UAPB art professor’s exhibit opens Thursday at A&S Center


“Husny Dahlan: Contemporary Expressions” will open Thursday at 5 p.m. with a reception at the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 Main St.

Dahlan, an assistant professor of art at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, was born in New York City and spent his formative years in Singapore and California. He is a graduate of Lone Mountain College in San Francisco, where he received his bachelor of arts degree in art and art history, and his master of fine arts from Radford University in three-dimensional art and ceramics.

As a practicing artist for more than 25 years, Dahlan’s work has been shown regionally and nationally. His ceramics and works on paper are influenced by Western, Japanese and Islamic aesthetics and have been included in several juried and invitational exhibitions.

An award-winning artist, his current work is inspired by Islamic architecture, calligraphy and tilework (zillij). The series, created as a result of his trip to Morocco in the summer of 2011, reflects his continued engagement in combining traditional iconography with post-modern forms.

Since moving to Pine Bluff several years ago, Dahlan has been active in the Arkansas art community. His work has been included in the “Small Works on Paper” exhibition organized by the Arkansas Arts Council. He served as a juror for the Hot Springs Regional Art Competition earlier this year, and over the past two years has worked with Jefferson County students to create two public art murals. A committed artist and educator, his passion for teaching has led him to conduct numerous workshops and summer art programs, both locally and nationally.

He has presented at professional conferences and is a member of several organizations, including the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, the College Art Association, the National Art Education Association, the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, and the International Society for Education through Art. This year, he was one of six arts professionals invited to serve on the 2012 Governor’s Awards for the Arts committee under the auspices of the Arkansas Arts Council.