Artist-in-Residence Retreat

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Date(s) - 06/14/2020 - 06/28/2020
All Day

Diyanet Center of America
9610 Good Luck Road
United States
United States

The opportunity of a lifetime! Masters of the Islamic Fine Arts come to the Diyanet Center.

Deen Arts Foundation in collaboration with Ibn Haldun University and the Diyanet Center of America proudly presents:

Diyanet Center Artist-in-Residence Retreat

Dates: June 14-28, 2020
Arrival: June 14, Departure: June 28, 2020
Registration fee: $399 (Exclusive of Accommodation, Meals, and Supplies)

The Artist-in-Residence Retreat is a program to introduce students to the history of the Islamic fine arts, ground them in the philosophical understandings that inform them, and also provide practical workshops in Islamic Calligraphy, Islamic Illumination/Tezhip, and Islamic Geometric Pattern. Weekend trips to local museums to view historical artwork will provide a complete Islamic fine arts experience.

We have invited three master artists from Istanbul:
Ahmet Kutluhan, Calligrapher, Biography
Betul Kutluhan, Illuminator, Biography
Serap Ekizler Sonmez, Islamic Geometric Pattern Artist, and Professor, Biography

Guest Lecturers:

  • Dr. Recep Senturk
  • Mohamed Zakariya Hoca
  • Dr. Oludamini Ogunnaike
  • Dr. Naeel Cajee
  • Ustadh Amjad Tarsin

Invited Speakers:

  • Dr. Seyyid Hossein Nasr
  • Ustadh Faisal Matadar
  • Imam Mohamed Magid

Supplemental Weekend Program June 26, 27 and 28 with Art of Islamic Pattern

Adam and Richard will complete the experience with additional workshops on June 26-28 in plaster carving, bimorph tessellation and further studies in Islamic geometric patterns. Registration at

Adam Williamson
The leading specialist in stone/wood carving and biomorphic art.

Richard Henry
Leading authority on the geometry of Islamic patterns.




The Villas – Within walking distance, each house reflects different periods and styles of traditional Turkish architecture. The fully furnished houses are equipped with all major appliances. With a ready to use kitchen and separate basement options, it is the perfect place to stay to feel right at home.

Guest Houses at DCA- The guest rooms of DCA are steps away from the Mosque and restaurant. Various room sizes are available to suit your needs.

The DCA Cafe & Restaurant offers authentic Turkish Cuisine. From Kebabs to cheese platters, our highly skilled chefs meticulously prepare food using the finest ingredients to bring to you the flavors of Turkey.

Please call the front desk at the Diyanet Center of America at 301-459-9589 to make a reservation. Please let them know you are calling to reserve a room for the Diyanet Center Artist-in-Residence Retreat and the staff will assist you. You may also email the front desk at

Accommodations and Meal requests:
Program Questions:

Due to limited seating, we request that you cancel at least 7 days before the classes start. This gives us the opportunity to fill your seat. If you cancel before the 7 days, you will receive a full refund. However, if you do not cancel prior to the 7 days, a refund cannot be provided.

We are here to help; comments and questions welcome below. Fill the form for registration.

DCA Artist-in-Residence Retreat

  • Price: $399.00
  • American Express

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