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Roya Amirsoleymani

Curatorial ResidentArtist in Residence


Roya Amirsoleymani is Artistic Director & Curator of Public Engagement at Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA) in Portland, Oregon, where she co-curates interdisciplinary performance, visual art exhibitions, public programs, and the Time-Based Art Festival of contemporary dance, experimental theatre, visual art, performance, sound, music, film/video, and community engagement. She co-directs PICA’s Creative Exchange Lab residency for international, national, and local artists, as well as Precipice Fund, part of the Warhol Foundation’s Regional Regranting Program. Roya has been instrumental in expanding PICA’s initiatives and commitments concerning access, equity, inclusion, critical inquiry, research, writing, and partnerships, with attention to the specifics of contemporary art, performance, and their social, political, and cultural contexts. Additionally, Roya works on independent curatorial and cultural initiatives and also writes about contemporary art, often experimentally, in conversation with personal subject matter. Locally, nationally, and internationally, she has presented at conferences; written for publications; sat on numerous grant and award panels; and served on steering and advisory committees. She holds a B.A. in Contemporary Visual Culture & Gender Studies (Johnston Center for Integrative Studies, California), and a Master’s in Arts Management (University of Oregon). She is committed to reimagining institutions in collaboration with their communities, in order to realize a more just art world and whole world.

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