Asma Chaudhary

  • Fine Artist and Sculptor
  • Washington, DC

asmachaudhary@gmail.com | 703-975-3500

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Asma Chaudhary is a Pakistani-American artist from Fairfax, Virginia. Her artworks explore the duality of a domesticated homemaker by physically recreating the home environment. Asma makes every effort to use discarded materials and repurpose them into basic necessities for survival such as shelter, warmth, luminance, sustenance, mobility, and intellectual growth. Some of her installations include breaking down grocery carts and welding them into chairs, sewing workman’s gloves together to create couture-like dresses and cushions, and reformatting sleeping bags to play on the idea of innocence and crisis. Asma pays homage to handicrafts made by village artisans in India and Pakistan through her use of vibrant colors and intricate techniques. Her sculptures, furniture pieces, artist-made books, photography, and performance-based work have been shown in several juried group and solo exhibitions throughout New York, Michigan, Illinois, Texas, Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Maryland, Connecticut, and the Washington, D.C. area.

As part of her aesthetic research efforts to study South Asian culture, Asma has taken trips to Sialkot and Lahore in Pakistan as well as to Abu Dhabi, Deira, Dubai, and Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. She is a member of the South Asian Women’s Creative Collective, the International Sculpture Center’s Sculpture Magazine, the Aperture Foundation, Washington Project for the Arts, Hillyer Art Space, CulturalDC, Open Studios Press' Studio Visit Magazine, Washington Sculptors Group, Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center, District of Columbia Arts Center, the McLean Project for the Arts, Artifex Graduate Student Agency, the American Visionary Arts Museum, SOA Advisory Council, and the National Museum for Women in the Arts. Asma’s artworks have been featured in the So to Speak Journal and four consecutive times in Studio Visit Magazine (Volumes 25, 27, 30, and 31).

In April 2015, three of Asma’s artworks were also selected by the curatorial assistant for the Whitney Museum of American Art for an exhibition in Huntington, New York. Asma is the recipient of the 2014 Best of Show Award from the Hylton Center and Buchanan Partners Art Gallery and completed a solo exhibition with them from June through August 2015. She recently created an Etsy store where her handmade sculptures and mixed media artworks are available for purchase: https://www.etsy.com/shop/HomeMakerArt.

Asma holds a Master of Fine Arts specializing in InterArts and Sculpture and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Information Design and Electronic Journalism, both from George Mason University.

Awards

Editor’s Choice Honorable Mention Award, Private Gallery

American Art Collector, Alcove Media

Heroines of Washington Rising Star Award, March of Dimes

Editor’s Choice Award, 2016 National Maker Faire

Studio Visit Magazine (Volume 31), Open Studios Press

Studio Visit Magazine (Volume 30), Open Studios Press

Best of Show Award, Buchanan Partners Art Gallery

Studio Visit Magazine (Volume 27), Open Studios Press

Studio Visit Magazine (Volume 25), Open Studios Press

Exhibitions

Har Mausam Rangeela (Urdu for “Every Season is Colourful”) Solo Exhibition

Herndon ArtSpace Herndon, VA

Pop-Up Artist Salon Juried Exhibition

Private Gallery McLean, VA

Artomatic 2017 Solo Exhibition

Crystal City Crystal City, VA

mobileHOME MAKER Festival

Maker Faire NoVa Reston, VA

2017 Artist Exhibition: Stars and Stripes Juried Exhibition

Private Gallery McLean, VA

My America Artsfest: Creates-Innovates-Unites

Edgewood Arts Center Washington, DC

REMIX Alumni Exhibition

George Mason University

Arts, by George!

George Mason University

National Maker Faire 2016

University of the District of Columbia Washington, DC

Off the Wall Alumni Exhibition

George Mason University Fairfax, Virginia

NoVA Mini Maker Faire

South Lakes High School Reston, Virginia

Charlottesville Mini Maker Faire

Monticello High School Charlottesville, Virginia

Home Maker’s Bicycle Rickshaw Adventures Artisan-in-Residence

Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum

Extreme Fibers Exhibition (December 2015-March 2016)

Dennos Museum Center Traverse City, Michigan

Silent Auction at Off the Wall Exhibition

George Mason University Fairfax, Virginia

Rehnuma Ki Beti (The Pioneer’s Daughter)

Hylton Performing Arts, Buchanan Partners Gallery Manassas, Virginia

Awarded to 2014 Best of Show Award Winner

Members Exhibition

Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center Silver Spring, Maryland

Extreme Fibers Exhibition (June – December 2015)

Muskegon Museum of Art Muskegon, Michigan

Barnes and Noble Maker Faire

Barnes and Noble McLean, Virginia

Artomatic 2015

Prince William Parks and Recreation Hyattsville, Maryland

EXPO 34 Juried Exhibition

BJ Spoke Gallery Huntington, New York

Curated by Adrienne Rooney, curatorial assistant for the Whitney Museum of American Art

Mini Maker Faire NOVA

South Lakes High School and Langston Hughes Middle School Reston, Virginia

Northern Virginia Community Foundation collaboration with Wyolum and Ideaventions

Bank of the Arts Juried Exhibition

Craven Arts Council and Gallery New Bern, North Carolina

Mending: New Uses for Old Traditions

University of North Carolina Wilmington Wilmington, North Carolina

Collaboration with UNCW and the Southeastern Women’s Studies Conference Association

Islamic Art Revival Series: International Juried Exhibition

LuminArté Gallery Dallas, Texas

Curated by Dr. Iftikhar Dadi from Cornell University and author of book titled, Modernism and the Art of South Asia

Material Matters: National Juried Fibers Exhibition

Union Street Gallery Chicago, Illinois

Curated by Kraig Rasmussen of the Textile Center in Minneapolis, MN and Joan Livingstone from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

The Hylton Center's Inaugural Juried Exhibition

Buchanan Partners Art Gallery Manassas, Virginia

Curated by Bradley Stevens of George Washington University, Helen Frederick of Pyramid Atlantic, and Andy Grundberg of Corcoran College

Soulcology of Metals Exhibition

Guilford Art Center Guilford, Connecticut

Curated by Lanette Barber of Guilford Art Center and juror Robert Dancik

Figuratively Speaking, Contemporary Art, and the Human Body

The Rymer Gallery Nashville, Tennessee

Curated by Natalie Dunham, gallery director for The Rymer Gallery

Women's Voices, Women's Vissions

Fenwick Gallery Fairfax, Virginia

Curated by Ceci Cole McInturff, founder of 87FLORIDA Artist Collective

Mini Maker Faire NOVA

South Lakes High School and Langston Hughes Middle School Reston, Virginia

Sponsored by Northern Virginia Community Foundation and Wyolum and Ideaventions

Juried Art Exhibition at the Hill Center Galleries

Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital Washington, DC

Curated by Phiip Kennicott, Art and Architecture Critic for the Washington Post

Alchemical Vessels Exhibition and Benefit

Smith Center for Healing and the Arts Washington, DC

Sponsored by DC Commission for the Arts

AWSome Call for Art!

Amazon Web Services Headquarters Herndon, Virginia

Curated and co-sponsored by Herndon ArtSpace

Artifex: First Annual MFA Exhibition

Fine Arts Gallery, George Mason University Fairfax, Virginia

Curated by Judy Sherman of j. fine art

Home Maker

Fine Arts Gallery, George Mason University Fairfax, Virginia

MFA Exhibition

Exchanged 2

artWORKS Gallery Harrisonburg, Virginia

Curated by Tom Ashcraft and Mia Feuer

EMULSION: First Annual East City Art Regional Juried Show

Gallery O on H Street Washington, DC

Curated by Lauren Gentile, founder of Contemporary Wing

Hickok Cole's 14th Annual Art Night

Hickok Cole Architects Firm Georgetown, DC

Sponsored by Washington Project for the Arts and Hickok Cole Architects and curated by Judy Sherman of j. fine art

Juncture Show

Fine Arts Gallery, George Mason University Fairfax, Virginia

SOA Graduates: Recent Work

Gallery 123 Fairfax, Virginia

Lucky 13: Graduate Design Show

Fine Arts Gallery, George Mason University Fairfax, Virginia

The Free Hugs Campaign: Part Deux with Burqah Performance

Johnson Center Plaza Fairfax, Virginia

Phir Bhi Dil Hai Pakistani (Urdu for

Johnson Center Plaza Falls Church, Virginia

The Great Divide's Bicycle Rickshaw Adventures

Johnson Center Plaza Washington, DC

Design du Jour

Mason Hall Atrium Fairfax, Virginia

BFA Thesis Exhibition

The S. Carbonneau Beaver Case Show of Amazing Marvels

Fine Arts Building Fairfax, Virginia

Exchanged Show

artWORKS Gallery Harrisonburg, Virginia

The Sustainability Project: Tree Lighting Performance

George Mason University Fairfax, Virginia

The Free Hugs Campaign Performance

Johnson Center Plaza Fairfax, Virginia

Arts, by George!

de Laski Performing Arts Building Fairfax, Virginia

Container and Contained

George Mason University Fairfax, Virginia

Honors Seminar: Recent Work

Gallery 123 Fairfax, Virginia

Time Constraints and Escape: Site-Specific Installation

Johnson Center Plaza Fairfax, Virginia

Hanging Gates: Site-Specific Installation

Johnson Center Plaza Fairfax, Virginia

Experience

Guest Critic at GRACE: Greater Reston Art Center

2017 Reston, VA

Arts and Crafts Workshop Facilitator at Infant Toddler Family Day Care

October 2016 Fairfax, VA

Visiting Artist-in-Residence at Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum

2016 Winchester, Virginia

Social Media Consultant at NoVa Maker Faire

2016 – Present Reston, VA

Juror for Ceramics, Sculpture, and Design at Scholastic Regional Juried Exhibition

January 2016 – January 2016 Northern Virginia

WPA Fundraising Volunteer & Gallery Docent at Washington Project for the Arts

2015 Washington, DC

Raised over $10,000 at the WPA Art Night Auction hosted by Hickok Cole Architects

Adjunct Professor at George Mason University

2015 – Present Fairfax, Virginia

GRACE Fundraising Volunteer at Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE)

2014 – 2014 Reston, VA

Raised over $1,500 in donations during the Virginia Fine Arts Festival.

Exhibition Assistant, Sculptor, and Gallery Docent at An Unkindness (Mia Feuer’s Exhibition at Corcoran)

2013 – 2014 Washington, DC

Graduate Lecturer at George Mason University

2013 – Present Fairfax, VA

Post-Graduate Teaching Assistant at George Mason University

2013 – 2014 Fairfax, Virginia

Graduate Teaching Assistant at George Mason University

2011 – 2013 Fairfax, Virginia

Gallery Docent at Arts, by George!

2011 – 2012 Fairfax, Virginia

Volunteer Assistant at Always Becoming (National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI)

2007 – 2007 Washington, DC

Broadside Newspaper at George Mason University

2007 – 2008 Fairfax, Virginia

Fundraising Volunteer at Green Festival

2007 – 2008 Washington, DC

Skills

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