Tuscaloosa. — The University of Alabama’s Department of Art and Art History is proud to present the Nasrin Iravani, Aspire, 2019, 30 x 25 x 20 cm., porcelain. Image courtesy of the artist.master of arts thesis exhibition of Nasrin Iravani, titled, “I’m a Woman Here Standing in the Mist.” The exhibition will be held April 3-30, 2019, at The University of Alabama Gallery in the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center, in downtown Tuscaloosa. A First Friday reception will be held Friday, April 5 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. in the gallery.

Nasrin Iravani is a graduate student in ceramics and serves as a graduate teaching assistant in ceramics. Iravani received the MA in Handicrafts (ceramics) from Tehran University of Art. Her work is inspired by Persian art and she is particularly interested in figurative forms. She presents a critical view of ethical, social and cultural issues in her art work and is currently working on a collection of pieces titled Femininity, which refers to women’s rights and concerns.

She writes, “The history and culture of Iran, my home country, gives me a sense of identity, tranquility, and confidence. I use symbols and signs of traditional Iranian art to showcase some of that history and culture. In my work, I explore feminine narratives in aesthetics, politics, history and personal experiences, and I use the concept of art as a tool to address contemporary women’s rights and concerns.”

Iravani uses elements such as asymmetry, color contrast and the simultaneous presentation of the inside and the outside of some of her pieces to convey her own conflicts with Iran’s traditional ways, especially regarding women. The title of her exhibition is taken from a poem, written by her husband the Iranian poet Saeid Ranjbar, which she feels expresses her relationship to the culture she loves but struggles with. “While incorporating signs of traditional and contemporary art, I strive to reflect the view that the relationship between tradition and modernity needs to be continuously reconsidered.”

Graduate student Nasrin Iravani working on a ceramics piece for her MA exhibition, 2019. Image courtesy of the artist. Ceramics work by graduate student Nasrin Iravani, 2019. Image courtesy of the artist. Graduate student Nasrin Iravani working on a ceramics piece for her MA exhibition, 2019. Image courtesy of the artist.

Nasrin Iravani’s selected international, national and juried exhibitions include L’artigiano in Fiera 2016, Milan; Fitur 2016, Feria de Madrid, Spain; International Handicraft Exhibition; Tehran; 46th International Art Show, Brownsville Museum of Fine Art (Texas); The Millennial Show (juried), TEJAS Gallery, Dayton, OH; Clay: A Southern Census (juried), New Orleans; 33rd Annual Alabama Clay Conference, Montgomery, AL; The Ritual Table: A Place of Memory, A State of Mind, Corning, NY; and Vitreous (juried), Clay Center of New Orleans.

Image credit: Nasrin Iravani, Aspire, 2019, 30 x 25 x 20 cm., porcelain. Image courtesy of the artist.

A thesis exhibition is one of the requirements for the successful completion of the Master of Arts program in the UA Department of Art and Art History. For more information about The University of Alabama’s Department of Art and Art History degree programs, visit our website

The Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center is located at 620 Greensboro Avenue in downtown Tuscaloosa. The DWCAC is the home of The University of Alabama Gallery and The Arts Council Gallery. The hours of the UA Gallery are Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, and First Fridays of the month, 12 noon to 8 pm. For more information call (205) 342-2060 or visit the website: https://uagallery.as.ua.edu/