• photo: Viet Van Tran and Zehra Khan, double-exposed photograph of Khan in the studio and an ink drawing, 2018


    BIOGRAPHY

    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 Mass College of Art & Design at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and a BS from Skidmore College.

    Khan has attended art residencies at Yaddo, I-Park, the Vermont Studio Center, the Post-Contemporary, the Virginia Mountain Lake Biological Station. She 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 March 2018, Zehra was nominated as one of “10 Emerging New England Artists” by Art New England.


    “What keeps me intrigued about Zehra’s work is that it eschews any naturalism. Constructing the characters and the environments they inhabit is labor-intensive and process-driven yet it ultimately gets to something very simple yet also very beautiful and intriguing. In Zehra’s work there appears to be a struggle that is engaged fully, and that engagement has a strength that convinces one to go along with her—one wants to believe even when one doesn’t know what one is believing.”
    - David Grozinsky, admissions manager, Vermont Studio Center

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    ZEHRA KHAN RESUME


    EDUCATION

    MFA, Massachusetts College of Art & Design at the Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA, 2009

    BS, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY, 2004


    SOLO EXHIBITIONS

    ArtSTRAND Gallery, Provincetown, MA. Provincetown Venus, 2015

    ArtSTRAND Gallery, Provincetown, MA. Holding Hands Running, 2013

    Cutrona Studios, Mashpee, MA. The Big Reveal, 2013

    ArtCurrent, Provincetown, MA. Flock of Seagulls, 2013

    Berkshire Community College, Pittsfield, MA. Animal Practice, 2012

    ArtCurrent, Provincetown, MA. The Buffalo Warns the Whales, 2012

    Cape Cod Community College, Barnstable, MA. Pandas vs. Skunks: A Civil War Story, 2012

    University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, MA. The Weasel Problem, 2011

    University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA. The Pawn Shop, 2011

    Worcester State University, Worcester, MA. Sweetheart of All My Dreams, 2010

    FlatBreadAffair, Brooklyn, NY. Beastly Habits, 2010



    SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

    AMP Gallery, Provincetown, MA. Art Cannibal, 2018

    Riley Strauss Gallery, Wellfleet, MA. Relationships, 2017

    Cape Cod Community College, Barnstable, MA. Outlines: Provincetown Women Artists, 2017

    Room 83 Spring Gallery, Watertown, MA. Winter Show, 2016

    AMP Gallery, Provincetown, MA. Mimi Gross, Marian Roth, Zehra Khan, Karen Cappotto, 2016

    Castle Hill Center for the Arts, Truro, MA. Flora and Fauna, 2016

    Zion Union Museum, Barnstable, MA. A Show of Contemporary Political Concerns, 2016

    University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA. Primates and Friends, 2016

    Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, MA. Lost Cat, 2016

    Room 83 Spring Gallery, Watertown, MA. Animal Animist. 2015

    Colby-Sawyer College, New London, NH. Working Women: 36 Contemporary Women Artists, 2015

    Cambridge Art Center, Cambridge, MA. 14th National Prize Show, 2015

    Appearances Eco Arts Festival, Provincetown, MA. 2014

    Phillips Academy, Andover, MA. What Artists Study, 2014

    Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, MA. Duos/Couples, 2014

    Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, MA. All About sEVEn, 2014

    SPACEWOMb Gallery, NYC, NY. Affordable Art, 2013

    Chazan Gallery – The Wheeler School, Providence, RI. New Impossibilities, 2013

    Montgomery College, Rockville, MD. Drawing on the Past and Present, 2013

    Spattered Columns, NYC, NY. Deconstructing the Habit, 2012

    Worcester State University, Worcester, MA. In-Between, 2010

    Boston Children’s Museum, Boston, MA. The Yellow Show, 2010

    Burning Man Arts Festival, Black Rock Desert, NV. Why Do You Do What You Do, 2008

    Bank of America Pavilion, Boston, MA. Rock & Art, 2008

    Zenaini Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan. New Exhibition, 2006



    GALLERY AFFILIATIONS

    2016-now AMP Gallery, Provincetown, MA
    2012-2016 ArtStrand Gallery, Provincetown, MA
    2010-2012 Gallery Ehva, Provincetown, MA


    ARTIST RESIDENCIES

    2018 Art Space Sonahmoo, Anseong, Korea. Invited by nomination (Oct)
    2018 Ox-Bow, Saugatuck, ME (Sep)
    2018 Vermont Studio Center, VT. Studio Center fellowship
    2016 I-Park, CT
    2015 Mountain Lake Biological Station, VA. Invited by nomination
    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, NY



    ARTIST REGISTRIES

    2011-currently, DeCordova Museum Corporate Lending Program, Lincoln, MA

    2010-currently, Drawing Center Viewing Program, NYC, NY


    AWARDS

    Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship in Drawing, 2012


    PUBLICATIONS

    A Sunny Day for Flowers, Zehra Khan & Tim Winn, 16-page baby book, Soberscove Press; Chicago, IL, 2013.

    The Resistance Coloring & Activity Book: an anthology of Outer Cape Artists inspired by the call to rise up, Boheme Publishing, 2017. Khan contributed a page to the book along with 14 other Provincetown artists.

    Pawn Shop: The Catalog, Zehra Khan & Tim Winn, 20-page exhibition catalog, Blurb, 2011. Full preview online.



    SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

    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.

    Joanne Briana-Gartner, “Falmouth Artists Co-Curate Dennis Show”, The Enterprise Cape Cod, Dec 18 2015.

    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- Aug 6, 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.

    Greg Cook, “These 10 Exhibits Will Open Your Eyes”, The Providence Phoenix, Dec 26 2012.

    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.

    “Pick of the Week: ‘Pandas vs. Skunks: A Civil War Story”, Cape Cod Times, Feb 9 2012.

    Lucy Casale, “Hampden Gallery in Amherst”, Daily Hampshire Gazette, Sep 8 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.

    Meera Rajagopalan, “Text Messaging: Zehra Khan”, INDIA New England, vol. VII, Oct 2006.



    FILMED INTERVIEWS

    “Zehra Khan: Local Artist Profile”, Provincetown Television, 2015

    “Multi-Media World Workshop”, Provincetown Art Association & Museum, 2014

    “Artist Zehra Khan on Ferry Dock to P-town”, The Stephen Holt Show, 2012