by Valerie Amna Behiery
Muslim women artists have arrived on the art scene. They are increasingly visible in North America as more local, national and international opportunities open up to showcase their talents. As the ummah values their importance and role in shaping the Muslim-American identity more, the number of second and third generation Muslim women who consider the arts as a career choice is rising.
Reem Hammad, Hayat Gul and Sana Naveed are part of this growing group of professional Muslim-American visual artists. The potter, multimedia artist and calligrapher were also among the twelve Muslim artists selected for the Sacred Voices multi-faith show at the Canton Museum of Art in Ohio last winter.
Their inspiring personal stories and art highlight the diversity, talent and creativity of Muslim American women artists. In all three cases, it was an unforeseen event—one of life’s happy accidents—that led them to their respective means of artistic expression.