Zehra Khan is a multi-disciplinary artist who 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 co-authored the children’s book “A Sunny Day for Flowers” and contributed to “The Resistance Coloring & Activity Book.”
In 2018, Zehra was nominated as one of “10 Emerging New England Artists” by Art New England. She now lives in Chicago.
"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
2020 Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Chicago, IL, by nomination
2019 The Studios of Key West, FL
2019 SWARM, IN
2018 Art Space Sonahmoo, Anseong, Korea, Korean Art Council Fellowship
2018 Ox-Bow, MI
2018 Vermont Studio Center, Studio Center Fellowship
2016 I-Park, CT
2015 Mountain Lake Biological Research Station, VA, by nomination
2015 Vermont Studio Center, VT
2013 Yaddo, MA
2012 Vermont Studio Center, Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowship
2012 Cape Cod National Seashore: C-Scape Dune Shack, MA
2010 Vermont Studio Center, VT
2010 The Post Contemporary, NY
Featured artwork, “Ode”, Broadsided Press, Sep 1 2020.
Alison Williams, “10 Emerging New England Artists”, Art New England, March 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.
Nell Alk, “A Grassroots Gallery Grows in Brooklyn”, NBC NiteSide, Nov 2010.
A Sunny Day for Flowers, Zehra Khan & Tim Winn, 16-page baby 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.