DC
  • Yearly Arabic classes from Masters Hassan Celebi, Efdaluddin Kilic, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Society of Scribes continuing education

Teaching

  • Rockland Center for the Arts, West Nyack, NY. Classes in Copperplate, Italic, paste paper and color, and children’s classes, 1994-1998
  • Blue Rock School, West Nyack, NY. Classes in calligraphy for grades 4-7, 1993-1997
  • Smithsonian Institute: ImaginAsia program. Classes and workshops in Arabic for children (of all ages). Winter1995
  • Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution. Docent trainings. Spring 1995.
  • Haverstraw Library, Haverstraw, NY. Classes for children and adults. 1997-99
  • Valley Cottage Library, Valley Cottage, NY. Classes for children and adults, 1996-99
  • National Museum of African Art, Washington DC. Dancing Pens Workshop for Children. Calligraphy in Art Workshop for Teachers. Fall 2001
  • NY Society of Scribes: classes in Copperplate (spring and fall) 2000 – present
  • Green Meadow Waldorf School, Chestnut Ridge, NY. Classes in many Roman script hands (Uncial, Gothic, Italic, Copperplate) for grades 7-11. 1997- 2002
  • Newark Museum, Newark, NJ. Classes in Italic, Uncial and Copperplate. 2001–present
  • American Museum of Natural History, NY, NY. Workshops on Arabic Calligraphy for children. 2004
  • Museum of the City of NY. Workshops in Arabic script for children, 2002
  • Rockland BOCES. Adult Continuing Education classes in Italic. 1999–present
  • Arabic Calligraphy Workshop, Confluence Conference. St. Louis, MI. Summer 2003
  • 92nd Street Y, NYC. Copperplate and other calligraphy classes. Fall 2004 to 2007.
  • Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY. Introduction to Calligraphy. Summer semester, May-June 2005
  • New York Public Library, NY, NY. Workshops for young adults. 2005 to present
  • Center for Book Arts, New York, NY. Islamic calligraphy workshop, March 2007.
  • Asia Society, New York, NY. Workshop for Family Day, November 2008, April 2009.
  • Zaytuna College, Summer Arabic Intensive, Berkeley, CA. Calligraphy lecture/workshop, Summer 2009, 2010.
  • Rudolf Steiner School, New York, NY. Calligraphic selections for 11th graders, 2011.
  • New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY. “Hand Lettering for Artistst”, Feb. 2010, 2011.
  • Morgan Library, New York, NY. “Qalam for Kids”, youth workshop, “An Art of Measure and Harmony” adult workshop, fall 2011.
  • “Harmony of Line”, private classes in New York, NY, June 2011 – present.
  • Park 51 Cultural Center, beginning Arabic script classes, spring 2012.
  • Long Island University, Brooklyn NY. Lecture and workshop for Interdisclipine course on Ottoman Culture and Art.
  • BAM sponsored workshop at Khalil Gibran Public School, New York City, June 2013.
  • Summer Arabic Calligraphy Workshops, Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution
  • July 6, 7, 27and 28, 2013
  • Classical Kufic workshop, Center for Book Arts, NYC, August, 2013

Lectures

  • An Introduction to the Art of the Pen. Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY. 1993

  • The Art of Arabic Calligraphy. Columbia University, NY, NY. Islamic History class of George Saliba. 1994

  • The Art of Arabic Calligraphy. St. Mary’s College, MD, 1998

  • Beauty of Sacred Texts Conference. Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ. November 2003

  • Islamic Calligraphy: A Hidden Treasure. James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA, Islam Awareness Week. March 22, 2004

  • Islamic Calligraphy. Rihla Deen Intensive, Abiquiu, NM. Summer 2002

  • “Art in the Service of the Divine”, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Fall 2002

  • Islamic Calligraphy. Bergen Community College, Paramus, NJ. November 2003

  • Spirit of the Pen. Society of Scribes, NY, NY. 2003

  • Arabic Script Calligraphy. Confluence Conference. St. Louis, Missouri. 2004

  • Islamic Calligraphy: A Hidden Treasure. University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN. 2004

  • Islamic Calligraphy: A Hidden Treasure. Mary Washington College, Maryland. March 2004, March 2008

  • A Talk on Islamic Calligraphy. Islamic Heritage Society, New York, NY, December 15, 2004

  • Islamic Calligraphy: A Hidden Treasure. Islamic Cultural Center of NY, Stamford CT. February 2005

  • Islamic Calligraphy: A Hidden Treasure. Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. April 2005

  • Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxeville, NY April 2006

  • Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit, MI, May 2006

  • China Institute, New York City, August 2005, 2006

  • Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center, Washington, DC, October 2006, July 2009

  • George Washington University MSA, Washington, DC. January 2007, March 2008

  • La Salle University, Diplomat in Residence Program, Philadelphia, PA. February 2007

  • Islamic Calligraphy: Lifting the Veil, Lafayette College, Easton, PA. March 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010.

  • Georgetown University, Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Teachers Education Program, Washington DC. June 2007

  • Freer Sackler Teachers Program, Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC. August 2007

  • Mohamed Hamidullah Center, Jacksonville, FL. Lecture and two workshops. January 2008

  • Introducing Islamic Calligraphy at IAW week, University of Miami. Miami, FL, January 2008

  • Mary Washington College, Fredericksburg, VA. Lecture, March 2008

  • Penn State University, State College, PA. Lecture and workshop, April 2008

  • Yale University, New Haven, CT. Lecture. April 2008

  • University of Kansas MSA, Lawrence, KS. Lecture and workshop. April 2008

  • Middlesex High School, Concord, MA. Lecture and workshop, February 2009

  • Hunter College, New York, NY. Lecture and workshop, March 2009.

  • Stony Brook University MSA, Stony Brook, NY. Lecture, March 2009.

  • Trinity College, Hartford, CT. Islamic calligraphy workshop, March, 2009, 2010

  • Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, Muslim Life Program. The Spiritual Art of Islamic Calligraphy, lecture, April 20

  • University of Nebraska, Omaha. Lecture and workshop on Arabic Script Calligraphy, April, 2009.

  • Zaytuna Institute, Berkeley, CA. Islamic calligraphy lecture and workshop, August, 2009.

  • Al-Bustan, Seeds of Peace, workshops for teachers and students in the Philadelphia School District, Spring, 2009.

  • Connecticut Valley Calligraphers Guild, Slide lecture on Khatt, November 2009.

  • Swarthmore College, Slide lecture and workshop on Islamic Calligraphy, November 2009, February 2011.

  • Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA. Workshops for Arabic Language classes, March, 2011, 2014.

  • Columbia University, New York, NY. Lecture on Islamic Art and Science with Dr. George Saliba. November 2013.

  • Alwan for the Arts, NYC, “Thuluth, Letter by Letter” class, 2014.

  • Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC, Love Poetry Family Event, 2014

  • Discovering Islamic Art, Calligraphy Classes, Princeton, NJ, summer 2014

  • Zimmerli Museum, Rutgers University, Calligraphy Demonstration, New Brunswick, NJ, Fall 2014

Free-lance lettering artist, 1992-present

  • Event work (envelopes, place cards, escort cards, etc.)
  • Design and lettering of diplomas, certificates and citations
  • Artistic rendering of poetry (English and Arabic)
  • Logos (English and Arabic)
  • Gravestone lettering (English and Arabic)
  • Marriage certificates (English and Arabic)
  • Creative maps, signage (English and Arabic)
  • Lettering for advertising (English and Arabic)
  • Clients include Clinton Global Initiative, Hermes of Paris, Lippincott Mercer, Muslim Voices, The US Department of State, HBO.

Exhibits

  • Students and Faculty exhibits, Rockland Center for the Arts, 1993-1997

  • Muslim Women Artists Exhibit, St. John’s University, 2000

  • Solo Exhibit, Valley Cottage Library, 2000

  • Faculty of Arts Workshops Exhibit, Newark Museum, 2002

  • Society of Scribes Member’s Exhibits, Donnell Library, 1995, 1997, 2004

  • Faculty Exhibit, Confluence Conference, St. Louis, MI, 2004

  • Faculty Exhibit, Long Island University, Starting September, 2005

  • The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, Pittsfield, MA. Participant in the exhibit: In The Realm of Rumi. November 2007–January 2008

  • Tenafly Library, Tenafly NJ, November, 2007

  • Solo Exhibit, Lincoln Land Community College, Springfield, IL. Jan–Feb 2008

  • “East Meets West,” solo exhibition, Lafayette College, Easton, PA. Mar–May 2008

  • “Typograffica”, Philoctetes Center for the Studay of Imangination, 2009

  • Society Members' Exhibition at the National Arts Club, 2008, 2009, 2010

  • “Three Faiths”, Exhibition at New York Public Library, 2010

  • King Fahd Glorious Quran Printing Complex Forum for World Renowned Quran Calligraphers, Madina, KSA, May 2011

  • Algerian Ministry of Culture Festival of Arabic Calligraphy Exhibition, Algiers, 2012

  • Kuwait Islamic Arts Center Calligraphy Exhibition, Kuwait, 2013-4

  • Sharjah Calligraphy Biennial Exhibit, UAE, spring 2014

  • #occupycommonground, St. Paul’s Church, New York City, fall 2014

Curation

 

  • “Alphabetics: East to West”, Initiated and curated a multicultural calligraphy exhibit with the works of over 30 calligraphers from NY to Japan, Pratt Institute, September 1993

Articles

  • “Printing Peace,” Alphabet, Volume 30, Number 1, Autumn 2004
  • “Imitation in Art and Life: The Art of Islamic Calligraphy”, Lilipoh, Issue 43, Vol. II, Spring 2006
  • “Wissam Shawkat”, Letter Arts Review, Volume 25, Number 3, Summer 2011
  • “Anatomy of the Hilya”, Letter Arts Review, Volume 26, Number 3, Summer 2012
  • “Sabah Arbilli”, Letter Arts Review, Volume 28, Number 4, Winter 2014

Published Artwork

  • The Book of Sufi Healing, Hakim Moinuddin, Inner Traditions, 1991
  • Meeting the Buddha: On Pilgrimage in Buddhist India, Decorative Maps, Riverhead Books, 1995
  • Book Cover Windows of Faith, Gisele Webb, Syracuse Universtiy Press, 2000
  • Book Cover, Believing Women in Islam, Asma Barlas, University of Texas, 2002
  • Fellowship Magazine, Cover Art, May/June issue, 2003
  • Tricycle Magazine, Map of Lumbini-Kapilavastu, Spring 2005

Presentations

  • Arabic Calligraphy Demonstrator, Mahrahan al Fan, Brooklyn Museum.1994
  • Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution. Demonstration of Islamic Calligraphy. Spring, 1995
  • RocklandFest– Sacred Arts and Traditions of Rockland County. July, 1996 and July 2006
  • Artist in Residence. Pomona Cultural Center, Pomona, NY. 1999
  • Artist in Residence. Florida Atlantic University, Jupiter, FL, March, 2006
  • Children's Africana Book Awards Ceremony, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC. 2007
  • Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Panelist. July 29, 2007
  • Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center, Washington, DC. Lecture/Workshops through the SQCC, at the following venues: Georgetown University, College of William and Mary, Middle East Institute, ImaginAsia Program at the Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution. November, 2007.
  • Helvetica: Typography and Literacy, Panelist for Round Table Discussion, Philoctetes Center for the Study of Imagination, NY, NY, January 2009.
  • CAMP Conference, May 2009. Panelist for “Civil Society: Art as a Cultural Lense”
  • Carlos Museum, Emory University, Atlanta, GA. Artist in Residence with “Writing the Word of God” and “Traces of Calligraphy” exhibits, November, 2010.
  • Rubin Museum, Lunch Matters Panel, Three Faiths: Illuminating with Calligraphy, NY, NY, May 2012.

Consultation

  • Conservation Consultation, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY. Consultation and rendering Arabic script on an educational reconstruction panel of the Nur al-Din Room to demonstrate the steps involved in the manufacturing of the original surface decoration. March 2009.
  • Thesis Advisor for MFA Student at the University of Baltimore. Advised Elisabeth Kvernen in her research for content for the “Calligraphy Qalam” (http://calligraphyqalam.com) website. 2008-2009.
  • New York Public Library “Three Faiths” Exhibition and Scriptorium. Consulted the curator of the scriptorium.

Memberships

  • NY Society of Scribes 1989 – present (Board Member 1997 – 1999)
  • Washington Calligraphers Guild
  • International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers and Teachers of Handwriting (IAMPETH)
  • Historians of Islamic Art Association