Wasma'a Khalid Chorbachi

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Wasma'a Khalid Chorbachi
EducationHarvard University
Known forceramic art

Wasma'a Khalid Chorbachi is an American-Iraqi artist.

Personal background[edit]

She was born in 1944 in Cairo to Iraqi parents,[1] living and working in the United States,[2] is a ceramicist, calligrapher, and painter. She is considered both as a "famous Arab American female artist"[3] and as a "specialist in Islamic art" [4]

Selected exhibitions[edit]

Solo exhibitions have been held in Beirut, 1966, 68, and 70; Florence, 1967; Abu Dhabi, 1976; Jedda, 1981; Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1983; London, 1984 and 85; Al-Khubar, Saudi Arabia, 1990; Sackler Museum, 2001.[5] She participated to the group exhibition Forces of change presented in 1994 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, where her work was described as "abstract expressionist".[6]

Educational pursuits[edit]

Her doctoral thesis in the history of Islamic art from Harvard University,[7] Beyond the symmetries of Islamic geometric patterns : the science of practical geometry and the process of Islamic design, made a "pioneering use of tessellation theory for the analysis of angular interlacing patterns".[8] She directed and designed the book Issam El-Said: Artist and Scholar published in 1989 by the Issam El-Said Foundation.[9] She taught and published on Islamic geometry.[10] She is an instructor at the Ceramics Program of the Office for the Arts at Harvard University.[11][12]

Museums Her ceramic pieces have been acquired by notable museums around the world such as: The British Museum The Royal Scottish Museum in Edinburgh The Boston Museum of Fine Arts Harvard Art Museums /Fogg Museum, Busch-Reisinger, Arther M. Sackler Museum Beit Al Qur'an, Bahrain, among others.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Oweis, Fayeq (2008). Encyclopedia of Arab American artists. ABC-CLIO. pp. 78–80. ISBN 978-0-313-33730-7.
  2. ^ Temin, Christine (August 31, 2002). "Shaped by Islam the Work of Wasma'a Khalid Chorbachi Combines Ceramics, Calligraphy, and a touch of her faith". Boston Globe.
  3. ^ Kayyali, Randa A. (2006). The Arab Americans. p. 129. ISBN 978-0-313-33219-7.
  4. ^ Kappraff, Jay (2001). Connections: the geometric bridge between art and science. World Scientific. p. 205. ISBN 978-981-02-4586-3.
  5. ^ "Wasma'a K. Chorbachi". World's Women on line. Retrieved August 18, 2011.
  6. ^ Anne Mullin Burnham, 1994, Reflections in Women's Eyes, Saudi Aramco World
  7. ^ Mikdadi, Salwa. "West Asia: Between Tradition and Modernity". Metropolitan Museum of Art. Retrieved August 18, 2011.
  8. ^ Rogers, J.M. Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, Volume 60, 1997.
  9. ^ Issam-El-Said
  10. ^ In the Tower of Babel: Beyond symmetry in islamic design in Computers & Mathematics with Applications, Volume 17 Issue 4-6, January 1989
  11. ^ "Dr. Wasma'a Khalid Chorbachi". Harvard Ceramics. Retrieved August 18, 2011.
  12. ^ "Islamic Ceramic Traditions Seminar". Office for the Arts at Harvard. Retrieved August 18, 2011.

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