Education

MAY 2008

Masters of Fine Arts (Studio Arts)                                                           
University of Maryland, College Park, MD

JAN 2004

Bachelors of Fine Arts (Concentration in Miniature Painting)                
National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan


Exhibitions

Apr 2017            Two person exhibition at Rohtas 2, Lahore, Pakistan (Forthcoming)
Apr 2017            Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) Auction Gala exhibition curated by Jefferson Pinder, Washington, D.C. (Forthcoming)
Jan 2017             Rayguns, Robots, Drones: Technology's Peril and Promise curated by Courtney Gilbert. Sun Valley Arts Center, ID
Jan 2017           
Biennial Faculty Show at CVA Gallery. Kent State University, OH
Dec 2016            E PLURIBUS: REFLECTIONS ON 9/11 at Silent Funny, Chicago, IL
Oct 2016             IWM Contemporary: Mahwish Chishty. Solo show curated by Sara Bevan. Imperial War Museum, London
Sep 2016           E Pluribus -- Reflections on the Fifteenth Anniversary of 9/11 curated by Barbara Koenen. UNUM, Chicago, IL
Jun 2016              Remote Connections at The Arrowhead Room gallery, curated by Cecilia Vargas. Waubonsee Community College, Sugar Grove, IL
Feb 2016             This is Our War, in conjunction with Maplewood High School, Vanderbilt University and The Smithsonian American Art Museum at Red Arrow Gallery, Nashville, TN
Nov 2015             Red Arrow Retrospective & 2016 Preview at OZ Arts Nashville, 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? at 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


PERMANENT COLLECTIONS

Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka-Shi, Japan
Foreign Office, Islamabad, Pakistan
Virginia Whiles, London, UK
James Kempner, Houston, TX
Dan Mouradian, Chicago, IL
Andrew Garrett, Chicago, IL
Douglas Morrison, Chicago, IL
Spudnik Press, Chicago, IL
Lise McKean, Chicago, IL
Salima Hashmi, Lahore, Pakistan
Nausheen Anwar, Lahore, Pakistan
Asfia Butt, Lahore, Pakistan
Samina Rehman, Lahore, Pakistan


PRESS RELEASES AND PUBLICATIONS

Jan 2017            "US Drone War in Pakistan: Images + Visual Graphics" by Maliha Ali. Bennington College Crossett Library
Jan 2017             "The Center to unveil new ‘Rayguns, Robots, Drones’ exhibit" by Andy Kerstetter, Idaho Mountain Express, ID
Jan 2017             IWM Contemporary: Mahwish Chishty, ArabLondon, London, UK
Nov 2016            Military drones meet colourful folk art in the Pakistani-American artist’s works by En Liang Khong, Financial Times, London, UK
Nov 2016           "Barbara Koenen: CCRx, UNUM Gallery, and a Studio of Her Own" by Lise McKean, Bad at Sports, Chicago, IL
Oct 2016            "Swet Shop Boys, Drone Art", Radio interview with Tina Daheley for BBC World Service, The Cultural Frontline. London, UK
Oct 2016            "CODA" by Frances Allitt. Galleries Magazine, London, UK
Oct 2016            "Mahwish Chishty's Drone Art at the Imperial War Museum" by Shah Jahan. AFTER NYNE, London, UK
Oct 2016            "Imperial War Museum exhibits a selection of 2D and 3D works from Mahwish Chishty's Drone Art series". Art Daily.org
Oct 2016            "Five art shows to see this week: British Museum, Walker and more|28 October – 3 November" by Alice Primrose. Royal Academy of the Arts, London, UK
Sep 2016            "IWM Contemporary: Mahwish Chishty" by Matt Breen. Timeout. London, UK
Sep 2016             "Pakistani Visual Artist Mahwish Chishty to Design Drone Art for Company of Fools Production of GROUNDED" by Broadway World
Sep 2016             Drone Art, Imperial War Museum by Culture Whisper, London
Sep 2016             "Company of Fools to present ‘Grounded’ starting Sept. 28" by Andy Kerstetter. Idaho Mountain Express, ID
Sep 2016             "IWM London is Changing" in Imperial War Museum newsletter, London
Aug 2016            "Imperial War Museum to host art exhibition exploring the cultural impact of drones" by Jessie Thompson. Evening Standard Arts, London
Aug 2016            "Mahwish Chishty to open her first solo international exhibition at IWM London". Asian Voice, London, UK
Apr 2016             "Fotofest 2016 Biennial Catalogue" by Fotofest, Houston, TX
Mar 2016              "Drones for Art, Not War" by Lauren Sigfusson, Drone 360
Feb 2016             "Maplewood students, Pakistani artist deliberate on drones" by Sara Estes, The Tennessean, Nashville, TN
Feb 2016               "Maplewood High School Students Change Perceptions Through Art" by Rebecca Pierce. Nashville Arts, TN
Feb 2016               "Weekly Roundup 2/15/16", Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College
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
Apr 2015                "Considering the Drone (through Art)", Review of exhibition Sensor by Brian Piana, Houston, TX
Apr 2015               "FotoFest Exhibition Shines Spotlight on Hidden World of Drone Warfare" by Michael Hardy, Houstonia
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 ART.be
Mar 2015              "Heaven and Hell" by Jean-Marie Wynants. Le Soir mad
Mar 2015              "The Art of Drone War: Drone Art and Lit from the Middle East" by Nahrain Al-Mousawi, MEMO Middle East Monitor
Feb 2015               "Must-Sees This Week: February 26 to March 4, 2015". Canadian Art
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
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                "Perspectives: Women, Art & Islam" by Holland Cotter. The New York Times
Aug 2009                "FIVE TAKES ON ISLAM", Interviewed by Siddhartha Mitter for WNYC
Jul 2009                    Article published in THE INDYPENDENT, NYC  
May 2009               "Reinvented, Repurposed" by Kate Carroll, published in THE GAZETTE and THE STAR. 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


AWARDS

Jun 2017                Recipient of Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Nebraska City, NE
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


LECTURES/ WORKSHOPS

Feb 2017                Artist talk at Sun Valley Arts Center, ID (Forthcoming)
Nov 2016               Chicago Humanities Festival: Drones R Us, panel discussion at Rubloff Auditorium, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Oct 2016                Covert War and Cultures Colliding at Imperial War Museum with Lisa Barnard and Clare Carolin, London, UK
May 2016               Need Some AIR? Panel discussion at Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago, IL
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
Feb 2015                  Panel discussion: Images of War: What is Forgotten, How Do We Remember? at Art Gallery of Windsor, Canada
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


TEACHING

Fall 2016 - Current

Assistant Professor / Foundation Coordinator
Kent State University, Kent, OH

Fall 2013 - Fall 2016

Lecturer
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Painting Studio: Multi-Level Course
Painting Practice
Drawing Studio: Multi-Level Course

Spring 2014 - Fall 2016

Adjunct Professor
Harold Washington College, Chicago, IL
Beginning Drawing
Two Dimensional Design
Art Appreciation

Fall 2012 – Spring 2013

Professorial Lecturer
George Washington University, Washington, DC
Painting: Visual Thinking

Fall 2011 – Spring 2013

Lecturer
Montgomery College, Takoma Park/ Silver Spring, MD
Color Theory and Application
Design Studio: Two Dimensional

Spring 2011 – Fall 2012

Teaching Assistant
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

Spring 2006 - 2008

Teaching Assistant
University of Maryland, College Park, MD
Drawing Fundamentals
2-D Design Fundamentals