Ms. BHAGYA A. AJAIKUMAR

      
PROFESSIONAL SKILLS & EXPERIENCE 
2014-19 & 2011-12  Visiting Faculty, MFA, Department of Visual Arts, Bangalore University,
                                  Bangalore, Karnataka, India
2008-13  Visiting Faculty, MFA, Chamarajendra Academy of Visual Arts,  Mysore, Karnataka
2007-11   Director, Art Program, University School of Design,  Mysore
2006-07   Art Educator, Gallery 37, Chicago, IL, USA
1992 to present, Director, Fine Arts Teacher (K-10),’Vinayaka Gnana Vidya Shale’  & 
          Adarsha  Academy, schools for rural children established by my family near Mysore
2004 Summer  Curatorial Intern, Prints and Drawings Collection, Art Institute of Chicago
2003 & 04  Teaching Assistant,  Intermediate, Advanced Etching & Screen Printing, 
                    School of the Art Institute of Chicago    
1998-2000  Art Teacher (K-12), Burlington Community Schools, Burlington, Iowa, USA 
1996-2000  Art Teacher, Printmaking & Jewelry Making,  Arts for Living Center, Burlington
EDUCATION 
2004   Master of Fine Arts, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois, USA 
2002   Post Baccalaureate Certificate, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, USA 
1998   Art Educator Certificate (K-12), Iowa Wesleyan College, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa
1992   Bachelor of Fine Arts, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, USA
1988   Bachelor of Arts, Western Illinois University,  Macomb, Illinois, USA
1983   Bachelor of Science, Bangalore University, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
2007 to present, Director, Swasti Contemporary Art Gallery, HCG Foundation Bangalore, 
         promoting emerging & senior artists, organizing artist residencies (Art Camps)
1992 to present, Board of Directors, (IHDUA) International Human Development & Upliftment                                      Academy (promoting empowerment for rural women & education for children) 
1990 to present, Board of Directors, Bharat Charitable Hospital & Institute of Oncology, Mysore,
1990 to 2000, Board Member, Artist, Educator, Arts for the Living Center, Burlington, Iowa, USA
1915 to present, Art Park Committee Member, Bangalore
SELECTED  SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2015    ‘World Dance Day’, Alliance Franchise, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
2013    ‘Ennea’, Taj Vivanta, Bangalore & at Swasti Contemporary Art Gallery, Bangalore
2005    ‘Borderless Innovations’, Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat, Bangalore
1998     The Arts for the Living Center, Burlington, Iowa, USA
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2020   ‘Art in Place’, Terrain & CNL Projects, Chicago, USA
2020   ‘Touch’, a virtual exhibition, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago
2020    ‘Sangam’, International artists residency show at Swasti Gallery, Bangalore
2015-20 ‘Varsha’ Annual Show, Swasti The Contemporary Art Gallery
2007-11  Group Shows, Swasti  The Contemporary Art Gallery
2017   ‘Be Bold for Change’, Swasti/HCG Baroda, Ahmedabad, India
2014, 15  ‘Pink Spirit’ Art show, Swasti The Contemporary Art Gallery
2019   ‘Member Show’, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago
2019   ‘Terrain Biennial’, Oak Park, Chicago                                                                            
2019     February,  Meet the Artists, Art Park,  Bangalore Internationl Center
2018     Brigade Gateway, Meet the Artists, Art Park, Bangalore
2019    ‘Balance For Better’,  International Woman’s day, Art Park, Bangalore
2018     November , Meet the Artists, Art Park  
2018     August, Meet the Artists, Art Park 
2017     December, Meet the Artists, Art Park
2017     April, Meet the Artists, Art Teachers of Karnataka, Art Park
2015     March, Meet The Artists, Art Park
2013    ‘Coffee & Consumption’ Art Show, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
2005    ‘International Dance Day’, Alliance Francaise, Bangalore        
2004    ‘Erasing Borders’, Indo-American Arts Council, New York City, USA
2004    ‘Bangalore International Arts Festival’, Bangalore
2004    ‘MFA Show’, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
2003    ‘International Cultural Week’, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
2002, 03 School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
2001, 02 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
2001   ‘The Salon Show’, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
1999    The Stoerm Cellar Art Gallery, Burlington, Iowa, USA
1997-2000 Gallery Artist, The Stoerm Cellar Art Gallery, Burlington
1990-2000 Annual Member Show, The Arts for the Living Center, Burlington
1998    ‘Five Artists in the Area’, The Stoerm Cellar Art Gallery, Burlington
1999     GALA, Fine Arts League, Burlington
AWARDS & PUBLICATIONS
2020    Indian Newspapers- Indian express, Deccan Herald, The Hindu in Bangalore & Mysore
2009    Wealth Magazine, Singapore
2003    School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts 
            catalogue & front cover o the Continuing Education Catalogue
2003    Preview Magazine, Publication of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
1991    Honorary, Regional Iowa Artists Show, Iowa, USA
1990    First Place Award, Regional Iowa Artists Show, Iowa
ARTIST RESIDENCIES(ART CAMPS) held in Mysore with Swasti/HCGFoundation & BHIO
2020    International Artist Residency, in collaboration with IAM
2018    National Artist Residency-Traditional Paintings of India
2016    National Artist Residency with Indian artists, Painting & Sculpture
2014    Artist Residency, Ceramics with visiting Professor from Boston
2012    Artist Residency, with visiting Professor from Chicago
2011    National Artist Residency Painting
2009    National Artist Residency Painting & Sculpture
SELECTED LECTURES
2015       Lecture at Suttur Festival organized by JSS, Mysore
2013       Presentation at Ogden International School, Chicago
2010       Presentation at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
2006, 07 Performance and Installation at Hejje Gejje, Annual Dance event, Mysore
2008       Presentation on Contemporary Art of India, AKKA, Chicago
TRAVEL: USA, Canada, Europe, India, Indonesia, Cambodia & Africa 

email: bhagya.ajaikumar@gmail.com                                                               
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