Safa Samiezadé-Yazd: Arabic calligraphy, graffiti, street art and urban culture


graffitiThe Department of Art and Design, with support from The Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts, is pleased to welcome Safa Samiezadé-Yazd to the campus of Austin Peay State University on Thursday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. in room 401 of the Trahern Building,. The event is free and open to the public.

Samiezadé-Yazd will be on campus to give a brief introduction into the world of Arabic calligraphy, graffiti writing, street art and urban culture, and the artists, graffiti writers and typographers who keep the tradition alive. In addition to featuring a wide array of photos documenting Arabic graffiti and street art styles, this presentation also explores the traditional elements, modern approaches and socio-political and cultural contexts that have shaped Arabic graffiti movements throughout the Middle East.

Samiezadé-Yazd is currently an associate producer for the upcoming CNN original series “Believer,”hosted by Reza Aslan. Prior to that, she worked at BoomGen Studios, where she worked on numerous outreach campaigns for films both originating from and depicting stories from the Middle East, including Jon Stewart’s directorial debut, “Rosewater,” and the Emmy Award-winning and Oscar-nominated documentary, “The Square.”

From 2011 to 2013, she served as the Arts, Culture and Music Editor for Aslan Media, an online youth-driven media source providing alternative coverage of the Middle East and its global diaspora communities. Her writings on Middle East art and culture have appeared on numerous sites, including Art21, Reorient Magazine, Huffington Post and Guardian US. Safa holds a B.A. from the University of Denver and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from Goddard College in Middle Eastern art and culture, relational and community-driven art, and performance and intercultural studies.

For more information on this exhibition, which is free and open to the public, contact Michael Dickins, gallery director, at


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Christine Anne Piesyk has been a journalist for more than 50 years. Her credits include positions as Editor in Chief, Managing Editor, Staff Writer specializing in education, leisure living, food and arts and entertainment. She was co-producer, writer and on air persona for the Entertainment Review for 25 years. Now "retired," she finds herself working on online websites and as a book editor. In her other life, she is a costume designer in her daughter's company, Gemini Dream Designs.

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