Indrani Nayar-Gall, a full-time artist, Indian by birth, lived in Barbados before migrating to USA. She earned a BFA in printmaking and an MFA in experimental printmaking from Kala Bhavana, Visva Bharati University; a diploma in teaching from University of the West Indies (UWI) and an advance graduate certificate in contemporary non-toxic printmaking from Rochester Institute of Technology. Indrani is a multi-disciplinary artist. The repertoire of her studio practice includes work on paper, installation and digital media.
After graduating from art school Indrani moved to Barbados with her husband and launched a professional career in art and teaching. She has exhibited extensively. Her earlier exhibition record includes representing Barbados internationally to Bienal de la Carib: Dominican Republic; Biennial De San Juan Del Grabado Latinoamericano Y Del Caribe; London, Canada and France.
Her recent important juried and collective shows include, 2017 U.S. premiere of Nayar-Gall’s documentary Devadasi_NOW at WilmFfilm Chick Flicks Festival, Gendered, India-Inked, Ornate Activate, Beyond Printmaking 5, Loving Blackness, 2017 Atlanta Print Biennial
2016 - SAWCC: The Community As Studio; LDB gallery, CA, Erasing Borders ‘16, coordinated by IAAC, NY; FLUX, SGCI 2016, Pacific Northwest College of Art
2015 - SAWCC's annual exhibition Ornate Activate, Shirin Gallery; 5th Anniversary Exhibition Brentwood Arts Exchange Gateway Arts Center; Erasing Borders 2015 Indo-American Arts Council
2014 in “Caribbean: Crossroads of the World”, Pérez Art Museum Miami; New Prints 2014/Summer, International Print Center New York, Christie's Midtown, Manhattan, NYC, Central Booking, NYC; THE GALLERY - Green Hill Center for NC Art
Her recent solo exhibitions include Rowe Arts Galleries | College of Arts + Architecture | UNCC; Elizabeth Dunlap Patrick Gallery, Winthrop University Galleries; Levine Museum of the New South: Museum in Charlotte, West Gallery,Elon University, ECA Gallery India, Cleveland State University.
Publications and Reviews
Indrani’s work has been reviewed and discussed in books, catalogs, journals and newspapers in Barbados, USA and India. The important ones to mention are - India Abroad, Huffington Post, The Journal of the American Print Alliance, Vol. 18, #2, "Indrani Nayar-Gall Interview by Carol Pulin"; Charlotte Artist Profile: Indrani Nayar-Gall; “Art In Barbados: What Kind of Mirror Image?” Ian Randle Publishers;“Black Diaspora Visual Art Symposium”, National Art Gallery Committee, Barbados; Gutfreund, Karen M. Women’s Rights: An Artist’s Perspective; Creative Loafing.
Through visual and interdisciplinary media Indrani’s work examines social justice issues, and aligns with broader social movements aimed at overcoming all social and religious barriers to equality and empowerment of women.
Grants and Awards
Her recent grants and awards include Regional Artist Project Grant, Arts & Science Council, Mecklenburg County, NC; Chancellor’s Diversity Challenge Fund, UNC Charlotte, NC; Project Grant, National Gallery of Barbados and Gilmore Emerging Artist Grant, Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo. She is a fellow of VCCA, Amherst, VA; alumni of McColl Center for Visual Art, NC; and Khoj Kolkata, India, affiliated with Triangle Trust, UK.
Indrani was a tenured faculty at Barbados Community College, the only institution to grant a degree in visual art in Barbados. After migrating to USA she taught as an adjunct faculty at Western Michigan University and UNC Charlotte. Indrani also presented in panels, discussions and taught workshops at various universities. She was invited to lead a community project for the closing event of the Romare Bearden Retrospective at Mint Museum, public participatory project Separated By ‘A’ Skin at Levine Museum of the New South, The Black Diaspora Exhibition Symposium, Barbados.
Nayar-Gall is a full-time, practicing professional artist. She lives and works in Charlotte, NC.
Installation, Print media, Intermedia, Film