Indo-American arts council's 7th annual erasing borders 2010:
Exhibition of contemporary Indian art of the Diaspora
Nandini Chirimar
Nandini Chirimar Nandini Chirimar


Artist Statement

My work is a visual 'journal' of my life and thoughts, drawn from my practical, emotional and visual experiences. I am interested in things of daily use, the spaces we live in, maps, traditional and pop culture and my different roles as an Indian woman/mother living in America. My media include drawing, painting, gold leaf, papermaking, woodblock printing and photography. In my current work I use the above media with household and other objects to create mixed media and sculptural work.


Nandini Chirimar grew up in Jaipur, India and came to the USA in 1987 for further studies. She did a BFA in Drawing and Painting from Cornell University, a summer residency at the Skowhegan School of Art, and an MFA in Painting from the Maryland Institute. Additionally, she studied viscosity printing from master printmaker Arun Bose, and spent four years in Japan learning woodblock printing from Taika Kinoshita, exhibiting her work and teaching art. She currently lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters.


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.


2009 (Sep) Cultural Memory: Transdiasporic Art Practices, Womanmade Gallery, Chicago, IL
2009 (Aug) MICA at BWI: Stories of Home, Thurgood Marshall /BWI International Airport, Maryland (Upcoming)
2009 15x15, MICA Alumni Exhibition, Online
2009 Erasing Borders, (Traveling Exhibition by IAAC: March-December 2009) :
Dowd Gallery, Cortland, NY
Crossing Art, Asian Contemporary Art Week, New York, NY
Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY
Queens Museum of Art, Flushing Meadows, NY
Gallery At Penn College, Williamsport, PA
2008 Objects of Worship, Solo Exhibition, Allen Gallery, Chelsea, New York
2008 Erasing Borders, (Traveling Exhibiton by IAAC: March -September 2008) :
Tabla Rasa Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Queens Museum of Art, Flushing Meadows, NY
The Guild Gallery, Manhattan, NY
Manhattanville College, Purchase, Westchester, NY
Hammond Museum, North Salem, NY
2008 1000 Drawings for Under 1000, Works on Paper from 10 New York artists , Allen Gallery Chelsea, New York
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, Japan
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, India
1998 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, India
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, Cornell University, Ithaca
1989 BFA Thesis Exhibition, Solo Exhibition, Olive Tjaden Gallery, Cornell University, Ithaca
1989 Recent Work, Solo Exhibition, Olive Tjaden Gallery, Cornell University, 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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