Installation view

Chicago Cultural Center, 2015

Art Resume


5118 S. Blackstone ave. Unit 2S, Chicago, IL 60615      Phone # (443) 739-5599 


Masters of Fine Arts (Studio Arts)                                                                                                                                   May 2008

University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Bachelors of Fine Arts (Concentration in Miniature Painting)                                                                                                Jan 2004

National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan


Adjunct Professor                                                                                                                                             Fall 2013 - current

School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Painting Studio: Multi-Level Course

Painting Practice

Drawing Studio: Multi-Level Course

Adjunct Professor                                                                                                                                         Spring 2014 - current

Harold Washington College, Chicago, IL

Beginning Drawing

2 Dimensional Design

Art Appreciation

Professorial Lecturer                                                                                                                                  Fall 2012 – Spring 2013

George Washington University, Washington, DC

Painting: Visual Thinking

Lecturer                                                                                                                                                   Fall 2011 – Spring 2013

Montgomery College, Takoma Park/ Silver Spring, MD

Color Theory and Application

Design Studio: 2 Dimensional

Teaching Assistant                                                                                                                                     Spring 2011 – Fall 2012

University of Maryland University College, College Park, MD

ARTT 354, Elements of Computer Graphics

ARTT 250, Elements of Commercial Design

ARTT 479, Advanced Computer Graphics

Teaching Assistant                                                                                                                                           Spring 2006 - 2008

University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Drawing Fundamentals

2-D Design Fundamentals


Oct 2016              Solo show at IMW Contemporary, curated by Sara Bevan. Imperial War Museum, London (Upcoming)

Nov 2015             Red Arrow Retrospective & 2016 Preview at Red Arrow Gallery, curated by Katie Shaw, Nashville, TN 

Aug 2015             Crossfire: Collaborative works by Khadim Ali, Sher Ali & Mahwish Chishty at Gandhara Art gallery, Karachi, Pakistan 

Jun 2015              AIR exhibition at Chicago Cultural Center. Chicago, IL

Jun 2015              Hybrid's Paradise at Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL

Mar 2015              From Heaven to Hell. Magic carpets and drones at Boghossian Foundation– Villa Empain. Brussels

Mar 2015              Sensor, FotoFest at Silver Street Studios. Houston, TX

Mar 2015              Security in Our Society: What Remains of Our Personal Freedoms? Art Souterrain, Montreal, Canada

Feb 2015              Panopticon, Main gallery at Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City, Utah

Jan 2015              Border Cultures: Part 3 (Security, surveillance) at Art Gallery of Windsor. Ontario, Canada

Oct 2014               In Missa Interfectionis at Stephen Romano Gallery, Brooklyn, NYC 

Jun 2014               Mysterium Cosmographicum, Stephen Romano Gallery, Brooklyn, NYC

Apr 2014               Welcome to the Dreamtime, Stephen Romano Gallery, Brooklyn, NYC 

Jan 2014                Metro Show 2014 with Stephen Romano. Manhattan, NYC

Oct 2013               Trace Recordings: Surveilance and identity in the 21st Century at UTS Gallery, University of Technology Sydney, Australia

Oct 2013                Air Rights at Taubman College Gallery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

May 2013              The Art of War, International Museum of Women Muslima, San Francisco, CA

Mar 2013               16th International Open at Women Made Gallery, Chicago, IL

Sept 2012              SCREEN Projects, The Jones Center at The Contemporary Austin, Austin, TX

Sept 2011              OPTIONS 2011, Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, DC

Aug 2011               Ikono TV, publication of paintings, Berlin, Germany

Jun 2010               con-TEXT-ual-ize at Chesapeake Gallery, Hartford Community College, Bel Air, MD

Apr 2010               Amnesty International Human Rights Art Festival, Silver Spring, MD

Jun 2009               PERSPECTIVE: Women, Art & Islam at Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, Brooklyn, NY. In conjunction with 

                            Muslim Voices, NYC’s first Muslim Festival

Feb 2009               Multi-Media Exhibition: Contemporary Trends at Marlboro Gallery, Largo, MD

Nov 2008              Washington Square Sculpture Invitational, Farragut North, Washington D.C.

Oct 2008               Interlinked at Ejaz Art Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan

Jul 2008                2008 Montpelier Sculpture Exhibition at Montpelier arts center, MD

Jun 2008               CONVERGENCE at Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD

May 2008              Thesis exhibition, The Art Gallery at University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Nov 2007              WILD THINGS at the Montpelier Arts Center, Laurel/ Bowie, MD

Nov 2007              THINKSMALL 4 at Art6, Richmond, VA

May 2007              Midpoint Show at the Union Gallery, Stamp Student Union, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Nov 2006              Participated in a group show at Union Gallery, Stamp Student Union, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Feb 2005               Participated in a group show at West Gallery, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Nov 2005              International Miniature Invitational Biennial 3, THINKSMALL 3 at Art and Artspace galleries, Richmond, VA

Jul 2005               RADIUS 250 at Artspace gallery, Richmond, VA

Sep 2004              Group exhibition held at Canvas Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan

May 2004              Group exhibition held at Rohtas Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan

May 2004              Group exhibition, Rohtas Art Gallery, Islamabad, Pakistan

Dec 2003              Thesis exhibition held at National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan


Dan Mouradian, Chicago, IL

Virginia Whiles, London, UK

Spudnik Press, Chicago, IL

Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka-Shi, Japan

Foreign Office, Islamabad, Pakistan

Salima Hashmi, Lahore, Pakistan

Nausheen Anwar, Lahore, Pakistan

Asfia Butt, Lahore, Pakistan

Samina Rehman, Lahore, Pakistan


Jan 2016              Chicago Shout-outs, written by Lise McKean. Bad At Sports

Dec 2015             "Border Cultures, edited by Srimoyee Mitra, Black dog publishing, London, UK

Aug 2015              Crossfire by Shanzay Subzwari. Art Now: Contemporary Art of Pakistan

Mar 2015               Exhibition explores flight and surveillance in East and West by Ian Mundell. Flanders Today, Brussels

Mar 2015              "Heaven & Hell" Boghossian Foundation by Virginie De Borchgrave. Quo Vadis

Mar 2015               Heaven and Hell by Jean-Marie Wynants. Le Soir mad

Nov 2014               Cover illustration for After the Dead Are Counted: U.S. and Pakistan Responsibilities to Victims of Drones Strikes by Open Society

                             Foundation, NYC

Sep 2014               The Drone Primer: A Compendium Of The Key Issues published by Center for Study of the Drone, Bard College, NY

Jul 2014                 War Machines by Lee Yew Leong, Asymptote Journal

Jul 2014                 On View: Mysterium Cosmographicum” Group Show at Stephen Romano Gallery by Nastia Voynovskaya, Hi Fructose

Jun 2014                Vinyl album cover for Aphasia by Filastine, Barcelona, Spain

Jun 2014                Mysterium Cosmographicum Group Show at Stephen Romano Gallery by Gail Worley, NYC

May 2014               Do Drones Dream of Electric Sheep? Arte Magazine 

Apr 2014                Book cover for Guernica, revisited by Richard Vargas, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Feb 2014                Video interview with DSE-TV. Filmed by Kimon Kotos and produced by Digital Spectrum Enterprises, West Michigan 

Dec 2013                Predator, OOMK print issue 2. South Kilburn Studios in North London, UK

Dec 2013                Drones are not dangerous: normalization, new journalism, and the new drone culture, by Hamdan Azhar. The State, Vol IV: Dubai 

Nov 2013               Artists use surveillance technology to explore extent we are monitored by Andrew Frost, The Guardian

Nov 2013               À l'aube de l'ère des drones by Claire Richard, Nouveau Projet. Montreal, Canada

Oct 2013                Air Rights: an exhibit by Drone Research Lab by Michael Abrahamson. Archinect, Ann Arbor, MI

Aug 2013               DroneART, a Product of Surveillance Criticism by Anna C. Natale at the Federal University of Mato Grosso, Brazil 

Jul 2013                 The Aesthetics of War by Rachel Hamel, Dubai, UAE

Jul 2013                 Speed enforced by (armed) drones? Nope - artist installs fake traffic signs by Nidhi Subbaraman. NBC News Technology

Jul 2013                 From Pakistan with Love by Syed Ammad Tahir, MAG the weekly 

Jun 2013                Drones As Folk Art a Pakistani artist reimagines America's death machines, by Josh Harkinson, Mother Jones

Jun 2013                Pakistani Folk Art And Drones Collide In Ornate Paintings by Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan. Gizmodo, Australia

Jul 2013                 Finally: A Drone for Dropping Rhymes, Not Bombs by Meghan Neal, Motherboard

Jun 2013                Drones and Art by Paul Schmelzer, Eyeteeth: Incisive ideas

Jun 2013                Art fiend: Contemporary Muslim women speak out from Inpapermagazine, Dawn newspaper

May 2013               An Interview with Pakistani artist Mahwish Chishty Of Drones and Dreams by Valerie Behiery. Islamic Arts magazine

Jul 2013                 From Pakistan with Love by Syed Ammad Tahir, MAG the weekly

Oct 2011               ‘Options 2011’ combines minimal and conceptual art by Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post

Mar 2010               Art and Polemic in Pakistan Cultural, Politics and Tradition in Contemporary Miniature Painting by Virginia Whales, London, UK

Aug 2009               THE NEW YORK TIMES, review on Perspectives: Women, Art & Islam by Holland Cotter. NY

Aug 2009               FIVE TAKES ON ISLAM, Interviewed by Siddhartha Mitter for WNYC

Jul 2009                 Article published in THE INDYPENDENT, NYC  

May 2009               Article published in THE GAZETTE and THE STAR, Reinvented, Repurposed by Kate Carroll, Prince George’s County, MD

May 2008               Interviewed by Jack Livingston for RADAR magazine, Baltimore, MD

May 2007               Interviewed by Li Koo for the Midpoint show at Union Gallery, University of MD

Feb 2004               Contemporary Asian Artist III: Contemporary Miniature Paintings from Pakistan by Virginia Whiles and Naazish Ataullah.

                             Fukuoka Asian Art Museum

Jan 2004                THE NEWS on Sunday newspaper, Interviewed by Asim Akhtar, Lahore, Pakistan

Dec 2003               The Image of the Woman in Contemporary Miniature Painting, Interviewed by Christine Bruckauer for her book, Lahore, Pakistan


Jun 2015                Recipient of Yaddo residency

Nov 2015                Recipient of Vermont Studio Center residency

Nov 2014                Artist in residence at Chicago Cultural Center residency and grant supported by The Joyce Foundation

Jan 2011                Recipient of residency at Montgomery College, Takoma Park/ Silver Spring, MD                 

Jan 2004                National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan: Haji Sharif Award (Excellence in Miniature Painting) and Shakir Ali/Kipling Award 

                             (Highest Merit Award)                                                                       

Jun 1997                Islamabad Federal Board, Pakistan. Scholarship granted for attaining top position in Secondary School Certification


Feb 2016                Visiting artist lecture and presentation at Vanderbilt University's Art Department 

Apr 2015                Got AIR? Artists in Residencies panel discussion for Lake FX, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL 

Mar 2015                Artist talk at FotoFest - SENSOR, Silver Street Studios. Houston, TX

Apr 2014                 Presentation at Alexander Graham Bell Elementary School, Chicago, IL

Mar 2011                Lecture and presentation on gouache at Montgomery College, Takoma Park/ Silver Spring, MD

Nov 2010                Lecture and presentation at Sudan University for Science & Technology, Fine Arts Department. Khartoum, Sudan

Nov 2010                Lecture and workshop at Khartoum American School. Khartoum, Sudan

Nov 2010                Presentation at Rashid Diab Arts Center. Khartoum, Sudan

Jul 2010                  Lecture presented at Unity Productions Foundation, Washington, D.C.

Dec 2009                 Visiting artist for Color Theory class at Montgomery College, Takoma Park, MD

Aug 2008                 Instructor for calligraphy workshop at Muslim Community Center, Silver Spring, MD

Jun 2008                 Instructor for brush-making workshop at Artomatic, Washington D.C

May 2008                Participated in Cuisine Des Artisties for D.C. Arts Center