Calligraphy Evening Program – Artist-in-Residence Retreat

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Date(s) - 06/15/2020 - 06/25/2020
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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


Calligraphy with Ahmet Kutluhan Hoca

Thuluth, Naskh, Talik and Diwani Scripts
Session 1: Monday, June 15 to Thursday, June 18, 2020
Session 2: Monday, June 22 Thursday, June 25, 2020

7:30 to 9:30 pm Display Hall
Registration Deadline: May 31, 2020

Ahmet Kutluhan Hoca is one of the leading students of Hasan Celebi Hoca (Haji Noor Deen’s teacher) and has the honor of composing calligraphy for mosques and international exhibitions. Join him to learn and refine the script of your choice.


Ahmet Kutluhan was born in 1975 in Tosya, Kastamonu. He began his studies in Hüsn-i Hat (the Art of Calligraphy) in high school, learning Rik’a from Rafet Küllüoğlu in Kastamonu. When he came to Istanbul in 1992 for university, he began studying Thuluth and Nasikh from the internationally renowned calligrapher Hasan Çelebi. The first lesson, as an accepted principle in this art, is to study the dua “Rabbi Yassir” in the Thuluth script. In a period of approximately six months, he finished his first lesson with success. He then began to study the letters of the Arabic alphabet. After six years of study, he received his Ijaza, the authorization to teach Thuluth and Nasikh, at IRCICA (Islamic History, Art and Culture Research Center) during a ceremony organized by Ekmelettin Ihsanoglum. During this time, he also perfected his Rik’a style by studying with Muhittin Serin and took lessons in the Jali Divani and Ta’lik scripts from Ali Alparslan. Ahmet Hoca received his authorization to teach the Ta’lik script at IRCICA during a ceremony on November 25th, 2010.

To showcase his individual work and the Ottoman school, which he represents, Ahmet Hoca has participated in many exhibitions. His first individual exhibition was at Seven Art Gallery in Kadikoy, Istanbul in 2005. His second individual exhibition took place in Eyup Sultan Cultural Center on November 6th, 2015. In 2009 and 2011 he participated in international Husn-i Hat exhibitions in Tehran, Iran. He gave authorization to 15 of his students with the approval of his teacher Hasan Celebi Hoca. He has continued his work in his studio in Uskudar, Istanbul. He has given classes and workshops at Üsküdar Balaban Tekkesi on Saturdays, continuing the living tradition of Ottoman calligraphy

Selected Exhibitions:

  • November 2001: Üsküdar-Altunizade Cultural Center\
  • December 2001: Beşiktaş-Toprakbank Art Gallery
  • May 2002: Sultanahmet-Journalists Community Written Media Museum
  • May 2002: Kastamonu-Rıfat Ilgaz Cultural Center
  • November 2002: Osmanbey-Artemis Art Gallery
  • March 2003: Levent-Ümit Yaşar Gallery
  • December 2003: Konya Public Library
  • November 2004: Hasan Çelebi and His Students Hat Exhibition-Nişantaşı
  • November 2005: Veni Vidi Eye Hospital-Bağdat Street
  • August 2007: From Students to Teachers International Calligraphy Exhibition-Altunizade Cultural Center-Üsküdar
  • September 2007: Hasan Çelebi and His Students Hat Exhibition- Makif Cultural Center-PENDİK
  • June 2008: The Exhibition to Commemorate Hattat Hamit AYTAÇ, Bülent Ecevit Cultural Center-Kartal
  • August 2010: Hasan Çelebi and His Students from Four Continents Calligraphy Exhibition, Beyoğlu Art Gallery-İstanbul
  • November 2012: Şeyhul Hattatiyn Hasan Çelebi and His Students Calligraphy Exhibition-Nişantaşı
  • November 2015: 40 Hadith Reported by Eyüp Sultan-Eyüp
  • April 2018: Çelebi Hoca and His Students Calligraphy Exhibition-Albaraka Art Gallery-Üsküdar
His Calligraphy in Mosques
  • Türkmenistan Mari Merkez Mosque
  • Calligraphy in the dome of a mosque in Kenya
  • Gaziantep İbrahim Akın Mosque
  • İzmit Akarca Mosque
  • Zeytinburnu Sümer Mosque
  • Calligraphy on the wooden door of the Şişli Ayazağa Şerife Bacı Mosque
  • İdealtepe Kadriye Hatun Mosque-Maltepe-İSTANBUL
  • Kastamonu,Tosya, Özboyu Village Mosque
  • Calligraphy on the doors in the Buyuk Camlica Mosque – Üsküdar, Istanbul
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, you will receive credit for a future class.

DCA Artist-in-Residence - Calligraphy Program

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