Assistant Professor of Fibers


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  • Office Hours:

    By Appointment
  • Role:

  • Position:

    • Assistant Professor of Fibers
    • Graduate Advisor for Fibers
  • Concentration:

    • Fiber Arts
    • Gender & Feminism
    • Queerness
    • Immigration
  • Department:

    • Art and Art History
  • Education:

    • MFA in Fiber and Materials Studies, School of Art Institute of Chicago
    • BFA in Studio Art, Tehran University of Art


Elnaz Javani is an Iranian artist and educator currently residing in Fort Collins, Colorado.  Professor Javani is the Fibers area coordinator and teaches all levels of undergraduate and graduate study within the concentration. She works between the media of textiles, drawing, print, and installations. Her practice revolves around the fragmentation of identity and place, power dynamics and labor. Through layering, stitching and dye; she tries to construct a personal, fictional and imaginary space of existence. She holds an MFA in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she was the recipient of the New Artist Society Merit Scholarship, and holds a BFA from Tehran University of Art. Javani is a 2023 Center for Craft Artist Cohort Grant Recipient and she was awarded Faculty Enrichment Grants from SAIC 2022-2021, and was named one of Chicago's Break Out Artists of the year for 2022, she has received a Spark Grant from Chicago Artist Coalition (2021), the Kala Art Institute Fellowship Award and Residency Grant (2020), the Define American Art Fellowship Grant (2020), and the Hyde Park Art Center Flex Space Residency Award (2019). Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally in the USA, Spain, Iran, France, Colombia, Turkey, UAE, Germany, Canada, and Switzerland.