Curriculum Vitae


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

Education

  • 2012-2014M.F.A. State University of New York, New Paltz, NY
  • 2003-2007B.F.A. School of Art & Architecture, Islamic Azad University of Tabriz, Iran

Fellowships, Awards, & Residencies

  • 2020Sculpture Space Residency, Utica, NY
  • 2020Residency Fellowship, Wassaic Project Residency, Wassaic, NY
  • 2019The Puffin Foundation Grant, Teaneck, NJ
  • 2019New Work Grant, Queens Council on the Arts (QCA), Queens, NY
  • 2019Bethea Scott Owen Fellowship & Artist Residency, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA), Amherst, VA
  • 2018Scholarship Award, Manhattan Graphic Center, New York, NY
  • 2018Emerging Artist Award, Elevision Digital Media Broadcast, Dubai, UAE
  • 2017Tao Hua Tan Artist Retreat & Painting Residency, Tao Hua Tan, Anhui, China
  • 2017Yaddo Artist Residency, (Wait Listed), Saratoga Springs, NY
  • 2016Artist Residency Fellowship, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCA), North Adams, MA
  • 2016Artist in the Marketplace (AIM), The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY
  • 2016Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program, NYFA, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2016First Friday Artist Residency Program, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (JCAL), Queens, NY
  • 2016Meyer Family Award for Contemporary Art, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA
  • 2015Teaching Artist Residency Fellowship, Cooper Union School of Art, New York, NY
  • 2015Artist Residency MAISON des ARTISTES, The Griffis Art Center, New London, CT
  • 2015Ruth Katzman Scholarship, The League Residency at Vyt, Sparkill, NY
  • 2015Van Lier Residency Fellowship, Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art at Snug Harbor, Staten Island, NY
  • 2014Visiting Artist in Residence, Montgomery College, (AIR) Fall Semester, Silver Spring, MD
  • 2013Artist Residency Grant, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
  • 2013Artists-in-Residence, Platte Clove, Arkville, NY
  • 2013Scholarship Award, Iranian American Academics and Professionals, Montgomery Community College, Rockville, MD
  • 2013Research and Creative Project Award, State University of New York, New Paltz, NY
  • 2013Exhibition Award ViewPoints 2013, Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, NJ
  • 2013Artist Residency Grant, State University of New York, New Paltz, NY
  • 2013David Lavallee Travel Grant, State University of New York, New Paltz, NY
  • 20131st Showcase winner ArtSlant
  • 2012Artist Residency Fellowship, Relevant 2012, Kimball Art Center, Park City, UT
  • 2012Artist Residency, The International School of Painting, Drawing, & Sculpture, Umbria, Italy
  • 2012Conference Grant, State University of New York, New Paltz, NY
  • 2012Research Grant, State University of New York, New Paltz, NY
  • 2012Graduate Scholarship, State University of New York, New Paltz, NY

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019Uprooted, Chashama, Queens, NY (funded by the Queens Council on the Arts and the Puffin Foundation)
  • 2019Before and After, The Arts of Ken Morgan & Zahra Nazari (2-person exhibition), Eclipse Mill Gallery, North Adams, MA
  • 2017Remnants, Five Points Gallery, Torrington, CT
  • 2017Transformation, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport, PA
  • 2016Vanishing Point, Gallery Aferro, Newark, NJ
  • 2016Transformations, Betsy Meyer Memorial Exhibition, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA
  • 2015Metamorphosis, Mooney Center Gallery, The College of New Rochelle, NY
  • 2015Urban Façade, MAISON des ARTISTES, The Griffis Art Center, New London, CT
  • 2014Inside Out, Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center, Silver Spring, MD
  • 2013-2014Deconstructing Scapes, Hartnett Gallery, University of Rochester, NY
  • 2013Selected Work, Gallery I, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
  • 2013Urban Memories, Shainberg Gallery, Jewish Community Center, Memphis, TN
  • 2008Zahra Nazari’s Selected Work, Baran Gallery Tehran, Iran

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2019-2020Decentralized, Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, NJ
  • 2019Boccara Art Open Call, Boccara Art Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
  • 201969th Aone, curated by Bill Carroll, Silvermine Galleries, New Canaan, CT
  • 2019New York Academy of Art, New York, NY
  • 2019All Woman, MAISON 10, New York, NY
  • 2018-2019Art from the Boros VI, Denise Bibro Fine Art, New York, NY
  • 2018-2019The 2019 Flat file: Year Six, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, New York, NY
  • 2018Governors Island Art Fair, Governors Island, NY
  • 2018Let me reintroduce myself, curated by Krista Scenna and Carolina Peñafiel, Cigar Factory, Long Island City, NY
  • 2018CMYK, Carrie Able Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2017AIM 2017 Biennale, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY
  • 2017International Artist’s Creation Camp at the Edge of Peach Blossom Pond, Xuancheng Museum, Xuancheng, Anhui, China
  • 2017Portal 2017, 4Heads Portal SOHO, New York, NY
  • 2017Contemporary Art Exhibit, Manhattan Art & Antique Center, New York, NY
  • 2017Press: Pause, curated by Shannon Stratton, Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2017Small Works, National Association of Women Artists, New York, NY
  • 2016Borderless: In Perspective, curated by David C. Terry, Lite-Haus Galerie, Berlin, Germany
  • 2016(Un)Common Space(s), Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg, SC
  • 2016Futuristic Fabrication, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (JCAL), Queens, NY
  • 2015Metamorphosis, The Cooper Union School of Art, New York, NY
  • 2015Silk Journey to Art, World Tour Exhibition, The China Millennium Monument, Beijing, China
  • 2015Borrowed Paths, Broken Rules, curated by George Sferra, Gowanus Ballroom, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2015Spatial Planes & Timeless Dimensions, curated by Akaash Mehta & Minna Packer, 555 West 25 St, New York, NY
  • 20143rd Annual Juried International Exhibition of Contemporary Islamic Art, LuminArte Gallery, Dallas, TX
  • 2014Emergence 2014: International Artists to Watch, curated by Deana Haggag & Sharon Burton Galerie Myrtis, Baltimore, MD
  • 2014PINNACLE 2014, Foster Tanner Fine Arts Gallery, Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL
  • 2014Points of Departure, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz, NY
  • 201451st Annual Juried Competition, curated by Kelly Shindler, Masur Museum of Art, Monroe, LA
  • 2014Ardent Rift, Kingston Museum of Contemporary Art, Kingston, NY
  • 2013Abstract Paintings, SUNY Global Center, New York, NY
  • 2013Working it out, curated by Mona Brody, Alyce Gottesman and Jo Ann Rothschild, Painting Center, New York, NY
  • 2013ViewPoints 2013, curated by Helaine Posner, Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, NJ
  • 2013Nation, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2012Worldview, curated by Chuck Gniech, Gallery 180, Illinois Institute of Art, Chicago, IL
  • 2012Collector Exchange Exhibit, The Yard Event Center, Park City, UT
  • 2012Summer Show, Galleria ISA, Umbria, Italy
  • 20126th Annual Master Pieces, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
  • 2012National Wet Paint, curated by Sergio Gomez, Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, IL
  • 2012Twenty in Their Twenties, curated by Betsy Odom, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • 2009Color of Kindness, Iranian Center for International Conferences, Tehran, Iran
  • 2008Youth Art, 4th Visual Arts Festival, Tehran, Iran
  • 2006Islamic World, 4th International Painting Biennial, Saba Institution, Tehran, Iran

Lectures

  • 2019Artist Talk, Maison10, New York, NY
  • 2018Guest Artist, Graduate Committee Panel, City College of New York, NY
  • 2018Panel Discussion, Carrie Able Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2017Panel Discussion, Five Points Gallery, Torrington, CT
  • 2017Visiting Artist Lecture, Eastern Connecticut University, Willimantic, CT
  • 2017Artist Lecture, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport, PA
  • 2016Panel Discussion, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY
  • 2016Artist Lecture, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (JCAL), Queens, NY
  • 2016Guest Speaker “Ex-patriot women artists from the so-called ‘Islamic World’, St. John’s University, Queens, NY
  • 2016Panel Discussion, Montclair Library, Montclair, NJ
  • 2015Guest Critic, Final Juries of Design/Architecture, Pratt Institute, Higgins Hall, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2015Artist Lecture, The Cooper Union, Rose Auditorium, New York, NY
  • 2014Visiting Artist Lecture, Cafritz Foundation Arts Center, Silver Spring, MD
  • 2014Lecture Coordinator, State University of New York, New Paltz, NY (2013-2014)
  • 2013Visiting Artist Lecture, Hartnett Gallery, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
  • 2013Artist Lecture, Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, New York, NY
  • 2013Instructor of Record, Basic Printmaking, State University of New York, New Paltz, NY (Fall 2013)
  • 2013Instructor of Record, Foundation Intro to Studio Art, State University of New York, New Paltz, NY (Spring 2013)
  • 2012Artist Lecture, Kimball Art Center, Park City, UT

Selected Bibliography & Press

Collections

  •  The China Millennium Monument, Beijing, China
  •  Tao Hua Tan Artist Retreat, Anhui, China
  •  The Griffis Art Center, New London, CT
  •  Manhattan Graphics Center, New York, NY
  •  Private Collection, Yokohama, Japan
  •  Private Collection, Vancouver, Canada
  •  Private Collection, New York, NY
  •  Private Collection, Baltimore, MD
  •  Private Collection, Dallas, TX
  •  Private Collection, Washington, DC
  •  Private Collection, Memphis, TN
  •  Private Collection, Park City, Utah