Curriculum Vitae


Born in Hamedan, Iran.
Lives and works in Manhattan, NY.

2012-2014

M.F.A. State University of New York, New Paltz, NY

2003-2007

B.F.A. School of Art & Architecture, Islamic Azad University of Tabriz, Iran

2022

Artist Residency Fellowship, Foundation House, Greenwich, CT (Upcoming)

2021

StudioProjects Fund, FST StudioProjects, New York, NY

Artist Residency, Millay Colony, (Wait Listed), Austerlitz, NY

2020

Creative Engagement Grant, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), New York, NY

Sculpture Space Residency, Utica, NY

Residency Fellowship, Wassaic Project, Wassaic, NY

2019

The Puffin Foundation Grant, Teaneck, NJ

New Work Grant, Queens Council on the Arts (QCA), Queens, NY

Bethea Scott Owen Fellowship & Artist Residency, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA), Amherst, VA

2018

Scholarship Award, Manhattan Graphic Center, New York, NY

Emerging Artist Award, Elevision Digital Media Broadcast, Dubai, UAE

2017

Tao Hua Tan Artist Retreat & Painting Residency, Tao Hua Tan, Anhui, China

Yaddo Artist Residency, (Wait Listed), Saratoga Springs, NY

2016

Artist Residency Fellowship, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), North Adams, MA

Artist in the Marketplace (AIM), The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY

Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program, NYFA, Brooklyn, NY

First Friday Artist Residency Program, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (JCAL), Queens, NY

Meyer Family Award for Contemporary Art, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

2015

Teaching Artist Residency Fellowship, Cooper Union School of Art, New York, NY

Artist Residency MAISON des ARTISTES, The Griffis Art Center, New London, CT

Ruth Katzman Scholarship, The League Residency at Vyt, Sparkill, NY

Van Lier Residency Fellowship, Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art at Snug Harbor, Staten Island, NY

2014

Visiting Artist in Residence, Montgomery College, (AIR) Fall Semester, Silver Spring, MD

2013

Artist Residency Grant, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

Artists-in-Residence, Platte Clove, Arkville, NY

Scholarship Award, Iranian American Academics and Professionals, Montgomery Community College, Rockville, MD

Research and Creative Project Award, State University of New York, New Paltz, NY

Exhibition Award ViewPoints 2013, Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, NJ

Artist Residency Grant, State University of New York, New Paltz, NY

David Lavallee Travel Grant, State University of New York, New Paltz, NY

1st Showcase winner ArtSlant

2012

Artist Residency Fellowship, Relevant 2012, Kimball Art Center, Park City, UT

Artist Residency, The International School of Painting, Drawing, & Sculpture, Umbria, Italy

Conference Grant, State University of New York, New Paltz, NY

Research Grant, State University of New York, New Paltz, NY

Graduate Scholarship, State University of New York, New Paltz, NY

2021

Unification, High Line Nine Gallery, (curated by Roya Khadjavi Projects), New York, NY

2020

Works on Paper, Chashama, Manhattan, NY

2019-2020

Zahra Nazari Studios’ Selected Work, ABS Engineering, PLLC, New York, NY

2019

Uprooted, Chashama, Queens, NY (funded by the Queens Council on the Arts and the Puffin Foundation)

Before and After, The Arts of Ken Morgan & Zahra Nazari (2-person exhibition), Eclipse Mill Gallery, North Adams, MA

2017

Remnants, Five Points Gallery, Torrington, CT

Transformation, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport, PA

2016

Vanishing Point, Gallery Aferro, Newark, NJ

Transformations, Betsy Meyer Memorial Exhibition, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

2015

Metamorphosis, Mooney Center Gallery, The College of New Rochelle, NY

Urban Façade, MAISON des ARTISTES, The Griffis Art Center, New London, CT

2014

Inside Out, Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center, Silver Spring, MD

2013-2014

Deconstructing Scapes, Hartnett Gallery, University of Rochester, NY

2013

Selected Work, Gallery I, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

Urban Memories, Shainberg Gallery, Jewish Community Center, Memphis, TN

2008

Zahra Nazari’s Selected Work, Baran Gallery Tehran, Iran

2022

Untitled Art Fair, Miami, FL (upcoming)

2021

Looking Forward, curated by Nancy Azara, Carter Burden Gallery, New York, NY

What If, curated by Kourosh Mahboubian, Filo Sofi Arts Gallery, Cranford, NJ

Our Tears are Sweet, Our Laughter Venomous, The Art Gallery at Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic, CT

Crossing Borders, Kendal Art Center, Miami, FL (Sponsered by the National Endowment for the Arts)

NYFA’s Benefit Auction, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY

2020

Forget What You Know, curated by Kourosh Mahboubian, Art of Our Century, New York, NY

We Are Open, curated by Marcus Holtby, Media Arts Building – StartaArta, New York, NY

Kundiman Silent Auction, Ace Hotel, New York, NY

31st Charity Art Auction, Sculpture Space, Utica, NY

Spring Flash, Equity Gallery, New York, NY

Selected Works, Online Exhibition, Art in Res, New York, NY

Support New York: Online Fundraiser for hospitals and artists, New York, NY

Art Virus 2020, Traveling Exhibit in Korea, Gallery Giant’s Garden, Jeju, Space Vanana Project, Daegu, Gyeongmin Museum of Contemporary Art, Uijeongbu, Art & Craft Museum, Jeollanam-do

2019-2020

Decentralized, Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, NJ

2019

Boccara Art Open Call, Boccara Art Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Space 776 Auction, Brooklyn, NY

69th Aone, curated by Bill Carroll, Silvermine Galleries, New Canaan, CT

New York Academy of Art, New York, NY

All Woman, MAISON 10, New York, NY

2018-2019

Art from the Boros VI, Denise Bibro Fine Art, New York, NY

The 2019 Flat file: Year Six, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, New York, NY

2018

Governors Island Art Fair, Governors Island, NY

Let me reintroduce myself, curated by Krista Scenna and Carolina Peñafiel, Cigar Factory, Long Island City, NY

CMYK, Carrie Able Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2017

AIM 2017 Biennale, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY

International Artist’s Creation Camp at the Edge of Peach Blossom Pond, Xuancheng Museum, Xuancheng, Anhui, China

Portal 2017, 4Heads Portal SOHO, New York, NY

BCNA, Korean American Association of Greater New York, NY

Contemporary Art Exhibit, Manhattan Art & Antique Center, New York, NY

Press: Pause, curated by Shannon Stratton, Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, Brooklyn, NY

Small Works, National Association of Women Artists, New York, NY

BCNA Benefit Exhibition, 524 West 26th Street, New York, NY

2016

Borderless: In Perspective, curated by David C. Terry, Lite-Haus Galerie, Berlin, Germany

(Un)Common Space(s), Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg, SC

Futuristic Fabrication, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (JCAL), Queens, NY

Imaginary Places, curated by Linda Streicher, Studio Montclair, Montclair, NJ

2015

Metamorphosis, The Cooper Union School of Art, New York, NY

Silk Journey to Art, World Tour Exhibition, The China Millennium Monument, Beijing, China

Borrowed Paths, Broken Rules, curated by George Sferra, Gowanus Ballroom, Brooklyn, NY

Spatial Planes & Timeless Dimensions, curated by Akaash Mehta & Minna Packer, 555 West 25 St, New York, NY

2014

3rd Annual Juried International Exhibition of Contemporary Islamic Art, LuminArte Gallery, Dallas, TX

Emergence 2014: International Artists to Watch, curated by Deana Haggag & Sharon Burton Galerie Myrtis, Baltimore, MD

PINNACLE 2014, Foster Tanner Fine Arts Gallery, Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL

Points of Departure, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz, NY

51st Annual Juried Competition, curated by Kelly Shindler, Masur Museum of Art, Monroe, LA

Ardent Rift, Kingston Museum of Contemporary Art, Kingston, NY

2013

Abstract Paintings, SUNY Global Center, New York, NY

Working it out, curated by Mona Brody, Alyce Gottesman and Jo Ann Rothschild, Painting Center, New York, NY

ViewPoints 2013, curated by Helaine Posner, Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, NJ

Nation, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2012

Worldview, curated by Chuck Gniech, Gallery 180, Illinois Institute of Art, Chicago, IL

Collector Exchange Exhibit, The Yard Event Center, Park City, UT

Summer Show, Galleria ISA, Umbria, Italy

6th Annual Master Pieces, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

Reroot, curated by Missy Miller, Clifton Cultural Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH

National Wet Paint, curated by Sergio Gomez, Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, IL

Twenty in Their Twenties, curated by Betsy Odom, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL

2009

Color of Kindness, Iranian Center for International Conferences, Tehran, Iran

2008

Youth Art, 4th Visual Arts Festival, Tehran, Iran

2006

Islamic World, 4th International Painting Biennial, Saba Institution, Tehran, Iran

2020

Panel Discussion, Disclosures Through Dialogue: Zahra Nazari, Filo Sofi Arts & Kourosh Mahboubian, New York, NY

Mentor at NYFA Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program, New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), Brooklyn, NY

Grant Review Panel, Queens Council on the Arts (QCA), Queens, NY

2019

Artist Talk, Chashama, Queens, NY

Artist Talk, Maison10, New York, NY

2018

Guest Artist, Graduate Committee Panel, City College of New York, NY

Panel Discussion, Carrie Able Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2017

Panel Discussion, Five Points Gallery, Torrington, CT

Visiting Artist Lecture, Eastern Connecticut University, Willimantic, CT

Artist Lecture, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport, PA

2016

Panel Discussion, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY

Artist Lecture, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (JCAL), Queens, NY

Guest Speaker “Ex-patriot women artists from the so-called ‘Islamic World’, St. John’s University, Queens, NY

Panel Discussion, Montclair Library, Montclair, NJ

2015

Guest Critic, Final Juries of Design/Architecture, Pratt Institute, Higgins Hall, Brooklyn, NY

Artist Lecture, The Cooper Union, Rose Auditorium, New York, NY

2014

Visiting Artist Lecture, Cafritz Foundation Arts Center, Silver Spring, MD

Lecture Coordinator, State University of New York, New Paltz, NY (2013-2014)

2013

Visiting Artist Lecture, Hartnett Gallery, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY

Artist Lecture, Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, New York, NY

Instructor of Record, Basic Printmaking, State University of New York, New Paltz, NY (Fall 2013)

Instructor of Record, Foundation Intro to Studio Art, State University of New York, New Paltz, NY (Spring 2013)

2012

Artist Lecture, Kimball Art Center, Park City, UT

2021

Busch, Michael, “Zahra Nazari: Unification at High Line Nine Gallery 9.1, NYC (Review)” Artefuse, (May 17, 2021)

Media coverage of Unification Exhibition, Interview, Voice of America (VOA) (May 15, 2021)

Media coverage of Unification Exhibition, Interview, Tehran Art Scene, (May 12, 2021)

Nevest, Nancy, “Unification” Exhibition Review Artscope Magazine (May 10, 2021)

Volk, Gregory, “Unification”, Exhibition catalogue essay (April 16, 2021)

2020

“Heightened Perceptions” Exhibition Review, Ante Magazine (November 13, 2020)

“Forget What You Know” Whitehot Magazine, (September 23,2020)

“Puzzle with Purpose”, limited edition of 20. In collaboration with the curator and editor, Rachel D. Vancelette, and Art X Puzzles.

2018

Art Break: Governors Island Hosts an Art Fair and New Exhibits Kick Off the Season at Galleries Around Town” ZEALnyc (September 2018)

Kaufman, Celeste “Zahra Nazari Exploring Identity in Abstractions inspired by Architecture” Hamptons Art Hub (July 2018)

“SUNY New Paltz Alumna Dazzles Art World” The New Paltz Oracle (Feb 1, 2018)

“MFA alumna getting international exposure in galleries and print” SUNY New Paltz Alumna News (Jan 18, 2018)

2017

“Bronx Calling”, exhibition catalog, Bronx Museum of the Arts (June 2017)

ZH Magazine (September 2017)

Steinhauer, Jillian. Passing Through Portal, an Unpretentious Art Fair in Soho. Hyperallergic (May 2, 2017)

Hamptons Art Hub, Ultimate Guide to the NYC Art Fairs of Frieze Week 2017, (May 1, 2017)

“The Allure of Architecture: An Interview with Zahra Nazari”, The Aftab Committee (February 27, 2017)

Paint Pulse Magazine, Issue 6, Juror: Schultz, Suzanne

2016

Art Reveal Magazine, Issue 19 (August 2016)

“The Best of 2016 International Emerging Artists Award of Dubai.” Pixalib (March 2016)

Brewer, Don. “Transformations” Philadelphia, PA DoNArTNeWs

Art File Magazine, Emerging Artist Grant

2015

“Summer Art intensive Program Exhibition.” Exhibition catalog, NYC: Cooper Union School of Art (August 2015)

Brown, A. Will. “An International Publication for Contemporary Art.” Fan Mail: Daily Serving (July 10, 2015)

“Summer 2015 Issue.” Ruminate Magazine

2014

Downs, David. “Polonium No2 NonObject” Sprocketbox Entertainment Cultural Arts Organization (December 20, 2014)

Lonardi, Matteo. “Artistic Spring: Zahra Nazari.” Citizens Brooklyn (May 2014)

Libbey, David. “Zahra Nazari brings her world to Rochester.” University of Rochester: Campus Times (Jan 23, 2014)

2013

“Residencies for Artists and Writers, Photograph. Vermont Studio School.” Bomb Magazine 125 (Fall 2013)

“Working it out Exhibition.” Painting Center, (July 2013)

International Painting Annual 3 Exhibition in Print, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

2012

“Abstract Art Contest.” Artist Portfolio Magazine, issue 8

“6th Annual Master Pieces Exhibition 2012.” Cincinnati, OH: Manifest Gallery

James, Damien. “Twenty in their twenties.” Art Voice Magazine (April 2012)

The China Millennium Monument, Beijing, China

Tao Hua Tan Artist Retreat, Anhui, China

The Griffis Art Center, New London, CT

State University of New York, New Paltz, NY

Manhattan Graphics Center, New York, NY

Private Collection, Paris, France

Private Collection, Yokohama, Japan

Private Collection, Vancouver, Canada

Private Collection, New York, NY

Private Collection, Hoboken, NJ

Private Collection, Baltimore, MD

Private Collection, Dallas, TX

Private Collection, Washington, DC

Private Collection, Memphis, TN

Private Collection, Sharon, CT

Private Collection, Park City, Utah