MFA Maryam Palizgir: 1st prize at 6th Iran International Green Film and Visual Art Festival

Welch fellow Maryam Palizgir won the first prize in the 6th Iran International Green Film and visual art Festival (IIGFF6) in the section of conceptual arts. The festival, which was held from September 9 to 15 at Iranian Academy of the Arts, aims to identify, screen, and award top national and international films and works in the field of visual arts, produced with the goal of protecting the environment and natural resources, increasing public awareness, and promoting the culture of environmental preservation.

More than 48 countries were competing in the visual section of this year’s edition of the event. A large number of works have been sent to the visual arts section by artists from China, the US, Mexico, Turkey, Italy, Germany, Ecuador, Poland, South Korea, and Russia. Artworks and films to be selected for the festival will be showcased in a tour across Iran, neighboring countries, and ECO (Economic Cooperation Organization) member states. Green Civilization NGO and the Iran Department of Environment were the executive organizers and Iranian National Commission for UNESCO and Green Film Network (GFN) were the important supporters of the event.


Ernest Welch School of Art and Design congratulates Maryam Palizgir the award winner and professor Pam Longobardi for her supervision of this outstanding project.

Maryam Palizgir was born in Iran. She received her B.A in graphic design in Alzahra Art University of Tehran and currently doing her MFA in studio art –textile in Georgia State University, US.

She is an Atlanta-based interdisciplinary visual artist. Her diverse range of material and techniques gives her the opportunity of thinking out of box and experimenting wide range of embodiment both in process and concept. She works in a variety of different mediums and her process involves deconstructing and reconstructing an image, object or matter through mixed media and material manipulation. She explores the notion of identity, humanitarian principles, environmental issues caused by human, time and culture clash.


Palizgir has exhibited and presented her work in group shows nationally and internationally in the United States, Iran, UK, France, Russia and Germany. She is member of Iranian Graphic Designers Society (IGDS) since 2004, the institute for Promotion of Contemporary Visual Art since 2012 in Iran. She was an artist in residence at the Cornelius Art Foundation in Lagamas, France in 2014 and received a grant from Triangle Network in London, UK for her Residency at The Cornelius Foundation in 2014. She won a Welsch fellowship for 3 years (2015-2017) from Ernest Welch School of Art and Design in Atlanta, GA. Her artworks have been chosen as honorable mention winners of the Fifth Annual Dean’s Art Award in the College of Arts and Sciences in 2016. She currently lives and works in Atlanta.