BIOGRAPHY

Singh is an artist and an educator who has taught for five years at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and lectured at Oxford University, Columbia University and The Chicago Humanities Festival among other museums and colleges. She has mentored residencies for the Victoria and Albert Museum, TheWhyNotPlace 2010 and 2011 and was a visiting artist advisor at KHOJ Delhi.

Her interactive installations, paintings, drawings and sculptures have been presented in solo and curated group gallery and museum exhibitions in India, China, USA, Canada, France, Italy and Switzerland. Recent venues include Saatchi Gallery, London, UK,  Kochi Biennale, Kochi, India, Museum of Contemporary Art, Lyon, France, MAXXI Museum, Rome, Italy, UCCA Beijing, Mattress Factory Museum of Contemporary Art, Pittsburgh, PA, Van Harrison Gallery New York, NY, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL, Illinois State Museum, IL, Kashya Hildebrand Galerie, Zurich Halsey Gallery, Charleston, SC and ArtHouse Texas, TX. She was awarded a Zegna Grant in 2009, an Illinois Arts Council award in 2007 (in recognition of outstanding work and commitment within the arts) and Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award in 2005 (to support and encourage excellence, artistry, focus, direction, maturity, and originality in the visual arts). Her shows have been reviewed in Younger Than Jesusthe New Museum Catalogue, Art in America, the Village Voice, ArtLovers, Austin Chronicle, Chicago tribune, Reader, Chicago Arts Critics Association, Charleston City Paper, New Haven Register, Platform magazine, Art Etc., Take on Art and Andpersand among other journals and papers. Artist residencies include Mac Dowell Colony- USA, Skowhegan – USA, Djerassi Foundation -USA, Fondazione Pistolleto – Italy, Camargo Foundation – France, CAMAC – France and Sculpture Space – USA. She was a finalist for the Rolex Mentor Protege Award 2014 & the Rijksakademie in 2006. Singh received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and a BFA from Maharaja Sayajiro University, Baroda, India.

CURRICULUM VITAE

Education

2001-2003
The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL – Masters of Fine Arts Program, Painting and Drawing

1997-2001
MSU (Maharaja Sayajirao University), Baroda, India – Bachelors of Fine Arts Program, Painting, Drawing, Art History

2000
Alliance Française, Baroda, India- Level 1 French

Scholarships, Residencies, Awards

2014

  • ROLEX Mentor Protégé award finalist, with Olafur Eliasson

2011

  • Mac Dowells Colony fellow, Peterborough, NH, USA
  • Djerassi Resident Artists Program, CA, USA

2010

  • CAMAC, Marnay-sur-Siene, France

2009

  • UNIDEE, Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto, Italy – awarded full fellowship by ERMENEGILDO ZEGNA grant.
  • Ecomuseo Ronce Biellese, Awarded Second prize in Ceramic design to put into production and revive local industry

2008

  • Camargo Foundation, Residency, Cassis, France
  • Sculpture Space, Residency, Utica, NY – funded largely by Richard Driehaus Artist’s fund

2007

  • Illinois Arts Council, Artists Fellowship Award- “in recognition of outstanding work and commitment within the arts

2006

  • Illinois Arts Council, Special assistance Grant to fund Project “Interlude Oasis”, New York City
  • Catwalk, Catskills NY, residency

2005

  • Richard H. Driehaus Foundation , Individual Artist award and grant – ” to support & encourage excellence, artistry, focus, direction, maturity, and originality in the visual arts

2003

  • Skowhegan School of painting and sculpture – Fully funded residency with “Matching Fellow Scholarship
  • Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven, CT – First prize for National Exhibition. Juror – Susanna Coffey
  • The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
    – “Second year graduate student scholarship
    -“Leadership Certificate
    -“MFA Fellowship” – awarded to a graduating Master in Fine Arts Student.

2002

  • Ox-Bow Scholarship“, to attend Oxbow school/ residency Saugatuck, Michigan
  • MSU (Maharaja Sayajirao University), Baroda, India
    -“Merit Scholarship” – for ranking First in the BFA batch 2000- 2001
    -“Ela Desai Merit Scholarship” for ranking First in the BFA batch 1999-2000

 

Solo Shows and Projects

2017

  • Special project space, Dr.Bhau Daji Lad museum, Mumbai (upcoming)
  • Solo project, Exhibit 320,  India Art Fair
  • Solo project, Hussain Gufa, Ahmedabad (upcoming)

2016

  • Interstices – traces in light, breath and air”, Saatchi Gallery, START, London
  • In the Garden“, Saatchi Gallery, START, London
  • In the Garden“, Art Houz, Chennai
  • In the Garden“, Exhibit 320. New Delhi

2012

  • Circumferences Reforming: Peel till they Bloom”, TRIAD, Miami

2012

  • Backstage: Onscreen”, solo project for Art Hong Kong
  • Backstage: Onscreen”, Langham Place, Hong Kong

2011

  • Animated Suspension: Halfway Here”, Religare Art, New Delhi

2008/9

  • Peel Till They Bloom” Kashya Hildebrand Gallerie, Zurich, Switzerland

2008

  • Mapping the Memory Mandala“, Camargo Foundation, France
  • Mapping the Studio“, Sculpture Space, Utica, NY

2006

  • Lumps, Bumps and Things that are Art” Van Harrison Gallery, New York, NY
  • Average Utopia“, performance, Catwalk, Catskills, NY

2005

  • elsewHERE” Halsey Gallery, Charleston, SC

2004

  • “Absence and Extension” Sub-City Projects, Chicago, IL
  • Flux”, 12 by 12, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
  • Flaw”, National Prize Winning show , Creative Arts Workshop , New Haven, CT

2003

  • Void”, Gallery 400, UIC, Chicago, IL

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2016

  • “A Thing of beauty”, Loft, Mumbai, India
  • SPACE“, Pittsburgh Cultural trust, WoodStreet Galleries,  USA
  •  India Art Fair, New Delhi

2015

  • “One and One Make Eleven”, Kunsthaus Langenthal, Switzerland
  • SPACE“, Pittsburgh Cultural trust, WoodStreet Galleries,  USA
  • “Voyages”, India Art Fair, New Delhi

2014

  • “In, Between the Pages”, Kochi Biennale, India
  • “Breath Song”, Vancouver Biennale, Canada
  • “Listen Up” India Art fair, New Delhi, India

2013

  • “Backstage Onscreen”, La Biennale de Lyon Art, Lyon, France
  • Audible Forces”, Exhibit 320, New Delhi, India
  • “Artchiving”, Exhibit 320, New Delhi, India

2012

  • To Let the World In”, Lalit Kala Academy, Chennai, India, Curator: Chaitanya Sambrani
  • The Secret Life of Plants”, Exhibit 320, New Delhi , India, Curator: Maya Kovskaya
  • His story Her story”, Exhibit 320, New Delhi, India, Curator: Ranjita Chaney Menezes

2011

  • Indian Highway”, “Circumferences Forming, First Conforming Always Transforming, Now Reforming And Leaving Centers Everywhere”, MAXXI Museum(Museo Nazionale, Delle Arti del XXI secolo), Rome, Italy, Curators: Julia Peyton-Jones, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Gunnar B. Kvaran and Giulia Ferraci
  • Indian Highway”, “Circumferences Forming, First Conforming Always Transforming, Now Reforming And Leaving Centers Everywhere”, MAC (Muse´e d’art Contemporain) de Lyon, France, Curators: Thierry Raspail, Thierry Prat, Julia Peyton-Jones, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Gunnar B. Kvaran
  • “Animated Suspension- Halfway Here”, Indian Art Summit, New Delhi, India

2010

  • To Let the World In”, Lalit Kala Academy, Chennai, India, Curator: Chaitanya Sambrani
  • The Secret Life of Plants”, Exhibit 320, New Delhi , India, Curator: Maya Kovskaya
  • His story Her story”, Exhibit 320, New Delhi, India, Curator: Ranjita Chaney Menezes

2009

  • Memory Threads”, Fondazione Pistoletto, Italy
  • Indian Art Summit”, New Delhi, India

2008

  • Engendered”, Lincoln Center, New York, NY
  • Outer Circle”, Arts I, New Delhi, India
  • Nature and the City”, Indian Habitat Center, New Delhi, India
  • Art Cologne”, Cologne, Germany
  • Art Shanghai”, Shanghai , China

2007

  • Double Consciousness”, Mattress Factory Museum of Contemporary Art, Pittsburg, PA
  • Interiority“, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL, Curator: Stuart Keeler
  • Us and our Katamari“, Lisa Boyle Gallery, Chicago, IL

2006

  • Interlude, “Art in Odd Places”, New York, NY

2004/5

  • Think Small”, Illinois State Museum, Chicago, Springfield & Lockport, IL – Traveling Show, Curator: Robert Sill

2005

  • Drawn Out”, Gallery 400, Chicago IL
  • Remembering Memories”, Zola Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL – Curator: Mathew Goebel
  • Art Chicago”, Van Harrison Gallery, Chicago, IL

2004

  • Combine”, Lake Forest, IL – Curator: Karen Lebergott
  • New Science Fiction”, Lisa Boyle Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • New American Talent”, 19 Annual Exhibition, Austin, TX -Traveling show, Juror: Jerry Saltz
  • Stray show”, Chicago, IL
  • DFP”, One Quarterly, Chicago IL
  • Urban Inscription“, Gallery 2, Chicago, IL

2003

  • Desire Lines”, Richard Dadd gallery, Twin Cities, MN
  • Movement”, Renaissance Society, Chicago, IL
  • Gallery 2, Chicago, IL
  • Art Hotel, Embassy suites, Chicago, IL
  • MFA Thesis Show, Gallery 2, Chicago, IL
  • Transience“, Polvo Gallery, Pilsen, Chicago, IL
  • Paying Attention”, Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven, CT -National Juried Exhibition, Juror – Susanna Coffey
  • Art Windows“, Tiffany and Co, Chicago, IL – Made an art installation for the Tiffany and Co windows.
  • Art Windows“, Lester Lampert, Chicago, IL
  • The Clune Construction Show”, Chicago, IL

2002

  • Savvy.coif”, Chicago, IL

2001

  • B.F.A. Thesis Show, Baroda, India

1999

  • Still Life” group show, Mumbai, India

1998

  • ITC Welcomgroup, Chennai, India

 

Selected Press

2016

  • Art and Deal”, feature article by Dr. Ashrafi Bhagat, India
  • http://www.theartgorgeous.com/style-talk-sumakshi-singh/“, interview and feature
  • Elle” magazine, feature on six power women shaping South Asian art
  • Apollo“, review by Digby Warde Aldam, London, UK
  • Artsphoria Magazine and boutique”, review by Andrea Hammer, UK
  • Artylst” preview article, UK
  • City Express”, interview and review by Roshne B, Chennai, India
  • Deccan Chronicle”, India
  • Metroplus- The Hindu”, Naveena Vijayan, Chennai, India
  • The New Indian Express” by Dr. Ashrafi Bhagat, India

2014/15

  • The Hindu”, Interview, Kochi, India
  • Scroll.in review by Girish Shahane
  • Trib live”, review by Kurt Shaw, Pittsburgh, USA
  • FWD magazine”, interview/ feature article by Maria John, India
  • “Matters of Art”, review by Georgina Maddox, India
  • “Indian Express” review by Shevlin Sebastian, India
  • “Art Asia Pacific” review by Jyoti Dhar, India
  • Time out Magazine” review by Georgina Maddox, India

2013

  • The Hindu”, Interview, Kochi, India
  • Trib live”, review by Kurt Shaw, Pittsburgh, USA
  • InsideArt” feature article/ interview by Sara Rella, Italy
  • Catalogue Lyon Biennale

2012

  • Art Agenda” critical essay by Veerangana Solanki, Miami, USA

2011

  • Art in America”, review by Sheela Raman, Italy
  • “Le Petit Bulletin”, review, France
  • Platform” magazine, feature article by Mona Lalwani, India
  • Andpersand” magazine – cover photo and feature article, India
  • “Art Etc.” feature article
  • NigahArt” feature artcle by Vandana Shukla, Dubai
  • “Tribune”, review by Nonika Singh, India

2010

  • “Indian Express” review, India
  • Daily Mirror”, New Delhi, India
  • “Washington Post”, India

2009

  • Younger than Jesus”, New Museum catalogue, New York, USA
  • Nature and the City” Catalogue, New Delhi, India
  • Unidee in Progress” Catalogue, Fondazione Pistoletto, Italy
  • Rajasthan Patrika”, India
  • Bhaskaran”, India

2008

  • La Provence”, review by Michele Lang, France
  • Tages Anzeiger”, Zuritipp, review, Switzerland
  • Drainmag” online magazine, GA, USA
  • Engendered” Catalogue, New York, NY
  • Outer Circle” Catalogue, New Delhi, India

2007

  • WHPK Radio Interview, Chicago, IL
  • Interiority” catalogue

2006

  • Village Voice” critic’s pick and review by R.C. Baker
  • Artlovers, New York, review by Nancy Smith
  • ArtCal, New York, Critic’s pick

2005

  • Richard Driehaus Awards” catalogue – essay by Kathryn Hixon (Previous editor of New Art Examiner)
  • Think Small” Illinois State Museum catalogue
  •  “Charleston City Paper“critical review by Nick Smith

2004

  • Chicago Tribune“, critical review by Fred Camper
  • Panel –House”, critical review
  • The Austin Chronicle”, critical review by Robi Polgar
  • Shoreline”, New England, critical review
  • Sound”, New England, critical review
  • New Haven Register”, critical review on solo show “Flaw”
  • SAIC Graduate catalogue“, 2004
  • Critics Choice, “Newscity” for solo show “Flux”, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
  • New American Talent”, Catalogue
  • The Daily Northwestern”, critical review by Ryan Wenzel

2003

  • Chicago Art Critics Association, Critical review by Polly Ulrich
  • Regulator Magazine, Critical review by Maggie Bogdanich
  • Newscity, Critical review by Michael Workman
  • Void, catalolgue essay by John Corbett
  • Gazette, U.I.C. (University of Illinois, Chicago), review
  • F News Magazine, review
  • New Haven Register”, critical review by Judy Birke

 

Teaching Experience

2010/ 11

  • Mentor, residency for Arts I “Thewhynotplace”, New Delhi, India – including content development, jurying, residency co-ordination and online mentoring
  • Visiting lecturer Oxford University, UK

2009

  • Mentor, residency for Victoria and Albert Museum and the British Council, Meherangarh Fort, India – including content development, jurying, curating the projects in the fort

2004-8

  • The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
    Instructor, First Year Program – Painting and Drawing, Research Studio seminar
    Instructor, Early College Program – Figure Drawing, Advanced Oil Painting, Advanced Drawing,

2007

  • Ox-bow (SAIC), Saugatuck Michigan- Instructor: “Natural Graffiti” – Site Specific Installation

2004

  • Harold Washington College, Chicago, IL – Instructor – Figure Drawing, Portraiture

2001-3

  • The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
    Instructor, Multi-level Figure Drawing
    Instructor, Art History Survey : Ancient to Modern
    Instructor, Art History Survey : Modern to Contemporary

 

Related Experience

2010

  • Curator, “Thewhynotplace”, Arts I, New Delhi
  • Catalogue Writing – 16 artists- “The whynotplace”, Arts I, New Delhi
  • Interviewer – KHOJ BOOK

2008

  • Guest Speaker, MSU (Maharaja Sayajirao University), Baroda, India
  • Artists’ Advisor, Peers Residency, Khoj, Delhi, India

2007

  • Designed and Executed a Mural and interactive game zone, 32nd Milestone, Delhi, India
  • Museum of Natural History, Guest Speaker, “Mapping the American Landscape”, Chicago Humanities Festival
  • Museum Guest Speaker, Art institute of Chicago for Artists Connect – Lecture on connections between my work and Richard Tuttle

2006

  • Visiting Artist/ Member of Final Critique panel, Columbia College, Chicago, IL
  • Juror, “At the Edge”, Gallery 400, Chicago, IL

2004

  • Member of Honors Committee for BA graduate, Knox University, Galesburg, IL

2003

  • Visiting Artist, Don Nash Community Center, Chicago, IL – Polymer clay workshops with Children
  • Visiting Artist/ Lecturer, Malcolm X college, Chicago, IL
  • Curatorial intern, Department of Prints and Drawings, Museum – The Art Institute of Chicago
  • Member of panel to critique Graduate students, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Juror/ Member of review committee for incoming Graduate students, Painting and Drawing Department, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Wrote/ Published Catalogue essay on Ho Yun Son – Artist, Seoul, Korea
  • Wrote/ Published review on Jeff Carter, “Regulator magazine”

2002

  • International student orientation leader.
  • “Roundup” magazine, Wrote/ Published review on Judith Geichman

1997-2001

  • Baroda, India, theatre group “Playhouse” – Acting, script writing, set designing

 

Selected Workshops

2003

  • Frescos, Skowhegan, Maine – creating a fresco and all the necessary layers of plaster, pigments etc.

2002

  • Glass casting, Ox-bow, Michigan [Hank Murta Adams]
  • Glassblowing, Ox-bow, Michigan [Jerry Catania]
  • Bookmaking, Ox-bow, Michigan [Andrea Peterson]
  • Papermaking, Ox-bow, Michigan [Andrea Peterson]

2001

  • Ceramics and glazes, Pondicherry, India [Ray Meekar and Sandy Brown]
  • Ceramic Murals Workshop, Baroda, India [Daroz]

 

Languages

  • Fluent/ Native : English, Hindi, Punjabi
  • Basic knowledge : French, Italian