Creating opportunities for dialogues about segregations between races and sexes is the focus of Soheila Azadi’s “Inside Out” exhibition on display from Jan. 10 through Feb. 7, in the Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery at Moraine Valley Community College, 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills. An artist reception will be held Jan. 22, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

An interdisciplinary visual artist and lecturer based in Chicago and Iran, Azadi’s inspirations come from her experiences as a woman living under theocracy in Iran and as an immigrant living under a democracy in the United States. The exhibition is interactive art that uses critical humor to blur the separations between sexes in public spaces.

Azadi holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Illinois at Chicago, a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Pennsylvania and an Associate of Arts from the Azad University in Iran. She has been a lecturer at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago and at Oakton Community College, as well as an art teacher in Iran and an artist guide for the Teen Creative Agency at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.

Her work has been exhibited across the country and internationally including at Rebuild Foundation in Chicago, the Institute Fur Alles Mogliche in Berlin, Germany; Roots and Culture in Chicago, the Koehnline Museum in Des Plaines, Illinois; and the Millcreek Art Show in Erie, Pennsylvania.

This exhibition is part of Mosaics: Muslim Voices in America, which explores the breadth of American culture through the lens of Muslim artists living and practicing in the United States.
The project is made possible in part by a grant from the Association of Performing Arts Professionals’ Building Bridges: Arts Culture and Identity, a component of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.

The Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery provides an opportunity to view locally and nationally recognized arts. Exhibits in the gallery are free to the public and available for viewing Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., as well as during most performances in the Fine and Performing Arts Center.

For more information, visit the FPAC website or call Rachel McDermott, Art Gallery coordinator, at (708) 608-4231.