Curriculum Vitae

 

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EDUCATION

2010 Master of Fine Arts, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario.
Dissertation: Trans-(across, over, beyond); Investigations of Cultural Translation in Visual Arts.

2003 Honours Bachelor of Arts, Fine Arts, Studio Specialization, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario.

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CURRENT EXHIBITIONS

2017  Connect 2017: Embracing Place, group exhibition, Homer Watson Gallery, Kitchener, ON, June 11- August 13
2017 Canada: Day 1, group exhibition, Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, Halifax, NS, March 18 –November 12

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UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS

2017 where/between, group exhibition, Curated by Pantea Haghighi, Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge, AB, fall
2017  TBD, solo exhibition, The Red Head Gallery, Toronto, ON, October 4-28
2017  Downtown/s: Urban Renewal Today for Tomorrow, The 2017 Art Gallery of WindsorTriennial of Contemporary Art, group exhibition, Art Gallery of Windsor, Windsor, ON, October 21-January 28, 2018

2018 TBD, solo exhibition, University of Waterloo Art Gallery, Waterloo, ON, winter

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SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017  Artist’s Project, Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant, Branford, ON.

2017  Interstice, Republic Gallery, Vancouver, BC.

2016 In-BetweenDurham Art Gallery, Durham, ON.

2014 My Place is Placeless, The Red Head Gallery, Toronto, ON.

2012 10/12/2012, Homer Watson House and Gallery, Kitchener, ON.

2011 Somewhere In Between: Poems, Pallets, Patterns, Buffalo Arts Studio, Buffalo, NY.

2010 Trans-(across, over, beyond), MFA Thesis Exhibition, Art Lab, University of Western Ontario, London, ON. (catalouge)

2009 The Seeker & the Search, Solo Exhibition, Robert Langen Art Gallery, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON.

2008 The Seeker & the Search, Solo Exhibition, Redhead Gallery, Toronto, ON.
2008 Mapping of a Quest, Solo Exhibition (site-specific installation), Rotunda Gallery, Kitchener, ON.

2007 What is not to be found is my desire: Solo Exhibition, Cambridge Centre for the Arts, Cambridge, ON.

2006 What is not to be found is my desire: Solo Exhibition, Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, Toronto, ON.
2006 Hear the Secrets Hidden within the Notes: Solo exhibition, Homer Watson House & Gallery, Kitchener, ON.

2005 Hear the Secrets Hidden within the Notes: Solo exhibition, Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, Toronto, ON.
2005 Poetic Compositions: Solo Exhibition, Curated by SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Collective), Canadian Heritage Head Office, Toronto, ON.

2004 Poetic Compositions: Solo Exhibition, Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, Toronto, ON.
2004 Poetic Compositions: Solo Exhibition, Rotunda Gallery, Kitchener, ON.

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SELECTED JURIED & GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017  Dar’a: Full Circle, curated by Jamelie Hassan, Artcite Inc., Windsor, ON.
2015|16|17  Material Girls, curated by Blair Fornwald, Jennifer Matotek & Wendy Peart, Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, SK, Doris McCarthy Gallery, Scarborough, ON, Contemporary Calgary, Calgary, AB, College Art Galleries, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK. (catalogue)

2016  Pattern Migration, 3 person exhibition curated by Kendra Ainsworth, Art Gallery of Mississauga, Mississauga, ON
2016   where/between, curated by Pantea Haghighi, Equinox Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2016  Defining Identity, THEMUSEUM, Kitchener, ON
2016  Connect 2016: Go with the Flow, Cambridge Centre for the Arts, Cambridge, ON.
2016
 
Inside|Outside, group exhibition by members of the Red Head Gallery, Cambridge Centre for the Arts, Cambridge, ON, Homer Watson Gallery, Kitchener, ON.

2015  The Red Head Gallery at 25, Red Head Gallery, Toronto, ON. (catalouge)
2015
  
Human Nature, curated by Corinna Ghaznavi,  Art Gallery of University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK.
2015  Connect 2015, curated by Suzanne Luke, WalterFedy, Kitchener, ON.
2015  Traversive Territories, curated by Corinna Ghaznavi, Varley Art Gallery, Markham, ON.
2015  Human Nature, curated by Corinna Ghaznavi, Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa, ON.

2014 The Source: Reconsidering Water Through Contemporary Art, curated by Stuart Reid, Rodman Hall Arts Centre (Brock University), St. Catharines, ON. (catalouge)
2014 Cultured Pallets:SLF, Summer Lights Festival, Kitchener, ON.

2013 Direct From the Studios,  Homer Watson House & Gallery, Kitchener, ON.
2013 The Third Space,  curated by Sanaz Mazinani, York Quay Gallery, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, ON.
2013 Equal Interference, two person site-specific exhibition, curated by Suzanne Luke, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Waterloo, ON.
2013 Ornamental Boundaries, two person exhibition, curated by Crystal Mowry, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener, ON.

2012  Past Forward | Present TENSE, curated by Michelle Salter, Hamilton Artist Inc., Hamilton, ON. (catalogue)

2011 Convergence, group exhibition of site-specific installations curated by Suzanne Luke, The Communitech Hub, Kitchener, ON. (catalogue)
2011 Finding Correspondences, curated by Jordan Strom, Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, BC.
2011 Evolution|Revolution, Buffalo Arts Studio, Buffalo, NY. (catalogue)
2011 Cafka. 11. Survive. Resist. (Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener & Area), Kitchener, ON.
2011 50 Years of Art: Looking Back at the Future, curated by Jennifer Rudder, First Canadian Place Gallery, Toronto, ON
2011 Organic Poetry, two person exhibition, The Communitech Hub, Kitchener & The Accelerator Centre, Waterloo, ON.

2010 Art at Work: Corporate Collecting Practices Today, Part 2, curated by Geraldine Davis, Art Gallery of Mississauga,       Mississauga, ON. (catalogue)

2009 DIASPORArt, Group exhibition of works from the collection of the Canada Council Art Bank, Rideau Hall, Ottawa, ON.
2009 Production Still, Art Lab, University of Western Ontario, London, ON.

2008 Material Girl, Harbinger Gallery, Waterloo, ON.

2007 Crossing Borders, Kenan Center, Rockport, NY.
2007 Metaphor, Meditation and the Age of Anger, Gallery 96, Stratford, ON.

2006 Studio Alert: Illuminating the Source, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener, ON.
2006 Rebirth, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, ON.

2005 Poem as Image, The Studio, Armonk, NY.
2005 Showcase 05, Cambridge Galleries, Cambridge, ON.

2004 RBC Investments’ Cross-country Canadian Painting Competition Tour: Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, AB; Brunswick Museum, Saint John, NB; McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton, ON; Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto, ON. (catalogue)
2004 Worship: Ontario Society of artists’ 130th Open Juried Exhibition, J. B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, ON.

2003 11 Pieces: Juried exhibition, Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, Toronto, ON.
2003 Cambridge Galleries Open Juried Exhibition, Cambridge Galleries, Cambridge, ON.

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AWARDS & GRANTS

2017 Canada Council for the Arts: Production Grant
2017 
Ontario Arts Council Production Grant: Mid career Artist

2016  Waterloo Region Arts Awards (Visual Arts category), Waterloo, ON
2016|12|08|06|04 Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant

2015  Jameel Prize nominee, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK
2015 Ontario Arts Council Production Grant: Mid career Artist

2011-14 Research/Creation Grant in Fine Arts, Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada, co-applicant in multi-disciplinary project with Patrick Mahon (Western University, principal applicant) & Gu Xiong (University of Biritish Columbia)

2013 Ontario Arts Council Production Grant: Mid career Artist

2012 Region of Waterloo Arts Fund Production Grant, Waterloo, ON.

2011|08|05 Ontario Arts Council Production Grant: Emerging Artist

2010 University of Western Ontario Graduate Thesis Research Award
2010|09|08 University of Western Ontario Graduate Research Scholarship

2008 University of Western Ontario Graduate travel Grant

2004 Central Canada Semi-finalist: RBS Investments’ Canadian Painting Competition, Toronto, ON.

2003 Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery Volunteer Award, Waterloo, ON.
2003 Liz Edwards Memorial Award, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON.

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SELECTED REVIEWS

2017 McKay, Staphanie. “Material Girls: All-Female Art Show Avoids Austere Gallery Tradition.” Saskatoon StarPhoenix, February 2.
2017
 
“Women Get Spotlight in Art Exhibit at U of S.” CBC news, February 5.

2016 In-Between by Soheila Esfahani.” The Islamic Arts Magazine, October 1.
2016 Mason, Hailey.Inspiration from Antiquity.The Medium, September 12.
2016 
Griffin, Kevin. “Art Seen: Works by Artists of Iranian Heritage Explore What It Means to be Caught Between.Vancouver Sun, July 8.
2016
 
Dick, Terence. “Material Girls and Feminism.” Akimbo TV, season 1, episode 10.
2016
 
Samuel, Daniel. “Living in a Material World.The Varsity, February 7.

2015 Griffin, Kevin. “Atoms and Artists: The Spookiness of Being in Two Places at Once.Vancouver Sun, December 31.
2015
Red Head Gallery 25th anniversary exhibition,  Artoronto.ca, December 2015.
2015
“The Couplets from Reed to Paper.” Skylife magazine, Turkish Airlines, October 2015.
2015 Fournier, Lauren. “Material Girls” Takes Up Space at the Dunlop.Canadian Art, April 2.
2015 Fraser, D. “Move Over, Madonna.” The Leader-Post, January 31.
2015 Beatty, Gregory. “The Women Show.” Prairie Dog Magazine, February 19.

2014 Neudorf, Kim. “The Source at Rodman Hall in St. Catharines.” Akimblog, September 23.
2014  Cluett, Emily. “Tracking Culture.Art & Science Journal.

2013 Snyder, Leah. “Written on the Body/ Politics of Poetry: Iranian Artists & the Power of the Script. Mixed Bag Mag, July 17, 2013
2013
Manao, Anna. “The Third Space.” Frank, July 25, 2013
2013 Reid, Robert. “Two Artists Cross Ornamental Cultural Boundaries.” The Record, January 15, 2013, C1
2013 Neudorf, Kim. “Brandon Tang & Soheila Esfahani at Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery.” Akimblog, February 5, 2013.

2012  Behiery, Valerie. “Working Across Cultures: An Interview with Soheila Esfahani.” The Islamic Arts Magazine, July 6, 2012.
2012 Reid, Robert. “Exploring Multiculturalism.” The Record, March 29, 2012, B6.

2011 Dabkowski, Colin. “Cultural Infusion.” The Buffalo News, January 14.
2011 Ross, Veronica. “Cultural Connections.” Grand Magazine (Jan., Feb. 2011): 112-117.
2011 Reid, Robert. “Here’s Art You Just Can’t Miss.” The Record, September 17, 2011, D1-2.
2011 Cafka TV. Cafka 11. Survive. Resist. Interview, Sept. 2011.
2011 Reid, Robert. “Inspiration in the Workplace.” The Record, September 12, 2011, D1.
2011 Zerehi, Sima Sahar. “Reading Tehranto in Buffalo.” Shahrvand Publications, Toronto, ON, January 20.

2010 Matheiu, Emily. “Corporate Art: Not Just Pretty Pictures.” The Toronto Star, Sept. 7.
2010 Adzic, Jelena. Outsider Art. CBC: The National, Interview, January 31.

2009 Fraser, J Lynn. “The Tactile Abstractions of Soheila Esfahani.” Letter Arts Review 23 (2009): 29-41.

2008 Reid, Robert. “Let Life Surround You.” The Record, February 16, 2008, C1.

2007 Dale, Alison. “Works by Iranian-Canadians at Gallery 96.” The Beacon Herald, May 16, 2007, p.3.

2006 Reid, Robert. “Diversity of Show Illuminates.” The Record, October 18, 2006, B4.

2005 Genocchio, Benjamin. “Art Review: Some Rich Pickings for the Art Lover.” The New York Times, November 2.
2005 Ariaratnam, Daniel. Rogers Cable News: Today’s Waterloo Region, Kitchener, ON, Interview, September 23.
2005 Reid, Robert. “Artist Profile: Blending East & West.” The Record, May 14, 2005, C1.

2004 “Geographical Expressions.” Visual magazine 1 (2004), Art Review.
2004 Nestruck, J. Kelly and Julia Dault. “Brush Strokes of What’s to Come.” National Post, November 18, 2004, AL 6-7, picture.
2004 Gordon, Leslie. CKCO TV News, Kitchener, ON, Interview, July 16.

2003 Howe, Linda. “Stage & Studio.” University of Waterloo Gazette, April 2.

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PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES 

2016 Lecturer, Pattern Finding: Popular Expression of Transcendent Ideas, Bridges Lecture series, St. Jerome’s University, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON.
2016 Artist talk, KW Society of Artists, Kitchener, ON.
2016  Juror, Max Awards, Toronto, ON.

2015 Artist Talk, Conrad Grebel University College, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON.
2015 Presenter & panel member, The Varley Art Gallery, Markham, ON.
2015 Presenter & panel member, Multiple Li(v)es of Art/ists & … Conference, OCAD University, Toronto, ON.
2015 Artist talk, Knowledge Integration Seminar Series, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON.

2014 Artist talk, Third Age Learning lecture series, Guelph, ON.
2014  Artist talk, The Source: Reconsidering Water Through Contemporary Art, Rodman Hall Arts Centre (Brock University), St. Catherine’s, ON.
2014  Juror, Artist in Education Grant, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto, ON.
2014 Panel member, The Source: Reconsidering Water Through Contemporary ArtRodman Hall Arts Centre (Brock University), St. Catharines, ON.

2013 Artist talk, Third Age Learning lecture series: Canada Land of Immigrants,  Waterloo, ON.
2013 Panel member, Muslim Women: Now & Then, Kitchener City Hall, Kitchener, ON.
2013 Artist talk, Curator’s Circle, Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener, ON.
2013 Artist talk, Off Topic, Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener, ON.

2012 Panel member, “Past Forward | Present Tense” Exhibition Panel Discussion, Hamilton Artist Inc., Hamilton, ON.
2012 Juror, Box 12 Art Exhibition, Cambridge, ON.

2011 Artist talk/panelist, “Cultural Translation,” Shift Symposium: Dialogues of Migration in Contemporary Art, MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, SK.
2011 Presenter/exhibitor, “Here, There, and Beyond” conference, Studies in Islam, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON.
2011 Artist talk, Women’s Studies, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON.
2011 Artist talk, Conrad Grebel University College, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON.

2009 Artist talk, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON.

2007 Panel member, “Images of Faith,” Kitchener Public Library, Kitchener, ON.

2006 Panel member, “Sources & Inspirations,” Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener.

2005 Artist talk, Canadian Heritage Head Office, Toronto, ON.

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RESIDENCIES

2015 Frans Masereel Centrum, Kasterlee, Belgium

2013 Immersion Emergencies and Possible Worlds: Engaging Water as Culture and Resource through Contemporary Art, SSHRC, The Banff Centre, Banff, AB.
2013 Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery’s In|sight residencySt. Mary’s Catholic Secondary School & Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener, ON.

2012 Immersion Emergencies and Possible Worlds: Engaging Water as Culture and Resource through Contemporary Art, SSHRC, Niagara Fall, ON.

2003-5 Homer Watson House and Gallery, Kitchener, ON.

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COLLECTIONS

• Art Bank, Canada Council for the Arts, Ottawa, ON.
• Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, BC.
• The Accelerator Centre, Waterloo, ON.
• Brock Solutions, Kitchener, ON.
• Private Collections: Canada, USA, Germany, Iran, Egypt.

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PUBLICATIONS

2015The Red Head Gallery at 25 exhibition catalogue, The Red Head Gallery, Toronto, ON.
2015
Matotek, Jennifer ed. Material Girls. London, UK: Black Dog Publishing Ltd, 2015.

2014 Nokyoung Xayasane, Soheila Esfahani. Encountering Difference. Kitchener: Stonegarden Studios.
2014 Soheila Esfahani. “Photo Essay.” Lalit Kala Contemporary. New Delhi: Lalit Kala Akademi, 2014.

2012 Linsley, Robert. “Iran in the Mirror.” Past Forward \ Present TENSE exhibition catalogue. Hamilton: Hamilton Artist Inc., 2012.

2011 Luke, Suzanne. Convergence Exhibition Catalogue, The Communitech Hub, Kitchener, ON.
2011 Evolution|Revolution Exhibition Catalogue, Buffalo Arts Studio, Buffalo, NY.
2011 Davis, Geraldine. Art At Work: Corporate Collecting Practices Today. Mississauga: Art Gallery of Mississauga, 2011.

2010 Orpana, Jennifer. “Somewhere In Between: Trans- (across, over, beyond).” Intersections exhibition catalogue.

2008 RBC Canadian Painting Competition 10 years, exhibition catalogue.

2004 RBC Canadian Painting Competition, exhibition catalogue.

2003 Reid, Robert. “From Rathke’s Pouch.” University of Waterloo Graduating Class Exhibition Catalogue.

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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2012-present  Lecturer, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON. (Calligraphy to conceptual Art & Islamic Visual Culture)

2012-present Education Officer, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON.

2003-present Art instructor, Homer Watson House and Gallery, Kitchener, ON.

2012-13  Lecturer, University of Western Ontario, London, ON. (Foundation Studio)

2009-10 Co-Instructor, University of Western Ontario, London, ON. (Foundation Studio)

2008-09 Teaching Assistant, University of Western Ontario, London, ON.

2002-2008 Educator, Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, Waterloo, ON.

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AFFILIATIONS

The Red Head Gallery, Toronto, ON. 2007-2009, 2012-ongoing.
• SAVAC: South Asian Visual Arts Collective, Toronto, ON.
• Propeller Center for the Visual Arts, Toronto, ON. 2003-2007.
• City of Kitchener’s Public Art Working Group, Kitchener, ON. 2006-2008.

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Curriculum Vitae Downloadable PDF

 

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