Fereshteh Toosi  | Curriculum Vitae
Curriculum Vitae

Education

2011 Post Professional certificate in Social and Environmental Urban Design. Archeworks. Chicago, IL
2004 M.F.A.  Carnegie Mellon University, School of Art. Pittsburgh, PA
1998-2000  Shansi Memorial Association Fellowship to Japan
1998 B.A.  Oberlin College. Oberlin, OH
1996  Scuola Lorenzo de' Medici | Art Institute of Florence, Italy

Selected Exhibitions, Screenings, and Performances

2011-present GARLIC & GREENS: accessible soul food stories. Chicago, IL
2011 Please touch the artwork pop-up gallery in West Town. Chicago, IL
2011 In a strange land Calles y Sueños. Chicago, IL
2011 The European Record - A fairly tall tower Freies Museum. Berlin, Germany
2011 Midway Art Fair Chicago, IL
2011 Visions for Chicago Hull House Museum. Chicago, IL
2011 Collage Festival of Collaborative Art. Wolf Building. Philadelphia, PA
2011 Food and Performance Defibrillator. Chicago, IL
2011 Where Do We Migrate To? Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture. Baltimore, MD
2010 Subtle Technologies Festival University of Toronto, ON
2010 The Metaphysical Club Museum of Contemporary Art. Chicago, IL
2010 I’m Sure Blankspace Gallery. San Francisco, CA
2009 Let them Eat Cake, directed by Holly Hughes. XYZ Festival at About Face Theater. Chicago, IL
2009 Metal Tea Party for Marianne Brandt The Bauhaus: 90 Years/90 Days. Chicago, IL
2009 Traces of Being. Morono Kiang Gallery. Los Angeles, CA
2008  Outer Ear Festival of Sound. Experimental Sound Studio. Chicago, IL
2008  GENDER ALARM! Nouveaux féminismes en art actuel. La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse. Montréal, CA
2008  inCUBATE's Sunday Soup at Democracy in America. Park Avenue Armory. New York, NY
2008  Erie Canal to Love Canal. Hallwalls. Buffalo, NY
2007  Operation Pickle. Lipe Art Park. Syracuse, NY
2007  Coyote Spells. Around the Coyote Arts Festival. Chicago, IL
2007  Multimediale: Capturing the Capital. Provisions Library. Washington, DC
2006  Urban Institute for Contemporary Art. Grand Rapids, MI
2006  Sanford Gallery, Clarion University. Clarion, PA
2006  Pangaea Festival of Literature and Art. Fort Collins, CO
2006  3rdfloor magazine DVD issue #4. New York, NY
2005  59 Second Film/Video Festival  Project 59. New York, NY
2005  LTMXTR at MixFestival, New York City and Outfest, Los Angeles, CA
2005  Tufts University Television. Medford, MA
2005  Media Tonic II with Jonathan Minard. Pittsburgh Filmmakers. Pittsburgh, PA
2005  Live Video Karaoke with Blithe Riley. Andy Warhol Museum. Pittsburgh, PA
2005  Signal & Noise. Video Satellite Exchange. Vancouver, BC, Canada
2005  New Bern Film and Video Festival. New Bern, NC
2005  Pittsburgh Biennial Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. Pittsburgh, PA
2005  BRI:AIR Boston Center for the Arts. Boston, MA
2005  Film Kitchen Pittsburgh Filmmakers. Pittsburgh, PA
2004  The Tea Party Berwick Research Institute. Boston, MA
2004  Reel Pittsburgh Groupe Intervention Vidéo. Montréal, Canada
2004  Project Security Orange with A.K. Burnes. Art in General. New York, NY
2004  Daydream Nation TRAF Gallery. Pittsburgh, PA
2004  Shock and Awesome Regina Miller Gallery. Pittsburgh, PA
2003  LTTR Andrew Kreps Gallery. New York, NY
2003  projet MOBILIVRE-BOOKMOBILE project various locations
2003  Searching for the Fourth River with Carolyn Lambert. downtown Pittsburgh, PA
2003  Man, I Feel Like a Woman Space 1026. Philadelphia, PA
2003  knee-deep Woodland Gallery. Pittsburgh, PA
2002  Trans-Appalachian Tractor Pull Virginia Commonwealth University. Richmond, VA
2001  AugustArt Raw Space. New York, NY.
2001  Drive Slowly, Appear Quickly Space 1026. Philadelphia, PA
2000  Snapshot Contemporary Museum. Baltimore, MD
2000  you can't eat the mochi... Galerie Le Déco solo exhibition. Tokyo, Japan
2000  Beyond Boundaries Worth Ryder Gallery. Berkeley, CA
1998  read from right to left Spacelab, Spaces Gallery. Cleveland, OH

Residencies, Grants, and Awards

2012  Illinois Arts Council $2500 project grant. Chicago, IL
2011 Tasting Cultures Foundation Meal by Meal seed grant. New York, NY
2011  Propeller Fund $6000 project grant from Gallery 400 UIC and threewalls Gallery. Chicago, IL
2011  Research Fellowship at Archeworks. Chicago, IL
2011  Flaherty Fellowship to fund attendance for 2011 Sonic Truth film seminar
2011  Illinois Humanities Council. $5000 project grant for Archeworks to fund GARLIC & GREENS
2010  International School of Arts and Sciences for Sustainability in Social Transformation in Gabrovo, Bulgaria
2009  Critical Encounters Grant $500 to host a visiting environmental artist at Columbia College Chicago
2008  Cultural Resources Council Grant $1000 from the New York State Council on the Arts
2006  Experimental Sound Studio Residency. Chicago, IL
2006  Experimental Television Center Residency. Owego, NY
2005  Partners in the Arts Grant. $1000 from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts
2004  Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Residency. Amherst, VA
2004  Berwick Research Institute Artist in Research. Boston, MA
2004  Artist Opportunity Grant. $500 from ProArts. Pittsburgh, PA
2004  Small Project Help Grants. $1000 from Carnegie Mellon University. Pittsburgh, PA
2003  Cheteyan Award. $2500 from the Society for Contemporary Craft. Pittsburgh, PA
2002  Natasha and Jacques Gelman Trust Grant. $10,000 for research and travel abroad
1998-2000 Oberlin Shansi Memorial Association Fellowship to Japan. Oberlin, OH

Conferences and Public Lectures

2012  Threewalls Salon Series. Threewalls Gallery, Chicago, IL
2012  Food Systems course with Sarah Ross. School of the Art Institute, Chicago, IL
2012  The Cultural History of Food. Multicultural Student Services, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA
2012  Interlink Lecture Series. School of the Art Institute, Chicago, IL
2012  Audio Aesthetics course with Deborah Stratman. University of Illinois, Chicago, IL
2011  Sensory Worlds: Environment, Value and the Multi-Sensory. University of Edinburgh, UK
2011  Visiting Artist lecture at ACRE Residency Program. Steuben, WI
2011  Contributing writer for AREA magazine. Chicago, IL
2011  Open Engagement: Art + Social Practice. Portland State University. Portland, OR
2011  Guest Arts Editor for Requited, online literary journal based in Chicago, IL
2010  Performance Studies International: Performing Publics. York University. Toronto, ON
2010  Conference on College Composition and Communication, Nat’l. Council of Teachers of English Louisville, KY
2009  Accidental Publics Northwestern University and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, IL
2008  Oral History in the Digital Age Oral History Association annual conference Pittsburgh, PA
2008  Visible Memories Conference Central New York Humanities Corridor Syracuse, NY
2008  Focus the Nation: Global Warming Solutions for America Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
2007  Beyond the Waves: Art Informed by Feminisms University of California, Los Angeles
2007  Working Conditions: Considering Risk in Redefining Arts Administration School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL
2007  George Mason University invited artist lecture
2006  The George Washington University invited artist lecture Washington, DC
2005  Performance Studies International Conference Brown University, RI
2004  Community/Performance Conference Bryant College, RI
2003  Hawaii Int'l. Conference on Arts and Humanities Honolulu, HI
2003  projet MOBILIVRE-BOOKMOBILE project tour guide and workshop leader various locations
2001  Carnegie Museum of Art public artist lecture Pittsburgh, PA

Teaching Appointments

2008-present Lecturer in the First-Year Seminar program - Columbia College Chicago, IL
I teach four classes per semester for the First-Year Seminar, the foundation of Columbia’s core liberal arts curriculum. This topics-based course provides students with practice in intellectual and creative skills through discussion of texts and creation of projects in a variety of media.

Fall 2011 Tactile Design mini-course - Archeworks. Chicago, IL
Geared to architects and graphic designers, this workshop addresses methods of creating tactile graphics: images meant to be touched that are designed specifically for an audience of readers with low or no vision.

2007-2008 Faculty Fellow in Arts and Civic Engagement - Syracuse University. Syracuse, NY
Special appointment to teach a writing seminar and to work with students in the production of site-specific audio documentaries based on interviews with town residents

2006-2007 - Saint Mary's College of Maryland. Saint Mary's City, MD
Introduction to Time-based and Digital Media, Networked Art, Advanced Sculpture: Site Work & Installation

2005-2006 - Frostburg State University. Frostburg, MD
Animation and Interactivity, Web Art and Design, Introduction to Graphic Design

2005 - Pittsburgh Filmmakers. Pittsburgh, PA
Introduction to Digital Media

2005 - Carnegie Mellon University, School of Art. Pittsburgh, PA
Concept Studio II: Time and Space, Pre-College Electronic Media Studio

2003 - Chatham College. Pittsburgh, PA
Graduate Seminar in Communications: The Internet and Identity

2001-2004 Graduate Teaching Assistant - Carnegie Mellon University. Pittsburgh, PA
Cultural Semiotics, Digital Video Workshops, Painting/Drawing, Printmaking

1999-2000 Lecturer - Obirin University. Tokyo, Japan
1st and 2nd year college English as a Second Language

Academic Service and Professional Development

2011-present  Faculty Senator, Faculty Affairs Committee, Lecturer Task Force Columbia College, Chicago, IL
2011  Art and Social Justice Teacher Professional Development Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Chicago, IL
2011  Integrated First-Year Initiative Symposium panel member Columbia College, Chicago, IL
2010  Moral Imperative Summit participant Columbia College, Chicago, IL
2010  First-Year Leadership Academy workshop facilitator Columbia College, Chicago, IL
2008- present  Teaching Academy for The First-Year Seminar Columbia College, Chicago, IL
2007  Academic advisor in the College of Arts and Sciences Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
2007  Pure Data Spring School Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow, Scotland
2007  Center for Documentary Studies Audio Institute  Duke University, Durham, NC
2005  Using Blackboard in the Classroom workshop Frostburg State University, Frostburg, MD
2005  Media Literacy Workshop for Educators Pittsburgh Filmmakers, Pittsburgh, PA
2005  Wake Forest University Digital Media Curriculum Workshop Wake Forest, NC
2005  Curriculum Design and Assessment workshops Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence, Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA
2002-2003  Associate Provost's Advisory Board Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA
2002-2003  Graduate Representative to Carnegie Mellon University Art Council Pittsburgh, PA