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Award-winning Indian artist Mithu Sen to speak at URI

Media Contact: Janet Kerlin, 401-874-2116

KINGSTON, R.I. – March 20, 2014 – Mithu Sen, an Indian artist known for her fantastical and provocative multimedia works, will lecture at the University of Rhode Island April 8 from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center, 105 Upper College Road, Kingston Campus, Room A202. The event is free and open to the public.

Sen was awarded India’s inaugural Skoda Prize in 2010 for her work in depicting playful and serious images of the intimate lives of men in a series of large-scale drawings.

Sen’s work consists of motifs that playfully subvert commonly held beliefs about gender and sexuality. Her free-spirited drawings, sculptures, and installations invite viewers into her personal psyche and streams of consciousness.

Sen studied at Visva-Bharati in Santiniketan, earning her bachelor of arts and master of fine arts in painting. She continued her studies at the Glasgow School of Art.

As an influential figure on the contemporary Indian art scene, she was an artist-in-residence in 2006 at Bose Pacia Gallery in New York City. She has also participated in international group shows, and received several international awards including the UNESCO Aschberg artist residency in Salvador, Brazil in 2005-06.

Sen’s talk is sponsored by the Department of Art and Art History and the Student Affairs Diversity Fund.

For more information, contact Professor Annu Palakunnathu Matthew at 18percent@uri.edu or 401-874-4541.

Image is courtesy of Mithu Sen