Indrani Nayar-Gall, an interdisciplinary artist-activist, 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.
Her practice includes installation, work on paper, digital media, film, activism, and collaboration to construct contemporary global narratives that echo her own.
After graduating from art school Indrani moved to Barbados with her husband and launched a professional career in art and teaching. 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.
Indrani founded Yes She Rises LLC to help marginalized women empower themselves. She is now working on an empowerment project and completing her second documentary. Her recent important works include, 2017 U.S. premiere and official selection of documentary Devadasi_NOW at WilmFfilm Chick Flicks Festival, other selections include 8th annual Chicago South Asian Film Festival, 8th annual Joedance Film Festival, Female Filmmakers Festival, Move_Me Productions Belgium; Gendered, Mint Museum, Charlotte; India-Inked, UWM, ASU; Grounds for Change; Atlanta Print Biennial; Displace and Migration, St. Louis Artist Guild; Ornate Activate; Beyond Printmaking 5, Loving Blackness; short story Unmoving Darkness
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.
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.
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.
2017 Sept’ Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, NE
2012 Oct’ Fellow, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, VA
2010 McColl Center for Visual Arts, Charlotte, NC; Spring, UNCC
2009 “KHOJ International Artist Residency”, affiliated with Triangle Arts Trust UK; sponsor: Emami Chisel Arts, May-June, Kolkata, India
“Jan Serr & John Shannon”; F.W. Mestre Collection of Caribbean Art, Miami; Elon University; Emami Chisel Art, India; University of Wisconsin Madison; Corcoran College of Art and Design, SGCI; National Art Gallery of Barbados, Central Bank of Barbados; Agart Art Association, Slovenia; Tony & Mary Gibbs, Alison Chapman-Andrews, Allison Thompson, Barbados & other private collections in Germany, France, India and USA.
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.
2013 Coordinator: ‘AXIS’, a VCCA Alumni Traveling Exhibition (current project)
2011 Coordinator: Art as Activism: a transformative force, UNCC Department of Art & Architecture
2009 Global Fusion Portfolio; Registrar/co-curator
2017 Michael Solender Dream Girls; Loving Blackness, Asian Arts Initiative,
2015 Huffington Post, India Abroad
2013 Gutfreund, Karen M. “Women’s Rights: An Artist’s Perspective”; “Stories We Tell,” Women’s Caucus of Art, Washington DC, 2013: ISBN: 978-0-9831702-6-6 147
Shaw, Kurt. “Prints take top billing at sweetwater exhibit,” Pittsburgh Tribune, Saturday, Jan 26, 2013
2012 Barbara, Schreiber. “Loss and hope at core of Conjoined Opposites exhibit,” Creative Loafing, March13, Holtcamp, Amy. “Cutting Edge Art at Winthrop University”
2010 Pulin, Carol Dr. “Indrani Nayar-Gall, Interview” Contemporary Impressions, The Journal of the American Print Alliance, Vol. 18, #2, 2010: 20-26 Print
2009 Thompson Allison. Hadchity, Therese. “Black Diaspora Visual Art Symposium”, National Art Gallery Committee, Barbados