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Exhibition of Contemporary Indian-American Art
  
Chitra Ganesh
Chitra Ganesh Chitra Ganesh
809 Classon Avenue, #3R Brooklyn, NY 11238 tel: 718-783-0012
e-mail: chitraganesh@hotmail.com
  
Chitra Ganesh was born and raised in New York City, and currently lives in Brooklyn. She received a BA magna cum laude from Brown University, and an MFA from Columbia University in 2002. Awards and residencies include the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and the Henry Street Settlement Abrons Arts Center, CAA Fellowship, and the Astraea Visual Arts Fund. From 1998-2003, Chitra was a Board Member of the South Asian Women's Creative Collective (SAWCC). In 2003, Chitra was a featured artist in Velvet Park magazine and chosen as one of OUT magazine's top 100 people of the year. Chitra is currently Gregory Millard Fellow as one of this year's New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship awardees.

Chitra's drawings and installations have been exhibited in Toronto, Brazil, Italy, India, London, Gwangju, and New York, including the Queens Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum, Bronx Museum, Momenta Art, Bose Pacia Modern, Apex Art, and White Columns. Chitra's work has been reviewed in Time Out New York, Art Asia Pacific Magazine, India Today, and the New York Times. In 2004, she received the Astraea Visual Arts Award, and awarded an LMCC Workspace. Current projects include an emerging artist workspace grant from the Center for Book Arts, and a residency at the Artists' Alliance n the Lower East Side

     
Education
2002 MFA Visual Arts, Columbia University, New York, NY
1996 BA Art-semiotics and Comparative Literature, Brown University, Providence, RI
manga cum laude, phi beta kappa

Experience
School Programs Lecturer and Liberty Partnership Instructor, Museum of Modern Art, 9/04- present
Conduct single and multiple part gallery tours centering around museum's permanent collection and current exhibitions with specific thematic and age appropriate focus. Plan and conduct lessons and hands on activities and conversations to build students' critical and interpretive vocabulary around modern art. Create curriculum for and teach semester long Saturday course to high school students at Middle College High School @ LaGuardia Community College via Liberty Program MOMA partnership, prepare and install culminating student exhibition. Course integrates visual history and art making.

   
Group Tours and Workshops Coordinator, Art in General, 9/02-7/05
Coordinates university, school, and community visits to gallery conducts tours and discussions of current exhibitions, designs and facilitates hands-on art making activities and curricula related to shows, organizes and facilitates discussions between education groups and Artist in Residence. Designs and supervises undergraduate education Internships. Travels to educational programs across the five boroughs to prepare groups for viewing and interpreting contemporary art through discussion and activity. Designs and supervises undergraduate education Internships. Partners with neighborhood and after-school programs to offer services outside traditional field trip model. Partners with neighborhood and after-school programs to offer art workshops and collaborations.

   
Resident Artist, Global Kids, 10/03-5/04
Work in collaboration with organization's educators, high school students in Canarsie, Brooklyn, and social justice curriculum to research, plan, and realize site-specific exploring key topics of teen sexual health. Introduced students to contemporary site specific installation works.
  
Painting and Drawing Instructor, Educational Alliance, 6/02 -9/03
Taught painting class at community based organization and art school to adults and children. Familiarize students with basic painting technique, including rendering, perspective, and color theory. Taught summer Gifted Youth Program, developed eight to ten week curriculum in drawing and painting for middle and high school students, assisted in preparing student exhibition.
  
Board Member, South Asian Women's Creative Collective, New York, NY 11/98 - 9/03
Served on the board of directors of a non-profit arts organization dedicated to the advancement and development of south Asian women artists. Coordinated performance and exhibitions; served as liaison between artist, venues, institutions, and arts organization. Organized monthly meetings, workshops, board and member planning retreats, wrote grants, press releases, develop ongoing outreach and collaborations.

New York City Teaching Fellows Selection Committee, New York, NY 11/00-2/01
Worked to screen applicants seeking entrance into new teaching program placing non-educator professionals in under-resourced schools. Worked closely with other experienced educators to evaluate essays, sample teaching lessons, and group and individual discussion in rigorous day-long interview process.
  
Education Coordinator, Project LIFE, Brooklyn, NY 8/98 - 7/01
Provided academic assistance and educational advocacy in after-school pregnancy prevention program for disenfranchised youth. Developed creative projects in media such as video and collage with teens. Supervised, coordinated, and train educational staff, consisting of undergrad and grad tutors, computer programmer and Saturday instructor, provided support for peer tutors. Planned events and workshops with similar projects across the city. Developed Saturday program including curriculum for enhanced reading and math performance, SAT prep workshops, parent workshops on school based advocacy and technology.
  
Teacher, Teach for America, Inwood Intermediate School, New York, NY 9/96 - 6/98
Taught English, Social Studies, and English as a Second Language to classes of 25-35 7th and 8th grade students. Created and implemented curriculum emphasizing journal and poetry writing, collaborative projects. Devised lesson plans, and projects correlating to curriculum. Worked with colleagues to revise district goals and objectives.
Selected Exhibitions
2005 739 feet running wall, Gwangju Contemporary Art Museum, Gwangju, Korea
Home and The World, Mason Gross School of he Arts, Rutgers University, NJ
Characters: Scene I and Scene II, Shore Institute of Contemporary Art, NJ,
Silvermine Guild Arts Institute, CT
Fatal Love, Queens Museum of Art, NY
1 x 1, cur Rocio Aranda, Jersey City Museum, NJ
Written on Wind and Water,Goliath Visual Space, Brooklyn, NY
    
2004 Floorplay, Brooklyn College Art Gallery, NY
Pilot 01, Limehouse Town Hall, London, UK
NextNextArt, Cur. Dan Cameron, Brooklyn Academy of Music, NY
Six Feet Under, Cur. Melissa Chiu, White Box, NY
Color Theory, Vitamin Arte, Cur. Franklin Sirmans, Turin, Italy
Summer Selections: Playpen, Cur, Suzette Min and Marissa White, The Drawing Center, NY
Supersalon, Samson Projects, Boston, MA
Enchantment, Cur. Jennifer Mcgregor, Wave Hill, NY
Treasure Maps, Cur .Janine Antoni, Apex Art, NY
ArtSpace, New Haven, CT
East of the Sun West of the Moon, White Columns, NY
Masala, Cur. Siona Benjamin and Kathryn Myers, William Benton Museum, Trinity College, CT
Open House, Cur. Charlota Kotik and Tumelo Mousaka, Brooklyn Museum of Art, NY
   
2003 Art Basel Miami, Miami, FL
Through Customs, Cur. Shamim Momin and Raina Lampkins-Fielder, Bose Pacia, NY
Artists in The Marketplace Annual Exhibition, Bronx Museum of Art, NY
Theory of Relative Power, Cur. Franklin Sirmans, Abrons Art Gallery , NY
Group Show, Jack Tilton Gallery, NY
Her Secret Missions, Momenta Art, Brooklyn, NY
Words, Egizio's Project, NY
637 Feet of Running Wall, Cur. Valerie Smith and Tom Finkelpearl, Queens Museum of Art, NY
   
2002 Queer Visualities, Cur Carl Pope and Jonathan Katz, Staller Art Center, Stonybrook Univ, NY
Charlie, Cur Maurizio Cattelan, Ali Subotnik, and Bettina Funcke, PS 1, NY
Mango, Talwar Cur Melissa Chiu and Edwin Ramoran, Gallery, NY
Slant, Diverseworks, Houston, TX
Columbia MFA Thesis Show, Cur Eungie Joo, Mink Building, NY
Homegrown, Commons Gallery, Barney Building, New York University, NY
Culture in a Jar, Longwood Arts Center, Bronx, NY
Godzookie, Asian Arts Initiative, Philadelphia, PA
SAVAC Annual Exhibition, Living Arts Centre, Ontario, Canada
   
2001 Earthquake Relief International, Lakshana Gallery, Hyderabad, India
Crossing the Line, Cur. Valerie Smith, Queens Museum of Art, NY
Shaken and Stirred, Cur. Rina Banerjee and Barbara Hunt, Bose Pacia Modern Gallery, NY
Myth/Making, Contemporary Constructions. UFMG Centro Cultural, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
AlieNation, Quay Gallery, Toronto, Canada
    
Awards and Residencies

New York Foundation for the Arts Artist's Fellowship 2005
Headlands Center for the Art Project Space Residency 2005
Center for Book Arts Emerging Artist Workspace Grant 2005
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace Grant 2004
Astraea Visual Arts Award 2004
Bronx Museum Artist in the Marketplace Program Participant 2002
Henry Street Settlement Abrons Arts Center Artist-in-Residence 2002
College Art Association Professional Development Fellowship 2001
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture 2001
Roberta Jocelyn Award for Excellence in Art 1996
Rosalie Colie Award for Outstanding Work in Comparative Literature 1996
Howard R. Swearer Award for Community and Public Service 1995
Nancy Thorpe Memorial Poetry Award 1992

   

Visiting Artist Lectures and Presentation
2005 And so Forth: Creative alliances for effective activism, Office Opps, Brooklyn, NY
Lecture, Oberlin University, OH
Slide Lecture, Empire State College, NY
Fatal Love Panel Discussion, Queens Museum and Asia Society, NY
Rutgers University, Home and the World Conference, NJ
AND SO FORTH: A Post-Inaugural Assembly, Arts Activism conference, Brooklyn, NY
    
2004 Sexuality in Art, Connecticut College AAPA History Month Speaker, CT
Treasure Maps: A Roundtable, Yale University, CT
WBAI Asia Pacific Forum Featured Artist Interview
    
2003 AIM 2003: Selected artists speak on their work, Bronx Museum, NY, 2003
Curator, "The Broken Mirror", LeRoy Neiman Gallery, NY, 2003
Guest Lecture, Youth Solidarity Summer: Activism and Public Art, Brecht Forum, NY, 2003
Panelist, BRIO awards (Bronx Recognizes its Own), 2003
Visiting Artist, Wings Academy, Bronx, NY 
    
2002 SLAAAP!, In the Country of My Imagination, Asia Society
Visiting Artist, Bennington College, VT
    
2001 AccessZone 0.2 for Emerging Artists, Bronx Museum of Art, NY
HIV and Arts Activism, Audre Lorde Project, Brooklyn, NY
(Un)Suitable Girls in Texas, University of Texas at Austin, TX
Arts and Politics, East Coast Asian Students' Union Conference, NY
Under Western Skies, Jindal Center for Contemporary Art, Mumbai, India
   
2000 Youth Speak Out through Art, Museum of Natural History, NY
Producer, Coded Bodies, South Asian Women's Creative Collective Video Lounge and performances, Exit Art, NY
    
1999 Activism in South Asian Communities, Asia Pacific Forum, WBAI Radio, NY
Exoticize This: Femininity and South Asian Identification, Bryn Mawr College, PA
    
Selected Bibliography

"Fatal Love", Courtney Martin, Flash Art May/June 2005, p. 94
"Telling Tales of History, Myth, Fantasy (and Real Life, Too)", Benjamin Genocchio, New
York Times, Connecticut Desk, April 10, 2005
"The Artist's Tale", Benjamin Genocchio, New York Times, New Jersey Weekly, April 10, 2005
"Magical Flight Through Modern India," Holland Cotter, New York Times, Friday March 4, 2005
"Brave New World, " Andrea Scott, Time Out NY, March 17-23, 2005
"Mapping South Asian Art", Karin Zizewitz, Art India, p.29, Volume 9 Issue 2, Summer 2004
"From the Romantic to the Edgy, Works that Compel", D. Dominick Lombardi, New York Times Art Review, Westchester, July 25, 2004
"From Foreign Shores", Rachel Kalpana James, Art India, Volume 9 Issue 1, Winter 2004
"Masala", Holland Cotter, New York Times Art in Review, April 9, 2004
"Educating Chitra", Julia Westerbeke, TimeOut New York, April 2004
"Treasure Maps," TimeOut New York, Laura Auriccho, March 2004
"Through Customs", Art Asia Pacific Reviews, Peter Nagy, Winter 2004
"100 Gay Success Stories", OUT Magazine, December 2003
"Artist in Residence: Chitra Ganesh", Velvet Park Magazine Anniversary Issue 2003
"Looking at Those Images, Again and Again", Phyllis Braff, New York Times, November 24, 2002
"Mango", Holland Cotter, New York Times Art in Review, July 19, 2002
"Art Expresses Cultural identities", Judy Stoffman, Toronto Star, August 16, 2001
"Floating Islands", Art India, Winter Spring 2001
"The Women Speak Out", Lawina Melwani, India Today International, May 1, 2000
"Unsuitable Girls", Lawina Melwani, Little India, May 15, 2000

 
   

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