Discipline: Visual Art – mixed media

Chantal Zakari

Discipline: Visual Art – mixed media
Region: Watertown, MA
MacDowell Fellowships: 2002

Chantal Zakari is an interdisciplinary artist, designer, and art educator originally from Turkey. She is a full time faculty member at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts, where she chaired the Graphic Arts area from 1998 until 2015, and was an active faculty voice while the SMFA was undergoing the transition in its long-standing affiliation with Tufts University. She was an associate member of the Goat Island performance group from 1995 to 2009 and has served on the board of Belmont World Film. Zakari's studio practice freely combines research methodologies and artistic strategies borrowed from various disciplines such as photography, documentary, performance, storytelling, installation, graphic design, and social interventions. Zakari draws upon contemporary social issues by making connections through personal narratives, history, and popular culture.



Chantal Zakari worked in the Nef studio.

Nef Studio, the first entirely new studio built after 1937, was donated by esteemed photographer, explorer, author, and MacDowell Fellow Evelyn Steffanson Nef in 1992. Endowed funds for the studio’s maintenance in perpetuity and an annual Fellowship for photographers were given in addition to funds for construction. Mrs. Nef said she had known about MacDowell all her…

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