Adjunct Professorial Lecturer
Department of Art
Hedieh Ilchi was born in Tehran, Iran and is currently living and working in the Washington DC area.
Ilchi’s artistic intentions draw directly from her dual cultural identity as an Iranian/American. Her
paintings reflect an ongoing interest in the fusion of visual codes of western abstraction and traditional
Persian Art, with an emphasis on the ornamental abstractions of “Tazhib” or the art of illumination. The
resulting synthesis evokes allegories of intrusion and invasion, referencing the historical and contemporary
Ilchi received her BFA with honors from the Corcoran College of Art + Design in 2006 and her MFA
in Studio Art from the American University in 2011. She has received many awards including Robyn Rafferty Mathias International Research Mellon Grant from the American University and the Sons of the Revolution in the District of Columbia American Art Essay Prize. Ilchi was recently selected as the semifinalist for the eighth annual Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize. She is an active participant in the local art scene and is currently an artist in residence at the Arlington Arts Center in Arlington, VA. Ilchi has exhibited in numerous group exhibitions in the Washington DC area galleries such as the Corcoran Gallery of Art + Design, American University Museum at the Katzen Art Center, Irvine Contemporary gallery, Civilian Arts Project, and had a recent solo exhibition at the Contemporary Wing gallery. Her work has been reviewed in a number of publications including the Washington Post and Art Papers magazine with a reproduction of her work on the front cover page. She is currently represented by Hemphill Fine Arts gallery in DC.