An Arab American artist,
educator, and linguist.
He received his Ph.D. in
Interdisciplinary Studies with Concentration on Arabic and
Islamic Studies focusing on Creative & Visual Arts from the
Union Institute and University.
Oweis is currently teaching
Arabic Language and Culture at
Santa Clara University and has taught for over three
years at San Francisco State University.
Oweis works on contemporary
Islamic art and Arabic calligraphic compositions and has
participated in a number of exhibits in California,
Minnesota, Washington DC, and Florida. He designed the
exterior entranceway murals and the calligraphy of the dome
Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. He
also co-designed and directed the first
Arabic/Islamic mural in San Francisco, and he was a lead
artist for the
Palestinian Cultural mural honoring Dr. Edward Said at
San Francisco State University.
Oweis is a board member of
ZAWAYA, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting
Arabic art and culture. He has written a number of articles
and gave numerous presentations on Arab American Artists,
Arabic Calligraphy, and Islamic art.
He is the author of
of Arab American Artists,"
a book featuring 100 Arab American visual artists.