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Lives and works in Providence, RI

EDUCATION
MFA, Cranbrook Academy of Art
BFA, University of Cincinnati, College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2018
tba, ANDREW RAFACZ, Chicago, IL (forthcoming)
Medium of Exchange, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH (forthcoming)
Medium of Exchange, Atlanta Contemporary, Atlanta, GA (forthcoming)

2017
Social Learning Theory, Williamson/Knight, Portland, OR
Reinforcements, Atlanta Contemporary, Atlanta, GA
To Oblivion, Edel Assanti, London, UK

2016
Civil Liberties, BOYFRIENDS, Chicago, IL
National Anthem, 1305 Main for FotoFocus, Cincinnati, OH
National Anthem, Biel/Bienne Festival of Photography, Bern, CH
National Anthem, ROMPONE, Cologne, DE
To Oblivion, 186 Carpenter, Providence, RI

2012
Panjereh (Window), Prairie Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

2011
Namaz Khaneh, semantics, Cincinnati, OH

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2017
Made In Iran, Born In America, Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA
You Catch More Flies With Arsenic Than Honey, Club Pro, Los Angeles, CA
The Personal is Political: Feminist Art from the Sara M. and Michelle Vance Waddell Collection, Wave Pool, Cincinnati, OH

2016
UNTITLED Art Fair, Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Miami, FL
Treading Water, TGIF, New York, NY
Re: Formation, Gallery Project, Toledo, OH
Coagulants, AC Institute, New York, NY
Women at Work, ROMPONE, Cologne, DE
Doubly So, Center Gallery, College of Creative Studies, Detroit, MI
Parallelograms, S1 Gallery, Portland, OR
Screen(ing), AC Institute, New York, NY

2015
New Wave, Goss-Michael Foundation, Dallas, TX The Moment, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH
Piece It Together, University of Toledo Galleries, Toledo, OH
Other Another, David Klein Gallery, Detroit, MI
FOCUS: Iran, Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA

2014
META_MORPH_ISIS, Black Paper, Los Angeles, CA
Pyrocognition, Forum Gallery, Bloomfield Hills, MI
TRANS, Studio Couture, Detroit, MI

2013
Synergistics, New Capital, Chicago, IL

2011
Order of Selection, Thunder-Sky, Cincinnati, OH
The Romance Show, Museum Gallery/ Gallery Museum, Cincinnati, OH
The Today Show, CS13, Cincinnati, OH

HONORS AND AWARDS
2017
MacColl Johnson Fellowship
2016
Woodstock A.I.R, The Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, NY
Rhode Island School of Design Faculty Grant for funded travel to London
2014
Cranbrook Academy of Art Merit Award
Larson Travel Grant recipient for funded travel to Brazil
2013
Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Grant recipient

2012
Three Arts Grant recipient for ‘Panjereh (Window)’ series
2011
Isabel Wolfstein Travel Grant recipient for funded travel to Mexico City
University of Cincinnati Alumni Association grant recipient
John L. Magro Foundation grant recipient for ‘Namaz Khaneh'

LECTURES AND PANELS
2017
The Personal Is Political: Panel Discussion with Andrea Bowers & Sheida Soleimani, Wave Pool, Cincinnati, OH
Sheida Soleimani in dialogue with Women for Women International, Edel Assanti, London, UK

2016
Visiting Artist Lecture: Sheida Soleimani, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
STEAM: Art and Design Congressional Briefing, United States Congress, Washington, DC
Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Sheida Soleimani, Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY
Geography of the Cyborg, Open All Ports Symposium, Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology at Connecticut College, New London, CT

2015
After The Moment: Contemporary Reflections on Robert Mapplethorpe, Panel Discussion, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH
The Post Human as a Collage, Un/Finished Image Symposium, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
Political and Economical Climates/Gross Domestic Product Reports, Society of Photographic Education Conference, New Orleans, LA

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY AND PUBLICATIONS
Nina Dodd, ‘Possibilities of an Ethical Photographic Practice’, RUNWAY Australian Experimental Art, April 19, 2017
Nat.Brut, ‘Body / Politics: A Conversation between Sheida Soleimani, Liz Cohen, & Chanel Von-Habsburg Lothringen’, Nat.Brut, April 1, 2017
Ben Berke, ‘3 R.I. Visual Artists Receive $25,000 Fellowships’, Providence Journal, March 26, 2017
Nathalie Olah, ‘The Artist Remembering The Forgotten Tortured Women Of Iran’, Refinery29, February 9, 2017
Anna McNay, ‘Sheida Soleimani, To Oblivion’, Photomonitor, January 31, 2017
Nisha Sajnani, ‘Assemblage: Identity, Memory, and Displacement’, January 31, 2017
Rosanna McLaughlin, ‘Sheida Soleimani at Edel Assanti’, Studio International, January 25, 2017
VICE, ‘Dedicated To The One I Love’, VICE, October 13, 2016
Matt Morris, ‘Critic Pick: Sheida Soleimani at Boyfriends’, ARTFORUM, October 7, 2016
Anette LePique, ‘CIVIL LIBERTIES at Boyfriends’, Chicago Artist Writers, September 29, 2016
Beryl Satter, ‘Art and Protest: Piece It Together’, Nat.Brut, September 5, 2016
Cedar Pasori, ‘This Artist Is Giving Voice To The Plight Of Iranian Women’, THE FADER, August 26, 2016
Rosie Sharp, ‘After Flint Water Crisis, Police Murders, and More, Midwestern Artists Get Mad’, Hyperallergic, August 24, 2016
Sarah Sharp, ‘Invisible Women: In Conversation with Sheida Soleimani’, The Seen Journal, May 2, 2016
Kate Sierzputowski,’Confronting photos capture women the Iranian government tried to make disappear’, Women In The World for The New York Times, April 18, 2016
Interview Magazine, ‘The New Activists: Sheida Soleimani’, Interview Magazine, April 2016
3sat Kulturzeit, ‘Sheida Soleimani Studio Visit & Film Interview’, April 6, 2016
Clara DeGalan, ‘Doubly So” @ CCS Center Galleries’, Detroit Art Review, April 3, 2016
Gabby Bess, ‘The Artist Making Dolls of the Women Executed in Iran’, Broadly/VICE Magazine, January 22, 2016
Dennis Busch, ‘The Age of Collage 2’, pg 149-152, Gestalten Books, January 2016
Adam Zucker, ‘Dialogue with Sheida Soleimani, Rhino Horn, August 4, 2015
Matt Biro, ‘Art as Protest’, The Brooklyn Rail, June 6, 2015
YET Magazine Issue 8, ‘National Anthem’, YET Magazine, June 1, 2015
Bant Magazine, ‘Iranian political history through the eyes of Sheida Soleimani’, Bant Magazine, May 1, 2015
Huffington Post, ‘Young Artist Sheida Soleimani Interviews Her ‘Far-Away Mentor,’ Yamini Nayar’, The Huffington Post, March 31, 2015
LODOWN 95, ‘Cultural Repression’, LODOWN MAGAZINE, March 9, 2015
YOROKOBU, La dulce intersección entre EE UU e Irán, YOROKOBU Magazine, February 27, 2015
74 Gazette, ‘Thursday’s Punch: Interview with Sheida Soleimani’, ISTANBUL ’74 February 26, 2015
Huffington Post, ‘These Collages Use Twitter To Tell The True Story Of Iran’, The Huffington Post, January 28, 2015
Feature Shoot, ‘Iranian American Photographer Expresses Political Outrage in Unflinching Photo Collages’, Feature Shoot, January 12, 2015
BEAUTIFUL/DECAY, ‘Sheida Soleimani Dissents Iranian Politics Through Confrontational “National Anthem” Series’, BEAUTIFUL/DECAY Magazine, December 17, 2014
Juxtapoz Magazine, ‘Sheida Soleimani’s “National Anthem”, Juxtapoz Magazine, October 22, 2014
ATMG Magazine, ‘Artist of the Week & Interview: Sheida Soleimani, All Things Mostly Good Magazine, August 17, 2014
Aint Bad Magazine, ‘FEATURE: Sheida Soleimani’, Aint Bad Magazine, April 3, 2014
LINTROLLER, ’Sheida Soleimani recontextualizes her memories in intriguing installations’, LINTROLLER, October 23, 2013
LandEscape Art Review, ‘Sheida Soleimani’, LandEscape Art Review, May 2013, May 1, 2013
Regan Brown, “Grim Fairy Tales: ‘Panjereh (Window)’ New Work by Sheida Soleimani at Prairie, AEQAI Journal of Critical Thinking and Review in Contemporary Art, June 17, 2012
Selena Reder, “Window Into Her World: Sheida Soleimani’s tableau of memories now at Prairie Gallery” CityBeat, June 6, 2012
Keith Banner “Magical Misery Tour” Thundersky Inc, January 24, 2011
David Rosenthal “Sheida Soleimani at semantics” AEQAI Journal of Critical Thinking and Review in Contemporary Art, January 11, 2011
Jane Durrell, “Winged Transformations” AEQAI Journal of Critical Thinking and Review in Contemporary Art, May 25, 2010