Born 1975 Tehran, Iran

Work & Live in the United States

 

Multidisciplinary Artist and Educator 
Assistant Professor in Ceramics at Vanderbilt University 

Filsoofi is a multi-disciplinary artist based in the United States and Iran. Her work synthesizes socio-political statements as a point of departure and further challenges these fundamental arguments by incorporating ancient and contemporary media such as ceramics, poetry, ambient sound, and video; aiming for a holistic sensory experience. Her interdisciplinary practices act as interplay between the literal and figurative contexts of the border, immigration, and inter-cultural communications.

Her work has been shown individually and collaboratively both in Iran and the United States, including the recent interactive multimedia solo exhibitions Inh(a/i)bited, an interactive multimedia installation in Spinello Project Gallery in Miami (2020), and The Overview Effect, an interactive Multimedia Installation in Betty Foy Sanders Gallery at Georgia Southern University (2019).  Filsoofi’s ‘Imagined Boundaries’, a multimedia digital installation on border issues, consisting of two separate exhibitions, debuted concurrently in a solo exhibition at the Abad Art Gallery in Tehran and group exhibition (‘Dual Frequency’) at The Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, Florida in 2017.  The installations in each country connected audiences in the U.S. and Iran for few hours in the nights of the show openings. Her multifaceted curatorial project ‘Fold: Art, Metaphor and Practice’, which engaged over 20 artists, scholars, and educators in exhibitions, performances, and lectures over a period of one year in Edinburg and McAllen, Texas, has been a milestone in her professional career.

 

She has been the recipient of various grants and awards, including the prestigious South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship for Visual and Media Artists funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.  She is an Assistant Professor of Ceramics in the Department of Art at Vanderbilt University. She holds an M.F.A. in Fine Arts from Florida Atlantic University and a B.F.A. in Ceramics from Al-Zahra University in Tehran, Iran.

Current/Upcoming

Selected Solo/Two-Person Exhibitions

 

2020

Solo Exhibition by Invitation, Inh(a/i)bited, Interactive Multimedia Installation, Curated by Anthony Spinello, Spinello Project Gallery, Miami, FL.

 

2019

Solo Exhibition by Invitation, The Overview Effect, Interactive Multimedia Installation, Betty Foy Sanders Gallery, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA.

2018

Solo Exhibition by Invitation, Inh(a/i)bited, Interactive Multimedia Installation, Curated by Anthony Spinello, Spinello Project Gallery, Miami, FL.

 

Solo Exhibition by Invitation, The Overview Effect, Interactive Multimedia Installation, Betty Foy Sanders Gallery, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA.

 

Solo Exhibition by Invitation, On Transcending the Inhibited Space, Interactive Multimedia Installation, O’kane Gallery, University of Houston Downtown, Houston, TX.

 

Two-Person Exhibition by Invitation, Asymmetrical Despondency, Interactive Multimedia Installation in That is What She Said, Curated by Sasha Koozel Reibstein, Boehm Gallery, Palomar College, San Diego, CA.

 

Two-Person Exhibition by Selection, Eternal Dialogue, Mixed Media Installation, Rosemary Duffy Larson Gallery, Davie, FL.

 

2017

Solo Exhibition by Invitation, Imagined Boundaries, Interactive Multimedia Installation, Abad Gallery, Tehran, Iran. 

 

2016

Two Person Exhibition by Invitation, Ugly Birds, Interactive Multimedia Installation, Curated by Nicole Hickey Palm Beach Cultural Council, Lake Worth, FL.

 

2015

Artists’ Organized Event, The Ambient Tree, Interactive Installation and Performance, Collaboration with Maria Cerro, Outdoor Event at the Artist’s House, Boca Raton, FL.

 

2014

Two-Person Exhibition, by Invitation, Another Birth, Eissey Campus Theatre Gallery, Palm Beach Gardens, FL.

Selected Group Exhibitions

 

2020

Group Exhibition by Invitation, Halal, Installation in Zieher Collective, Curated by Zieher Smith, Virgin Hotel Nashville, TN, FL.

Group Exhibition by Selection, Inh(a/i)bited Space, Interactive Multimedia installation in Being in America, Cincinnati, OH  

2019

Group Exhibition by Selection, Inh(a/i)bited Space, Interactive Multimedia installation in Being in America, Cincinnati, OH 

 

Group Exhibition by Invitation, Halal, Ceramics, and Light in Work Up, Curated by David Christopher Terry and Sharon Louden, C24 Gallery, New York, NY.

 

Group Exhibition by Invitation, Halal, Ceramics, and Light in Grounded, Curated by Anthony Spinello, Spinello Project Gallery, Miami, FL.

 

Group Exhibition by Invitation, A Symmetrical Despondency, Interactive Multimedia Installation in YOU AM I, Curated by Samuel Johnson and Louisa Vincent, Veronique Wantz Gallery, NCECA, Minneapolis, MN.

 

Group Exhibition by Invitation, …still traveling, Video in Polyopia, Curated by Giannina Dwin, Art Warehouse, Delray Beach, FL.

 

2018

Group Exhibition by Invitation, Ugly Birds, Video, in Collaboration with Artist Sibel Kocabasi, in FREE! in Conjunction with Miami Art Basel, Curated by Anthony Spinello, Brickell City Center (BCC), Miami, FL. 

 

The Peace Cylinder, Performance in Collaboration with Artist Linda Behar and Musicians Reza Filsoofi and Susana Behar, Rosemary Duffy Larson Gallery, Davie, FL.

 

2017

Group Exhibition by Invitation, Imagined Boundaries, Interactive Multimedia Installation, in Dual Frequency, Curated by Laura March, Art and Cultural Center, Hollywood, FL. 

Group Exhibition by Selection, …Still Traveling… Interactive Multimedia Installation, in Frontier The Second International Ceramic Based Exhibition, Curated by Rojhaneh Hosseini, Tehran, Iran. 

Group Exhibition by Invitation, Diphtheria, and Soliloquy: the chant of forbidden women, Interactive Multimedia Installations, and One Thousand and One Pain, Mixed Media Installation, in Under the cloths is skin. Under the skin is sound. And her, Curated by Sara Miller Benichou, Bailey Contemporary Art Center, Pompano Beach, FL.

 

2016

Group Exhibition by Invitation, Fragile, “Please Handel with Care”, Interactive Installation in Breakable, Curated by Rojhaneh Hosseini, Contemporary Art Museum of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran.

 

Group Exhibition, by Invitation, Fragile “Please Handel with Care”, Interactive Installation, in International Fajr Art Exhibition, Saba Cultural Institution, Tehran, Iran.

 

Group Exhibition by Selection, Whose Blood is Redder?, Performance and Installation, Collaboration with Artist Linda Behar, in “The Nerve”, Performance Art Festival, Curated by Leah Brown, Jen Clay, and Peter Symons, FAT Village Art Complex, Fort Lauderdale, FL.

2015

Group Exhibition by Invitation, Fragile, “Please Handel With Care”, Interactive Installation and Performance, in “Breakable”, The First International Ceramic Based Exhibition, Curated by Rojhaneh Hosseini, Niavaran Cultural Center, Tehran, Iran. 

Performance by Invitation, The Peace Cylinder, Collaboration with Artist Linda Behar and Musician Reza Filsoofi, The Peace Corps Iran Associate Conference, University of Texas, Austin, TX.

 

Group Exhibition by Invitation, Where is Hezar Afsan?, Interactive Multimedia Installation, in Artistically Speaking: Women’s Roles in Contemporary Society, The Exhibition of Selected South Florida Female Artists Curated by Diane Arietta, Cornell Museum, Delray, FL. (Catalog)

 

Group Exhibition by Invitation, The Peace Labyrinth, Installation, Collaboration with Linda Behar, in Collective Dialogue, The group exhibition of Art Salon Curated by Elle Schorr, Armory Art Gallery, West Palm Beach, FL.

 

Group Exhibition by Selection, Where is Hezar Afsan?, Multimedia Installation, Existence, Girls Club Gallery, Fort Lauderdale, FL.

 

Performance by Invitation, The Peace Cylinder, Collaboration with Artist Linda Behar, Musicians Reza Filsoofi and Shahab Mahidashti, Lantana Library, Lantana, FL.

 

2014

Group Exhibition, Storytellers, Prints and The Peace Cylinder Performance in Collaboration with Linda Behar, in Southern Exposure: New Work Now, Palm Beach Cultural Council, Lake Worth, FL.

 

Group Exhibition, Only Sound Remains, Multimedia Installation, in Confluence, Schmidt Center Gallery, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL.

 

 

Selected Awards and Honors

2020

The Alice Kleberg Reynolds Foundation Grant, in collaboration with Dr. Katherine McAllen for Curatorial Project, “Uncovered Space” in International Museum of Art and Science and University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, McAllen, TX.

 

The UTRGV Center for Latin-American Arts Financial Support for Curatorial Project “Uncovered Space” 2021, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Edinburg, TX. 

 

2019

Distinguished Iranian-American Woman of the Year Award, In Appreciation for Outstanding Accomplishments and Positive Impact to the South Florida Community, Iranian- American Foundation, Coral Gables Club, Miami, FL. 

 

2018

Paul Hanna Lecture Award, Texas Association School of Art (TASA), South Texas College, McAllen, TX. 

 

2017

South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship Award for Visual and Media Artists Regional Juried Application.

 

Certification of Recognition, In Appreciation for the Commendable Service to the Women Faculty Networking, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. 

 

Certification of Recognition, In Appreciation for the Service to the Iranian Ceramics Organization, Tehran, Iran.

2016

Dave Bown Projects - 12th Semiannual Competition (Curators: Kathleen Goncharov, Irene Hofmann, Al Miner) Award of Excellence (Unrestricted monetary award $1000).

Professional Experiences

 

2020

Core Faculty, Chautauqua School of Art, Chautauqua, NY. (Since July 2019)

 

2018

Curator: FOLD: ‘Art, Practice and Metaphor’ A Collection of Exhibitions with Thirteen Female Artists, International Museum of Art and Science, McAllen, TX – The Visual Art Gallery and The Visitor Center at UTRGV, Edinburg, TX. (February 2- March 3)

 

Director: FOLD: ‘Art, Practice and Metaphor’ Events (Art Talks, Series of Lectures and Discussion Panels) International Museum of Art and Science, McAllen, TX – Galleries at University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Edinburg, TX. (February 2 – March 3)

 

2017

International Coordinator and Head of Curators: The Second International Ceramics Based Exhibition “Frontier”, Tehran, Iran and Florida, United States.

 

Visiting Artist: Chautauqua Institute of Art, Summer Art Residency, Chautauqua, NY.

 

2016

Co-Curator: Women: Untitled, Palm Beach Cultural Council, Lake Worth, Palm Beach, FL.

Selected Presentations/Workshops/Conversations/Panels

 

2020

Art Talk, (Online Presentation), Department of Art and Art History, Oakland University, Rochester, MI 

 

Art Talk, (Online Presentation) School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

 

Artaxis Conversation 2020, Presentation: “The Intersection of Transient and Permanent”, A Presentation in Conjunction with the National Clay Week
.

 

2019

Art Talk, Falvay Hall, Maryland Institute of Art, Baltimore, MD.

 

Art Talk, Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA. 

 

What Craft Can Offer, Panel Discussion in “Past Tense: 2019” Conference, Moderator: Sharon Louden, American Craft Council, Philadelphia, PA. 

 

Celebration of Distinguished Iranian-American Woman, Panel Discussion, Moderator: Rudabeh Shahbazi Iranian- American Foundation, Coral Gables Club, Miami, FL. 

 

“Interpersonal Trauma: From Risk to Resilience”, Panel Discussion, In Conference on Interpersonal Violence and Trauma, Moderator: Dr. Ruby Charak, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Edinburg, TX.

2018

Artaxis Conversation 2018, Presentation on the Theme Industry, with 47 Artaxis Members in conjunction with the National Clay Week
.

 

Celebration of Women Entrepreneurs, Panelist, Dr. Marie Mora, Women Faculty Networking Program, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Edinburg, TX.

 

Neither Here Nor There – Meet Me In The Middle, Panel Chair and Presenter, 3rd International Conference of Border Studied, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Edinburg, TX.

 

Art Talk, O’kane Gallery, University of Houston Downtown, Houston, TX.

 

Artist as the Author of the Culture, Interdisciplinary Intellectual and Cultural Event of Middle East, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Edinburg, TX.

 

2017

In Conversation with Raheleh Filsoofi, Abad Gallery, Tehran, Iran (With Omid Ghajarian and Mohsen Saghafi)

 


Conversation 12 hours back to back live streaming conversation with 24 Artaxis Members

from 16 Countries in conjunction with the National Clay Week
.

 

Beyond Borders, Report on the Curatorial Exhibition in the United States and Japan, Iranian Artists Forum, Tehran, Iran.

 

An Evolving Cultural Narrative, Artist Talk Presented in Professor Jerry Lyles’ BFA Senior Exhibition Class, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Edinburg, TX.

 

Conversation Piece, Artist Talk, and Conversation with Poet Sharonda Chery, Bailey Contemporary Arts, Pompano Beach, FL.

 

2016

An Evolving Cultural Narrative, School of Art, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Brownsville, TX.

 

2014

Artist Talk and Demonstration on Clay, Women in Visual Arts, Boca Raton, FL.

 

2012

The Peace Project, Presentation on the Peace Project in Collaboration with Linda Behar, Art Salon, Armory Art Center, Palm Beach, FL.

Print Media

Molly Glentzer, Art Daybook: Raheleh Filsoofi’s ‘Inh(a/i)bited Space’, Houston Chronicle, August 29, 2018. D21.

Nancy Moyer, “Exhibit Combines Unique Disciplines Through Art”, The Monitor, February 26, 2018. 8.

Adrianna Jereb, “Filsoofi to tune ‘an ear for the unexpected”, The Chautauqua Daily, July 21, 2017. 11.

Mary Jo Aagerstoumn, “Women’s Role in Contemporary Art & Society,” Peer Reviewed Catalogue of the Group Exhibition “Artistically Speaking”, Florida Atlantic University Libraries, Spring 2016. 4, 34, 35, 36.

“Breakable” Ceramic Based Exhibition, Peer-Reviewed Catalogue of the first International Ceramics Exhibition in Iran, Tehran Beautification Organization, December 2015. 48, 49.

“Feat of Clay”, LUXE Interior + Design Florida 9, no. 2 (Spring 2011): 154-155.

Gertrude Mann, “Raheleh Filsoofi Energizes Clay”, Ocean Reef Press, November 20, 2009. 24.

Tish Johnson, “Innovative Artisans”, Home& Design, The Miami Herald, May 2008. 27.

Deborah Lend, “Showcase of Iranian Potter”, Coral Gables Gazette, November 4, 2003. 2.

“Contemporary Iranian Pottery: A selection from the Seventh Biennial”, A Book of the Seventh Ceramics Biennial, Institute for Promotion of Visual Arts with the Cooperation of Maghsoud China Complex, April 2001. 99.

Online Publications

Ann Marie Deer Owens, New faculty Raheleh Filsoofi: A bridge between cultures, Vanderbilt University, October 3, 2020.

https://news.vanderbilt.edu/2020/10/03/new-faculty-raheleh-filsoofi-a-bridge-between-cultures/

 

Amanda A. Taylor, UTRGV Newsroom, Three UTRGV art students complete a residency program at Chautauqua School of Art in New York, December 2, 2019.

https://www.utrgv.edu/newsroom/2019/12/02-three-utrgv-art-students-complete-residency-program-at-chautauqua-school-of-art-in-new-york.htm

 

Eleanor Bishop, Social Sculpture Project Connects School of Art with Natural Resources, The Daily Chautauqua, August 23, 2019.

http://chqdaily.com/2019/08/social-sculpture-project-connects-school-of-art-with-natural-resources/

 

Whitney Jones, Featured: Raheleh Filsoofi’s ‘On Transcending the Inh(a/i)bited Space’ Exhibition, Cfile Edited by Garth Clark, January 16, 2019.

https://cfileonline.org/feature-raheleh-filsoofis-on-transcending-the-inhabited-space-exhibition/

 

Meet Raheleh Filsoofi, Interview, VoyageMIA, February 19, 2019.

http://voyagemia.com/interview/meet-raheleh-filsoofi/

 

Molly Glentzer, Art Daybook: Raheleh Filsoofi’s ‘Inh(a/i)bited Space’, Houston Chronicle, August 29, 2018. 

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/entertainment/arts-theater/article/Art-Daybook-Raheleh-Filsoofi-s-13191767.php

 

Mike Emery, ‘On Transcending the Inhibited Space’ on View at UHD, UHD News, August 21, 2018.

https://news.uhd.edu/on-transcending-the-inhibited-space-on-view-at-uhds-okane-gallery/

 

Suzanne Weaver, ‘Mi vaiaje del rio Grande Valley’, Glasstire (Texas Visual Art), February 22, 2018. 

http://glasstire.com/2018/03/26/mi-viaje-del-rio-grande-valley/

 

Nancy Moyer, ‘Exhibit Combines Unique Disciplines Through Art’, The Monitor, February 26, 2018.

http://www.themonitor.com/life/article_79cff3f8-19cb-11e8-8263-3bd9c347a714.html

 

Daniel A. Flores, ‘UTRGV, IMAS Provide Venues for Inclusive Dialogue, Interdisciplinary Exploration’, The Monitor, February 1, 2018.

http://www.themonitor.com/news/local/article_53da0d8a-07d0-11e8-9664-4faf1f4503c7.html

 

Amanda A. Taylor, ‘UTRGV “FOLD” Exhibition Unifies Artists in Cultural, Feminist Concepts’, UTRGV News, February 7, 2018.

https://www.utrgv.edu/en-us/about-utrgv/news/press-releases/2018/february-07-utrgv-fold-exhibition-unifies-artists-in-cultural-feminist-concepts/index.htm

 

‘Artists as Authors of Culture’, AIS Newsletter, Volume 38, Number 2, November 2017. 3 and 32.

http://associationforiranianstudies.org/about/newsletters

 

Samannaz Rohanimanesh, ‘Iranian-American Artist Concatenates A Simultaneous Intercontinental Art Expo’, The Iranian Online Magazine, October 30, 2017.

https://iranian.com/2017/10/30/iranian-american-artist-concatenates-simultaneous intercontinental-art-expo/


Phillip Valys, ‘Oh, the Nerve’ Performance-art festival debuting in FAT Village’, Sun Sentinel, March 2016.

https://www.sun-sentinel.com/entertainment/theater-and-arts/sf-nerve-fat-village-performance-art-festival-lauderdale-20160316-story.html

 

Kathy Maves ‘Surprises at NCECA’, NCECA Blog, March 2014.

http://blog.nceca.net/surprises-at-nceca

 

‘The Peace Cylinder Project + The Book of Esther’, Six Pillars Top Persia, July 23, 2014.

http://sixpillars.org/2014/07/23/the-peace-cylinder-project-the-book-of-esther/

 

Sheryl Estrada, ‘17 Artists Earn Southern Exposure’ Huffpost Art& Culture, August 6, 2014.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sheryl-estrada/post_7884_b_5530652.html

 

Lucy Lazarony ‘Embracing Culture and Clay’, Palm Beach ArtsPaper, April 1, 2013.      

http://palmbeachartspaper.com/index.php/2029-raheleh-filsoofi-embracing-culture-and-clay.html

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