curriculum vitae

EDUCATION

School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL       

M.F.A. Studio Art, 2006

DePaul University, Chicago, IL

B. A. With Honors, Psychology and Art, 2002

EXHIBITIONS

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018             

Drone Stories, Dittmar Memorial Art Gallery, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL                                                                           

2014

Bolt Solo Exhibition, Chicago Artist Coalition, Chicago, IL    

2009               

A Contested Trajectory (solo exhibition), Arc Gallery, Chicago, IL   

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2020

Mother Art Prize (forthcoming), Elephant West, London, UK

In Flux Chicago Artists and Immigration (Cur: Trica Van Eck), Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL

Extended Self, Hyde Park Arts Center, Chicago, IL

2019

Living Architecture (Cur. Tricia Van Eck), Lubeznik Center, Michigan City, Michigan

Extended Self, Hyde Park Arts Center, Chicago, IL

E- Pluribus (Cur: Barbara Koenen), Firelands Association for the Visual Arts, Oberlin, Ohio

2018

Living Architecture, (Cur: Tricia Van Eck) 6018 North, Chicago, IL
Through Her Eyes, Mana Contemporary, Chicago, IL

Making Change: The Art and Craft of Activism (Cur: Betsy Greer), Museum of Design, Atlanta, GA     

Experimental Video Showcase, (Cur Anne S. Hayden & Matt ) Evanston Arts Center, Evanston, IL

Reclaimed Baggage (Cur: Nirmal Raja), Northern Illinois University Museum, DeKalb, IL                        

2017                           

Chicago 9 (Cur: William Cordova), Prizm Art Fair, Miami, FL                                                                                                                                  E- Pluribus (Cur: Barbara Koenen), Kent State University Galleries, Kent, OH                                                                                            Archival Alchemy (Cur: Saisha Grayson), Abrons Arts Center, NYC, NY                                                     2016                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Time+Place Ragdale 40th Anniversary (Cur: Regin Igloria), Highland Park Art Center, Highland Park, IL 

2015               

Document (Cur: Jessica Cochrane), Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL                                                                                                            2014                                                                                     

Juried Exhibition, Beverly Arts Center, Chicago, IL

Preview 3, Chicago Artist Coalition, Chicago, IL                                                                                                    

2013               

Muslimah, International Museum of Women, Virtual                                                                                                                                             Marwen Art Fair, Marwen, Chicago, IL

2012               

5 on the Prairie, The Annex, Spudnik Press, Chicago, IL                                                                    

2011               

Voices of Resistance 10: REVISION, Marwen, Chicago, IL                                                                                                                          

Your Pushing too Hard (Cur: Hilesh Patel), Chicago Art Department, Chicago, IL

2010               

Lahore to Chicago:  Connecting Edge (Cur: Sadia Uqaili) , Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL                              

Voices of Resistance 9: Fair & Lovely, Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL

2009               

Voices of Resistance 8: (be)longing, Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL

2008              

Feminist Interrogations, ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL

Wordplay, Southside Center for the Arts, Chicago, IL

2007              

Community Café, Inner City Muslim Action Network, Chicago, IL

2006              

MFA Thesis Exhibition, Gallery 2, Chicago, IL

Again & Again, Ideotech, Chicago, IL 

2005              

Text off the Page, Gallery 2, Chicago, IL

Voices of Resistance 4, Insight Arts, Chicago, IL 

2003              

Barcelona Contemporary Arts Festival, Barcelona, Spain

Prism, Advocate Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

ArtWallah Festival, Advocate Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

PERFORMANCES

2020

Darmiyaan (TBD), Three Walls, Chicago, IL

Writing the Unknown III, In Flux Chicago Artists and Immigration, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL

2018

Darmiyaan, Smart Museum of Art, Chicago, IL  
Writing the Unknown II, Northern IL University Art Museum, Dekalb, IL

2017

Writing the Unknown II, Kent State University Galleries, Kent, OH

2014

Writing the Unknown, Closing Performance Everyday Suspects, Chicago Artist Coalition, Chicago, I

RESIDENCIES 

2016-2017

Field/Work Artist Residency, Chicago Artist Coalition, Chicago, IL

2013-2014

Bolt Artist Residency, Chicago Artist Coalition, Chicago, IL

2012

Ragdale Teaching Artist Residency, Ragdale, Lake Forest, IL

2008

Kala Artist Residency, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA

AWARDS 

2020

Mother Art Prize Finalist, London, UK

2017

Cultural Fund Grant, Evanston Arts Council, Evanston, IL

2017

Cultural Fund Grant, Evanston Arts Council, Evanston, IL

2014

Individual Artist Grant, Illinois Arts Council Agency, Chicago, IL

2008

Juror’s Prize, Best in Show, Feminist Interrogations, Arc Gallery, Chicago, IL

2004-2006

Walter and Grace Bryant Grant, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

TEACHING

Present-January 2010

Marwen, Teaching Artist, Chicago, IL       

Courses for h.s. students included: Drawing the Figure, Drawing Portraits, Drawing Environments, & Drawing Objects

Portfolio Development Workshops

Present-September 2017

Oakton Community College, Adjunct Lecturer, Skokie, IL                         

Women Art & Culture

May 2012-October 2012 

Woman Made Gallery, 20 Neighborhoods Project, Teaching Artist, Chicago, IL                                             ​

 

PUBLIC PROGRAMS AND CURATORIAL WORK                

February 2015

Reflections on Drones and Militarism, Event Curator, Comfort Station, Chicago, IL                           ​

2009-2011

Voices of Resistance (VOR), Visual Art Curator & Event Co-Producer, Chicago, IL                  

 

LECTURES

2019

Presenting Artist, Feminism and Sewing Course, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago,IL

2018

Workshop Presenter, “Creating Brave and Inclusive Art Spaces,” International Teaching Artist Conference, NYC, NY

Artist Talk, Contemporary Practices Course, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL               

Reclaimed Baggage Opening Panel, Panelist, Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, IL

Drone Stories Artist Talk, Panelist & Presenter, Dittmar Memorial Art Gallery, Evanston, IL

2017              

Portfolios and Career Pathways in the Arts, Panelist, Boys & Girls Clubs of America Keynote Conference, Chicago, IL

2016              

We Are Unboxable, Presenter, Evanston Township High School, Evanston, IL

Tools for Teaching, Panelist, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

2014              

Portfolio Practices, Panelist, Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago, IL

Creating Justice Symposium, Presenter, Oakton Community College, Des Plaines, IL

Unmanned, (a staged reading), Presenter, Silk Road Rising, Chicago, IL

2012              

Artist Talk, People Product Place, Marwen, Chicago, IL

SELECTED PRESS/BIBLIOGRAPHY

2019

Visualist Chicago, “Top V Weekend Picks, 2/14-2/20,” Bad at Sports, February 14.
http://badatsports.com/2019/top-v-weekend-picks-2-14-2-20/

2018

Lori Waxman, "Not the Same Old Immigrant Story as Hard Questions are Asked at 6018 North Gallery,” Chicago Tribune, September 20.
https://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/museums/ct-ae-living-architecture-review-waxman-0923-story.html

Jake Holland, "Dittmar exhibit explores intimate intersections of surveillance, domestic life," The Daily Northwestern, (Evanston, IL)

Amy Yang, "In Photos: Drone Stories Opens in Dittmar Gallery, " North by Northwestern, (Evanston, IL)

2017

Stephanie Kulke, "From the community: Dittmar exhibition examines war surveillance and the individual,"  Chicago Tribune, (Chicago, IL)

Ana Sekler, Working the Alternative and Alum Looks Beyond the Mainstream, F-News (Chicago, IL)

2016              

Derek Hamilton, "Sabba Syal Elahi Interview," Asian American Art Oral History Project, (Chicago, IL)

2013              

Simi Matthews, "Sabba Syal Elahi Interview,"  Asian American Oral History Project, May 16,

2011            

Sabba Elahi & Ahalya Satkunaratnam, "Voices Of Resistance 10: Arts and 9/11," Samar Magazine Online

2009              

Michael Weinstein, "Review Sabba Saleem Syal/ARC Gallery," New City Art, (Chicago, IL)

                                                                

PERMANENT COLLECTIONS

Art to Live, Smart Museum of Art, Chicago, IL

Private Collection,  Oakland, CA                                                         

Private Collection, Miami, FL