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2009.03.13 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

April 21 Art Lecture to Feature Arabic Calligrapher

Omaha - Arabic calligrapher Elinor Aisha Holland will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, as part of the Pearl Blizek Religion and Art Lecture Series, hosted by the Religious Studies Program and the Art History Program at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO).

Holland's presentation will take place at the UNO Art Gallery, located on the first floor of the Weber Fine Arts Building. The event is free and open to the public.

Holland holds a B.A. in Religious Studies from Temple University and studied Arabic at the University of Pennsylvania. A student of renowned calligrapher Mohamad Zakariya, Holland is a student of Islamic calligraphy in the traditional method of the Ottoman Hattat (calligraphers).

A student of both Arabic and English calligraphy for 20 years, she has taught Islamic calligraphy to students of all ages at schools, museums and other learning institutions since 1994, including the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center, Smithsonian Institute, Center for Book Arts and the Detroit Institute of Art.

Her freelance work includes private commissions and commercial pieces. Clients include the U.S. State Department, the Clinton Global Initiative and the Museum of the City of New York.

The lecture is made possible by a donation from the Islamic Studies Program in the College of Arts and Sciences at UNO.

For more information, call Bridget Blomfield at (402) 554-2940.

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UNO is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The celebration recognizes the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.

UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.

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