Lucas Artists Fellow

  • RESIDENCY DATES : Apr 1st 2011 to May 1st 2011 | May 10th 2011 to May 13th 2011 | May 18th 2011 to May 20th 2011
  • FROM : USA

Seyed Alavi received a Bachelor of Science degree from San Jose State University and a Masters of Fine Art from the San Francisco Art Institute.  Alavi's work is often engaged with the poetics of language and space and their power to shape reality.

Alavi has created site-specific installations for the New Museum of Contemporary Art and Franklin Furnace in New York City; the University Art Museum- Cal State Long Beach; the Museum of Santa Cruz County; the deSaisset Museum; the University Art Museum, Sonoma State; the University Art Museum, Cal State San Bernadino and San Francisco's Capp Street Project.

Alavi’s public art projects include; Fountain Head in Walnut Creek, California; Tree of Life in Seattle, Washington; Room for Hope and Flying Carpet in Sacramento, California; Tale of Time in Kochi, Japan; Seed of Knowledge in Saint Paul, Minnesota; Nature of Life and A Sense of Unity in San Jose, California; Signs of the Time in Emeryville, California; Where Is Fairfield in Fairfield, California; Words by Roads in Oakland, California; Selected Words in San Rafael, California; Forgotten Language for the City of Palo Alto, California; Speaking Stones, Golden Gateway and What Do You Think? in San Francisco, California.

Alavi has received grants from the NEA/ US-Japan Creative Artists' Fellowship; the California Art Council; Western States Arts Federation; Art Matters Inc.; the Pollock-Krasner Foundation; New Langton Arts; City of Oakland Creative Artists Fellowship; the Creative Work Fund, and the LEF Foundation.

Alavi has taught classes and workshops at the San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California; California College of the Arts in Oakland, California; San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California; the University of California at Davis; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California; and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, California. He has also been a visiting artist at Kyoto Seika University in Kyoto, Japan, and the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California.