Anila Quayyum Agha was born in Lahore, Pakistan. She received a BFA from the National College of Arts, Lahore, and an MFA from the University of North Texas. Agha resides in Indianapolis, serving as Associate Professor at Herron School of Art and Design, Indiana University. Agha's work has been exhibited in numerous museums, including the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA; National Sculpture Museum, Valladolid, Spain; Dallas Contemporary Art Museum; Cincinnati Art Museum; Grand Rapids Art Museum; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, FL. Major awards include the Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellowship, ArtPrize (Juried and Public Vote Grand Prize 2014), Creative Renewal Fellowship, DeHaan Artist of Distinction (Indy Arts Council), Research Scholar Award (Indiana University), and Schiele Prize (Cincinnati Art Museum). Agha is included in the 2019 Venice Biennale collateral event She Persists. Her work has been collected by institutions and private collectors nationally and internationally.
Painters & Sculptors Grant, 2019
Starting with familiar Islamic motifs that are reinterpreted from their origins, my large-scale sculptural installations create universally welcoming spaces through the interplay of light and shadow. With a conceptual basis generated out of my own experiences as a woman and person of color, my artwork reaches beyond the personal to explore often contradictory and culturally constructed binaries.”