Selected Recent Solo Shows (2005-2015)

  • Multicultural Center, University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA
  • September 30 to December 11 2015
  • Museum of Contemporary Religious Art. St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO September 13–December 6 2015
  • Levantine Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA, March, 2015
  • Artfully Elegant Gallery, Bethlehem, PA- A Retrospective-October 2014
  • Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA, September-November 2014
  • Robert Graves Gallery, Wenatchee Valley College, Wenatchee, WA, Feb-March 2014
  • Art @ the Y, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL, March-April, 2013
  • Expressions Gallery, Berkeley, CA , January, 2013
  • Dominican University Gallery, San Rafael, CA 2012
  • King Gallery, Unitarian Universalist at San Francisco, San Francisco, CA 2012
  • A temporary exhibition, Art in Embassies, US Department of State, US Embassy Rangoon, Burma.2011-2013
  • Commonwealth Club, San Francisco, CA 2011
  • CIIS-California Institute of Integral Studies Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2009
  • Chandler Fine Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2007
  • ArtJaz Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 2006
  • The Hope Horn Gallery, Scranton University, Scranton, PA 2005
  • Monsoon Galleries, Bethlehem, PA 2005
  • Fayberger Gallery, Penn State University, Reading, PA 2005
  • Radford University Art Museum, Radford University, Radford, VA 2005

Selected Recent Group Shows ( 2005-2015)

  • Emeryville 29th Annual art show, Emeryville, CA October 3rd to 24th 2015
  • Juanita Salazar Lowe Art Gallery, Imperial Valley College, Imperial. CA April 2015
  • Intersections: Asian American Narratives, Lindsay Dirkx Brown Art Gallery, San Ramon, CA, February 3 – 27, 2015
  •  ‘Serenity’ at UCSF Women’s Health Center, San Francisco, CA  April 15 – July 14, 2015
  • Living with Endangered Languages: Root Division, San Francisco, CA January,2015
  • Sacred Voices: Canton Museum of Art, Canton, OH December 2013- April 2014
  • Under Currents: SomArts Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA May,2013
  • Echo of Islam: Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA February,2013
  • Honoring Women Rights: The National Steinb3ck Center, Salinas Valley, CA 2012
  • Invoking Peace: Euphart Art Museum, De Anza College, Cupertino, CA 2012
  • Muslim Eye: Marin Community Foundation, Novato, CA 2012
  • Offerings: Town of Danville Art Gallery, Danville, CA 2011
  • Visions of Paradise: Art & The Power of Faith at Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, Sonoma, CA 2010
  • Picturing the word: The Visuality of Text at Doug Adams Gallery, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA 2010
  • The Art Gallery at Cleveland University, Cleveland OH 2010
  • Exaltation of the Insignificants: Terra Galleria, Santa Monica, CA 2009
  • Beaux & Eros: Peninsula Museum of Art, Belmont, CA 2008
  • Expanding Circles: Delaware Contemporary Center for Arts, Wilmington, 2007
  • Stanford Art Spaces, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA 2007
  • Four shows sponsored by Pennsylvania Council on the Arts in State College, Harrisburg, Pittsburg and Philadelphia, PA 2006
  • Spring show, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA 2005

Public Art

  • Public sculpture- Eight feet tall and four feet wide water-jet-cut Steel and Copper “Dancing With the Stars” installed at Port of San Diego in October-2010
  • Public sculpture – Ten feet tall and 6 feet wide laser-cut Aluminum sculpture “ The Celebration of Arts” installed at Steel Stacks. in Bethlehem PA in April 2011
  • Finalist for public art proposal Wellness and Recreation Center at San Angelo university, San Angelo, Texas, November 2011
  • Dancing with the stars- exhibition at Geyserville, CA November 2011-October 2012.
  • Dancing with the Stars- exhibition at San Rafael City Hall, CA ,October 2012-May 2013.
  • Five large painting murals for Beirut Restaurant, Allentown PA. Each mural 8’ X 14’ -1991

Awards

  • City of Berkeley Individual artist grant, Berkeley, 2014
  • East Bay Community Foundation’s “ Fund for Artists”, Oakland, CA 2014
  • East Bay Community Foundation’s “ Fund for Artists”, Oakland, CA 2012
  • First Place, Northeastern Regional Art Show, Marywood University, Scranton, PA in 2004.
  • First Place, Lehigh Art Alliance Annual Show, Bethlehem, PA in 2004
  • Honorable Mention-Berks Art Alliance Show, Reading Art Museum, Reading, PA, 2001
  • Honorable Mention-Harrisburg Art Museum, Harrisburg, PA in 2001
  • Vermont Studio Center: won residency fellowship for two weeks in October 2002
  • In the summer of 2000 Salma won a (6) week Artist-in-Residence Award. She lived and worked and held exhibition of her works in Swabisch Gumund, southern Germany.
  • Second Prize in Works on Paper, Soho, New York, NY in 1995

Talks and Presentations

  • July 31st 2015, Commonwealth Club of San Francisco “Unity of Sacred Symbols and Words”
  • In April 2013. Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezyous (LASER) she presented a talk on Celebration of Calligraphy and Journeys of Love.
  • In October 2012, Stanford University International Club Invited her to present her talk and slide show about her works “ My Journey Towards My God”
  • On 20th January 2013, Mythos Art Gallery, Berkeley, CA invited her to present her paintings and recite Rumi Poems from her series” Turning Rumi: Singing Verses of Love, Unity and Freedom”.
  • In June of 2011, Westphalian Wilhelms-University in Münster Germany invited Salma Arastu to read her paper “ Art informed by Spirituality” in their International Symposium: God Loves Beauty: Post Modern Views on Religion and Art.
  • In August of 2011, Commonwealth Club of San Francisco invited her to present her paper on “Sacred Heritage: A blending of Hindu and Islamic Traditions.

Public and Private Collections

  • Al Mayya LLC, Fujairah -UAE
  • 9/11 Memorial Museum, New York, NY
  • Islamic Museum of Australia, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
    St. Lukes Hospital, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
  • Counseling and Wellness Center at University of Florida, Gainsville, Florida
  • Alameda County Arts Commission, Oakland, California
  • State Museum of the Arts, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • Museum of Modern Art, Hyderabad, India
  • Salarjung Museum, Hyderabad, India
  • National Gallery of Art, New Delhi, India
  • Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown, Pennsylvania
  • Pennsylvania Power & Light, Allentown, Pennsylvania
  • Spring Health Clinic, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
  • In the US and Canada, more than 200 paintings in private collections.

Education

  • Masters degree in Fine Arts from Maharaja Sayaji Rao University in Baroda, India, 1974
  • Associate degree in Graphic Arts from Northampton Community College, Bethlehem, PA 2088
  • Certification in Public Art from Public Art Academy in East Bay in January 2010.