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2021 Artist in Residence, Pantea Karimi

About the Artist

Pantea Karimi has lived, worked and studied in Iran and England before moving to San Jose, California in 2005. Her work as a multidisciplinary artist investigates the intersection of art, science and history. In her art, she combines visual and conceptual interpretations from her scientific manuscript research with contemporary issues and her life narratives. She creates two-dimensional works and interactive installations using a variety of materials and media.

Pantea has exhibited internationally across a range of solo, group and traveling exhibitions in Iran, Algeria, Germany, Croatia, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Her hand-made and digital prints are in public collections including the University of California, Davis, Stanford University, and the Ruth Asawa Foundation. She is the recipient of the 2022 Mass MoCA the Studios Residency Award, the 2020 Holding the Moment Art Award, the 2019 City of San Jose Arts and Cultural Exchange Grant, the 2019 Silicon Valley Artist Laureates Award, and the 2017 Kala Fellowship-Residency Award. Pantea Karimi holds two master’s degrees in graphic design and fine arts and teaches in the departments of Digital Media and Studio Art at the Santa Clara University and Cabrillo College. She maintains a studio at Cubberley Artist Studios in Palo Alto, California.

Learn more about Pantea’s work: on Instagram • @panteakarimiart on Twitter • LinkedIn

Final Project

Read about Saffron, Saint of Spices and learn more about Pantea’s residency.


Pantea developed and led the following workshops throughout the residency.

News Stories

Pantea published the following stories throughout the residency.