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  • January 18, 2023

    News Release: Abdul Matin Malikzada

    Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design announces its next Artist-In-Residence, Abdul Matin Malikzada, from January 21 to 28, 2023. Malikzada is a seventh-generation potter from Istalif, Afghanistan - a celebrated epicenter of ceramic production in the country's east. During his residency, Malikzada will begin work on two unique ceramics for Shangri La, representing Istalif’s pottery traditions as contextualized by Shangri La and incorporating clay sourced from Oahu with the help of local ceramicist, Kahikino Noa Dettweiler, of the Hawai’i Potters’ Guild (HPG). The convergence of Malikzada and Dettweiler and their ceramic traditions will explore themes of materiality, making, and personal connections to place and culture. During the week of his residency, Shangri La will host community workshops with HPG and other Master Class demonstrations and lectures at the Honolulu Museum of Art School and Mid-Pacific Institute.
  • January 13, 2023

    Shangri La Featured on Hawaiʻi Public Radio

    Meredith Artley, Executive-in-Residence and Interim Executive Director and Sam Gill, President and CEO of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation sit down with Hawaiʻi Public Radio in this recent interview.
  • January 5, 2023

    Press Release: Meredith Artley Joins Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design

    Shangri La welcomes Meredith Artley, its new Executive-in-Residence and Interim Executive Director.
  • December 2, 2022

    Press Release: #8x8_shangrila_23

    The Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design opens #8x8_shangrila_23 on January 7, 2023. For the third year in a row, this highly influential exhibition features new work by eight visual artists and eight performing artists living in Hawaiʻi. The theme of the exhibition is “continuum,” calling attention to common threads linking the artists, their works, Shangri La and Hawaiʻi.
  • October 26, 2022

    News Release: Jordan Nassar

    Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design announces a new exhibition of an original work by Palestinian American artist Jordan Nassar. Created during his residency at the museum, the work, Lē‘ahi , is a 4-by-6-foot tile panel featuring hundreds of 3/8-inch glass mosaic tiles forming the view of Lē‘ahi from Shangri La. Lē‘ahi is also known as Diamond Head and is one of Hawai‘i’s iconic landmarks. The artwork was created during Nassar’s residency at Shangri La and is the artist’s first, large-scale tile mosaic. The bold composition follows Nassar’s stylized use of tatreez – a form of traditional Palestinian embroidery that he uses to express Palestinian visions of memory and homeland. The exhibition is scheduled to run from November 5 to May 27, 2023.
  • June 8, 2022

    News Release: Zeshan B

    Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design announces Zeshan B will be an artist-in-residence in 2022 from July 5-10. The Chicago-based singer and songwriter will center his residency around community engagement and empowerment, sharing his unique blend of American soul with cultural influences from India, Pakistan and the American civil rights movement. During his residency, Zeshan B will host community workshops and perform in two live concerts.
  • September 30, 2021

    Shangri La Reopens to the Public with a New Tour Experience and New Gallery

    The Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design today announced it would reopen to the general public on October 7, 2021. The highly anticipated reopening will feature a new, self-guided tour experience and unveil the museum's latest exhibition space, the Qajar Gallery.
  • April 8, 2021


    Sanctuaries features several mixed media works on canvas, and a large, outdoor sculptural installation. Samimi is the first Hawaiʻi-based artist appointed Artist-in-Residence in the museum's history, which first opened to the public in 2002.


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