BIOGRAPHY

Singh received an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and a BFA from Maharaja Sayajiro University, Baroda, India. She is an artist, curator, writer and educator who has taught at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and lectured at Oxford University and Columbia University among other institutions. She has mentored residencies for The Victoria and Albert Museum, TheWhyNotPlace 2010 and 2011 and curated for the Devi Art Foundation.

Her interactive installations, paintings, drawings, embroideries and sculptures have been presented in solo and curated, group gallery and museum exhibitions in Australia, India, U.K., China, USA, Canada, France, Italy, Serbia and Switzerland. Exhibition venues include The Gallery of Modern art: Queensland, Saatchi Gallery: London, Kochi Biennale: Kochi, Museum of Contemporary Art: Lyon, MAXXI Museum: Rome, The Mattress Factory Museum of Contemporary Art: Pittsburgh, Aicon Contemporary: New York, Museum of Contemporary Art: Chicago, Illinois State Museum: Chicago, Kunsthaus Langenthal: Switzerland and ArtHouse: Texas.

She is the recipient of several awards, including the Asia Arts Future Game Changer award by the Asia Society in 2022 ( to honor artists for their significant contributions to contemporary art),  the YFLO award (from the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry) for achievement in the arts in 2019, a Zegna Grant in 2009, an Illinois Arts Council Award in 2007 (in recognition of outstanding work and commitment within the arts) and the 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.

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

2022

  •  Asia Arts Game Changer Award (by Asia Society)
    “professionals who have made a significant contribution to the development of modern and contemporary art in Asia and who inspire a deeper empathy and understanding of the world through their work.”

2019

  • YFLO award from the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry
    -“for achievement in the arts”

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

Curatorial Projects

2019

  • “Deeper Within its Silence: Form and Unbecoming”, curated by Sumakshi Singh for the Devi Art Foundation at the Vadehra factory, Delhi, India.
    Featuring Artists:
    Alwar Balasubramaniam | Anish Kapoor |Anita Dube |Ayesha Sultana | Avinash Veeraraghavan | Ehsan-ul Haq | Ferwa Ibrahim | Hemali Bhuta | Hetain Patel | Huria Khan | Idris Khan | Iqra Tanveer | Manish Nai | Mithu Sen | Noor Ali Chagani | Ranjini Shettar | Rina Banerjee | Rohini Devasher | Sakshi Gupta | Sheela Gowda | Shreyas Karle |Somnath Hore | Unum Babar | Vivan Sundaram | Zarina Hashmi

2011

  • “Here, Now, Then, There and Here Again” curator and residency mentor: Sumakshi Singh at Religare Art, Delhi , India. Featuring Artists: Preeti Agarwal | Amasoong | Renu Bariwal | Rathin Barman | Jesse Bercowetz | Kaoru Furuko | Rajorshi Ghosh | Luciana Lyrio Junquiera | Soghra Khurasani | Isabel Rock | Cristina Saez | Manali Shroff | Gustavo Villegas Solis | Kartik Sood | Xawery Wolski | Y Korika

2010

  • “The Transforming State” curator and residency mentor: Sumakshi Singh and Paola Cabal at Religare Art, Delhi, India. Featuring Artists: Purnna Behera | Brad Biancardi | Becky Brown | Rebecca Carter | Raffaella Della Olga | Garima Jayadevan | Greg Jones | Kavita Singh Kale | Megha Katyal | Nidhi Khurana | Jitesh Malik | Koustav Nag | Rajesh Kr Prasad | Vishwa Shroff | Rajesh Kr Singh | Onishi Yasuaki

2003

  • Curatorial intern, Department of Prints and Drawings, Museum – The Art Institute of Chicago

Solo Exhibitions and projects

2019

  • “Pages from a Dream Journal”, Hermès (first Artist windows in India), New Delhi
  • “33 Link Road”, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai
  • Spring”, India Art Fair- Solo booth, New Delhi

2018

  • A Blueprint of Before and After” The Wilfrid Israel Museum of Asian Art, Israel
  • In the Garden”, Embassy Of Switzerland, New Delhi

2017

  • “Leaving the Terrestrial: Its Own Kind of Archive”, Dr.Bhau Daji Lad City museum, Mumbai
  • “Traces in Breath, Light and Air”, Solo project, FOCUS,  India Art Fair

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

2021

  • Afterlife”, Asia Pacific Triennale (APT 10), QAGOMA (The Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art), Brisbane, Australia
  • Phantasmagoria: Specters of Disenchantment”, 1X1 gallery, Dubai, Curator: Dr. Arshiya Lokhandwala
  • “Given Time: The Gift and its Offerings”, Aicon Contemporary, New York, Curator: Dr. Arshiya Lokhandwala
  • “Rehang” Bikaner House, Delhi, Curator: Uthra Rajgopal
  • “Bind/ Bound”, Gallery Threshold
  • Abu Dhabi Art Fair (Exhibit 320)
  • Delhi contemporary Art week, (Exhibit 320), Delhi, India
  • VAICA 2, video festival, Curator: Bharti Kapadia

2020

  • Lines, Beats and Shadows”, Kiran Nadar Museum of Contemporary Art, Delhi, India, Curator: Roobina Karode
  • “A Language of Form: Stories of Memory and Time”, Exhibit 320, Delhi, curator: Veerangana Solanki
  • India Art Fair (Exhibit 320)
  • Abu Dhabi Art Fair (Exhibit 320)

2019

  • India Art Fair (Exhibit 320)
  • Abu Dhabi Art Fair (Exhibit 320)
  • VAICA, video festival, Curator: Bharti Kapadia

2018

  • The Marvelous Cacophony”, 57th October Salon, Belgrade, Serbia (upcoming)
  • Specter of Images”, India Art Fair, Delhi, India
  • Delhi contemporary Art week, Delhi, India

2017

  •  “Specter of Images: In memory of the Gardner”, (ACAW),C 24 Gallery, New York, USA

2016

  • “A Thing of beauty”, Loft, Mumbai, India
  •  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”, 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

2022

  • Video interview: “Voices”, with Priya Pall

  • APT 10″  (Asia Pacific Triennale) catalogue, by Tarun Nagesh

2021

  • Video interview: “Lines, Beats and Shadows”, Ayesha Sultana & Sumakshi Singh in Conversation with Roobina Karode

  • Video interview: “Given Time: The Gift and its Offerings”, with Dr. Arshiya Lokhandwala

  • “Stir World”,  review by Rahul Kumar

2020

  • “Vogue”, India Hope Issue
  • “The Artist’s Studio”, video interview with Kiran Nadar Museum of Art

2019

  •  “Arts Illustrated” magazine cover and feature interview by Praveena Shivaram, India
  • “Architectural Digest” magazine, article by Avni Raut, India
  • Vogue” magazine, article by Aditi Bhimjiyani

2018

  •  “Harper’s Bazaar” magazine, article by Butool Jamal, India
  • “Noizz”, feature article by Ana Kalaba, Belgrade, Serbia
  • “Imd1”, interview

2017

  • Embroidery” magazine, feature article by Brinda Gill, London, UK
  • Midday” newspaper, Threading Nature, review by Krutika Behrawala on solo show at Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai, India

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 and Mentoring Experience

2018

  • Distinguished Alumni, Visiting Artist Lecture and Studio Visits, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, USA
  • Visiting Artist Lecture and Studio Visits, College of Art, Delhi, India

2017

  • Visiting Artist Lecture and Studio Visits, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, USA

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

2008

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

2007

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

2006

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

2007

  • 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

2004

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

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
  • 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

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

Languages

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