photo: Viet Van Tran and Zehra Khan, double-exposed photograph of Khan in the studio and an ink drawing, 2018
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
MFA, Massachusetts College of Art & Design at the Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA, 2009
BS, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY, 2004
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
2016-now AMP Gallery, Provincetown, MA
2012-2016 ArtStrand Gallery, Provincetown, MA
2010-2012 Gallery Ehva, Provincetown, MA
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
2011-currently, DeCordova Museum Corporate Lending Program, Lincoln, MA
2010-currently, Drawing Center Viewing Program, NYC, NY
Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship in Drawing, 2012
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.
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.
“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