Visiting Artist: Mark Shetabi
Born in New York, Mark Shetabi lived for five years in Tehran, Iran. His family returned to the United States in 1979, on the eve of the Iranian Revolution. The experience of being between cultures is an enduring subtext of his artistic practice.
Shetabi’s work has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions including: White Columns, Heckscher Museum, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, and Jeff Bailey Gallery in New York; Ratio3 in San Francisco; Western Bridge in Seattle; Locks Gallery, Woodmere Art Museum, and Project Room in Philadelphia; and the Smithsonian National Building Museum in Washington D.C. His work has been written about in publications including: Art in America, The New York Times, Time Out/New York, San Francisco Arts Quarterly, The Boston Globe, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and others.
Shetabi received his MFA in painting from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and is a recipient of a 2002 Pew Fellowship in the Arts for a body of sculpture and installation. He teaches at Tyler School of Art where he is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Painting, Drawing, and Sculpture.
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