Anila Quayyum Agha

Biography

1965  Lahore, Pakistan

Currently lives and works in Indianapolis, Indiana

Education

2004 Master of Fine Arts, University of North Texas, Denton, TX

1989 Bachelor of Fine Arts, National College of Art, Lahore, Pakistan

Grants And Awards

2018

DeHaan Artist of Distinction Award, Christel DeHann Family Foundation, Indianapolis, IN

2017

Schiele Prize, Hanke- Schiele Fund, Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH

2016 Awarded: Glen W. Irwin, Jr., M.D. Research Scholar Award – 2016, IUPUI, Indianapolis, IN
2015 Awarded: Joan C. Edwards Distinguished Professor’s Award, Marshall University, Huntington, WV
2014 Juried Grand Prize - Intersections, ArtPrize, Grand Rapids, MI
Popular Grand Prize - Intersections, ArtPrize, Grand Rapids, MI
Popular Installation Category - Intersections, ArtPrize, Grand Rapids, MI
Arts and Humanities Internal Grant (IAHI), Creation of New Work, Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN Empower Grant, Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN
2012 New Frontiers Exploratory Research Grant, Creation of New Work, Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN
Creative Renewal Fellowship, Indianapolis Arts Council, Indianapolis, IN
New Frontiers Travel Grant - Artist Residency - Mazatlan, Mexico, Indianapolis, IN
Overseas Study Program Development Grant - Spain, Herron School of Art & Design, IUPUI, Indianapolis, IN
2011 New Frontiers Travel Grant - Spain, Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN
Turf: Installation, Indianapolis Super Bowl, Old City Hall, Indianapolis, IN
RPC Award for SECAC Conference in Savanna, GA, Herron School of Art and Design, Indianapolis, IN

2010 Efroymson Art Fellowship, CICF - Efroymson Foundation Cash Artist Award, Indianapolis, IN
Arts and Humanities Internal Grant (IAHI), Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis, IN
New Frontiers Travel Grant - Pakistan, Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN
Resource Planning Committee - Faculty Grant, Herron School of Art and Design, Indianapolis, IN Houghton College Honorarium, Houghton, NY
2009 New Frontiers Travel Grant - Pakistan, Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN
CICF - Efroymson Foundation Travel Grant, Indianapolis, IN
Resource Planning Committee - Faculty Grant, Herron School of Art and Design, Indianapolis, IN

Solo Exhibitions

2018 Open Spaces, Kansas City Biennale, Curator: Dan Cameron, Kansas City, KS
Forthcoming Show, Meadows Museum, Shrevport, LA
Intersections, Curator: Ron Platt, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, MI
You Are Here, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC
Long, Winding Journeys: Contemporary Art and the Islamic Tradition, Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY
Project Atrium: Anila Quayyum Agha, MOCA JACKSONVILLE, Jacksonville, FL
2017 Sublime Light, Kiran Nader Art Museum, New Delhi, India
Shimmering Memories, Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, Brattleboro, VT

All The Flowers Are For Me, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA

Curator: Elizabeth Rooklidge, Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY

All The Flowers Are For Me, Cuesta College Art Gallery, San Luis Obispo, CA

2016

Walking With My Mothers Shadow, Aicon Art Gallery, New York City, NY 
All the Flowers are for Me, Brooklyn Music Academy, Brooklyn, NY 
Intersections, Curator: Sona Datta, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA 
Intersections, Curator: Mark Ruschman, Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis, IN

2015

Crossing Boundaries, Cheongju Craft Biennale, Cheongju, Korea Intersections: Islamic Arts
Festival 17th Edition, Sharjah Contemporary Art Museum, Sharjah, UAE 
Intersections, Curator: Kim Davenport, Rice University Gallery, Houston, TX
Intersections, Justine  Ludwig/ Ariel Saldivar, Dallas Contemporary Art Museum, Dallas, TX
Intersections, HUB Artprize,  Grand Rapids, MI Murmuration - Lure of The Eye, Sharjah Art Expo, Sharjah, U.A.E.

2014

ArtPrize: Intersections, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, MI
Anila Quayyum Agha: My Forked Tongue, Swope Art Museum, Terra Haute, IN
Sacred Silence, Harrison Art Center, Indianapolis, IN
Lure of the Eye, Solo Art Exhibition, Directorate of Art, Government of Sharjah, United Arab   Emirates
Quicksand: Landscape of the Feminine, 924 Gallery, Indianapolis  Arts  Council, Indianapolis, IN

2013 Wound/Wound, John Day Gallery, University of South Dakota,  Vermillion, SD 
Intersections, Basile Gallery, Herron School of Art & Design, Indianapolis, IN
2012 Spirit Animals, Art Gallery at Park Tudar School, Indianapolis, IN 
Rights of Passage, Madigan Gallery, Penn  College, Williamsport, PA
2011 A Flood of Tears, Stewart Center Gallery, Purdue University, W.  Lafayette, IN 
And Red Is The Earth…, New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art, New Harmony,  IN
2010 Anila Quayyum Agha - My Forked Tongue III, Curator: Jillian Sokso, Ortlip Art Gallery,  Houghton, N
Traveling Text,
Curator: Salima Hashmi, Rohtas II Art Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan
Traveling Text II, Curator: Naeem Pasha, Rohtas 1 Art Gallery, Islamabad, Pakistan
2009 My Forked Tongue,

Basile Gallery, Herron School of Art & Design, Indianapolis, IN

Anila Quayyum Agha - New Work, Lipscomb Gallery, South Carolina Governor’s School,  Greenville, SC

2008 When Words Aren’t Enough, Gallery Director: Paula Webb, Joan Wich Art Gallery, Houston, TX
2007 Anila Quayyum Agha - New Work,

Kiva Gallery, Mountain View College, Dallas, TX

Silent Voices, McCormick Gallery, Midland College, Midland, TX

2006 Changing Realities, Bradbury Gallery, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR
Illuminated Spaces, Joan Wich Gallery, Houston, TX
Configuring Space, Fork gallery, Wimberley,  TX
2004 Question of Honor, Cora Stafford Art Gallery, MFA Show, University of North Texas, Denton, TX

Group Exhibitions

2018 Long, Winding Journeys: Contemporary Art and the Islamic Tradition, Curator: Elizabeth Rooklidge, Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, KY
Convergence: Anila Quayyum Agha, Lalla Essaydi, Yun- Fei Ji, and Fred Chang Liang Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA
2017 Lucid Dreams/ Distant Visions, Curator: Hrag Vartanian, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY
Spectrum, Curator: Paula Katz, Indianapolis, IN
Athena Shrugged, Long Sharp Gallery, Indianapolis, IN
What’s The Connection, Zolla Lieberman Art Gallery, Chicago, IL
2016 Delicate Bond of Steel, Curators: Projjal Dutta + Andrew Shea, Chatterji and Lal, Mumbai, India
Sown Together, Aicon Gallery, New York
The Arch of My Eye’s Orbit, Curator: Hrag Vartanian, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY
Take Ten: The Gallery Celebrates a Decade of Contemporary Art, Gallery at Penn College, Williamsport,PA
Un-Named Need: Pattern and Beauty in Contemporary Art, Wriston Art Galleries, Lawrence  University, Appleton, WI
2015 Fear Nothing, She Says, Curator: Rosa Martinez, National Museum of Sculpture, Valladolid, Spain
2014 Lost in Translation Study Abroad Spain Art Exhibition, Marsh Gallery, Herron School of Art & Design, Indianapolis, IN
Small Works, Curator: Isabel Mattia, Dedee Shattuck Art Gallery, Westport, MA
Scope: National Contemporary Islamic Art, Curator: Dr. Iftikhar Dadi. LuminArte Art Gallery, Dallas, TX
2013

Rights of Passage, Curator: Julia Moore, Indianapolis International Airport, Indianapolis, IN  Object Object: Good, Good Things, Helmuth Projects, San Diego, CA 
Mother Load, Curator: Leslie Robertson, Group Installation Project, Prescott College Art Gallery, Prescott, AZ 
Art Center’s 10 Invitational, Curator: Elaine Tailor, Ft Worth Community Art Center Gallery, Ft  Worth, TX 
Text Embodied, Curator: Aisha Khan, Twelve Gates Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Love Books, Group Installation, Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (IMOCA),  Indianapolis, IN

2012 Plurality, Kingwood Art Gallery, Kingwood, TX
TURF - IDADA Art Pavilion, Super Bowl, Old City Hall, Indianapolis, IN
2011 The Ocean In Us, Curator: Barbara Benish & Neal Nolan, 5 Gyres Institute, Vancouver, Canada Crafting Live(s): Ten Years of Artists in Residents, Curator: Keelin Burrows, Center For Contemporary Craft, Houston, TX
Common Threads: Contemporary Art from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Iran and Pakistan, Al Serkal
2010 What Will Be, Invitational Group Show, Curators: Barbara Benish & Eileen Haring Woods, Safe Planet/ United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change COP 16, Cancun, Mexico
Tectonics: Print Exchange, MAPC, Portfolio Organized by Meredith Setser & Danielle Rante, Minneapolis, MN
DELINEATE: An Invitational Exhibition of Drawings, Curator: Mana Hewitt, McMaster Gallery, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
Substantialis Corporis Mixti (Substantial Form Of The Blended Body), THE SYNERGIES EXHIBITION OF THE BASEL, ROTTERDAM AND STOCKHOLM CONVENTIONS, Curator: Mark Cervenka, The Bohemian National Hall, New York City, NY.
Janus, Two-Person Show, Curator: Sameera Raja, Canvas Art Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan
Feminist Art of Indiana, Curator: Esther Adler, Group Show, New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art, New Harmony, IN
2009 A Mid Summer’s Night, Curator: Cris Worley, Pan American Art Projects, Dallas, TX
Translucent/ Transparent, Curator: Wade Wilson, University of Texas, San Antonio, TX
Texas Biennial, Curator: Michael Duncan, Myriad Galleries in Austin, Austin, TX
Mind The Gap - Artists As Educators, Harrison Center, Indianapolis, IN
2008 Tête-à-tête, Two Person Show, Art League Art Center, Houston, TX
Cohesive Discord, Houston Arts Alliances Space 125 Gallery, Houston, TX
Curve, O’Kane Gallery, Curator: Mark Cervenka, Houston, TX
Sculpture Vision - Time Marker/ Keeper, Curator: Mari Omori, Lone Star College, Houston, T
2007 2007 BBAP Xmas Tree, Houston 7, Green Tree, Wortham Center, Houston, TX
Dia De La Muertos, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, Texas
Crossroads: Asia/ America, Montgomery College Art Center, Curator: Mari Omori, Montgomery, TX
The One Show, Elder Street Art Gallery, Houston, TX
In Residence: Clay, Fiber, Glass, Metal, and Wood, Curator: Amanda Clifford, Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, TX
Myriad Voices, Curator: Anila Quayyum Agha, Intexure Design - Alternative Space, Houston, TX
City Hall Invitational Exhibit, Curator: Gus Kopriva, City Hall, Houston, TX
Clay and Fiber Show, Curator: Bonnie Jon, Kingwood Gallery, Houston, TX
2006

Crossroads: Asia/ America, Galveston Arts Center, Curator: Clint Willour, Galveston, TX

Platform, Arlington Museum of Art, Curator: Simeen Ishaque, Group Show, Arlington, TX  Naturalis, Bath House Cultural Center, Curator: Enrique Fernandez Cervantes, Dallas, TX 
Texas National, The Art Building, Curator: Paul Brach, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX 
Hardly Soft, 2 Person Installation, Voices Breaking Boundaries - Arts Organization, Houston, TX 
Place of in-between, 3 Person Show, Curators: Rachel Bounds & Carol Ivey, The Fort Worth Community Art Center, Fort worth, TX 
City Hall Invitational Exhibit, Curator: Gus Kopriva, City Hall, Houston, TX

2005 The 2nd Annual November Invitational, Curator: Marie Weichman, Studio Gallery, Houston, TX Paper or Plastic, University of Dallas, Curator: Mirka Hokkanen, Group Show, Dallas, TX
Fugue: Counter Point, Graceland University, Curator: Mary Foster, Group Show, Lamonie, IA
Art in the Metroplex, Templeton Art Center, Curator: James Elaine, Group Show, Fort Worth, TX
Out of Site: An Altered Environment, A Group Happening in Denton, Curator: Jessica McCambly, Denton, TX
Salon Du Fit, Bath house Cultural Center, Curator: Rita Barnard, Group Show, Dallas, TX
2004 Dhanak, Sabira Gallery, Curator: Dr. Shams Rasheed, Group Show, Dallas, TX Five Times Five, 500 X Gallery, Curator: Nancy Brown, Group Show, Dallas, TX
Alertness: What Color Are You? McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Members Show, Dallas, TX Sphere, Bath House Cultural Center, Curator: Takako Tanabe, Group Show, Dallas, TX
36th Annual Juried Fine Arts Awards Exhibition, Juror: Carol Benson, Center for the Visual Arts, Group Show, Denton, TX
Vagina Monologues, The Gallery Art Space, Group Show, Dallas, TX
2003 Sneak Preview, Cora Stafford Art Gallery, Curator: Anila Agha, Group Show, University of North Texas, Denton, TX
Fiber Invitational, Slocumb Galleries; East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN
Formalist Perspectives, Larson Art Gallery, Two Person show, University of Minnesota, ST. Paul, MN
2002 Members Show, Dallas Art review, Tranquilla, Dallas, TX
Fiberart 2002, Gallery 510, Juried Group Show, Decatur, IL Girl Friends, Dallas City Hall, Dallas, TX
2001 My Piece on the Wall, Dallas Center for Contemporary Art, Group Show, Dallas, TX
By Hand, Garland Performing Arts Center, Garland, TX

Museum Collections

2017 Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH

2016 Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA
Steve Conant, Indianapolis, IN
Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, MI
Kiran Nader Art Museum, New Delhi, Indian
Private Collection, New York City, NY

2015 Cummins Wellness Center, Columbus, IN
Four Seasons Hotel, Abu Dhabi
UAE Kiran Nader Art Museum, New Delhi

2014 Private Collection, New York City, NY

2012 Robert Schloss, Indianapolis, IN

2011 Jeremy Efroymson, CICF Foundation, Indianapolis, IN
Weisman Museum of Art, Minneapolis, MN
Eli Lily Pharmaceutical Corporation, Indianapolis, IN

2008 Sherry Merfish, Houston, TX

2007 Caroline & Gregg Tyson, Wade Wilson Art Gallery, Houston, TX

2006 Caroline & Gregg Tyson, Wade Wilson Art Gallery, Houston, TX
Sherry Merfish, Houston, TX Kathy Overly, Houston, TX
Wendy Nahman, Houston, TX Arne & Mary Le Johnson, Houston, TX
Dorie & Ron Kerr, Houston, TX

Press

2018 Zidar, Sasha, "ArtPrize 2014 fan favorite among new exhibits at Grand Rapids Art Museum," Grand Rapids News, May 27.
2017 Saugstad, Taylor, "An artistic display of diversity," The Cuestonian: Student Voice, August 28.

Cooley, Ryah, "Interdisciplinary, Pakistani- American artist Anila Quayyum Agha talks belonging, immigration," New Times, August 24.

Vartanian, Hrag, "What Does It Mean to Make Art in the South Asian Diaspora?," Hyperallergic, August 4.
Dunne, Jill E., "Anila Quayyum Agha wins Cincinnati Art Museum's Schiele Prize," ArtFix Daily, June 12.
Rumi, Raza, "The personal is political," DAWN, January 22.
2016 Azzarello, Nina, "Anila Quayyum Agha's Luminous Red Cube Casts Intricate Shadows," DesignBoom, December 16.
Galer, Sara, " IUPUI professor's exhibit brings message of inclusion to Indianapolis," WTHR, December 12.

Artnet Galleries Team, "artnet Asks: Anila Quayyum Agha on Drawing Inspiration From Darkness," artnet News, November 9.
Chen, Wei- Huan, "The spectacular feminism of 'Intersections'," Indianapolis Star, April 16.
Cook, Greg, " In Pakistan, She Felt Threatened, So She Made a Dazzling Lantern to Welcome All," WBUR, March 21.
2015 Klaasmeyer, Kelly, "'Intersections' Presents Strikingly Spiritual Geometric Images," Houston Press, October 27.
Tchoupakov, Anya, "Islamic Art- Inspired Shadow Box Unites Cultures Through Beauty," Creators, October 20.

Binlot, Ann, "Light and Splendour: the awe and wonder of Anila Quayyum Agha's dazzling new work," Wallpaper, April 13.
Feinstein, Laura, "The Flash of Dallas Art Week Brings Unexpected Depth," The Daily Good, April 9.
Morgan, Kendall, "Dallas Contemporary teases ArtPrize arrival with award-winning exhibit," Culture Map Dallas, April 7.

Chung, Becky, "Anila Quayyum Agha Sheds Lights on Her Laser-Cut Shadow Cube," Creators, March 26.
Shoger, Scott, "The Subversive beauty of Anila Quayyum Agha," NUVO: Indie's Alternative Voice, March 4.
Drouillard, Elizabeth, "What's next for ArtPrize 2014 double winner Anila Quayyum Agha," The Rapidian, January 26.
2014 Mallonee, Laura C., "ArtPrize Winner Anila Quayyum Agha Talks Sacred Spaces and Religion," Hyperallergic, October 16.
Foumberg, Jason, "Toward an Egalitarian ArtPrize," Art in America, October 15.
Higgins, Will, "Inidianapolis artist's shadows  cube wins $300,000," Indianapolis Star, October 14.
Vartanian, Hrag, "Anila Quayyum Agha Sweeps ArtPrize, Winning Both Jury and Public Grand Prize Awards," Hyperallergic, October 10.