Zehra Khan is a multidisciplinary artist whose work includes drawing, sculpture, performance, and painting—the latter often on her fellow humans. Always playful, often absurdist and provocative, Khan uses unconventional and found materials and methods to explore relationships—those between individuals as well as those between humans and the flora and fauna of the world around us.
Khan is American and Pakistani, born in Indonesia. She lived in Paris and Switzerland before moving to the US at age eleven. Zehra received a BS from Skidmore College, and an MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown in 2009.
She has been awarded art residencies at Yaddo, the Studios of Key West, Ox-Bow, I-Park, the Vermont Studio Center, Art Space Sonahmoo in Korea, and most recently Space A in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Zehra is a current participant of the NYC Drawing Center Viewing Program and the deCordova Museum Corporate Lending Program. She authored a 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, where she is a member of the gallery Tiger Strikes Asteroid.
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
2022 Your Everyday Myths, Provincetown Art Association & Museum, 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
2010 Beastly Habits, FlatBreadAffair, Brooklyn, NY
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2021 Beyond Body, SpaceA at Tarragaon Museum, Kathmandu, Nepal (two-person exhibition)
2021 Tiger Strikes Asteroid: It feels like the first time, MANA Contemporary, Chicago, IL
2021 Kitchen Sink, Riverside Arts Center, Riverside, IL
2020 Provincetown Collagists, Julie Heller Gallery East, Provincetown, MA
2019 Tender Alchemists, Basic Studios, Chicago, IL (two-person exhibition)
2019 Dot Conference, The Yard, Williamsburg, NY
2019 Dot Conference, Room 83 Spring, Watertown, MA
2018 Art Cannibal, AMP Gallery, Provincetown, MA
2017 Relationships, Riley Strauss Gallery, Wellfleet, MA
2017 Outlines: Provincetown Women Artists, Cape Cod Community College, Barnstable, MA
2016 Mimi Gross, Marian Roth, Zehra Khan, and Karen Cappotto, AMP Gallery, Provincetown, MA
2016 Flora and Fauna, Castle Hill Center for the Arts, Truro, MA
2016 COLOR AID, Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, MA
2016 A Show of Contemporary Political Concerns, Zion Union Museum, Barnstable, MA
2016 Primates and Friends, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
2016 Lost Cat, Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, MA
2015 Animal Animist, Room 83 Spring, Watertown, MA
2015 Working Women: 36 Contemporary Women Artists, Colby-Sawyer College, New London, NH
2015 FUNcFOLIO with New Talent, ArtStrand, Provincetown, MA
2014 Duos/Couples, Provincetown Art Association and Museum, MA
2014 Clouds, + four other group exhibitions, ArtStrand, Provincetown, MA
2014 All About Seven, Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, MA
2014 What Artists Study, Philips Academy, Andover, MA
2013 Affordable Art, SPACEWomb, New York City, NY
2013 New Impossibilities, Chazan Gallery at the Wheeler School, Providence, RI
2013 Drawing on the Past and Present, Montgomery College, Rockville, MD
2012 Photography in the Era of Facebook, Gallery Ehva, Provincetown, MA
2012 Deconstructing the Habit, Spattered Columns, New York City, NY
2012 The Projected Image, + two other group exhibitions, ArtStrand, Provincetown, MA
2011 Disco ’94, Gallery Ehva, Provincetown, MA
2010 The Yellow Show, Boston Children’s Museum, Boston, MA
2010 Corallo, Handschuh and Khan, + 3 other group exhibitions, Gallery Ehva, Provincetown, MA
2010 Collective, Galatea Fine Art, Boston, MA
2008 Why Do You Do What You Do? Burning Man Arts Festival, Black Rock Desert, NV
2008 Rock and Art, Bank of America Pavilion, Boston, MA
2022 Ellis-Beauregard Foundation, Rockland, ME
2021 Space A, Kathmandu, Nepal
2020 Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Chicago, IL. By invitation
2019 SWARM, IO
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 Contemporary Artists Center, 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
Chester Alamo-Constello, “Zehra Khan – Meditative Masks, Curious Quilts & Engaging Travels”, The Comp Art & Design Magazine, University of St Francis, Nov 4 2021.
Nicole Mauser, “Trust Your Gut: Multidisciplinary Artist Zehra Khan Embraces the Spontaneous”, Newcity Magazine, June 2 2021.
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.
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.
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.
Nell Alk, “A Grassroots Gallery Grows in Brooklyn”, NBC NiteSide, Nov 2010.
Meera Rajagopalan, “Text Messaging: Zehra Khan”, INDIA New England, vol. VII, Oct 2006.
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
"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
"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