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  • 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.
  • January 11, 2021


    The Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design today announced the launch of #8x8_shangrila, an extraordinary online exhibition featuring 16 artists from Hawaii to showcase the exceptional creativity that exists across the archipelago and its intersections with Islamic art and cultures throughout the Pacific.
  • January 11, 2021

    Gill Named President of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

    Samsher (Sam) Singh Gill, senior vice president and chief program officer of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, has been selected as the next president and CEO of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF). Gill has also been elected a member of the DDCF board, and will additionally serve as president and CEO of the Duke Farms Foundation and the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art. He will assume these roles on April 1, 2021.


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