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Heather Moqtaderi
Heather Moqtaderi
Adjunct Faculty



Professor Heather Moqtaderi is a curator and design history instructor specializing in the intersections of historical design and contemporary artistic practice. Moqtaderi is the Founder and Project Director of Past Present Projects, an organization that curates and organizes contemporary art installations at historic sites. She has taught History of Modern Design at Drexel since 2010.

Moqtaderi is Assistant Director and Curator of the University of Pennsylvania’s Arthur Ross Gallery. In this role, she curated the exhibitions Re-materialize (featuring El Anatsui, Shari Mendelson, Jackie Milad, and Alison Saar), Citizen Salon, and Landscape / Soundscape. In addition to these original exhibitions, Moqtaderi organized fifteen additional exhibitions in a co-curatorial or support role.

In addition to exhibitions at the University of Pennsylvania, Moqtaderi has curated exhibitions at Stockton University, Temple University, and the Delaware Art Museum. Moqtaderi is the co-author of Philadelphia’s Old Southwark District (Arcadia Publishing), twelve entries in The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design, and numerous articles relating to exhibitions and museum practice.
M.A., Early American Culture, University of Delaware
B.A., English, University of Delaware