Raheleh   T.  Filsoofi -  Multidisciplinary Artist

Assistant Professor  

Office: EVABL 1.332B
Phone: (956) 665-2236
Email: raheleh.filsoofi@utrgv.edu
Website: www.rahelehfilsoofi.com

Professor Raheleh T. Filsoofi - Multidisciplinary Artist

Raheleh Filsoofi is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Texas, South Florida and Iran. Her work synthesizes socio-political statements as a point of departure and further challenges these fundamental arguments by incorporating ancient and contemporary media such as ceramics, poetry, ambient sound, and video; aiming for a holistic sensory experience. Her interdisciplinary practices act as an interplay between the literal and figurative contexts of the border, immigration, and inter-cultural communications. She is an active participant in juried art exhibitions both in Iran and the United States, including the recent solo exhibition ‘Imagined Boundaries’- a multimedia digital installation on border issues, consisting of two separate exhibitions debuted concurrently at Florida Cultural Consortium and Abad art gallery in Tehran (2017); ‘Dual Frequency’ group exhibition at The Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, Florida (2017) and a Group Exhibition ‘Fragile’ at The Contemporary Art Museum of Isfahan, Iran (2016). Her most recent multifaceted, self-curated art exhibition ‘Fold: Art, Metaphor and Practice’- which engaged over 20 artists, scholars, and educators - has proved to be the highlight of her professional artistic career. She has been the recipient of various grants and awards such as the prestigious South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship for Visual and Media Artists funded in part by the National Endowment for the Art and The Dave Bown Project Award (2016). She is an assistant professor of ceramics at University of Texas Rio Grande Valley at the Department of Art. She holds an M.F.A. in Fine Arts from Florida Atlantic University and a B.F.A. in Ceramics from Al-Zahra University in Tehran, Iran.





Selected Publications


  • Raheleh Filsoofi. "Current Directions in Iranian Ceramic," NCECA NCECA Journal 39, no. 39 (March 2018): 194-196.

  • Filsoofi Raheleh. "“Clay as a Record Keeper of Iranian Cultural Heritage”," The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts no. 35 (March 2014): 122-123.



Selected Grants and Fellowships


  • Raheleh Filsoofi. Honorarium and Exhibition Financial Support, University of Houston Downtown, $5,000.00 (May 2018 - September 2018)

  • Raheleh Filsoofi. College of Fine Arts Dean's Research Grant, Dean’s Office, College of Fine Art, $10,000.00 (August 2018)

  • Raheleh Filsoofi. FOLD:Art, Practice and Metaphor , Office of Global Engagement, $2,900.00 (December 2017 - May 2018)

  • Raheleh Filsoofi. FOLD:Art, Practice and Metaphor , School of Art UTRGV, $2,000.00 (January 2018 - May 2018)

  • Raheleh Filsoofi. FOLD:Art, Practice and Metaphor , Festival of International Book and Arts (FESTIBA), $3,500.00 (February 2018 - March 2018)

  • Raheleh Filsoofi. FOLD: Art, Practice and Metaphor, International Museum of Art and Science (IMAS), $1,500.00 (January 2018 - March 2018)

  • Raheleh Filsoofi. FOLD: Art, Practice and Metaphor , Visual Arts Gallery, $3,500.00 (January 2018)

  • Raheleh Filsoofi. FOLD: Art, Practice and Metaphor , Visual Arts Gallery, $3,500.00 (January 2018)

  • Raheleh Filsoofi. South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship Award , South Florida Cultural Consortium , $7,500.00 (August 24, 2017)

  • Raheleh Filsoofi. Start-Up Fund, Dean’s Office, College of Fine Art, $5,000.00 (July 2017)



Selected Presentations


  • "In Conversation with Raheleh Filsoofi," Conversation with Artist, Abad Gallery, Tehran, Iran (October 2018)

  • Raheleh Filsoofi. "Artaxis Conversation," Artaxis, (October 2018)

  • Raheleh Filsoofi. "Artist as the Author of the Culture," Interdisciplinary Intellectual and Cultural Event of Middle East, Office of Global Engagement, Edinburg, TX (April 2018)

  • Raheleh Filsoofi. "Current Direction in Iranian Ceramics," NCECA , The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, Pittsburg, PA (March 2018)

  • Raheleh Filsoofi. "“Create Locally, Promote Internationally”," Iranian Artists Forum, The Iranian Ceramics Society, Tehran (August 2017)

  • Raheleh Filsoofi. "“Beyond borders” ," The Closing reception of "Frontier", Abad Gallery, Iranian Artists Forum, Tehran, Iran (August 2017)

  • Raheleh Filsoofi. "“An Ear for the Unexpected” ," Chautauqua Art Institution, Chautauqua, NY (July 2017)

  • Raheleh Filsoofi. ""An Ear for the Unexpected" ," “Conversation Piece” , Bailey Contemporary Art, Pompano Beach, Florida (February 2017)

  • Raheleh Filsoofi "An Evolving Cultural Narrative ," UTRGV, Brownsville (November 2016)

  • Brian McConnell. "" An Ear for the Unexpected"," Florida Atlantic University , Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida (November 2016)



Selected Performances and Exhibitions


  • Raheleh Filsoofi. "That Is What She Said," San Diego, CA (2018)

  • Raheleh Filsoofi. "On Transcending the Inhibited Space," Houston, Texas (2018)

  • Raheleh Filsoofi. "Visiting artist as Chautauqua Institution of Art," Chautauqua, NY (2018)

  • and Angela Scardigno. "FOLD: Art, Practice and Metaphor ," McAllen and Edinburg in Texas (2018)

  • Raheleh Filsoofi. "Eternal Dialogue," The Peace Cylinder . Broward, FL (2018)

  • Raheleh Filsoofi. "The Peace Cylinder ," Broward, FL (2018)

  • Raheleh Filsoofi. "Dual Frequency," Hollywood, Florida (2017)

  • Raheleh Filsoofi. "Imagined Boundaries ," Tehran, Iran (2017)

  • Raheleh Filsoofi. ""Frontier" ," Tehran, Iran (2017)

  • Raheleh Filsoofi. "“Jewish Contemporary Artists”," Palm Beach Gardens, Florida (2017)

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ARTS 2346 01 - Ceramics I:
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ARTS 3371 02 - Interm Ceramics:
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ARTS 4371 01 - Adv Ceramics:
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