21/05/2010: Works of Abdulmari Asia Imao, First Filipino Muslim National Artist for Sculpture, to be Featured in Back-to-Back Exhibit at Philippine Embassy
21 MAY 2010, WASHINGTON, D.C. – The works of National Artist for Sculpture Abdulmari Asia Imao will be featured in a back-to-back exhibit at the Philippine Embassy next week. Together with the works of his son, dentist-painter Jose Mari Imao, the exhibit entitled “Henerasyon: Two Generations of Imao Art” will highlight sculptures and paintings that have defined the legacy of the Imao family of artists. Through Abdulmari Asia Imao's works, the indigenous ukkil, sarimanok and naga motifs have been popularized and instilled in the Filipino's consciousness. Imao, the first Filipino-Muslim to be named National Artist for Sculpture, has also done large scale sculpture and monuments of Muslim and regional heroes. His son Jose Mari has gained attention as a muralist and a portrait artist. The exhibit is open to the public from May 26th through May 31st at the Embassy's Carlos P. Romulo Hall, from 10am-4pm. Free-will donations may be made to Cartwheel Foundation, a duly-recognized Philippine NGO which provides preschool assistance, adult education classes, college scholarships, emergency feeding and conducts teacher training with indigenous peoples in the Philippines, particularly in Mindanao. END.