1996 Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, N.Y.;
M.F.A. in Printmaking with minor in Drawing, graduated with distinction.
1991 National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan;
B.F.A. in Printmaking with minor in Indian Miniature Painting, graduated with honors.
Bushra Chaudry was born in Lahore, Pakistan. She earned a BFA in 1992 at the National College of Arts in Lahore, Pakistan; and in 1996 an MFA in Printmaking and Drawing at the Pratt Institute in New York and has lived in New York for twelve years and now in Los Angeles for the past two and half years. Since her early childhood, she has been involved in creating images and drawings. Struggling through her life with family to study and practice art in Pakistan gave her work personal elements from her growing years. Moving to New York was a cultural difference and liberation from a suppressed society. She studied printmaking and miniature painting at National College of Arts, Pakistan, and combine elements from printmaking to Indian miniature art in her work which has always been a mirror of her culture in which she lived and through her work, she express her joy, pain, desire and triumphs.
Over the years, she's worked large and small, in a variety of media, and has explored personal themes, including gender role, oppression and discouragement. The imagery in her work references the tensions that exist in society, religion and family as well as her personal history, politics, and sexuality. Selected work was exhibited at Barnsdall Gallery, Los Angeles, Woman Made Gallery and Black Walnut Gallery, Chicago, Abrons Art Center - Henry Street Settlement, Residence of the Pakistani Ambassador to the US, Bronx Museum, New York and The World Bank Art Gallery, Washington, D.C. Internationally she has exhibited at the Biennial of Print-Arts, Museum of Fine Arts, India, Japan, Republic of China, Taiwan, India, Sweden and Pakistan.
In my everyday life, my escape is in the creative power of art. I am primarily a visual person and am always observing images and ideas which have yet to take form. That was the case for my new series of images to memorialize the changing events to the world geography. My work has always been a mirror of my culture in which I live and through my work, I express my joy, pain, desire and triumphs.
As I try to come to understand the unspeakable events of the existing world, my drawings reflect the outpouring of grief, loss and the ultimate destruction of our world. The drawings are the visual expression of my own feelings to the tragedy of the broken borders and I believe they serve to express what we've all been feeling as we come to the reality that our world has changed forever.
About my Work
Since the late 1990s, my work has involved the creation of conceptually based socio-cultural prints and drawings. In 1997 I began using collaged text in my drawings. Collaged text has now become a very prominent feature in my work and I continue to use the same text and medium (graphite) that I used in 1997. In my work, I construct the events and situations that are part of my childhood and adult culture. My work also addresses gender roles/gender assignment, the fragility of family dynamics, domestic issues and the underlying threads of culture that emphasize my background. Often times these themes are combined into drawings and images that feature symbolic objects, infinite backgrounds, broken tracks with embellished borders and text. I usually work on several bodies of work concurrently. In other words, the various bodies of work inform or cross pollinate each other.
Erasing Borders: Passport to Contemporary Indian Art, Queens Museum, Flushing Meadows, New York
Erasing Borders: Passport to Contemporary Indian Art, Hammond Museum, North Salem, New York
Erasing Borders: Passport to Contemporary Indian Art, Brownson Art Gallery, Manhattanville College, Purchase, Westchester, New York
Tolerance of Belief, Mendelson Gallery, Temple Shalom, Chicago, Illinois
Erasing Borders: Passport to Contemporary Indian Art, The Guild Gallery, New York, New York
Erasing Borders: Passport to Contemporary Indian Art, Tabla Rasa Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
South Asian/American Art Festival, Gallery Arena 1, Santa Monica Art Studios, Santa Monica, California
Penumbra, Gallery 825, Los Angeles Art Association, Los Angeles, California
TarFest Art Show 2007, Korean Cultural Center Art Gallery, Los Angeles, California
2007 California Open Exhibition, TAG Gallery, Santa Monica, California
Open Call LA 2007, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Department of Cultural Affairs, Los Angeles, California
Tolerance of Belief, Black Walnut Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
Nature House - Art and Poetry, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
Changing Climate, Changing Colors: Work of Contemporary Muslim Artists, Abrons Art Center, Henry Street Settlement, New York, New York
January Exhibition, Projekt30, New York, New York
Seventh Annual ArtWallah Festival, George J. Doizaki Gallery, Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, Los Angeles, California
Pakistani Art Today, The Residence of Pakistani Ambassador to the US, New York , New York
6th Bharat Bhavan International Biennial of Print-Arts-2002, Museum of Fine Arts, Bhopal, India
Transforming Tradition: Contemporary Visions from Pakistan, The World Bank Art Gallery, Washington, D.C.
911: Pratt Artists Respond, The Rubelle & Norman Schafler Gallery, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York
5th Bharat Bhavan International Biennial of Print-Arts-2001, Museum of Fine Arts, Jaipur, India
5th Bharat Bhavan International Biennial of Print-Arts-2001, Museum of Fine Arts, Bhopal, India
Women Perception of War, InterArt Annex, New York, New York
Good Business Is the Best Art: Twenty Years of the Artist in the Marketplace Program, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, New York
Reflections: The Pakistan American Cultural Society, Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey
Artist in the Marketplace: Eighteen Annual Exhibition, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, New York
The Second International Female Artist's Art Biennial, Art Addiction, Gallery HOGBERGSGATAN, Stockholm, Sweden
Prints Exhibition, The National Institute of The Arts, Fine Art Department, South and North Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China.
Page 22, NY SoHo Biennial '95, 450 Broadway Gallery, 450 Broadway, New York, New York
Out of Pakistan, The African American Master Artists in Residence Program, (AAMARP) at Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts
The 1995 Asia Prints Exhibition, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Republic of China
Group Show, 3 Printmakers, Kentler International Drawing Space, Brooklyn, New York
Artists Group Show, 450 Broadway Gallery, New York, New York
15th Annual Graduate Symposium, Higgins Hall Gallery,
Pratt Institute. Juried exhibition publicly reviewed by visiting critics
Including Phyllis Kind, Donald Kuspit, Suzanne Ramljak and Simon Watson
International Art Exhibition, Nagoya University of Arts, Nagoya, Japan
Included in Pratt Portfolio, 'Ink', at Pratt Institute, New Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
Exhibition of Prints, Print Show, American Center, Lahore, Pakistan
Exhibition of Paintings and Prints, 'Shaukat Khanum Memorial Trust,'
Exhibition of Prints and Miniatures, Nairang Gallery, Lahore,
Group Show, Exhibition of Prints and Miniatures, Rohtas Gallery,
National Show, Collective Exhibition of Graphic Prints, National Art Gallery, Islamabad, Pakistan
Third Annual Exhibition of Art Work by Artists under Thirty, National Art Gallery, Islamabad, Pakistan
Young Artists from Lahore, Shakir Ali Museum, Lahore, Pakistan
Awards & Distinctions
Honorable Mention Award - Juror Peter Frank (Senior Curator, Riverside Art Museum and art critic for LA Weekly) 2007 California Open Exhibition, TAG Gallery, Santa Monica, California.
Juror's Award - Panel of Jurors from Los Angeles. Open Call LA 2007, Presented by the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles, California.
Outstanding Achievement Award in Studio Arts, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York.
Pratt Circle Award, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York.
Included in 20th Edition Who's Who in American Women.
Permanent collection, The World Bank Art Gallery, Washington, D.C.
Print collection, New York Public Library, New York City, New York
Private collection of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Liebskin, New York, New York
Private collection of Mr. and Mrs. M. Schmidt, Berlin, Germany
Private collection of Mr. and Mrs. K. Butt, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
Private collection of Mr. and Mrs. Jae-Hyun Chun, Seoul, Korea
Various private collections in Pakistan, United States and Japan
Live Interview, by Shahzadi Samar Rukh, 6EBA 95.3FM, North Perth, Australia, (March 29, 2008); http://www.6eba.com.au
South Asian American Art Festival in Los Angeles, by Firdosi Wharton Ali, Community, Columnists, http://www.pakistanilink.com, (March 28, 2008); www.pakistanlink.com/Community/2008/March08/28/04.htm
24 Muslim Artists at Abrons Arts Center, (Jan. 18, 2007); LoHo10002: 4 Muslim Artists at Abrons Arts Center
Live Interview, by Desi You's Anjali Belmann, Desiyou.com, Los Angeles, (June 24, 2006); 3:59 min. www.desiyou.com/articles/2006/07/bushra_chaudry_artwallah_exhib
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Live Interview, by Desi You's Anjali Belmann, Desiyou.com, Los Angeles, (June 24, 2006); 3:59 min. www.youtube.com/watch YouTube - Bushra Chaudry Artwallah 2006 Exhibit
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Transforming Tradition: Contemporary Visions from Pakistan Fasihullah Ahsan, Bushra Chaudry; Talha Rathore, The Art Program, World Bank, 2002, www.worldbank.org/Art Program Exhibition & Events
Women In Wartime, (Nov. 8, 2001); www.dilateworld.willotoons.com/fall_01
One Museum, Five Shows and a Million Lives and Passions, by Holland Cotter, Art Review, Weekend Fine Arts Leisure, The New York Times, Vol. CXLVII - No. 51,249, Friday, (August 14, 1998); p E33
Prints From Pratt: Students Create A Collection of Jewels, Report, Editions, Vol. II, No. 1, (Fall 1994): p 4
Art for Technique's Sake, by Rina Khan, Art, The Friday Times, (May 28 - June 31 1992); p 11
Bobbing Along on the Bottom -----, by Mobin Asghar, Media, Weekend Post, Friday, (May 29, 1992); p 4
NCA Artists Group Show Attracts Stream of Connoisseurs, by Sultan J. Qureshi, The National, Thursday, (May 21, 1992); p 2
Outside the Physical, by Aasim Akhtar, Fine Art, The Herald, Vol. 18, No. 4, (April 1992); pp.140-141
Coming into Her Own, by Nyla Daud, Profile, She magazine, Vol. IX, No. 6. (April 1992); p 39
Studies in Excellence, by Salima Hashmi, Artline, Newsline, Vol. 4, No. 2, (March/April 1992); pp. 112-113
Live Interview, by Dildar Pervaiz Bhatti, Panjnad L-28, Pakistan Television Corporation Limited, Lahore Television Center, (Oct. 5, 1989); 10 min.
Los Angeles Artists Association, Los Angeles, CA
Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL
Berkeley Arts Center, San Francisco, CA
The Drawing Center, New York, NY
Southern California Women's Caucus for Art, Los Angeles, CA