Upcoming Exhibitions:

Folding Gardens and Suspended Healing Garden at Wonders of Creation, traveling exhibitions at San Diego Museum of Art (Sep 2024 – Jan 2025) and McMullen Museum of Art in Boston (Feb – June 2025).  

Grow, a group exhibition at Palo Alto Art Center, CA, Sep 2024 – Dec 2024

Allegedly The Worst Is Behind Us, a group exhibition at  ICA San Jose, CA, Sep-2024 – Feb 2025

Recent Exhibitions:

Continuum, MALI Alumni Art Show, a group exhibition at Mexican Heritage Plaza Art Gallery, San Jose, CA, May 11-May 30, 2024

Saffron, Saint of Spices  at Sacred Terrains, a group exhibition at Euphrat Museum of Art, Cupertino, CA, Jan 2024 – March 2024

Context Lost, a solo exhibition at Rothschild Performing Arts Center, Krishna Murthi Gallery, Harker School, San Jose, CA
Nov 2023-May 2024


Artist Residencies: 

A 2024 City of San Jose
Creative Ambassador, Jan 15-Dec 15, 2024

A second residency at Mass MoCA, North Adams, MA, August 7-19, 2024

Montalvo Art Center’s Lucas Artist Program Residency, Saratoga, CA, Oct 21-Nov 21, 2024

Santa Fe Art Institute Sovereignty Theme Residency, Santa Fe, NM,  June 3-29, 2024

Public Art Project:

Womanhood Project, Markmakers, San Jose, CA, April- July 2024

Public Art Collections:

City of San Jose’s Office of Emergency Management/Fire Department Training Center facility, CA, 2024

YouTube, San Bruno, CA, 2023

UCSF, San Francisco, CA, 2024

MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 2024



Southern Exposure’s Auction, 2024 Benefit Art Auction (April 13, 2024)

Kala’s art auction benefit & 50th-anniversary party (March 21 – April 27)


KQED Forum I April 26, 2023 I Hosted by Alexis Madrigal

As part of KQED’s annual Youth Takeover week, Saratoga High sophomore Ryan Heshmati brings together a panel of Iranian women to discuss the viability of the movement in Iran in the face of the regime’s brutal crackdown against protesters and to discuss their own activism in the Bay Area.


Ryan Heshmati
Persis Karim
Pantea Karimi

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KQED, Arts & Culture I Dec 19, 2022

by Justin Ebrahemi       ‘The struggle continues’ For many women who grew up in Iran, subservience was inculcated at an early age. “Learning was intertwined with religious indoctrination,” says Pantea Karimi, a San Jose visual artist who left Iran in early...

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San Jose ICA I Nov 19, 2022

Breaking the Cube: A Perspective on Women, Life, Freedom  by Tachiya Bryant     Breaking the Cube: A Perspective on Women, Life, Freedom “All these years being outside Iran, I thought I had escaped the coercive force of compulsion, but the death of Mahsa...

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SF/ARTS | April 2019

1979 Iranian Upheaval Resonates in “Once at Present”

Galleries at Minnesota Street Project showcase artwork inspired by the political and cultural changes in Iran since the 1979 Revolution

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