portrait of Omid Shekari
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Drawing


  • MFA, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia
  • BA, Soore University, Tehran


Omid Shekari’s work captures stories which speak universally about how force and violence still determine the rhythms and laws of power within the human experience. His latest and ongoing projects investigate how state, as the military institution, has the ultimate power to use fear in order to justify military action, policing, and violence for the sake of control and domination over the marginalized groups.

Shekari has been an artist in residence at Ox-Bow, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Art OMI, Millay Colony For the Arts, MASS MoCA Studio Program, and Yaddo.

His work has been exhibited in the Drawing Center, Marginal Utility Gallery, Pelham Art Center, NADA Art Fair, Gallery Joe, PAFA Museum, Fleisher Art Memorial, Tyler School of Art, Woodmere Art Museum, Greenfield Community College, and the Ohio State University. Shekari is currently a part of the Open Sessions Program at the Drawing Center.

Prior to Oberlin College, Shekari was a lecturer at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Tyler School of Art.