2015 Exhibition


List of the Accepted Calligraphers & Artists

For “Calligraphies in Conversation” 2nd International Exhibition, over 70 artworks curated out of over 250 submissions from local, national and international artists and calligraphers including Canada, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Italy, India, Indonesia, Iran, Pakistan, Russia, Turkey, UK, and USA.

A range of diverse traditions and scripts exhibited, with an array of Western, Chinese, Japanese, Tibetan, Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Hebrew, and Indian traditional calligraphy artworks as well as manifestations of calligraphy in some contemporary and abstract art pieces.

The exhibition was hosted a wide assortment of medium including calligraphy with traditional tools, painting, pottery and ceramics, digital arts and 3D printing, mixed media, metal art and jewelry, collage, and installation.

Exhibition Date: November 7 – December 12, 2015

Exhibition Place: Multiple locations across San Francisco Bay Area, California, including
  • Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California (ICCNC) at 1433 Madison Street, Oakland CA 94612
  • Oakland Asian Cultural Center (OACC) at 388 Ninth St., #290, Oakland, CA 94607
  • Oakland Main Public Library at 125 14th St., Oakland, CA 94612
  • Online Exhibition at the Website of Ziya Art Center (www.ziyaart.com)


Ziya Art Center in partnership with Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California (ICCNC), Oakland Asian Cultural Center (OACC), SAMENA Circle, Persian Arts Revival (PAR), Multiverse Arts, and California School of Traditional Arts, are leading the 2015 program. This program is made possible by a grant from the Alliance for California Traditional Arts, in partnership with Walter and Elise Haas Fund, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the Surdna Foundation.
Abdolreza Hosseini Garakani
Abdul Wahab
Ahmad Ariamanesh
Aimee Golant
Amol Saraf
Arash Shirinbab
Arella Barlev
Atousa Saberi
Bozorgmehr Asadimoghadam
Daniel Paniagua
Edythe Vassall
Elinor Holland
Elizabeth Nisperos
Fatemeh Rezaeefar
Gulnaz Ismagilova
Hamidreza Safizadeh
Jacob Ira A Vijandre
Kaori Ogawa
Kristian Kabuay
Leon Sun
Lynne Prather
Manal Alazaze and Nabil Mohamed
Maryam Vesal
Me'irah Iliinsky
Mehdi Fallah
Mohamed Zakaria Soltan
Mohan Saraf
Monica Dengo
Nikola Klanicová
Nukman Alfarisy
Rayyaneh Karami
Rick Paulus
Ronald Y. Nakasone
Rupy C. Tut
Saba Seyedan Jafari
Sahar Eftekharzadeh
Salma Arastu
Shakil Akram Khan
Susan Duhan Felix / Brenda Goldstein
Tanya Momi
Tashi Mannox
Tommer Peterson
Vincent Abadie Hafez / Zepha
Weiguang Huang
Yaser Shanjani

Snapshot of the 2015 Artworks

Online Gallery Coming Soon!
  1. Abdolreza H. Garakani
    Abdolreza H. Garakani
  2. Amol Saraf
    Amol Saraf
  3. Arash Shirinbab
    Arash Shirinbab
  4. Kristian Kabuay
    Kristian Kabuay
  5. Me'irah Iliinsky
    Me'irah Iliinsky
  6. Rick Paulus
    Rick Paulus
  7. Tommer Peterson
    Tommer Peterson
  8. Vincent Abadie Hafez
    Vincent Abadie Hafez
  9. Ahmad Ariamanesh
    Ahmad Ariamanesh