In November, Iranian-American artist Pantea Karimi will begin her residency for the Dickinson Visual Arts Endowment. Based in San Jose, Karimi’s work has included drawing, installation, video and virtual reality, exploring themes such as religion, science, politics and history and inspired by Iranian religious and scientific manuscripts to tell stories about Iranian culture as well as personal histories.
Karimi’s residency will begin Nov. 1 with an exhibition of her works at the Harker upper school’s Rothschild Performing Arts Center. Throughout the month, she will be working with students at Harker’s lower, middle and upper school campuses, conducting workshops and delivering a lecture on her work and practice at the upper school.
On Nov. 29, from 6-7 p.m., Karimi will be featured as part of the Harker Speaker Series, in a conversation at the Patil Theater with 6-12 visual arts chair Josh Martinez. This event will include an audience Q&A session and a 5 p.m. reception with food and drink.
Karimi’s work can be found in both private and public collections at Stanford University, the University of California, San Francisco and the University of California, Davis. Internationally, she has had digital works and prints exhibited in Iran, Algeria, Germany, Croatia, Mexico and the U.K. She also has been featured twice by KQED Arts and Culture, in 2020 and 2022, and by the KQED forum in 2023.
In 2022, Karimi received the Pollock-Kasner Foundation Artist Grant as well as the Studios Residency Award from the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. She has also been awarded the 2021 University of California San Francisco Library Artist in Residence Award, the 2020 San Jose Holding the Moment Art Award, and the 2019 City of San Jose Arts and Cultural Exchange Grant.