Anila Quayyum Agha


Anila Quayyum Agha was born in Lahore, Pakistan and received a BFA from the National College of Arts, Lahore and MFA from the University of North Texas. She resides in Indianapolis, serving as associate professor at Herron School of Art and Design, Indiana University. Agha’s work has been exhibited in multiple international art fairs, biennales, and in over thirty shows and fifty group shows. Recent solo shows in 2014 -19, include the Grand Rapids Art Museum, MI, MOCA Jacksonville, FL, Cincinnati Art Museum in Ohio, Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA, National Sculpture Museum, Valladolid, Spain, Rice Gallery at Rice University in Houston, The Dallas Contemporary Art Museum, and the State Museum in Indianapolis to name a few. Currently Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, OK and Toledo Art Museum in Ohio are both showcasing solo exhibitions of Agha’s work comprised of multiple installations. Major awards include the Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellowship, ArtPrize (Juried and Public Vote Grand Prize 2014), Creative Renewal Fellowship and DeHaan Artist of Distinction (Indy Arts Council), Glen Irwin Research Scholar’s Award (Indiana University), Schiele Prize (Cincinnati Art Museum) and the 2019 Painters and Sculptors Grant from the Joan Mitchell foundation. Last year, Agha unveiled her large-scale public art project titled This is NOT a Refuge, in the Open Spaces biennale in Kansas City, MO. And for the 2019 Venice Biennale Agha was included in the collateral event She Persists. Her work has been collected by institutions and private collectors nationally and internationally.

Agha works in a cross disciplinary fashion with mixed media; creating artwork that explores global politics, cultural multiplicity, mass media, and social and gender roles in our current cultural and global scenario. As a result, her artwork is conceptually challenging, producing complicated weaves of thought, artistic action and social experience.



Anila Quayyum Agha

Shadow of Time
Philbrook Museum of Art
November 10, 2019 – February 16, 2020

Anila Quayyum Agha

Between Light and Shadow
Toledo Museum of Art
October 19, 2019 – February 9, 2020

Anila Quayyum Agha

Itinerant Shadows
Talley Dunn Gallery
February 9 – March 23, 2019

Anila Quayyum Agha

Project Atrium: Anila Quayyum Agha
MOCA Jacksonville
March 10 – June 24, 2018

Anila Quayyum Agha

GRAM Grand Rapids Art Museum
May 21 – August 24, 2018

Anila Quayyum Agha

This is NOT a Refuge
Site Specific Installation
Kansas City Art Institute Rowland Plaza
August 4 – October 25, 2018

Anila Quayyum Agha

Miossi Art Gallery,
Cuesta College,
San Luis Obispo, California
August 24 –
September 24, 2017

Anila Quayyum Agha

Lucid Dreams and
Distant Visions:
South Asian Art in
the Diaspora

Asia Society Museum
June 27 ­– August 6, 2017




“Anila Quayyum Agha’s Itinerant Shadows”
by Patricia Mora
February 19, 2019

Art in America

“Toward an Egalitarian ArtPrize”
by Jason Foumberg
October 14, 2014


“ArtPrize Winner Anila Quayyum Agha Talks Sacred Spaces and Religion”
by Laura C. Mallonee
October 16, 2014