Fayeq Oweis
Fayeq Oweis is 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. Fayeq is currently working as a Language Services Manager with one of the largest Internet companies in the World. He was teaching Arabic Language and Culture at Santa Clara University and San Jose State 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 at the 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 was the president 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 “Encyclopedia of Arab American Artists,” an award winning book featuring 100 Arab American visual artists.

Fayeq and his team at Google won the Mohammed Bin Rashid Arabic Language Award.