Appealing Words: Calligraphy Traditions in Western New York

Exhibit:  August 27, 2017 – August 26, 2018
Reception:  October 1, 2017 — 2:00pm - 4:00pm


Calligraphy – the art of writing – is a form of traditional art that can be found throughout the world in diverse cultural and religious traditions. In every character, word, and phrase, calligraphy conveys meaning not only from its content but also from its form, presentation, and use. The intersection of calligraphy with wider traditions in community life intertwines meanings embedded in both subject and application – the ‘message written’ with the ‘message shared’.

Appealing Words: Calligraphy Traditions in Western New York provides an introduction to the diverse calligraphy traditions practiced in Western New York, including Japanese, Chinese, Hebrew, Islamic, and Western Calligraphy. Through exploring the different contexts and roles that calligraphy plays across different traditions, Appealing Words highlights a common intersection of art and language to express deep meaning.

This exhibition and accompanying programming is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.