Omid Shekari

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Drawing

Areas of Study


  • 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.

Fall 2021

Intro to Drawing — ARTS 040
Intermediate Drawing — ARTS 060

Spring 2022

Intermediate Drawing — ARTS 060
Advanced 2D Projects — ARTS 120


This Week in Photos: Inside the Classroom

October 22, 2020

While Oberlin’s green spaces have welcomed several classes outside this semester, many others remain indoors. In this week’s photo series, we take a peek inside laboratories, art and music studios, and classes across campus.

This Week in Photos: Unlikely Spaces and Familiar Places

October 2, 2020

Latinx Heritage Month, TGIF, and the first presidential debate find a home in Wilder Bowl; concerts by TIMARA and jazz students are livestreamed in the Cat in the Cream Coffeehouse; the patio of Mudd Center welcomes the Oberlin College Choir; Clark Bandstand in Tappan Square becomes a stage for jazz forums; and familiar places in between.