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Illya Mousavijad is a multidisciplinary, conceptual artist. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and his Master of Fine Arts at Weitzman School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania. Illya’s art practice investigates the limits and extents of exile, exile literature, pro-justice movements and civil resistance, border and identity politics, Middle East history, US and Iran relations. He works across varied media including computer animation, VR, installation, painting, sculpture, and video. He has collaborated with international artists of various disciplines and exhibited globally. Illya is currently Assistant Professor in Art, Technology, Race, and Culture at The Ohio State University. 

2021    Master of Fine Arts, Weitzman School pf Design, University of Pennsylvania
2018.   Bachelor of Fine Arts, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
2014    Graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy
Solo Exhibitions

2011    "Between a Lost Home and a Losing Destination", Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH
2011    Namayeshgahe Asare Mousavijad, Issa Bahadori Gallery, Isfahan, Iran

            Namayeshgahe Asare Mousavijad, Apadana Gallery, Isfahan, Iran
Group Exhibitions

2023    Short Shorts Film Festival, McDonough Museum of Art, Youngstown, OH
            Iran: Deciphering Violence and Resistance, Urban Arts Space, Columbus, OH
2021    Double Feature, Icebox Project Space, Philadelphia, PA

2019    Woodmere 76th Annual Exhibition, Woodmere Museum, German town, PA 
2018    Without Roots We Are Nothing, Esther Klein Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
            We Got Used to New Us, Twelve Gates gallery, Philadelphia, PA
            PAFA: Now, NOBA Artspace, Bala Cynwyd, PA
2017    Crosscurrents, Annenberg Gallery, PAFA, Philadelphia, PA
            Fold: Ten Conversations, Curated by Ivanco Talevski, C.R. Ettinger Gallery            
            Warming, PAFA, Philadelphia/ Chestnut Hill, PA
2016    Crosscurrent, Annenberg Gallery, PAFA, PA
            For in One, When Humanity Rains, 128 Gallery, PAFA, PA
            Happiness, Liberty, life, group exhibition, PAFA, Philadelphia, PA
2015    YoungArts Invitational, Flomenhaft Gallery, Chelsea, NY
            YoungArts Visual Arts Exhibition, Miami, FL
2014    Senior Thesis Show, Interlochen Arts Academy, MI
            Juried student Exhibition, Interlochen Arts Academy, MI
            Oliver’s Grope Show Frankfort, MI
2013    VA Student Show, Interlochen Arts Academy, MI
2010    Student Show, School of Fine Arts, Isfahan, Iran

2023    Art Creation Grants, Office of Vice Provost, OSU, Columbus, OH
            Office of Vice Provost, OSU, Columbus, OH

2017    Venture Fund Grant, PAFA, PA
2016    Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, 1st Grant, Canada
2015    YoungArts Foundation finalist, Miami, FL
            Honorable mention, Interlochen Arts Academy, Interlochen, MI
2014    Donald R. Caldwell Merit Full Tuition scholarship, PAFA- Philadelphia, PA
            Award of Excellence, Frankfort, MI
            Scholastics Arts Awards, KC
            President's choice award, I. A . A, MI
            President's choice painting, I.A.A, MI
2013    On Your Way Scholarships Awards
2011     Visual Arts Olympiad of Iran, Iran

2017    Yale Norfolk, CT

2023     Harshavardhan Bhat on "Between a Lost Home and a Losing Destination", Wexner Center for the Arts 
2015     Manifest International Drawing Annual vol. 10
2014     Interlochen Visual Art Press
2013     Red Wheelbarrow, Interlochen Writing House, MI

Lectures / Media





“An Otherwise Data” Conference discussing materialities, ecologies, technologies, politics, media and stories of race and data in art field, Translational Data Analytics Institute, The Ohio State University             

Commemorating “Woman, Life, Freedom” Interview, BBC Persian by Bahman Kalbasi           

Revolution, exile fuel “Iran: Deciphering Violence and Resistance”, MatterNews, by Andy Downing              

Artists Panel for “Iran: Deciphering Violence and Resistance”,Urban Arts Gallery 

Radio Interview with Ohio State Professor Illya Mousavijad, Art Makes Columbus
“Iran: Deciphering Violence and Resistance” focuses on systematic oppression, magnifies artists and activists’ voices, The Lantern by Paige McBane

“Realtime and Virtual Reality Animation” demonstration and lecture exploring aspects of digital space and time through real-time VR animation, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NY

“Animating with Computer Dynamics” demonstration and lecture exploring aspects of computer dynamics, University of Maryland, MD

“Iran/US” a lecture in introduction of Illya Mousavijad’s painting, installation, and animation exploring and articulating spaces of exile, Department of Art, The Ohio State University

“A Night at a Pottery Shop” a lecture on the intersection of animation and exile Invited by Dr. Karen Redrobe and Dr. Meta Mazaj to present at Global Film Theory class, Penn Arts and Sciences, University of Pennsylvania, PA

“Existing In-Between: Spatial Precarity in Literature and Art”, Sponsored by Weitzman School of Design, Hosted by Kelly Writers House, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

“A Landscape and Urban Planning Briefing on Isfahan”, Invited by Professor David Gouverneur at Contemporary Urbanism Class, Weitzman School of Design, University of Pennsylvania, PA

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