Salma Arastu (born 1950, Ajmer, India) is an Indian artist, living in North America. Arastu is a native of Rajasthan and had a masters in fine arts from MS University in Baroda. Arastu's main mediums include clay sculpture, paper mache, and print work. She has also worked extensively with calligraphy and produces greeting cards for the American Muslim community. Arastu has been exhibiting her paintings for over last thirty years in India, Iran, Kuwait, Germany and the United States, having more than thirty solo and group exhibitions. Furthermore, her work has been placed in many museums around world for example, "State Museum of Art, Harrisburg, PA" and "Museum Of Modern Art, Hyderabad, India". Her exhibitions have been held in notable places e.g. "Stanford Art Spaces", Stanford University, "art Museum", Radford University, and she has earned several awards for her work.
Selected solo exhibition
1.Artbook published 2009 “The Lyrical Lines: Embracing All and Flowing from Oakland Publishers Half Full Press in their series of Emerging American Artists
2. Salma Arastu’s 3’ tall aluminum sculpture "The Family" has been selected to be in an international exhibition organized by Ekateringburg Art Foundation in Russia beginning September 2010. The project was initiated in Russia in 2005 under the name "In Family Unity – Unity of the Nation" by Ekaterinburg Art Foundation. The exhibition has been held in 25 cities of Russia, including the Kremlin, The Council of Federation of the Federal Assembly of Russia and State Duma. In June 2009 the All-Russian exhibition took part during the summits of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and BRIC. Positive results of the exhibition activities in a variety of regions made us believe that at the present moment we can already work on the international exhibition project as well. We suggest to unite the works of sculptors and photographers that are devoted to the topic announced. The aim of the project is propaganda of eternal human values by means of sculpture, art and photography. The main goal of the exhibition is to unite the creative potential of sculptors and photographers from different countries in order to establish universal values and national peculiarities on the topic announced.
3.Salma Arastu’s 8’ tall sculpture "Dancing With The Stars" in steel and copper has been installed at port of San Diego in October 2010 In Port Of San Diego’s Public Art Project Urban Trees 7 http://www.portofsandiego.org/public-art/learn-about-the-urban-trees-project/2285-urban-trees-7-gallery.html
Salma Arastu’s 6’ tall steel sculpture "Allah" was selected to be exhibited at the Sonoma Valley Art Museum from August 21 to November 7, 2010 in the exhibition titled "Visions of Paradise".
4.Salma Arastu’s four pieces of Arabic Calligraphy are selected to be in a group exhibition at the Doug Adams Gallery at Berkeley University.
"Picturing the Word: The Visuality of Text" at the Doug Adams Gallery, September 16 to December 17, 2010. care-gtu.org
- 2006 September: Artjaz Gallery in Philadelphia, PA
- 2005 September: The Hope Horn Gallery Scranton University, Scranton PA
- 2005 April: Penn State University gallery at Berks campus Reading PA
- 2005 February: Radford University Art Museum, Radford University, Radford,VA
- 2004 May: The Art Alliance, Cornwell, Upstate New York
- 2004 April: Gelabert Studios Gallery, New York, NY
- 2003 April: Artjaz Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
- 2003 April: Black Cultural Center, Lafayette College, and Easton, PA
- 2002 May: Barns and Noble, Broadway, New York
- 2002 April: Open Space Gallery, Allentown, PA
- 2000 September: ArtJaz Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
- 2000 June: Sweet cream cafe gallery, Strousburg, PA
- 2000 An Invitational exhibition of paintings and six-week residency program in Schwabisch Gmund, Germany. 15 March 2000 to the end of April 2000.
- 1999 Reading Art Museum. Reading, PA
- 1998 Art Gallery De Art Magic, Easton, PA
- 1998 Art Heritage, New Delhi, India
- 1998 A Gallery, New York, NY
- 1997 The Gallery at Northampton Community College, Bethlehem, PA
- 1997 Hub Gallery, Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA
- 1993 Design Accent, Allentown, PA.
- 1992 Cedar Crest College, Allentown, PA.
- 1992 Powers Art Gallery, East Strousburg University, PA.
- 1991 Fine Arts Commission, Rotunda Gallery, Bethlehem, PA.
- 1989 Springer Gallery, Allentown, PA.
- 1989 DuBois Gallery & Display Cases Maginnes Hall, Lehigh University,
- 1989 John's United Church of Christ, Kutztown, PA. East Penn Emerging Art 1986 Boushari Gallery, Kuwait City, Kuwait.
- 1984 British Council Gallery, Kuwait City, Kuwait.
- 1981 Kala Bhavan Gallery, Hyderabad, India.
- 1979 Shridharani Gallery, New Delhi, India.
- 1978 Azad Gallery, Tehran, Iran.
- 1977 Art Gallery, Hotel Intercontinental, Tehran, Iran.
- 1976 Kala Bhavan Gallery, Hyderabad, India.
- 1975 Kala Bhavan, Hyderabad, India.
- 1973 Academy of Fine Arts Gallery, Calcutta, India.
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