Hedieh Javanshir Ilchi

Born in 1981, Tehran, Iran
Lives and works in the Washington DC


  • 2011 M.F.A., American University, Washington, DC
  • 2006 B.F.A., Corcoran College of Art + Design, Washington, DC

Solo Exhibitions

2013    A leaf from my rose garden, curated by Steven Matijcio, Southern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC
2012    I’m Coming Home, Contemporary Wing, Washington D.C.
2011    Perpetual Traveler, JK Gallery, LA/Culvert City

Group Exhibitions

  • 2014    The Grand Cypher: Hip Hop, Iran and Syria, Curated by Julie Ashcraft, Rush Arts Gallery, New York, NY
  • Centerfold Artists, Project 4 Gallery, Washington D.C.
  • Scope Art Fair, New York, NY
  • Art14 London Art Fair, London, UK
  • Here and Now, Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA
  • BiPolar, curated by Andrea Pollan, School 33 Art Center, Baltimore, MD
  • 2013    Scope Art Fair, Miami Beach, FL
  • Pulp 3: works on paper, works with paper, Beta Pictoris Gallery, Birmingham, AL
  • The Sondheim Semi-Finalists Exhibition, Decker and Meyerhoff Galleries of Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
  • Nostalgia Structures, Brentwood Arts Exchange, Brentwood MD, Summer
  • Bethesda Painting Awards, Gallery B, Bethesda, MD
  • Scope Art Fair, Basel, Switzerland
  • Social Construction, Curated by Blair Murphy, Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA
  • Scope Art Fair, New York, NY
  • 2012    (e)merge Art Fair, Washington D.C. Oct 4-7
  • Machines for living, Curated by Jenny Sidhu Mullins, Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA
  • Crossing the line, curated by Barbara O’Brien, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
  • 2011    (e)merge Art Fair, Washington D.C. Sep 22-25
  • Bilateral Trace: Four Emerging Artists From Iran, Strohl Art Center/ Bellowe Family Gallery, Chautauqua, NY, July-Aug
  • Artist Tribute 2, Irvine Contemporary, Washington D.C. June-July
  • CultureScapes, curated by Isabel Manalo, Addison Ripley Gallery, Washington D.C. June-July
  • MFA Thesis Exhibition, Katzen Art Center, Washington D.C. April-May
  • Saturnalia, Irvine Contemporary, Washington D.C. Jan-Feb
  • 2010    Introductions 6, Irvine Contemporary, Washington D.C.
  • Intention, First Year MFA exhibition, Katzen Art Center, Washington D.C.
  • Seeing Green, featuring the work of Shirin Neshat, Irvine Contemporary, Washington D.C.
  • 2009    Colorblind/Colorsite, Curated by Rachel Sitkin, American University Rotunda Gallery Katzen Art Center, Washington D.C.
  • Tension, In association with the International Art Affairs, Moderno, Washington D.C.
  • Fresh: An Exhibition of Urban Contemporary Art, Target Gallery, Alexandria, VA
  • 2008    You Won’t Believe Your Eyes, the 23rd Annual Corcoran College of Art and Design Print Portfolio, Civilian Art Projects, Washington D.C.
  • 2007    Story Time, The 22nd Annual Corcoran College of Art + Design Print Portfolio, Kathleen Ewing Gallery, Washington D.C.
  • 2006    Introductions 2, Irvine Contemporary, Washington D.C.
  • Thinking Voodoo, the 21st Annual Corcoran College of Art + Design Print Portfolio, Kathleen Ewing Gallery, Washington D.C.
  • Senior Thesis Exhibition, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
  • 2005    Post-MC II, Sarah Silberman Gallery of Art, Rockville, Maryland

Awards and Residencies

  • 2014  Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship (SARF) nominee
  • 2013  The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards Semi-Finalist
  • The Bethesda Painting Awards Finalist
  • The eighth annual Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize semifinalist
  • 2012  Artist in residence, Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA
  • 2010  Carol Bird Ravenal Art Award -Travel Grant
  • American University International Research Mellon Grant, Robyn Rafferty Mathias Fund
  • 2009 Babs Van Swearingen Award, American University
  • 2006 Corcoran College of Art + Design Faculty Award for Drawing and Painting
  • Sons of the Revolution in the District of Columbia, American Art Essay Prize
  • 2002 MC Merit Award in Design

Publications and Reviews

  • 2014  City Paper, Baltimore, Feb 12, “BiPlar: School 33’s five-artist exhibit vacillates elusive and alluring,” Bret McCabe
  • 2013  The Washington Post, Aug 10, “ D.C. gallery shows at Jane Haslem, Brentwood, Connersmith, Carroll Square,” Mark Jenkins
  • Weld for Birmingham, Aug 8, “America Sings Out,” Walter Lewellyn
  • Winston-Salem Journal, July 14, “In SECCA exhibition, artists use expressive markmaking to depict the real world,” Tom Patterson
  • Special Feature: 9 poets respond to 9 paintings by Hedieh Javanshir Ilchi, organized by Art Director Bradley Harrison, Bat City Review, issue 9
  • 2012  Modern Luxury DC, Dec, cover image and featured artist in the Arts and Power issue
  • Art Papers, Sep-Oct issue, cover image and review by Danielle O’Steen
  • The Washington Post, June 1, “I’m Coming Home: Dual Meaning of Home Coming”, Michael O’Sullivan
  • New American Paintings 100, South Issue, The Open Studio Press
  • 2011  The Chautauqua Daily, August 3, “In Strohl, ‘Bilateral Trace’ is a modest showing of crosscultural engagement,” Anthony Bannon.
  • The Washington Post, July 29, “ Artists seeking to astound: D.C. area shows exhibit powerful works with bold lines, delicate strokes,” Mark Jenkins.
  • The Washington Post, January 28, “Familiar Favorites: Once more, with feeling,” Jessica Dawson.
  • 2010  New American Paintings 87, MFA Annual, the Open Studio Press
  • Exhibition Review: Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art, Yinka Shonibare MBE: an aesthetic of excess, Artifice blog
  • Exhibition Review: Irvine Contemporary, Susan Jamison: Swallowtail, Artifice blog

Visiting Artist/Lecture

  • 2013  Artist Lecture, Brentwood Art Exchange, Brentwood, MD
  • 2011  Artist Lecture for Undergraduate Drawing and Painting Courses, American
  • University, College of Art and Sciences, Department of Art, Washington D.C.
  • 2009  Visual Arts Lecture Series, Hultquist Center, Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, NY
  • Visiting Artist, School of Art, Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, NY

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