Visual Artist, Calligrapher & Researcher
Dr. Huda Totonji was born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Art Studio and her Masters of Fine Art (MFA) Degree in Art and Visual Technology from George Mason University. She gained her Islamic Calligraphy Masters Certificate (Ijazah) from Jordan. She also has a PhD degree in Fine Art from Ireland. Her PhD dissertation explored the integration of text and image researching Islamic Calligraphy, Female Subjectivity, and Art and Science.
She has teaching experience from Saudi Arabia and the US. She taught at Dar Al Hekma College in Jeddah. She currently works at Georgetown University and teaches at the Art Institute of Washington. Dr. Totonji’s multi-media and eclectic art practice reflects her own existence in two cultural traditions; one of the east, and the other of the west. Being able to combine both the Eastern and Western ideology has been a constant interest in Dr. Totonji’s artistic approach. Dr. Totonji’s artwork investigates issues and questions about femininity and visual representation. Having traveled to twenty eight countries around the world, along with her academic and professional experience from the Middle East and the West has contributed to her ability to communicate with different age groups, faiths, and nationalities.
She worked collaboratively with a Japanese American Artist on a permanent public artwork entitled “Money Tree” in Portland Oregon. It stands tall on Powell Boulevard Station, TriMet, I 205.
Dr. Huda was also selected among the 300 Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow from 75 countries, at the Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow 2009 Conference in Doha, Qatar. She participated in more than 60 exhibitions. She also had her work featured in the critically acclaimed PBS documentary entitled, “Muhammad, Legacy of a Prophet.” Most recently, her artwork was exhibited in the United Nations in NY and in Johns Hopkins University. As an invited artist, Totonji has spoken in several universities such as, Georgetown University, George Washington University, Howard University, Montgomery College, Oregon State University, Portland State University, Kansas State University, Penn State University, University of Pennsylvania, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, Texas A&M University, Cleveland State University, and in Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia.
Solo Exhibition, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA, 2008
Solo Exhibition, Tunisian Cultural & Information Center, NYC, USA, 2008 Collaborative Public Artwork with Japanese American Artist Valerie Otani, Money Tree, Powell Boulevard Station I-205, Portland, Oregon, USA, 2007-2009
Group Exhibition, Beyond Words: Artists of the Washington Theological Consortium, Washington Theological Union, Washington, DC, USA, 2007
Solo Exhibition, William T. Kemper Art Gallery, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, USA, 2007
Group Exhibition, Discover Islam Exhibition, Space C Gallery, Croydon Clocktower, Katharine Street, Croydon, UK, 2007
Solo Exhibition, Splendours of Arabic Calligraphy and Ornamentation, Memorial Union 109, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, USA, 2006
Solo Exhibition, “MET Hosts Islamic Art Exhibition featuring the art of Huda Totonji” Muslim Educational Trust, Tigard, Oregon, USA, 2005
International Women Exhibition, Arts@Motion, La Promenade 2, Jeddah, KSA, 2004 Group Exhibition, Jeddah Gallery For Fine Art 9th Annual Exhibition, Jeddah, KSA, 2004
Group Exhibition, Anne C.Fisher Gallery, Revealing Truths, Washington, DC, USA, 2003
Group Exhibition, Freer Gallery, previews excerpts of the PBS documentary film of Mohammad Legacy of a Prophet, Charcoal Drawing, Washington, DC, USA, 2003
Group Exhibition, Synod Hall at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Devine, Reflections at a Time of Transformation, NY, USA, 2002
Solo Exhibition, Charcoal Drawing Series, Tokyo, Japan, 2000