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Art of Islam on display at Ohio Wesleyan's Ross Museum

October 20, 2005

DELAWARE, OHIO - "Past and Presence: Islamic Art in America" will be on display at Ohio Wesleyan University's Richard M. Ross Art Museum through November 18. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

The show combines various mediums of traditional and contemporary Islamic art including oil on canvas, mixed media, photography, ceramics, wood, metal, textiles, coins, manuscripts, manuscript leaves and early printed books.

The contemporary works of Djahangir Pirasteh, associate professor of fine arts at the Columbus College of Art and Design, are featured in the back and middle galleries. The front gallery contains historical pieces such as a cast bronze faucet with peacock finial from 12th-century Seljuk Iran, which is on loan from the University of Michigan Museum of Art.

Carol Neuman de Vegvar, professor of fine arts, along with part-time instructor of fine arts Aida Stanish, is curator of the show. "I'd like people to recognize the longevity of Islamic art as well as its richness and diversity," said Neuman de Vegvar. "Hopefully this exhibition will make people think twice about the stereotypes they may have of the Islamic world being uncivilized or uncultured.

Other works on display in the exhibition include pieces from private collections and the Ohio Wesleyan University permanent collection as well as art on loan from The College of Wooster Art Museum, the William Howard Doane Library at Denison University, The Chester Beatty Library, the Dayton Art Institute, the University of Michigan Museum of Art, the Columbus Museum of Art and OWU's Beeghly Library Department of Rare Books and Manuscripts.

"Past and Presence: Islamic Art in America" is part of this year's Sagan National Colloquium topic at OWU, "The United States and the Islamic World: Challenges and Prospects."

The Ross Art Museum is located at 60 S. Sandusky St., Delaware, Ohio. Hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m. The museum is closed on Monday and Saturday. For additional information, please contact the museum at (740)-368-3606 or at ramuseum@owu.edu .