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Contact

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Statement

Pantea Karimi is an installation artist incorporating VR, performative video, sound, traditional and digital print, and drawing. Her installations investigate personal narratives, political and societal issues, and Iran’s visual culture through the historic illustrated scientific documents.  Since childhood, she was fascinated by the correlation between abstract ideas in science and their visual representations especially in the fields of mathematics and plant biology, so studied both science and art in high school. The intense educational system and the societal pressures in post-revolutionary Iran during the war led her away from scientific pursuits into the direction of art and design as a career. Her current practice fulfills both interests. Her perspective is also deeply informed by her two subsequent moves to new cultures and countries: firstly, the UK and then the US.

Background

Pantea Karimi’s education in graphic design prepared her for both commercial work and academic research. To complete her Master’s Degree at the Art University, she studied the first newspapers, which were printed from a stone lithographic process, in the archive of the University of Tehran’s Central Library. Print media continued to be a major inspiration to her, both visually and conceptually; during her studies at Hastings College of Arts in England and later at San Jose State University, she developed more interest in the topic. In 2005, she further examined the design of Iranian newspapers and magazines from more recent times including the Pahlavi period (1925-1979) and the years following the Islamic Revolution of 1979, in the archive of Princeton University. Between 2006 and 2013 her works were inspired by the print media, cultural identity, and sociopolitical turmoil around the globe. 

Bio

Pantea Karimi has lived, studied, and worked in Iran, the UK, and the US and presently resides in San Jose, California. She started her training in fine arts and classical music at age 14 alongside her studies in science. 

Karimi’s fine arts and graphic works are held in public and private collections and have been featured in several publications and media in Iran, Italy, Croatia, the UK, and the United States including an interview with the KQED, California Report in 2020. Her prints and digital works have been exhibited in diverse solo, group, and traveling exhibitions in Iran, Algeria, Germany, Croatia, Mexico, the UK, and the United States, including the de Young Museum, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Google, the NASA Ames Research Center, the San Jose City Hall, The San Jose Tech Museum of Innovation, the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, the New Bedford Art Museum, MIT’s Rotch Library, Pikto Gallery in Croatia and Aun Gallery in Iran.

Pantea Karimi has served as a judge on multiple panels and in academic institutions including The City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs, The University of Nevada, Reno, and the Euphrat Museum of Art. She has given Artist Talks in museums and universities including the LASER Talk at Stanford University and UC Berkeley and the San Jose Museum of Art. She has conducted research at the British Library, the Institute Archives & Special Collections at MIT, and the Marsh’s Library in Dublin, Ireland. She is the recipient of the 2022 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, the 2022 Mass MoCA the Studios Residency Award, the 2021 University of California San Francisco Library Artist in Residence Award, 2020 Holding the Moment Art Award, the 2019 City of San Jose Arts and Cultural Exchange Grant, the 2019 Silicon Valley Artist Laureates Award, and the 2017 Kala Fellowship-Residency Award. Karimi is an Adjunct Faculty in the Departments of Studio Art and Digital Media at the College of San Mateo and Cabrillo College and maintains a studio at Cubberley Artist Studios in Palo Alto, CA.

CV

Artist Residency and Research

2022 Mass MoCA’s the Studios Artist Residency, North Adams, MA
2021
University of California San Francisco Library Artist in Residence, San Francisco, CA
2019
Teaching Artist Residency and Lead of Curriculum Development, Chester Beatty, Dublin, Ireland
2019 Research Residency, Marsh’s Library, Dublin, Ireland 
2019
Visiting Artist, Printmaking Residency, Burning Bones Press, Houston, TX
2018
Research Residency, Rotch Library of Architecture & Planning and Institute Archives & Special Collections at MIT, Cambridge, MA 

2018 Research Residency, The British Library, London, UK 
2017 
Kala Fellowship-Residency, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA

2016 Research Residency, The Malek Library, Tehran, Iran 
2013 Teaching Artist Residency and Lead of Curriculum Development, Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga, CA

Public Collection

2021 UC Davis Medical Group, Sacramento, CA
2020
UC Davis Medical Group, Roseville, CA
2019
UC Davis Medical Center, Davis, CA
2019
University of California, San Francisco, CA
2019 Stanford University Health Care, Stanford, CA
2018
Kaiser Permanente in three locations: San Jose, Campbell and Sacramento, CA
2018 City of Palo Alto Public Art Program, Palo Alto, CA
2017 
Ruth Asawa Foundation, San Francisco, CA
2017 Stanford University Health Care, CA

Solo Exhibition

2021 Artful Attacks, Mercury 20 Gallery, Oakland, CA 
2020 
The Unbearable Lightness of Mathematics, Mercury 20 Gallery, Oakland, CA 
2020
The Forgotten Women of Science, San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, San Jose, CA
2019 Countdown: Biruni, Galileo, Apollo, Mercury 20 Gallery, Oakland, CA
2018 Visual Thinking: Six Ways of Picturing Knowledge, The Rotch Library, MIT, Cambridge, MA
2017 Blind Spot, a dialogue, Ruth’s Table (Ruth Asawa Foundation Center), San Francisco, CA
2016 Punctum Caecum, a visual exploration into the magical world of medieval and early modern scientific manuscripts, California State University Stanislaus, Turlock, CA
2015 Mediated Senses, Google Campus, Building CL5, Mountain View, CA

2014 Mediated Senses, Peninsula Museum of Art, Burlingame, CA 
2010 Mediated Senses, Mohr Gallery, Finn Center, Mountain View, CA 

Two-Person Exhibition

2014 UNNATURAL SELECTION, Mohr Gallery, Finn Center, Mountain View, CA
2013 Disappearance, Art Ark, San Jose, CA
2012 Mediated Senses, Bay Van Gallery, Oakland, CA
1998 Forms and Shadows, Xorshid Gallery, Tehran, Iran

Traveling Exhibition

2017-2019 Folding Gardens, A Stained Memory, Kala Art Institute, Euphrat Museum of Art, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art & Minnesota Street Project
2017
Vision and Voice: Reflections of Immigrant Artists in California, San Jose & Oakland, CA

Art Ark Gallery & Chandra Cerrito Contemporary
2015 Living with Endangered Languages in the Information Age, Root Division, San Francisco, CA
Endangered, Euphrat Museum of Art, Cupertino, CA

2012 Mexico-California, A Bridge Beyond Borders: Innovations in Contemporary Printmaking
         Galeria Ajolote Arte Contemporaneo, Guadalajara, Mexico
         Monterey Peninsula College, Monterey, CA
         Cabrillo College, Aptos, CA

Selected Group Exhibition

2021
Wall GardenThe Nature of Cities Festival, Ecological Urban Arts Exhibition, France (virtual exhibition due to Covid)

California Healing, outdoor large-window-projection, San Jose’s 1st street, CA
2020
Art of Planetary Science, University of Arizona, AZ
Shifting Horizon,
SFMOMA Artists Gallery, The Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA                                     
31 Women,
Whitney Modern Gallery, Los Gatos, CA
Women Pathmakers, Euphrat Museum of Art, Cupertino, CA
Contemporary Iranian Art & Historical Imagination, UMass Campus Gallery, New Bedford, MA
2019

Space and Place, Euphrat Museum of Art, Cupertino, CA
Diaspora Voiced
, Rythmix K Gallery, Alameda, CA
Elsewhere: Everywhere
Nicole Longnecker Gallery, Houston, TX
Self-Portraits in the Age of Selfies
, Mercury 20 Gallery, Oakland, CA

Once at Present, Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco, CA
Wander Woman, Root Division, San Francisco, CA
2018
#TimesUp, JAYJAY Art Gallery, Sacramento, CA 
PRINTSTALLATIONS, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA 
Coming With Care, Euphrat Museum of Art, De Anza College, Cupertino, CA

Trilogy, The 5th L.A.S.T Festival, Stanford Linear Accelerator, Menlo Park, CA
Arousing Biophilia, Art Ark, San Jose, CA
Consilience of Art & Science, Pence Gallery, Davis, CA
Group Exhibition, Jeff King & Co. Design Company, San Francisco, CA
2017
Waterlines, New Museum Los Gatos, Los Gatos, CA

Kindness as Resistance, Euphrat Museum of Art, Cupertino, CA
Other Side III, Galerija Pikto, Zagreb, Croatia
Earth and Reveries, Fellowship Residency Exhibition, Kala Art Institute Gallery, Berkeley, CA
Shelf Garden, The 4th L.A.S.T Festival, San Jose, CA
Revive, NASA Ames Research Center, Mountain View, CA
StARTup Art Fair, Hotel Del Sol, San Francisco, CA
2016
World’s Faire 2030, NASA Research Center, Mountain View, CA 
Stateless, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, New Bedford, MA
1001 Plates, Shirin Art GalleryTehran, Iran

Impulse, Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA
StARTup Art Fair, Hotel Del Sol, San Francisco, CA
2015
Felt Encounters with Past and Present, Inspace Curatorial, San Francisco, CA

Bearing Witness: Surveillance in the Drone Age, Fort MasonSan Francisco, CA
50 and Looking Forward, Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA
2014

No War, Niavaran Art Center, Tehran, Iran
Community Matters, San Jose City Hall, San Jose, CA
The Other, Mediterranean Biennale of Contemporary Art of Oran, Algeria
The Chasm Arena, Yerba Buena Art Center, San Francisco, CA
Deep Reading, Euphrat Museum of Art, Cupertino, CA
2013
Creativity, Change, Commitment, Triton Museum, San Jose, CA

Don Quixote, Aun Gallery, Tehran, Iran
War and Healing, Euphrat Museum of Art, Den Anza College, Cupertino, CA
Exploring Urban Identities in De-Industrialized Cities, New Bedford Art Museum, New Bedford, MA
2012
The Future Imagined: What’s Next? 2012 ZERO1 Biennial, San Francisco, CA

X-Libris, Root Division, San Francisco, CA
NY Beats, Discourse on Art, Politics and Aesthetics: International Occupy Video, PLATFORM, Munich, Germany
2011

Summer in the City, Branch Gallery, Oakland, CA
(Political) Love Letters, ArtPad SF in Phoenix Hotel, San Francisco, CA
The Collector’s Room, Togonon Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Visual Territory, Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, KS
2010

Monotype Marathon 2010, Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA
2009
Traces of Being, Morono Kiang Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Warhol Now and Then, Wilsey Court, de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA
2007
Iranian Alliances Across Borders, Ellipse Arts Center, Arlington, VA
2006

Art On the Wall, SomArts, San Francisco, CA
2001-2003, UK
Visual, Pier Gallery, Hastings, UK

Challenge the Nail, Salon Des Arts, London, UK
Fourteen Annual Conference of the Iranian Women’s Studies Foundation, The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London, UK
Spring Art Exhibition, New Riviera Gallery, Hastings, UK
Human Rain, Lauderdale House, London, UK
Challenge the Nail, Salon Des Arts, London, UK
Works on Paper, Conquest Hospital Gallery, Hastings, UK
1994-1999, Tehran, Iran
Fifth Annual Exhibition of Iranian Women Artists, Niavaran Art Center
Fourth Annual Exhibition of Iranian Women Artists, Niavaran Art Center
Still Life, Haft Samar Gallery
Third Annual Exhibition of Iranian Women Artists, Niavaran Art Center
Third Annual Exhibition of Graphic Design Works, Museum of Contemporary Art

Honor, Award, Grant

2022 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, New York, NY
2022
Nominee: The SECA Award, San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA
2021
Window Display Project 1st Place Award, Safely Social San Jose & Knight Foundation
2020
Center for Cultural Innovation, City of San José Artists Grant

2020 Holding the Moment Art Award, A Public Art Initiative Responding to COVID-19, City of San Jose Office Public Art Program  
2020 The Art of Planetary Science exhibition’s winner and honorable mention, the University of Arizona
2020
The County of Santa Clara, Office of Women’s Policy Grant
2019  Nominee: Eureka Fellowship Program
2019
Silicon Valley Artist Laureates Award
2019
Arts and Cultural Exchange Grant (Travel to Dublin, Ireland), City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs

2017 Kala Fellowship-Residency Award, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA
2018
 Nominee: The SECA Award, San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA

2018 Center for Cultural Innovation, (Travel to London, UK, research and conference)
2012 School of Arts and Culture Grant, San Jose, CA
2012 Multicultural Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI) Fellowship
2011 Creative Capacity Fund Grant, San Francisco, CA
2010 Distinguished Artist Award, Fine Arts Commission, Cupertino, CA
2010 Creative Capacity Fund Grant, San Francisco, CA
2009 Orchard Commercial North First ArtSPACE Graduate Scholarship, San Jose, CA
2009 Nominee: Artshift Award, visual arts, San Jose, CA
2009 Nominee: The Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant, San Jose State University
2008 Orchard Commercial North First ArtSPACE Award, San Jose, CA
2008 School of Art and Design Teaching Assistant Scholarship, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA

Publication

2020  An Homage to Khayyam and Pascal, Journal of Mathematics and the Arts, London, UK
2018 The Versatile Screenprint: High-Tech Tools &Traditional Forms, The Journal of The California Society of Printmakers, CA

Press

2020 Black & White, review of The Unbearable Lightness of Mathematics solo exhibition, SF Weekly
2020 KQED, California Report, interview, The Forgotten Women of Science solo exhibition, San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles
2020
Euphrat exhibit honors ‘Women Pathmakers’ Mercury News
2019
Countdown: Biruni, Galileo, Apollo, British Library Asian-African Studies Blog
2019 Silicon Valley Artist Laureates Award, featured artist & article, Content Magazine
2019
Once at Present exhibition at Minnesota Street Project Gallery, Art Review, SF Weekly
2019
1979 Iranian Upheaval Resonates in “Once at Present”, art review, Arts Monthly
2019
Mercury 20 Gallery’s ‘Self-Portraits in the Age of Selfies’ expands the scope of self-portraiture, DailiyCa 
2018
Printstallations @ San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, Square Cylinder, Sacramento, CA
2017  Euphrat Museum’s fall exhibit explores kindness and hope, The Mercury News, San Jose, CA

2017 Other Side Project III Comes to Zagreb: Pantea Karimi features her art and rich heritage, Mojzagreb.info, Zagreb, Croatia
2017 Other Side Project III in Pikto Gallery: Pantea Karimi exhibits The Garden of Dioscorides, ziher.hr, Zagreb, Croatia
2016 University Gallery exhibit keeps spotlight on heartbreaking refugee crisis, SouthCoast Today, New Bedford, MA
2016 The Lux of A Dark Age, catalog & interview, published by California State University, Stanislaus, Turlock, CA
2016 We’re the Center of the Universe!, SF Weekly

2015 South Bay Arts: Extinct and Dying Languages the Focus of a New Euphrat Museum of Art Exhibit, Mercury News
2014 The Science of Imagination; Unnatural Selection Exhibition, exhibition review, Pelleh Magazine, Tehran, Iran

2013 Don Quixote Group Exhibition; Looking at Artists’ Works in Aun Gallery, Honaronline, Tehran, Iran,
2013 Between the Two Worlds, Bahar Newspaper, Tehran, Iran
2013 The Iranian Don Quixotism, Tandees Contemporary Art Magazine, Tehran, Iran
2013 Grit and (faded) Glory at NBAM, exhibition review,  SouthCoast Today, New Bedford, MA
2010 Turning Words into Arts Earns Local Artist Top Honors, Cupertino Courier
2010 Visitors at Triton’s Gala Watch Artists Create, Santa Clara Weekly
2009 Traces of Being: Iran In The Passage of Memories, Los Angeles Times, Los Angles, CA
2003 Art of the Week, The Local Rag, Hastings, UK
2001 Iran Rivoluzionarie In CorniceIO Donna Speciale Gioielli, Italy
1999 Manifestation of Feeling, a selection of paintings by Iranian female artists, catalog, Tehran, Iran
1997 Manifestation of Feeling, a selection of paintings by Iranian female artists, catalog, Tehran, Iran
1995 Iranian Women Exhibition, Iran Journal, Tehran, Iran

Panel Discussion, Interview and Artist Talk

2021 Social Distancing Studio Visit, Interview, The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum
2021
Interview & Featured Artist, The Nature of Cities Festival, France
2021 Interview by Historian and Research Scholar Carlo Bier, Artful Attacks solo exhibition
2020
Artist Talk, Pantea Karimi in Conversation with Dr. Kathy Zarur, San Jose Museum of Quilts &Textiles
2020
Artist Talk, LASER Talk series, Stanford University
2020
Artist Talk, University of Nevada, Reno, NV
2020 
Panel Discussion, The Forgotten Women of Science, San Jose Museum of Quilts &Textiles
2020 
Artist Talk, The Forgotten Women of Science, Los Altos Library
2018 
Artist Talk, Medieval Science, San Jose Museum of Art

2018 Artist Talk, Printstallations, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art
2017 Panel Discussion, Are Art Fairs Right for You, Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery, Lafayette, CA
2017 
Artist Talk, Folding Gardens, Fellowship Residency Exhibition, Kala Art GalleryBerkeley, CA

2017 Artist Talk, (Re) Visualizing Medieval Science, LASER Talk series, USF
2017 Artist Talk, (Re) Visualizing Medieval Science, LASER Talk series, UC Berkeley
2016 Artist Talk, (Re) Visualizing Medieval Science, San Jose State University
2016 Artist Talk, A Creative Conversation with stARTup SF artist & StARTup fair Founders, San Francisco, CA
2016 Artist Talk, Punctum Caecum, California State University, Stanislaus
2016 Artist Talk, Punctum Caecum, Art University, Tehran, Iran 
2015
 Panel Discussion, Felt Encounters with Past and Present, Inspace Curatorial, San Francisco, CA

2015 Artist Talk, Punctum Caecum, Los Altos Library
2015 Artist Talk, Through Different Eyes, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library, San Jose, CA
2014 Artist Talk, Mediated Senses, Peninsula Museum of Art, Burlingame, CA
2014 Artist Talk, Contemporary Iranian Art Scene, California State University Stanislaus
2013 Presenter, 10th Arts In Your Classroom: Professional Development ConferenceSan Jose, CA
2013 Artist Talk, War and Healing, De Anza College Auditorium & Euphrat Museum of Art
2010 Artist Talk, monotype and silkscreen, California College of the Arts (CCA)
2009 Panel Discussion, Traces of Being, Morono Kiang Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Teaching Experience

2021-present Santa Clara University: Digital Media-Graphic Design
2018-present
College of San Mateo, Adjunct Faculty: Portfolio Prep, Graphic Design, Drawing I&II 
2013-present
Cabrillo College, Adjunct Faculty: Design & Color Theory, Drawing Composition, Silkscreen I&II 

2008-2020 De Anza College, Euphrat Museum of Art, Instructor: Digital Arts, Graphic Design
2010 San Jose State University, Co-Teaching: Silkscreening Techniques
2008 San Jose State University, Teaching Associate: Two-Dimensional Design Concepts
2009 San Jose State University, Teaching Assistant: Color Theory, Beginning Painting
2007 San Jose State University, Teaching Assistant: Representational Drawing, Two-Dimensional Design Concepts

Graphic Design and Management Experience

2009 Graphic Designer and Art Director, San Jose State University: Lift Off, Masters of Fine Arts exhibition catalog
2006 Graphic Designer, MIT, Cambridge, MA: Thresholds 32: ACCESS, journal of architecture, art, media and culture
2006 Art Program Specialist, Children’s Discovery Museum, San Jose, CA
2001-2003 Artist Assistant and Studio Manager, Alan Rankle Fine Art Studio, Hastings, UK
1998-2001 Graphic Designer, Tehran, Iran

Community Project, Judging Panel and Public Workshop 

2021 Window Display Project, promoting businesses affected by COVID-19, Alameda Street, San Jose, CA
2020
Judge, Annual Graduate Student Art Exhibition, University of Nevada, Reno, NV
2019 
Judge, 2020 Art and Cultural Exchange Grant, City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs

2019 Curator, art exhibition and calligraphy workshop, Cubberley Artist Studios Art Gallery, Palo Alto, CA
2017  Curator and Lead of Curriculum Development, youth art exhibition, Cubberley Artist Studios Art Gallery, Palo Alto, CA
2018 Organizer, art-science exhibition, artists workshop & panel discussion, Cubberley Artist Studios Art Gallery, Palo Alto, CA
2016 Lead Teaching Artist, silkscreen workshop, California State University, Stanislaus, Turlock, CA
2016 Lead Teaching Artist, silkscreen workshop, Palo Alto Art Center, CA
2015 Panel Discussion, Art, Science and Technology in Dialog, Moderator and Organizer, Cubberley Artist Studios Gallery
2015 Committee Member, Student Equity Pilot Program, Cabrillo College
2012 Lead Teaching Artist and Lead of Curriculum Development, art workshops and youth art installation, San Jose, Sunnyvale, and Mountain View, CA
2011 Lead Teaching Artist, art workshops and youth art installation, Euphrat Museum of Art, Cupertino, CA
2007 Judge, City of San Jose Downtown Doors Art Project, San Jose, CA
2002 Collaborator, Alan Rankle Fine Art Studio, landscape mural project, private residence, London, UK

Education

2009 Masters of Fine Arts: Printmaking and Painting, with honors, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA
2004 BTEC National Diploma in Art and Design: Printmaking, Painting and Glass, with distinction
Hastings College of Arts and Technology, Hastings, UK
1999 Masters of Design: Graphic Design, Art University, Tehran, Iran
1996 Bachelor of Design: Graphic Design, Al-Zahra University, Tehran, Iran