Erasing Borders: Passport to Contemporary Indian Art  Feb-June 2008

Nandini Chirimar

Nandini Chirimar
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Nandini Chirimar was born in 1967 and grew up in Jaipur, India. She came to the USA in 1987 for further studies. She did a BFA in Drawing and Painting from Cornell University (1990), a summer residency at the Skowhegan School of Art (1991), and an MFA in Painting from the Maryland Institute, College of Art (1993).

Nandini lived and worked in New York City before going to Japan in 2000. She spent four years in Tokyo learning Japanese Woodblock Printing (Hanga), exhibiting her work and teaching art. She moved back to New York City in Aug. 2004, where she lives now with her husband and two daughters.

Nandini has worked in many media over the years, including painting, handmade paper, printmaking and photography. Currently she is working on mixed media work using painting, drawing, collage, objects and woodblock printing.

Nandini's work relates to her life: things she comes in contact with, places she visits, and her own daily practical, emotional and visual experiences. She is interested in objects, products, toys, cities, houses, patterns, traditional and current culture, conversations, feelings and facts.  She combines different media with images and words to explore the above in her work.

Over the years, Nandini has exhibited in the USA, India and Japan, including solo exhibitions in New York City and Tokyo.



2002-2004 Studied Wood Block Printing with Taika Kinoshita in Tokyo, Japan
1998-2000 Studied Printmaking with Arun Bose at Lehman College, New York
1993 MFA, Painting, Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore
1991 (summer) Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine
1990 BFA, Drawing and Painting, Cornell University, Ithaca
1987-1989 College of Art, New Delhi, India.

Selected Exhibitions

2008 (Nov.)   Allen Gallery, Chelsea, New York (upcoming show)
2007  CWAJ Print Show, Tokyo American Club, Tokyo, Japan
2007 Tributaries, (Traveling Exhibition) 516 Arts, Escuela del Sol/Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque,
           New Mexico
2007 Erasing Borders, Queens Museum of Art and The Guild Art, New York, New York
2006 CIMA Annual 2006, CIMA Gallery, Kolkata
2006 Tributaries, The Spirit Room, 111 N. Broadway, Fargo, ND. (In collaboration with poet Purvi Shah)
2006 15x15: Small Works, Meyerhoff Gallery, Baltimore
2006 Creatures of the Deep and the Shallows, Print Show, Siren's Song Gallery, New York
2006 Exhibition of Contemporary Indian - American Art, by IAAC at the Indian Consulate, New York
2004 CWAJ Print Show, Tokyo American Club, Tokyo, Japan
2003 Imadate Exhibition of Contemporary Paper Art Works, Imadate Art Field, Japan
2003 Visual Dialogue, Solo and Collaborative Exhibit with Mami Takahashi, Ono Gallery Ginza 1, Tokyo,
2003 15x15: Small Works, Meyerhoff Gallery, Baltimore
2000 Beyond the Surface, Paper/Pulp Exhibit, by the Fine Arts Company, Mumbai at Gallery Espace, New
          Delhi, India
2000 Satabdi - Reflections on a Century Past , by CIMA at Jehangir Art Gallery, Calcutta, India1998
           Multimedia Art of the 90's, CIMA, Calcutta, India
1998 Open Studio: Passport to Contemporary Indian Art, Indo-American Arts Council, Inc., New York
1998 Dieu Donne Gallery, Exhibition and Silent Auction, New York
1998 Williamsburg Bridges Tibet, Williamsburg Art & Historical Society, New York
1998 Houses of the Desert, Solo Exhibition, A Gallery, New York
1998 Indian Artists from the Greater Metropolitan New York, Macy Gallery, Columbia University, New York
1998 Runga-Loom by KarmaKollage, SAWCC at Gallery 678, New York
1997 New Perceptions, Images and Media, by CIMA at the Academy of Fine Art and Literature, New Delhi,
1997 Colors of Independence, National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, India.
1997 Contemporary Asian Artists in America, Smithtown Township Arts Council, New York
1997 Swarajya, Gallery 678, New York
1997 50 Years of Indian Independence, The Permanent Mission of India to the UN, New York
1997 Pink City, White City, Golden City, Solo Exhibition, Gallery at 678, New York
1997 All India Art Biennial of Rajasthan, 1997, Juried Exhibition, Lalit Kala Academy, Jaipur, India
1996 The Spirit Within, Two-Person Exhibition, Museum of Natural History, New York
1996 Two Artists, Two-Person Exhibition, Mirage Gallery at Hyatt Regency, New Delhi, India
1995 Exhibition and Silent Auction, Dieu Donne Gallery, New York
1995 NY Soho Biennial 95, 450 Broadway Gallery, New York
1995 Group Exhibition, Gallery of Living Artists, New York
1995 Exhibition and Auction, Dieu Donne Gallery, New York
1994 Group Exhibition, Soho Artplace Gallery, New York
1994 15x15: Small Works, Meyerhoff Gallery, Baltimore
1993 MFA Thesis Exhibition, Two-Person Exhibition, Fox Gallery, Baltimore
1993 Augenmusic, Galleria Piccola, Baltimore
1991 Solo Exhibition, sponsored by the Council for Creative Arts, Olive Tjaden Gallery, Ithaca1989 BFA
          Thesis Show: Solo Exhibition, Olive Tjaden Gallery, Ithaca
1989 Recent Work, Solo Exhibition, Olive Tjaden Gallery, Ithaca

Honors and Awards

1991-1992 Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, MD, Merit Scholarship
1991 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME. Merit Scholarship
1989 Council of Creative Arts, Ithaca, NY. Grant for Solo Exhibition
1987-1990 Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. Scholarship for all undergraduate expenses
1986 & 1987 College of Art, New Delhi. Merit Scholarship and Best Student Medal


2003-2004 Studio Workshops and Art Classes, Minami Aoyama, Tokyo, Japan
2003-2004 Tokyo American Club, Tokyo, Japan
1994 and 1993 Head Artist, Prints in Progress Germantown Workshop, Philadelphia
1994 Visiting Artist, Redeemer Lutheran School, Philadelphia
1993 Teaching Assistant, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore


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