Pantea Karimi in studio

Pantea Karimi  |  Curriculum Vitae


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

Residency and Research

2024 Artist Residency, MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA
2024 Artist Residency, Montalvo Art Center’s Lucas Artist Program Residency, Saratoga, CA
Sovereignty Theme Artist Residency, Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Artist Residency, Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Dickinson Teaching Artist Residency at Harker School, San Jose, CA
Artist Residency, MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA
2021 Artist Residency, University of California San Francisco Library, San Francisco, CA
2019 Teaching Residency, Lead of Curriculum Development, Chester Beatty, Dublin, Ireland
2019 Research,  Marsh’s Library, Dublin, Ireland
2019 Printmaking Residency, Visiting Artist, Burning Bones Press, Houston, TX
2018 Research, Rotch Library of Architecture & Institute Archives & Special Collections, MIT, Cambridge, MA
2018 Research, The British Library, London, UK
2017 Fellowship-Artist-Residency, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA
2016 Research, The Malek Library, Tehran, Iran
2013 Teaching Residency, Lead of Curriculum Development, Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga, CA

Public Art Collections

2024 Public Art Project, Womanhood Project, Markmakers, San Jose, CA
2024 City of San Jose’s Office of Emergency Management/Fire Department Training Center facility, CA
2024 University of California San Francisco, Mission Bay Building, San Francisco, CA
2023 Stanford Healthcare, Stanford, CA
YouTube, San Bruno, CA
Lincoln Plaza at SunTrust Center, Orlando, FL
University of California, San Francisco, Library, CA
Stanford University, Graduate Building B, Stanford, CA
2021 Burk Rehabilitation Hospital, White Plains, NY
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, School of Dentistry, 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, Palo Alto, CA
2017 Ruth’s Table, San Francisco, CA
2017 Stanford University Health Care, Redwood City, CA

Solo Exhibitions

2023 Context Lost, Krishna Murthi Gallery, Harker School, San Jose, CA
Eulogy, Mercury 20 GalleryOakland, CA
Saffron, Saint of Spices, Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA
2022 cube is NOT geometric, Mercury 20 Gallery, Oakland, CA
2022 Saffron, Saint of Spices,
University of California, San Francisco, Library, CA
The Forgotten Women of Science, The Gallery of Artful Medicine, Montefiore Einstein, Bronx, NY
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 at MIT, Cambridge, MA
2017 Blind Spot, a dialogue, Ruth’s Table, San Francisco, CA
2016 Punctum Caecum, California State University Stanislaus, Turlock, CA
2015 Mediated SensesGoogle, Building CL5, Mountain View, CA
2014 Mediated SensesPeninsula Museum of Art, Burlingame, CA 
2010 Mediated SensesMohr Gallery, Finn Center, Mountain View, CA 

Two-Person Exhibitions

2014 UNNATURAL SELECTIONMohr Gallery, Finn Center, Mountain View, CA
2013 DisappearanceArt Ark, San Jose, CA
2012 Mediated Senses, Bay Van Gallery, Oakland, CA
1998 Forms and ShadowsXorshid Gallery, Tehran, Iran

Traveling Exhibitions

2017-2019 Folding Gardens, Kala Art Institute, Euphrat Museum of Art, San Jose ICA & Minnesota Street Project
2017 Vision and Voice: Reflections of Immigrant Artists in California, Art Ark Chandra Cerrito Contemporary 
2015 Living with Endangered Languages in the Information Age, Root Division & Euphrat Museum of Art
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 Exhibitions

Wonder of Creation, San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA
Wonder of Creation, McMullen, Boston, MA
Sacred Terrains, Euphrat Museum of Art, De Anza College, Cupertino, CA
Grow, Palo Alto Art Center, CA
Allegedly The Worst Is Behind Us, ICA San Jose, CA
Continuum, Mexican Heritage Plaza, San Jose, CA
Earth, Palo Alto Art Center, CA
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
Art of Planetary Science, University of Arizona, AZ
Contemporary Iranian Art & The Historical Imagination, UMass Dartmouth, Dartmouth, MA  
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  
Diaspora Voiced, Rythmix K Gallery, Alameda, CA
Elsewhere: EverywhereNicole Longnecker Gallery, Houston, TX
Space and Place, Euphrat Museum of Art, Cupertino, CA
Once at Present, Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco, CA
Wander Woman, Root Division, San Francisco, CA
#TimesUpJAYJAY Art Gallery, Sacramento, CA 
PRINTSTALLATIONSSan Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA 
Trilogy, The 5th L.A.S.T Festival, Stanford Linear Accelerator, Menlo Park, CA
Consilience of Art & SciencePence Gallery, Davis, CA
WaterlinesNew Museum Los Gatos, Los Gatos, CA
Kindness as ResistanceEuphrat Museum of Art, Cupertino, CA
Other Side IIIGalerija Pikto, Zagreb, Croatia
Earth and ReveriesKala Art Institute Gallery, Berkeley, CA
Shelf GardenThe 4th L.A.S.T Festival, San Jose, CA
ReviveNASA Ames Research Center, Mountain View, CA
StARTup Art FairHotel Del Sol, San Francisco, CA
StatelessUniversity of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, New Bedford, MA
1001 Plates, Shirin Art GalleryTehran, Iran
StARTup Art Fair, Hotel Del Sol, San Francisco, CA
Felt Encounters with Past and Present, Inspace Curatorial, San Francisco, CA
Bearing Witness: Surveillance in the Drone Age, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA
50 and Looking ForwardTriton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA
Theory of Survival: Fabrications, Night Markets EventsSouthern Exposure, San Francisco, CA
No War, Niavaran Art Center, Tehran, Iran
Community MattersSan Jose City Hall, San Jose, CA
The OtherMediterranean Biennale of Contemporary Art of Oran, Algeria
The Chasm ArenaYerba Buena Art Center, San Francisco, CA
Deep ReadingEuphrat Museum of Art, Cupertino, CA
Creativity, Change, CommitmentTriton Museum, San Jose, CA
Don QuixoteAun Gallery, Tehran, Iran
War and HealingEuphrat Museum of Art, Den Anza College, Cupertino, CA
Exploring Urban Identities in De-Industrialized CitiesNew Bedford Art Museum, New Bedford, MA
The Future Imagined: What’s Next? 2012 ZERO1 Biennial, The Performance Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
X-LibrisRoot Division, San Francisco, CA
NY Beats, Discourse on Art, Politics and Aesthetics: International Occupy VideoPLATFORM, Munich, Germany
(Political) Love LettersArtPad SF in Phoenix Hotel, San Francisco, CA
The Collector’s Room, Togonon Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Visual TerritoryPittsburg State University, Pittsburg, KS
Monotype Marathon 2010Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA
Traces of BeingMorono Kiang Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Warhol Now and Then, Wilsey Court, de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA
Iranian Alliances Across BordersEllipse Arts Center, Arlington, VA
Art On the WallSomArts, San Francisco, CA
2001-2003, UK
VisualPier Gallery, Hastings, UK
Challenge the NailSalon Des Arts, London, UK
Fourteen Annual Conference, Iranian Women’s Studies Foundation, SOAS University of London, UK
Spring & Summer Art ExhibitionsNew Riviera Gallery, Hastings, UK
Human RainLauderdale House, London, UK
Works on PaperConquest Hospital Gallery, Hastings, UK

Honors, Awards, Grants

2024 City of San José 2024 Creative Ambassador, San Jose, CA
2023 Earth Exhibition winner, Palo Alto Art Center, CA
Selected Artist Honoree, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA
2022 Nominee: The SECA Award, San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA
2022 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Artist Grant, New York, NY
2021 Window Display Art Competition 1st place winner, San José, CA
2020 City of San José Artists Grant, Center for Cultural Innovation, San José, CA
2020 Holding the Moment Award, City of San Jose Office Public Art Program  
2020 The Art of Planetary Science exhibition 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 City of San Jose Arts and Cultural Exchange Grant (Travel to Dublin, Ireland)
2018 Nominee: The SECA Award, San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA
2018 Center for Cultural Innovation Travel Grant (Travel to London, UK, research and conference)
2017 Kala Fellowship-Residency Award, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA
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 José, CA
2008 Orchard Commercial North First ArtSPACE Award, San José, CA
2008 Teaching Assistant Scholarship, San Jose State University, San José, CA


2024 Saint Saffron and Pantea Karimi’s Artistic Homage to the Queen of Spices, Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies
Of Saints and Spices, article, Content Magazine
Iran’s Protest Movement Through the Eyes of the Bay Area Diaspora, live interview by KQED Forum
Bay Area Women Artists Carry Stories from Iran, interview & article, KQED
Social Distancing Studio Visit, interview, The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, Washington, D.C.
2020 Black & White, solo exhibition review, SF Weekly
2020 The Forgotten Women of Science, solo exhibition, interview, KQED, California Report
2020 Euphrat exhibit honors Women Pathmakers, Mercury News
2020 STEAM POWER: Art and STEM as a vehicle for change,, 500 Women Scientists publication
2019 Countdown: Biruni, Galileo, Apollo, British Library Asian-African Studies Blog Publication, UK
2019 Silicon Valley Artist Laureates Award, article, Content Magazine
2019 Once at Present exhibition at Minnesota Street Project Gallery, review, SF Weekly
2019 Once at Present exhibition at Minnesota Street Project Gallery, 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
2017 Euphrat Museum’s fall exhibit explores kindness and hope, Mercury News
2017 Karimi features her art and rich heritage found in Persian scientific, Zagreb, Croatia
2017 Other Side Project III: installation of The Garden of Dioscorides,, Zagreb, Croatia
2016 University Gallery exhibit keeps spotlight on heartbreaking refugee crisis, SouthCoast Today, New Bedford, MA
2016 Art: We’re the Center of the Universe!SF Weekly
2016 The Lux of A Dark Age, catalog & interview, published by California State University, Stanislaus, Turlock, CA
2015 Extinct and Dying Languages, Mercury News
2014 The Science of Imagination, 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 WorldsBahar Newspaper, Tehran, Iran
2013 The Iranian Don QuixotismTandees Contemporary Art Magazine, Tehran, Iran
2013 Euphrat Museum’s latest exhibit coincides with Silicon Valley Reads 2013Sunnyvale Sun
2013 Grit and (faded) Glory at NBAM, exhibition review, SouthCoast Today, New Bedford, MA
2010 Turning Words into Arts Earns Local Artist Top HonorsCupertino Courier
2010 Visitors at Triton’s Gala Watch Artists CreateSanta Clara Weekly
2009 Traces of Being: Iran In The Passage of MemoriesLos Angeles Times
2003 Art of the WeekThe Local Rag, Hastings, UK
2001 Iran Rivoluzionarie In ConrniceIodonna Speciale Gioielli, Italy
1997 & 1999 Manifestation of Feeling, a selection of paintings by Iranian female artists, catalog, Tehran, Iran
1995 Iranian Women ExhibitionIran Journal, Tehran, Iran

Selected Panel Discussions, Interviews, and Artist Talks

2023 Nov, Artist Talk, Art and Science in Historic and Political Contexts, Artist Talk and Interview, Rothschild Performing Arts Center, Harker School, San Jose, CA
March, Artist Talk, Saffron Saint of Spices, Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA
Feb, Artist Talk, Substantial Motion Research Network

2022 June, Artist Talk, A Light Footprint in the Cosmos symposium, School for the Contemporary Arts, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada
Interview by Historian and Research Scholar Carlo Bier, Artful Attacks solo exhibition
2021 Social Distancing Studio Visit, interview, The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, Washington, D.C.
2021 Interview & Featured Artist, The Nature of Cities Festival, France
2020 Dec, Artist Talk, Pantea Karimi in Conversation with Dr. Kathy Zarur, San Jose Museum of Quilts &Textiles
 Sep, Artist Talk,  LASER Talk series, Stanford University
2020 March, Artist Talk, University of Nevada, Reno, NV
2020 Feb, Panel Discussion, San Jose Museum of Quilts &Textiles, San Jose, CA
2020 Feb, Artist Talk, Los Altos Library, Los Altos, CA
2018 Nov, Artist Talk, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
2017 Oct, Panel Discussion, Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery, Lafayette, CA
2017 Sep, Artist Talk, Kala Art Gallery, Berkeley, CA
2017 July, Artist Talk, LASER Talk series, USF, San Francisco, CA
2017 April, Artist Talk, LASER Talk series, UC Berkeley, CA
2016 Mar, Artist Talk, Pantea Karimi in Conversation with StARTup fair’s Founders, San Francisco, CA
2016 Mar, Artist Talk, California State University, Stanislaus, Turlock, CA
2016 Jan, Artist Talk, Art University, Tehran, Iran 
2015 Mar, Artist Talk, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library, San Jose, CA
2014 Mar, Artist Talk, California State University Stanislaus, Turlock, CA
2013 April, Presenter, Professional Development Conference, San Jose, CA
2013 Mar, Artist Talk, De Anza College Auditorium& Euphrat Museum of Art, Cupertino, CA
2010 Dec, Artist Talk, California College of the Arts (CCA), Oakland, CA
2009 Oct, Panel Discussion, Traces of BeingMorono Kiang Gallery, Los Angeles, CA


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

Teaching Experience

2021-2023 Santa Clara University, CA
2018-present College of San Mateo, San Mateo, CA
2013- present Cabrillo College, Aptos, CA
2008-2020 De Anza College, Euphrat Museum of Art, Cupertino, CA
2010 San Jose State University, Teaching Assistant, San Jose, CA
2008 San Jose State University, Teaching Associate, San Jose, CA
2009 San Jose State University, Teaching Assistant, San Jose, CA
2007 San Jose State University, Teaching Assistant, San Jose, CA

Graphic Design and Management Experience

2009 Graphic Designer and Art Director, San Jose State University
2006 Graphic Designer, MIT, Cambridge, MA
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


Judging Panel, Committee and Board Member

2024 Judge, King Artist Residency, Public Art, Palo Alto Art Center, CA
2023 Judge, MASS MoCA Artist Residency, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, MA
Executive Committee Member, genArts Silicon Valley, San Jose, CA
Judge, Annual Graduate Student Art Exhibition, The University of Nevada, Reno, NV
2019 Judge, 2020 Art and Cultural Exchange Grant, City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs, San Jose, CA
2015 Committee Member, Student Equity Pilot Program, Cabrillo College, Aptos, CA
2008 Committee Member, Students’ Art Exhibition, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA
2008 Judge, Euphrat Museum of Art, De Anza College Students’ Art Exhibition, Cupertino, CA
2007 Judge, City of San Jose Downtown Doors Art Project, San Jose, CA

Selected Public Art/Community-Based Project, Workshop and Volunteering

2024 Womanhood Markmakers Project, public art, honoring Santa Clara County Women of Space and Science, San José, CA
2022 Womanhood Banner Project, community art project, honoring Santa Clara County Women, San José, CA
2021 Window Display Art Project, community art project, elevating businesses affected by COVID-19, San José, CA
2020 Holding the Moment, City of San Jose Office Public Art Program, San José International Airport
Lead Teaching Artist, teens art-educational workshops, Chester Beatty, Dublin, Ireland
Curator, four community art exhibitions, panels, and workshops, Cubberley, Palo Alto, CA
 Lead Teaching Artist, Seeing Science through the Lens of Art, silkscreen workshop, California State University, Stanislaus, Turlock, CA
2016 Lead Teaching Artist, Bird in the Hand, silkscreen workshop, Palo Alto Art Center, CA
2012 Lead Teaching Artist and Lead of Curriculum Development, My Homeland, youth art workshops and collaborative art installation, San Jose, Sunnyvale, and Mountain View, CA
2011 Co-Lead of Curriculum Development, Slot Shelters, collaborative art and design curricula, San Jose, CA
2011 Lead Teaching Artist, We Are Socially Networked, youth art installation, Euphrat Museum of Art at De Anza College, Cupertino, CA
Volunteer & Teaching Mentor, Sunday Friends, San Jose Heritage Rose Garden, Fremont School District, Cubberley Artist Studios, San Francisco Bay Area, CA