The Cantor Arts Center is presenting work by 10 artists who were finalists for the international Jamell Prize. Awarded every two years, the competition is open by nomination. It is not restricted to Muslims or artists from the Islamic world, but it is awarded for contemporary art and design inspired by Islamic tradition. The prize was 25,000 British pounds (about $35,800 U.S. dollars).
For 2011, the Jamell Prize was awarded to Rachid Korachi, who won for a series of embroidered banners titled "Les Maitres invisibles" ("The Invisible Masters"). Korachi's work explores the lives and legacies of the 14 great mystics of Islam. Born in Algeria, Korachi now lives in Tunisia and France.
In addition to Korachi, other finalists for the 2011 Jamell Award were: artist Hayv Kahraman, who was born in Iraq and now lives in the Bay Area; Hadieh Shafie and Soody Sharifi, who were born in Iran and now live in the United States; Babak Golkar, American-born but now living in Canada; Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian who was born in Iran, but spent many years in the U.S. and now lives in Tehran.
Other artists include Bita Ghezelayagh, Aisha Khalid, Hazem El Mestikawy and, the youngest artist presented, Noor Ali Chagani.
The exhibition continues through March 10. It is on view in three spaces at the Cantor Arts Center: Korachi's banners hang in the Geballe Family Balcony over the Cantor's main lobby. Other works are presented upstairs in the Ruth Levison Halperin Gallery and the Lynn Krywick Gibbons Gallery. It is organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, in partnership with the Abdul Latif Jamell Community Initiatives.
Related events include a graduate student Spotlight Talk at 2 p.m. Jan. 11 and an Artist's Talk by Korachi at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 24. The programs are open to the public. Admission to the Cantor is free.
The Cantor Arts Center is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays, with evening hours until 8 p.m. Thursdays. The center is off Palm Drive at Museum Way on the campus of Stanford University. Call 650-723-4177 or visit http://museum.stanford.edu.
The current Society of Western Artists show will be on view through Jan. 26 at the SWA Headquarters Gallery, 2625 Broadway, Redwood City. A reception with the artists will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Jan. 12.
Show winners include Ellen Howard, who took first place. Second place went to Helen Scheel and third place award was presented to Susan Pizzi. Joe Crosetti won The People's Choice award.
Judges for the show were SWA artists Susan Brott, Leona Moriarty and Sherry Vockel.
The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. Visit www.societyofwesternartists.com or call 650-737-6084.
Information on visual and literary arts can be sent to Bonny Zanardi at Bzanardi@aol.com.