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Villanova University Art Gallery

Wisdom of Sufism

Opening Reception: November 2nd from 5pm - 8pm

On view from: October 26, 2023 to January 11, 2024



Wisdom of Sufism is a dynamic exploration of contemporary artistic responses to the profound spiritual tradition of Sufism. This group exhibition showcases diverse expressions inspired by the teachings of Rumi, a 13th century poet and theologian, delving into themes of self-discovery and transcendence.

Through the mediums of photography, painting, calligraphy, musical instruments, and interpretive dance, these artists offer a unique lens into the depths of the human spirit. By melding ancient wisdom with modern forms, they invite viewers to contemplate the universal truths that resonate across time and culture. Join us in this immersive journey that celebrates the enduring wisdom of Sufism, uniting past and present in a tapestry of artistic expression.


Co-curated by Jennie Castillo, Gallery Director and Dr. Yasemin Akış, Dept. of Theology & Religious Studies

Special thanks to our campus partners: Department of Theology & Religious Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Center for Arab and Islamic Studies as well as New York Islamic Arts


click here to explore our online catalog / image: Margo Reed

About the Gallery

Over the years, guest artists exhibiting at the gallery have come from as far away as Kuwait and as close to home as Philadelphia. The gallery has hosted exhibits of traditional watercolors from China, carved masks and totems from the Yoruba culture of West Africa, Batiks from Belorussia, and handcrafted ceramics and glassware from Italy. We have served as an inaugural venue for young artists and provided an exhibition space for talented older citizens whose discovery of the artist within came much later in life.

All exhibits are open to the public and are free of charge.

The public is cordially invited to all artists' receptions. We welcome the opportunity to put new names and addresses on our mailing list in order to let you know of special events, such as free demonstrations by exhibiting artists, and other programs.

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Gallery Location
Connelly Center, 2nd Floor
800 Lancaster Ave.,
Villanova PA

Mon - Fri: 8 AM - 7 PM
Weekend: 11 AM - 7PM

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