Fereshteh Hamidi Toosi
Assistant Professor | Digital Arts
MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from Carnegie Mellon University
Fereshteh Toosi designs experiences using hybrid approaches that combine images, sounds, movement, and found materials. Fereshteh’s participatory art work takes many forms, ranging from oyster mushroom sculptures, films processed in mint tea and yeasts, and guided walks about the lithium mining industry. Prior to joining the Communications, Architecture + The Arts Faculty at FIU, Fereshteh taught at Columbia College Chicago, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Syracuse University. Fereshteh studied at Oberlin College and Carnegie Mellon University, where she earned an MFA in Interdisciplinary Art. She also holds a certificate in Environmental Urban Design from Archeworks in Chicago and is an active member of the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides, the American Horticultural Therapy Association, and the National Association for Interpretation. Fereshteh is the recipient of grants and residencies from the the Experimental Sound Studio, the Experimental Television Center, the Flaherty Film Seminar, and the Society for Contemporary Craft. She has participated in the Megapolis Audio Festival, Toronto’s Subtle Technologies Festival, the Performance Studies International Conference, and the Borscht Festival in Miami. Fereshteh’s work has been shown at the Freies Museum in Berlin, Morono Kiang Gallery in Los Angeles, Art in General in New York, La Centrale Galerie in Montréal, Hallwalls in Buffalo, the Boston Center for the Arts, and many other galleries, festivals, and conferences.