Ameena Y. Khan is a mixed media artist and elementary art teacher, living and working in the Tampa area. She received her formal training in Environmental Engineering from the University of Florida, but after working for several years as an engineer she traded her calculator for her paint brush to follow her passion.
Khan’s work has been exhibited in museums and galleries around the United States, and she is represented internationally by Ahlan Art.
"I believe that the right painting can transcend boundaries of culture, language, location and even time to touch hearts and transform communities. The very best art challenges our most deeply held convictions, and this is the type of artwork I challenge myself to create.
I create my pieces using a variety of materials leading to a wide body of work ranging from abstract paintings, to illustrations, and often something in between. On the one hand I am inspired by color, textures, and patterns to create paintings that celebrate creation, honoring its bright colors, balance, geometry, and order. Alternatively, I am also motivated by contemporary socio-political situations. For these pieces, I begin with a focus on an emotion dealing with an event or condition, and develop the painting from there. I draw upon feelings that are universal to the human experience and connect the viewer to the subject on the most basic level.
Whatever the subject, before creating I reflect on how to convey my point of view considering colors, materials, and symbols. Then, once brush hits canvas, the piece is constantly evolving, in some cases being repainted before the spirit of the work is realized. "
"A FANTASTIC REALITY" @ UNITY CHURCH OF GAINESVILLE
August - September 2016 Exhibit
8801 NW 39th Ave, Gainesville, FL 32606
View: Mon - Thurs 10am - 3pm, Sunday
FEATURE: Artist's exhibit of Muslim women transcends faiths
"With garnet eyes and red-wine lips, a Muslim woman in white hijab stares sternly outward. She is fierce, she is angry, and she is beautiful, reflecting the message that the artist who painted her wants to convey — Muslim women do not need rescue."
Friday, July 8, 2016
Tampa Bay Times
By Ariana Figueroa, Times Staff Writer
FEATURE: Summer 2016 Centerpieces
"My artwork is a conversation between the viewer and myself,” says Ameena Khan, who is dedicated to using art as a way to build connections between people. Her exhibit at the Center, “Loud Print,” explores the feelings and thoughts of American Muslim women. The title, she explains, refers to the intricate patterns of textiles worn by Muslim women as well as to the use of art as a means to communicate between people."
"A FANTASTIC REALITY" @ Bamboozle Channelside
June 30 - July 28th
Exhibit and sale of my pen drawings and watercolor paintings at Bamboozle Cafe.
516 N Tampa St, Tampa, FL 33602
M-F 10:30am - 3:30pm, 5-10pm
Sa 11:30am - 3:30pm, 5-10pm
Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Rd, Tampa, Florida 33618
Free and open to the public!
Opening Reception: July 8, 5-8pm
Program: Artist talk, spoken word performance by Lady K, and songs by Munshid Ibrahim Al-Nass.
Exhibition Dates: July 1st - August 24th, 2016
Stories about Muslim women are typically limited to one of two characters: an oppressed victim needing to be rescued OR the seductress, hidden behind a veil of mystery. This dehumanizing oversimplification invents a vast separation between nonMuslim and Muslim women. It creates a sense of “us versus them” and relegates Muslim women to being “an OTHER” instead of just “another.”
The work I have created for “Loud Print” seeks to shrink the divide and expand the narrative by communicating some of the most intimate thoughts and feelings of Muslim women.
"Ameena Khan’s artworks and instruction are already benefiting the local community in profound ways. They’re sparking interest, connecting hearts, and causing a bit of a stir."
J. Kozak, Islamwich, April 22, 2016.
Read more HERE
"9th ANNUAL ALL POWER TO THE IMAGINATION CONFERENCE"
April 30 - May 1, New College of Florida
Saturday, April 30
"Muslim Women as the Other: Reclaiming a Voice through Art", Ameena Khan
Collaborative Painting Workshop with Ameena
11:20 - afternoon
"PAINTING THE SECRET LIVES OF MUSLIM WOMEN"
"Khan’s Loud Print exhibition successfully gives voice to a growing number of women in the U.S. who are fearful or hesitant of speaking out about their experiences. They’ve been silenced by an ever-growing distrust of their thin, plain and printed headscarves — mere symbols of their faith and steadfastness in the face of cultural terrorism, misplaced anger and growing Islamophobia."
J. Kozak, Islamic Monthly, February 17, 2016.
"LOCAL ARTIST AMEENA KHAN OFFERS A PEEK INSIDE THE MINDS OF MUSLIM WOMEN"
M. Davis, The Hawkeye
*SOLO EXHIBITION: LOUD PRINT*
Gallery 3, HCC Dale Mabry
September - December 11th, 2015
Monday-Thursday 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Friday, Saturday 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
About the exhibit:
Stories about Muslim women are typically limited to one of two characters: the oppressed victim needing to be rescued OR the seductress, hidden behind a veil of mystery. This dehumanizing oversimplification invents a vast separation between nonMuslim and Muslim women.
It creates a sense of “us versus them” and relegates Muslim women to being “an OTHER” instead of just “another.”
The work I have created for “Loud Print” seeks to shrink the divide and expand the narrative by communicating some of the most intimate thoughts and feelings of Muslim women. This aim is most obvious in “Just a Peek, Please?”, a collection of 26 paintings inspired by statements and stories of American Muslim women. The work in this series invites the viewer to literally lift a veil to view the art, symbolically directing the viewer to see beyond the surface and witness a glimpse of the individual beneath.
"LOCAL ARTIST SHOWS THE STRENGTH OF MUSLIM WOMEN"
"When talking about Muslim women, one artist says there’s a tendency in America to categorize Muslim women into either the victim who needs to be rescued and saved from her people or from her religion.
Ameena Khan, local contemporary artist whose art communicates the everyday struggles and victories of Muslim women, said she is creating pieces that expand the narrative about Muslim women.
Hosted by the USF Department of Women and Gender Studies and artist-led organization Art2Action, Khan’s work will be featured in the on-campus gallery “Dialogue in Color,” which is free and open to the public in 202F of the College of Arts and Sciences Multidisciplinary Complex (CMC) until July 31."
C. Collier, The Oracle
*CARROLWOOD CULTURAL CENTER*
Three of my original pieces ("Take me Away, Sema I, Sema II) are on view in the "Inspiration" show.
Opening reception, July 10 5-8pm
Click here for show information
Framed reproductions of my work are now available for purchase at Studio 28 in the Wiregrass Mall (Wesley Chapel, FL).
*AQUILA STYLE FEATURE*
"Artistic approaches: Ameena Khan on why we are all born artists" By Teakster, April 2015.
*FELICITOUS (solo exhibition)*
11706 N 51st Street, Tampa, FL 33617
46th ANNUAL SPRING ARTS FESTIVAL
April 11 & 12th
*SOLO EXHIBITION: DIALOGUE IN COLOR*
University of South Florida,
Dept. of Women and Gender Studies
4202 East Fowler Ave, CMC 202 Tampa, FL 33620
March - July, 2015
Opening reception, Monday April 6th 4-6pm
10th ANNUAL SUNCOAST ARTS FESTIVAL
January 17th and 18th
The Shops at Wiregrass
Wesley Chapel FL
3rd ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION of CONTEMPORARY ISLAMIC ART
"In the Defense of Eve" will be exhibited in this juried show from October 25th to November 29th, 2014.
1727 E Levee Street,
Dallas, Texas 75207
Juror: Dr Iftikhar Dadi , an Associate Professor at Cornell University, Department of History of Art, and is the Chair of the Department of Art. Dr Dadi is a curator, an artist and art historian broadly interested in the relation between art practice in the contexts of globalization, urbanization, and mediatization. He has authored numerous scholarly works, including the recent book Modernism and the Art of Muslim South Asia. Curatorial activities include Lines of Control at Duke University's Nasher Museum of Art and Cornell's Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, and Unpacking Europe at the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam.
AWARD OF DISTINCTION
Received at the 33rd Annual Downtown Art Festival (2014) in Gainesville FL.
33rd ANNUAL DOWNTOWN ART FESTIVAL, 2014
The nationally recognized Downtown Festival & Art Show transforms downtown Gainesville into a venue for award-winning artists and draws a crowd of more than 100,000. Presented by the City of Gainesville Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs, the festival celebrates its 33rd anniversary in 2014. For two days, visitors can leisurely stroll through historic downtown and marvel at works from more than 250 of the nation’s most talented artists, who display their original oils and acrylics, vibrant watercolors, captivating sculptures, dazzling jewelry, decorative ceramics and vivid photography. With such a diverse array of unique art displayed for sale and competition, the Downtown Festival & Art Show is a great way to purchase one-of-a-kind art for you or a friend.
This year the festival will be held on Saturday, November 8, and Sunday, November 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Since its creation, Downtown Festival & Art Show has risen dramatically in national rankings. For the past three years, Sunshine Artist magazine has recognized the festival as one of the top 30 fairs and festivals in the country, naming it No. 10 in 2013.
30th ANNUAL THORNEBROOK ART FESTIVAL, 2014
October 4 -5, 2014, 10 am – 5 pm
Located at Thornebrook Village
2441 NW 43 Street, Gainesville, Florida 32606
SPRING ARTS FESTIVAL, 2014
Booth #428, April 5th and 6th
TIOGA WINTER FESTIVAL, 2014
Friday, March 7th, 2014 ~ 5 - 9 pm
Saturday, March 8th ~ 10 AM - 5 PM
Sunday, March 9th ~ 10 AM - 5 PM
WE RISE TOGETHER (solo exhibition)
Solo Exhibition at the Nur Spirituality Institute
3950 S US Hwy 17-92, STE 2000,
Casselberry, FL 32707
A portion of the proceeds benefit the Institute
Opening reception: Feb 15, 6-7pm
9th ANNUAL SUNCOAST ART FESTIVAL
I will be exhibiting and selling my work for the first time at this festival!
January 18, 2014 | 10am-6pm
January 19, 2014 | 11am-6pm
The Shops at Wiregrass
28211 Paseo Drive Wesley Chapel, Florida 33543
4th ANNUAL JURIED EXHIBITION
"On the Backs of Women" and "In the Defense of Eve" have been selected for exhibition at the Florida Museum for Women Artists, July - September. Check out the museum website here: www.floridamuseumforwomenartists.org/
"In the Defense of Eve" has been selected for exhibition at the Canton Museum of Art from December 2013-March 2014. Check out the museum website here: www.cantonart.org/
INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM OF WOMEN
"Women of Tahrir" has been accepted into the "Muslimah: Muslim Women's Art and Voices" online exhibit. To see the work, and view others click here: muslima.imow.org/#art
"Reflections" presents a collection of paintings and relief prints by mixed media artist, Ameena Khan. With diverse subject matter ranging from social and political turmoil to the balance and tranquility nature, this body of work is a product of Ameena's experiences as a Gainesville-native, a mother, and an American Muslim woman.
This exhibit will be located at the Emmanuel Mennonite Church at 1236 NW 18th Ave, Gainesville FL 32609, opening on May 19, 2013.
ARTWALK (April 26, 2013)
I will be painting live during Gainesville's Artwalk on Friday, April 26th. The event runs from 7-10pm, and I will be stationed at the Doris Bardon Community Cultural Center; please stop by and say hello!
ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
I am now an Artist in Residence at the Doris Bardon Community Cultural Center. Visit www.thedoris.org to learn more about the activities being held at the center, as well as upcoming classes in ceramics, painting, printing, and more!
TIOGA WINTER FESTIVAL (February 15-17)
I will have a booth display at the upcoming Tioga Festival in February. Check back for more information, as we get closer to the event date. Click here for the festival website.
ARTWALK (January 25, 2013)
I will be painting live during Gainesville's Artwalk on Friday, January 25th. The event runs from 7-10pm, and I will be stationed at the Artwalk tent near the Bo Diddly plaza; please stop by and say hello!
MUSE WORKSHOP (January 19, 2013)
On Saturday, January 19th, I will be conducting a workshop for "Muslim Understanding through Society and Education" at the Montessori World School in Orlando FL. I will be guiding the young attendees as they create paintings inspired by verses in the Qur'an.
ARTWALK (December 7, 2012)
I will be painting live during Gainesville's Artwalk on Friday, December 7th. The event starts at 7pm and you can find me stationed in front of Gallery 21, next to the Hippodrome. Stop by to say hello! Find more information about Artwalk here.
GFAA WINTER SHOW (November 2012 - January 2013)
Three of my paintings are on display at the GFAA Winter show, located in the Central Park Medical Plaza (Gainesville, FL).
ART IN THE MODERN WORLD (September - October, 2012)
My painting, "Women of Tahrir" was on display at The Doris Bardon Community Cultural Center's show "Art in the Modern World", a juried exhibition of contemporary work. Art in the Modern World will be showcasing artwork that draws from our experiences as artists and humans dealing with social, political, and personal issues of living and working in the 21st century.
MUSLIM EYES (February - May, 2012)
BELOW THE BELT (March 2012)
My painting, "On the Backs of Women", was on display at MASS Visual Arts' juried exhibition, “Below the Belt”.
ARTFULLY AWARE, New Orleans Museum of Art (February 2012)
My painting, "Women of Tahrir", was on display at "Becoming Artfully Aware: Linking Local and International Communities through Art". Find out more information here.
AMERICAN DREAM (July 2011)
My painting, "Stolen Dreams" was on display during MASS Visual Arts' exhibition "American Dream", curated by Bill Bryson. The exhibition featured works by over 50 artists from the United States. Opening night presentations featured a lecture by Stetson Kennedy, a reading by Padgett Powell, live a capella performance by Jill Burton, puppet show by Cathy Sohar, and video projections with sound manipulation by Andrew Chadwick.
2nd IMAE (November - December, 2010)
Several of my paintings including "he is not Me. We are not he.", were on display at the 2nd International Muslim Artists Exhibition (juried). Find out more information about this event here.