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Nakisa Beigi is an Iranian-born visual artist who lives and works in the United States. She earned her MFA in Drawing and is an adjunct professor at the School of Visual art and Design at the University of South Carolina.

Her artwork is related to personal history, often combining traditional Persian imagery with contemporary elements to create unique pieces that reflect her experiences as an immigrant living between two cultures. 

Nakisa's art explores themes of identity, gender, politics, and cultural experiences in her homeland country, Iran. Her work aims to probe these experiences by integrating historical motifs with imagery taken from popular culture and contemporary media. She uses elements of the relationship between individual stories and collective memory. In her practice, Nakisa explores the possibilities of representing Iranian art and culture using inspirations from her background.

Nakisa’s interdisciplinary work combines traditional design and studio art practices with focus on design, human interaction, storytelling, typography, illustration, painting, drawing, photography, collage, installation, sculpture, and performance art to express her ideas.

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EDUCATION

 

MFA in Visual art– GPA: 4.0

School of Visual Art and Design University of South Carolina

January 2020 – May 2022 (Completed)

 

Bachelor of Art in Graphic Design – GPA: 3.7 School of Visual Art and Design

Marlik Institute of Higher Education February 2007 – June 2012 (Completed)

 

 

HONORS AND AWARDS

 

2022

Graduate Student Recognition Award (GSRA) in Entrepreneurship and Creativity, Hosted by Graduate Student Association.

2021

Directors Award, in photography Competition, The In Art Gallery, Website

2020

Ranked 4th in photography Competition in The National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE)Art Contest: Colors of Science, Unites States

2018

Ranked 2nd in Nationwide Book Cover Design Competition, “Hidden Contempt, the Pull of a Specious

Paradise” by Celeste Shirecliffe, Unites States

2016

Ranked 2nd in Contemporary Art and Nature Festival at Milad tower, Iran 2015

Ranked 3rd in Contemporary Art and Audiences Festival, “Bhola Forest Breathes”, Iran

2004--2005

Ranked 1st in Oil Painting Competition, Besat High School, Iran Ranked 1st in Carpet Design Competition, Besat High School, Iran

2003--2004

Ranked 1st in town level in Black and White Photography, Art and Culture Competitions, Iran Ranked 3rd in Mazandaran Province in Photography, 16th Festival of Art and Culture, Iran

2002--2003

Ranked 1st in Graphic Design Student Competition, 21st Festival of Art and Culture, Iran

 

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

 

2023

Group Exhibition, ArtFields Competition, Lake City, SC 

2022

    MFA thesis Exhibition, MacMaster Gallery, Columbia, SC

Group Exhibition, The Art of Being Woman, Richland Library Main, Columbia, SC

2021

Participated in a Global Digital Collective Artwork composed of individual artworks were showcased on a giant billboard in the streets of Manhattan, Expo Metro Group, Manhattan, NY

Online Group Exhibition, photography, The in Art Gallery, Website Online Group Exhibition, Ceramic, The In Art Gallery, Website

Group Exhibition, 66th Annual juried student exhibition, Mac Master Gallery, Columbia, SC

Group Exhibition, across borders: contemporary artists explore migration and displacement, High Point         University, High Point, NC.

2020

Group Exhibition, Avant-grad, MacMaster Gallery, Columbia, SC

Online Group Exhibition, Colors of Science, The National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE), Website

2016

Group Exhibition, Art and Nature, Millad tower, Tehran, Iran

2015

Group Exhibition, Bhola Forest Breathes, Contemporary Art and Audiences Festival, Mazandaran, Iran

 

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

 

ARTS-103: Fundamental of Art. School of Visual art and Design, University of South Carolina (2022-present)

TEACHING ASSISTANTSHIP

 

Graduate Teaching Assistant (2019 - 2022)

ARTS-103: Fundamental of Art. School of Visual art and Design, University of South Carolina.

ARTE-101: Introduction to Art. School of Visual Art and Design. University of South Carolina.

 

CAREER HISTORY

 

  •   Adjunct Instructor (August 2022 – Present)

Employer’s name: School of Visual Art and Design University of South Carolina

  • Teaching Assistant (August 2019 – May 2021)

Employer’s name: School of Visual Art and Design University of South Carolina

  • Graphic Designer (January 2011 – December 2017)

Employer’s name: Ahura Graphic Design and Advertisement Company

All images copyright Nakisa Beigi 2023

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