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Roya Amirsoleymani
Roya Amirsoleymani

Adjunct Instructor, Art & Social Practice
Art Building 310
roya2@pdx.edu

Roya teaches graduate and upper-level undergraduate courses in Contemporary Art History and Critical Art Theory with a focus on Social Practice. She serves as manager of community engagement for the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA), where she curates public programs; designs audience engagement, education, outreach, and academic and community partnership initiatives; and manages the Precipice Fund, a program of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts’ Regional Regranting Program. In her professional practice, Roya strives to generate and facilitate provocative, productive dialogue and discussion about contemporary art, culture, performance and their sociopolitical contexts, considering conceptually rigorous art in a public, community, and civic context. She is most inspired by the possibilities that arise when artists, audiences, and activists critically and collaboratively explore their cultural moment through the intersection of art and ideas.

Roya holds a Master’s in Arts Management from the University of Oregon with concentrations in contemporary, feminist, and community art, and a BA in Contemporary Visual Culture and Gender Studies from the Johnston Center for Integrative Studies (California). In addition to her work with PICA and PSU, she has been invited to lecture and/or present at academic institutions, conferences, and symposia and regularly sits on national, state and local selection and review panels for grants programs serving arts/cultural institutions and individual artists, including the National Performance Network, Oregon Arts Commission, ArtPlace America, and The Contemporary Baltimore's Grit Fund.