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TCVA hosts visiting artist Nihad Dukhan

Article Published: May. 27, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011

Appalachian State University's Turchin Center for the Visual Arts presents visiting artist & guest lecturer Nihad Dukhan on Thursday, May 27, at 6 p.m. in the Turchin Center Lecture Hall.

A collection of Dukhan's modern Arabic calligraphy is showcased in the Syntax: \sin-,taks'\ exhibition through June 5. He will speak on the history and style of his art in a lecture, entitled "Before Your Eyes: History and Styles of Arabic Calligraphy." This free event will appeal to art and history buffs alike.

The lecture will focus on the history, development, techniques and styles of Arabic/Islamic calligraphy. The lecture will explore the origins of Arabic script as well as its relationship with precise geometry, rhythm and visual impact. A historical discussion of Islam and the Ottoman Empire will be crucial to understanding the artform.

Dukhan will include calligraphy examples from different styles, regions and periods of time, as well as a visual description of his modern style of this ancient art.

Dukhan was born in central Gaza Strip, Palestine and received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Toledo in 1996. He is currently an associate professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Detroit Mercy. His work has been exhibited in major U.S. cities and has been sold both here and abroad.

Dukhan describes his work as being derivative of a "personal impulse within a vast culture ... a result of receptivity to impulses that come from my larger environment as well as to those that come from within." Through his simple, yet elegant designs, he seeks to "cross barriers and directly touch people who come from diverse cultures and speak different languages."

For more information, contact Brook Bower, TCVA assistant curator, at (828)-262-7520 or Cassie McDowell, TCVA exhibitions coordinator, at (828) 262-2919. Additional information may be found at

About the Turchin Center
The Turchin Center is located at 423 West King St. in Boone. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday, and noon to 8 p.m. on Friday. The center is closed Sunday and Monday and observes all university holidays.

There is no admission charge, although donations are gratefully accepted. For additional details about the Turchin Center or upcoming exhibitions, call (828) 262-3017 or visit

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