Kimia Shahi studies 19th- and 20th-century American art under Professor Rachael DeLue, with a focus on landscape and geography. She is particularly interested in maps and cartography and their historical intersections with the visual arts in relation to national and cultural identity. Related interests include the roles of vision and representation in cross-cultural exchange and encounter, spatial history, globalism, environmental and ecological history and theory, as well as contemporary art and artists that address these and similar themes.
Kimia received an A.B. in art history with a minor in studio art from Dartmouth College in 2009, followed by an M.A. in art history from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, in 2012. At Princeton, she was awarded the George S. Heyer Graduate Fellowship in American/Modern Art History (2014–15). Kimia has presented her research at the University of Cambridge (2012), the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (2015), and the University of Oxford (2015). She has done curatorial work in museums and institutions that include the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park in Vermont, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. She contributed to the recent exhibition catalogues Hopper Drawing (Whitney Museum of American Art, 2013) and The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World (Museum of Modern Art, 2014). This year, Kimia joins the Princeton University Art Museum as a McCrindle Intern in the department of American art, where she will work on Nature’s Nation: American Art and Environment, an upcoming (2018) exhibition examining American art in terms of ecocriticism and environmental history.