Zehra Khan likes to make things by hand. She works in drawing, sculpture, installations, performance, and painting on people.
Khan is American and Pakistani, born in Indonesia. She lived in Paris and Switzerland before moving to the US. Zehra received an MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art & Design at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and a BS from Skidmore College.
Khan has attended many art residencies including Ox-Bow, Yaddo, the Studios of Key West, I-Park, the Vermont Studio Center, the Mountain Lake Biological Research Station in Virginia, and Art Space Sonahmoo in Korea.
Zehra is a current participant of the NYC Drawing Center Viewing Program and the deCordova Museum Corporate Lending Program. She authored the children’s book “A Sunny Day for Flowers” and contributed artwork to “The Resistance Coloring & Activity Book.”
Khan moved from the East Coast to Chicago in 2018. She is now a member of the gallery Tiger Strikes Asteroid in Chicago.
ZEHRA KHAN CV
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2009 MFA, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA
2004 BS, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
2021 Zehra Khan, Provincetown Art Association & Museum, Provincetown, MA
2020 Fakeries, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Chicago, IL
2015 Provincetown Venus, Artstrand Gallery, Provincetown, MA
2013 The Big Reveal, Cutrona Studios, Mashpee Commons, MA
2013 Flock of Seagulls, ArtCurrent, Provincetown, MA
2012 Pandas vs. Skunks, Cape Cod Community College, Barnstable, MA
2012 Animal Practice, Berkshire Community College, Pittsfield, MA
2012 The Buffalo Warns the Whales, ArtCurrent, Provincetown, MA
2011 The Weasel Problem, University of Massachusetts, Lowell, MA
2011 The Pawn Shop, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
2010 Sweetheart of All My Dreams, Worcester State University, MA
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2019 Tender Alchemists, Basic Studios, Chicago, IL
2019 Dot Conference, Room 83 Spring, Watertown, MA
2019 Dot Conference, The Yard, Williamsburg, NY
2018 Art Cannibal, AMP Gallery, Provincetown, MA
2016 Mimi Gross and friends, AMP Gallery, Provincetown, MA
2016 Primates & Friends, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
2016 Lost Cat, Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, MA
2015 36 Contemporary Women Artists, Colby-Sawyer College, NH
2013 Drawing on Past and Present, Montgomery College, Rockville, MD
2010 The Yellow Show, Boston Children’s Museum, MA
2008 Burning Man Arts Festival, Black Rock Desert, NV
2008 Rock & Art, Bank of America Pavilion, Boston, MA
2020 Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Chicago, IL. By invitation
2019 Studios of Key West, FL
2018 Art Space Sonahmoo, Anseong, Korea. By invitation
2018 Ox-Bow, Saugatuk, MI
2018 Vermont Studio Center, VT. VSC Fellowship
2016 I-Park, CT
2015 Mountain Lake Biological Research Station, VA. By invitation
2015 Vermont Studio Center, VT
2013 Yaddo, NY
2012 Vermont Studio Center, VT. Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowship
2012 Cape Cod National Seashore: C-Scape Dune Shack, MA
2010 Vermont Studio Center, VT
2010 The Post-Contemporary, Troy, NY
ARTIST REGISTRIES & PROGRAMS
2011-now deCordova Museum Corporate Lending Program, Lincoln, MA
2010–now Drawing Center Viewing Program, NYC, NY
2012 Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship in Drawing
Featured artwork, “Ode”, Broadsided Press, Sep 1 2020.
Alison Williams, “10 Emerging New England Artists”, Art New England, March 2018.
Iqra Sarfaraz, “The Rat Girl”, You! Magazine Pakistan, Oct 2 2018.
Ky Su Cua Viet Van, “Light of snow”, Lao Dong - Vietnam, Feb 25, 2018.
Sebastian M. Araujo, "Speaking of Art with Zehra Khan", Visit Provincetown, April 4, 2016.
James Reed, “Week ahead: Music, theater, art and more”, Boston Globe, Dec 2, 2015.
Susan Rand Brown, "Zehra Khan's voyage of discovery in Provincetown", Provincetown Banner, Aug 7, 2015.
Megan Hinton, “Creature Comforts: Zehra Khan”, Provincetown Arts Magazine, 2015.
Rebecca M. Alvin, “REVIEW: A Sunny Day for Flowers”, Provincetown Magazine, July 31, 2014.
Jan Lhormer, “Cape Cod: An Evolving Mecca”, Art New England, July/Aug 2014.
Andre van der Wende, “’Big Reveal’ showcases duo’s wit, imagination”, Cape Cod Times, April 18, 2013.
David LaGaccia, “A Night of Performance Art Brings Soho Back to Its Roots”, Hyperallergic, July 11 2012.
Elise Hugus, “Pandas vs. Skunks: Zehra Khan and Tim Winn”, InsideOUT Cape Cod, Feb 22 2012.
Susan Blood, “Getting it Down on Paper”, Barnstable Patriot, Feb 10 2012.
“Pick of the Week: ‘Pandas vs. Skunks: A Civil War Story”, Cape Cod Times, Feb 9 2012.
Featured artwork, Brooklyn Review, Issue 29, Brooklyn, NY. Summer 2012.
Lucy Casale, “A Celebration of Interdependence at Hampden Gallery in Amherst”, Daily Hampshire Gazette, Sep 8 2011.
“Crafty Commerce”, UMass Amherst Alumni Magazine, Fall 2011.
J. Fatima Martins, “Sweetheart of All My Dreams”, Worcester Magazine, Dec 2010.
Nell Alk, “A Grassroots Gallery Grows in Brooklyn”, NBC NiteSide, Nov 2010.
A Sunny Day for Flowers, Zehra Khan & Tim Winn, 16-page children's book, Soberscove Press; Chicago, IL, 2013. Order it for artsy kids or adults, $10
Pawn Shop: The Catalog, Zehra Khan & Tim Winn, 20-page exhibition catalog, Blurb, 2011. Hilarious fake catalog of pawn shop items for sale. Full preview online. $15
The Resistance Coloring & Activity Book, an anthology of Outer Cape Artists inspired by the call to rise up, Boheme Publishing, Provincetown, MA, July 2017. Contributed artwork. $20
ABOUT ZEHRA KHAN'S WORK
"In a contemporary context Zehra’s work defies traditional notions of art making through the materiality of her work, hot glue, remnants of previous works, bed sheets, cardboard, etc. She places painting and sculpture in an expanded field, pushing beyond the expected conventions of art making. Also certain patterns, designs, and compositions made from such diverse and informal material harken to her Pakistani roots.
Her hybrid practice ties into a multicultural and international experience as a 21st century artist using such material to overhaul pattern design, “women’s work", and crafting culture for example. Ultimately the work is transformative, a new way of making in response to observing culture and the world."
- Megan Hinton, artist and curator
"It is glorious in color texture and materiality and celebratory of the way one might reclaim, render beautiful, the detritus thrown aside by an unthinking, unfeeling social context!"
- Susanna Coffey, painter
"It looks gorgeous. Naive and sophisticated AT THE SAME TIME."
- Andre Gregory, director and filmmaker
"Khan reflected upon her own international histories and multi-cultural experiences to depict hand drawn and fabricated realizations in skin tattoos, fantastical sculptural stages and performances that simultaneously awed, challenged mystified and delighted.”
- Bailey Bob Bailey, artist