Hashim Al-Tawil, Ph.D.

Hashim Al-Tawil
FT Faculty - Art

Tenured Professor and Chair of Art History Area Studies, Henry Ford College, Dearborn, MI (2004-Present)

  • Ph.D. in Art History, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA (1993)
  • Master of Art Education, Hartford Art School, University of Hartford, CT (1978)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, College of Fine Arts, University of Baghdad, Baghdad, Iraq (1973)
  • Executive Vice President and Board of Directors member, Fulbright Association, Michigan chapter (2012- present)
  • Advisory board member, Arab Cultural Studies Program, Henry Ford College (2011- present)
  • Board of Directors member, Asian & Islamic Art Forum, Detroit Institute of Arts (2006- Present)
  • Associate Director of "The Pluralism Project” and director of Education, University of Michigan-Dearborn, an affiliate of the parent program at Harvard University (1999)
  • Fulbright Discipline (Art History) Peer Review Committee member (2010- 2014)
  • Consultant for Museum of Art, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT (2000-2004); Rotterdam Museum, Netherlands (2002-2003); Detroit Institute of Arts, MI (1997-present)

  • Published many articles and research topics such as “Early Arab Icons” University of Iowa, IA (1993); “The Arabic Calligraphy on the Muqarnas Ceiling of the 12th century Cappella Palatina in Palermo, Sicily- Cultural Identity", chapter 3 in Calligraphy and Architecture in the Muslim World”, Eds: M. Gharipour and Irvin Schick, Edinburgh University Press. (2014); Art and Architecture in the Golden Age of Islam; Science and Technology in the Golden Age of Islam; Literature in the Golden Age of Islam, Encyclopedia of World History, 6th Edition, (2008); “ The Iconography of Ritualistic Objects” , Cambridge Scholars Publisher (2010); "The Formation of Identity in Modern Iraqi Visual Art: A New Perspective, Bulletin of the Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies 8, nos. 1 & 2 (2006), pp. 95-118, Amman, Jordan, as a chapter in the special monograph on Iraq. (2006)

  • Regularly participates in international conferences as presider and presenter such as the International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI,; Ghent University- Belgium; Villanova University, PA; The New School, New York City; College Art Association; Lebanese American University (LAU), Beirut; Nursi Institute, Istanbul Turkey; World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies (WOCMES-2), Amman, Jordan; Center for Arab American Studies, University of Michigan, Dearborn, MI; “Iraqi Equation” Symposium, Berlin, Germany; Brigham Young University.

  • Participated, published, and exhibited artworks in major Art Exhibits and Conferences around the USA, Europe, Asia, and the Arab world.

  • Received Senior Research Fellowship Award from Nantes Institute for Advanced Studies in France (IEA, 2011)
  • Received Fulbright Senior Research Award in Italy (2007)
  • Received Faculty Lectureship Award, Henry Ford College 2005-2006
  • Profiled in many Media outlets including NPR and Al-Jazeerah

“Visual art is a mirror of the society that reflects human creativity. I am keen to instill in my students the ability to appreciate and understand the role of visual art in life through academic study to the history and development of the visual art in various cultures and times.”

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