Asma Chaudhary

Fine Artist and Sculptor, Washington, DC

Download Resume


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.


Awards

2017
Editor’s Choice Honorable Mention Award, Private Gallery Critic
2017
American Art Collector, Alcove Media
2016
Editor’s Choice Award, 2016 National Maker Faire
2016
Studio Visit Magazine (Volume 31), Open Studios Press
2015
Studio Visit Magazine (Volume 30), Open Studios Press
2014
Studio Visit Magazine (Volume 27), Open Studios Press
2014
Best of Show Award, Buchanan Partners Art Gallery
2013
Studio Visit Magazine (Volume 25), Open Studios Press

Education

Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Art and Visual Technology at George Mason University
Fairfax, Virginia
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Graphic Design and Journalism at George Mason University
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
Adjunct Professor at George Mason University
2015 – Present Fairfax, Virginia
GRACE Fundraising Volunteer at Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE)
2014 – 2014 Reston, VA
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
Gallery Docent at Arts, by George!
2011 – 2012 Fairfax, Virginia
Graduate Teaching Assistant at George Mason University
2011 – 2013 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

  • welding
  • woodworking
  • metalsmithing
  • building
  • repurposed art
  • sculpture
  • teaching
  • commissioned artworks
  • maker faires
  • demonstration performances
  • art directorship
  • graphic facilitation
  • instructional design

Specialties

  • Art Direction
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
  • Creative Design
  • Furniture
  • Yarnbombing
  • Performance
  • Mixed Media
  • Graphic Design
  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator
  • InDesign
  • Tableau
  • Pre-Publication
  • Editorial Review
  • Brand Identity
  • Web Publishing