Hashem AL-TAWIL
Hashem AL-TAWIL
هاشم الطويل

Hashim Al-Tawil is currently Professor and chair of Art History Area Study at Henry Ford College, Michigan. After completed his education in Iraq and in the USA (Ph.D. in Art history, University of Iowa; MA in Art Education, Hartford University, CT; and BFA from the College of Fine Arts, University of Baghdad, Iraq), he was back in Iraq in the late seventies to mid eighties where he served on the faculty of the college of Fine arts, University of Baghdad, and chaired the Graphic Design Department. He was also active in the Iraqi visual art and cultural scene. His research interests are directed towards history, art, and visual culture of the Arab world and Islam as well as the Arab American art. As a visual artist, much of his work is derived from the subject of his research with multiple iconographical sources from medieval, pre-Islamic, early Christian, and early Arab art and cultures. His recent focus is on the hybridity of the Mediterranean culture in Medieval time.

Hashim Al-Tawil is Associate Director of "The Pluralism Project" and director of Education, University of Michigan-Dearborn, an affiliate of the parent project at Harvard University since 1999. He is also Member of the Board of Directors of Asian and Islamic Art Forum at the Detroit Institute of Arts. In 2007 he received a Fulbright senior research grant in Italy, and in 2011 he received a senior research fellowship from Nantes Institute for Advanced Studies, France. A short version of this current research will appear as a chapter in a book on "Writing on the Wall: Calligraphy in Islamic Architecture" from Edinburgh University, and a monograph on the subject is forthcoming.

 

Awards

Fulbright Senior research grant- Italy 2007

Fellowship in Nantes Institute for Advance Studies, U. of Nantes, France, 2011

Artworks