On July 15, 2023, SLOMA welcomed Liminal Space artist Anila Quayyum Agha for an artist’s talk at the historic Palm Theatre in downtown San Luis Obispo. If you weren’t able to join us in person, we have recorded the talk for you to watch for free! Watch more of our archived artist talks on our Talks and Panels page and on our YouTube page.
About the Artist
Anila Quayyum Agha (b. Lahore, Pakistan) received her BFA from the National College of Arts, Lahore and an MFA from the University of North Texas. Recent solo shows include the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA, National Sculpture Museum in Valladolid, Spain, The Dallas Contemporary Art Museum, Cincinnati Art Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville, FL. Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, and the Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio. For the 2019 Venice Biennale Agha was included in a collateral event, She Persists, with 22 contemporary feminist artists. Agha has received the Efroymson Art Fellowship, Cincinnati Art Museum’s 2017 Schiele Prize, and DeHaan Artist of Distinction Award. Agha’s 2014 ArtPrize entry, titled “Intersections”, earned the Public Vote Grand Prize and split the Juried Grand Prize in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In 2017, she was awarded the Glenn W. Irwin, Jr., M.D. Research Scholar Award by Indiana University. Recently, Agha received an Endowed Chair position titled Professor – Morris Eminent Scholar in Art at Augusta University in Georgia, as well as the prestigious Smithsonian Fellowship in the arts for 2021 and will be working with both SAAM and AAA in Washington DC in May 2021. Her work has been collected by both institutions and private collectors; nationally and internationally.
SLO locals may be familiar with Agha’s work from her 2017 exhibition, “All The Flowers Are For Me,” at the Miossi Gallery at Cuesta College or her 2022 public artwork at the Tank Farm and Orcutt roundabout. This is Agha’s first gallery exhibition at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art.
Special thanks to our friends at the Palm Theatre for hosting this event.