Fariba Bogzaran, visionary, professor, and artist, founder of the dream studies program at JFK University is one of the pioneers in the field of dream studies. She has been a long associate member of IONS and was the recipient of an IONS research grant in 1997 where she invented a “visual methodology” to explore consciousness through meditative practices, lucid dreaming and visual imagery. The culmination of the research was an art exhibition and publications Throught the Light which led to the development of Lucid Art in the publication Lucid Art and Hyperspace Lucidity (dreaming, 2003 www.springerlink.com/content/x47266530g505wt8/)
In the 1980's, she researched the science of lucid dreaming with Stephen LaBerge for Lucidity Project at Stanford Sleep Laboratory and has been researching the transpersonal aspect of lucid dreaming for over twenty years. Her integral approach to dreams is informed by her in-depth training in East-West and somatic Psychology, contemplative practices and art. Bogzaran has received recognition of outstanding contribution to the International Association for the Study of Dreams and Professor of the Year from Graduate School for Holistic Studies, John F. Kennedy University. She has trained students and professionals in innovative methods of dream awareness internationally since 1984 and does integrative and creative research projects on Lucid dreaming, arts and consciousness. She has been a faculty member for the Department of Consciousness Studies and Arts and Consciousness at JFKU for twenty years.
As an artist and innovative curator, she has been exhibiting her work since 1983 and curating exhibitions inquiring into dreams, arts and consciousness since 1985. She collaborated with the Surrealist painter Gordon Onslow Ford for over twelve years and has written extensively about his work. Based on their on-going dialogue on art, science and consciousness, and with their associate Robert Anthoine, they founded the Lucid Art Foundation.
She is the author of numerous articles and essays on dreams, lucid dreaming and art and is the co-author of Extraordinary Dreams (SUNY, 2002) and Five Keys to the Secret World of Remedios Varo (Artes de Mexico, 2008). She has written in several exhibition books and catalogs such as Landscape of Consciousness (Weinstein Gallery 2008); Surrealism: Dreams on Canvas (Nassau County Museum, 2007), The Great Spaces of the Mind (Weinstein Gallery, 2006). For list of publication please view: <http://www.bogzaran.com/Publications.html> and <www.bogzaran.com/Articles-Essays.html>