Shahzia Sikander – Fanoon Visiting Artist, Spring 2014
Shahzia Sikander received her BFA in 1992 from the National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan and her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1995. Over the years, she has pioneered an interpretive and critically charged approach to the anachronistic genre of miniature painting while examining cultural and political boundaries as a space for discussion and intervention. Sikander’s work is included in the permanent collections of many major museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Whitney Museum of American Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Royal Ontario Museum, Centro Nazionale per le Arti Contemporanea Rome, among many others. Sikander has been the recipient of numerous awards, grants, and fellowships, including the Inaugural Medal of Art by the US Secretary of State, Hilary Rodham Clinton (2012), the John D. and Catherine T MacArthur Foundation Achievement ‘Genius’ award, (2006-2011), and the National Pride of Honor by the Pakistani Government (2005).