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.