Faculty

Roya Amirsoleymani

Roya Amirsoleymani is the Community Engagement Manager for the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA), which presents contemporary and experimental exhibitions and performances, provided artist residencies and commissions, and produced the annual TimeBased Art Festival (TBA). Committed to exploring and investigating the politics and possibilities of socially engaged, communitybased, and inclusiondriven programming practices in contemporary art and performance, Roya curates public programs and oversees all education and engagement initiatives. In her role, Roya is responsible for cultivating PICA’s arts, academic, nonprofit, grassroots, cultural, and youth partnerships, and for curating artist talks, lectures, conversations, workshops, panel discussions, community forums, and annual symposia, in the process striving to build unique opportunities for conversation, connection, and contextualization among artists, activists, scholars, and a diverse public, and to make space for experimentation with the modes and methods of dialogue and inquiry in and about contemporary art. Roya also comanages PICA’s Resource Room, as well as the Precipice Fund, a grants program for experimental, collaborative visual art projects in Portland.