Soody Sharifi

5336 Institute Lane
Houston, Texas, 77005


2002   Master of Fine Arts in Studio Photography, University of Houston
1982   Bachelor of Science, Industrial Engineering, University of Houston


2012   Cultural art Council of Houston individual artist grant recipient
2011   Final nominee Jameel Art Prize, London UK
2006   Grant recipient, Artadia The Fund for Art and Dialogue, New York
2005   Cultural Art Council of Houston individual artist grant recipient
2004   National Graduate Seminar Nominee, Columbia University, New York,NY
2003   Photography Fellowship, Houston Center of Photography, Houston, Texas


2010   Stiftung Kunstledorf Schoppingen, Germany


2013   Talk with Artist : San Antonio Museum of Art
2010   University of Houston Adjunct teaching professor
2009   Photo workshop and talk at Chinquapin School, Houston,TX
2007   Guest lecturer Society of Photographic Education,Miami FL

Selected Individual Exhibitions:

2014    FotoFest 2014 The Space Within, Houston, Tx
++++Art Inspired by the Islamic Tradition, Cantor Cantor Art Center, Stanford University
2013    The Jameel Prize Exhibit: San Antonio Museum of Art

2012   Works by Soody Sharifi, Sharja Museum of Art
Jameel Prize Art and Culture. V&A Museum, London
The Desert Beyond the City Belongs to Me, Deborah Colton Gallery, Houston
2011   Of Serenade Miniature and Maxiature Moments LTMH gallery, NY
2009   Assumption of Others, Gallery F15, Oslo, Norway
2007   Garden of Persian Delight, Anya Tish Gallery, Houston
2006   MaxiaturesPhotographic Center Valokuvia Peri, Kuopio, Finland
Teenagers and Maxiatures,Northern photographic Center, Helsinki, Finland
Proud and Sad / Wrong and Strong,Women and Their Work, Austin, Texas
Moslem Teenagers, Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, Oregon
2004  Moslem Teenagers,Dom Fotografie, Poprad, Slovakia
Simply Girls, Center for Photography, Woodstock, NY
Veiled/Unveiled, Anya Tish Gallery, Houston, Texas
2002  Women of Cover, Hungry’s gallery, FotoFest, Houston, Texas

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2016 Unbreakable Rope, Quilliam foundation, London UK

2016 Persian Garden, Arab institute, Paris France

2012    Ornament and Narrative: Women Artists of Eastern Diaspora, Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts
2012   Contemporary Miniature, Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, Zurick Switzerland
Cross-Currents:Tradition and Innovation in Contemporary Art of the Middle East and Pakistan;, Colorado College, Colorado
Contemporary Middle Eastern Artists, Deborah Colton Gallery, Houston, TX
2009   Baku Biennale,December 15, Baku Azerbaijan
Emancipated,Haggerty Gallery, Dallas, TX
2008   We The People…, Art League, Houston, TX
Mechanical Perception, presented by FotoFest, Houston, TX.
Puberty, Haugar Art Museum, Tonsburg, Norway
Continuity and Change: Islamic Tradition in Contemporary Art, Willliamsburg Art& Historical Center, Brooklyn, New York
2007   Artadia at Diverseworks…reprised,” Diversework, Houston
Best of Texas Biennial, San Antonio, Texas
Texas Biennial,Dougherty Art Center, Austin
2006    Perspectives 152: 4 Artists 4 Stories, Contemporary Museum of Art Houston,          Ground,The Cultural Arts Council of Houston Fellowship Series, Houston, TX.
2005   Spell of Childhood,Backlight05: The 7.Int. photography triennial, Tampere Art Museum, Tampee, Finland
REALITÄTEN II: Gesellschaftswerte, Fotogallerie Wien, Vienna, Austria
Co-existance,Lawndale Art Center, Houston, Texas
Pingyao International Photography Exhibition, Pingayo, China
Happy Nude Year,Anya Tish Gallery, Houston, Texas
2004   The 2004 National Graduate Seminar Fellows Exhibition, The LeRoy Neiman Gallery New York
Sharpening The Point,Blaffer Gallery, Houston, Texas
2003   Layered Evidence,Lawndale Art Center, Houston, Texas
Houston Center of Photography Fellowship Exhibition, Houston, Texas
Open Exhibition, Visual Art Alliance, Houston, Texas
2002   Northlight Southwest 2002, Northlight Gallery, ASU, Tucson, Arizona          Membership Exhibition, Houston Center of Photography, Houston, Texas
Big Show, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, Texas
2001   Membership Exhibition, Houston Center of Photography, Houston, Texas          Graduate Student Exhibition, Blaffer Gallery, Houston, Texas
2000   Fresh Mix,Video Installation, Community Artist’s Collective, Houston, Texas

Publications & Panels


2010   IANN: Focus on Growing Up, Vol #5,
2008   “Cover page,” European Photography  Art magazine, No.82
2007   “Soody Sharifi,” European Photography, Art Magazine, No. 79/80
2006   “My Work” Houston Chronicle Zest, July2, 2006
Exposures: Beneath the Hijab” PDN’S 30, March 2006
“Purkantuoksuinen Iran” Image, 03/2006,  Finland          “Direction” A Magazine #3, London, England
2005   “Iran-Her Motherland, his first trip-supplied setting for mother-son exhibit” Austin American Statement, April 21, 2005
Livers” Liberacion[Paris], June 2005
Private Meetings,” Livraison, No. 1 Spring/Winter 2005, Stockholm, Sweden
Teinit on teineja,” Suomen Kuvalehti, 40/2005,Finland
Islam’s Long War Within” Harvard Divinity Bulletin, Autumn 2005, Volume 33, Number 2. Boston
Soody Sharifi with Payam Sharifi: Proud and Sad, Wrong and Strong,” Glasstire: Texas visual art online, 04/05
“Grand Angle” Ados d’Iran… comme d’ailleurs, Libéraction, Paris, 12/24
Soody Sharifi’s Photography, SME Kultura, Bratislava, Slovakia. 4/11
2004   Cover page of Chronogram Arts. Culture. Spirit, Mid-Hudson Magazine of Events & Ideas, 11/04m
Invited Panelist on Gender, Race, and Ethnicity in Digital photography, American Society of Aesthetics 62nd annual meeting, October 27-30; Houston, Texas.
“Iranian teenagers are no different,M Publication[Germany], Volume3 Surprise Issue
“Simply Girls: Teenagers in Iran, Tatonic Weekend press cover page,September 2-8
2003   “Put on your Sunday best, or Friday best or whatever…”; Cross Magazine, (issue 1, winter), Milan, Italy 2003
A Guide to Ecstacity”; Nigel Coates, Author, London: Booth-Clibborn, Publisher 2003
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun; Fluid Magazine, (issue 30, June), Poland