1. Reverie Interrupted (both) – oil on canvas; 18 x 24 in.
2. Conservation with Self – oil on canvas; 48 x 36 in.
3. Awakening, panel 2 – oil on canvas; 90 x 40 in.
Born and brought up in India, Pritika moved to the U.S. in 1999. Chowdhry worked as a computer engineer for several years and then returned to school, completing an MFA in Ceramics and Sculpture from University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Chowdhry works are in the Erasing Borders 2009 traveling exhibition organized by the Indo-American Arts Council, and will be shown at the Queens Museum, New York, the Aicon Gallery, Manhattan, the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, the Dowd Fine Arts Gallery in SUNY-Cortland, and the Gallery at Penn College, Pennsylvania. In addition, Chowdhry’s work appears in solo and group exhibitions at the DoVA Temporary at University of Chicago, the Brodsky Center at Rutgers University, Woman Made Gallery, and the ARC gallery, both in Chicago, and the Class of 1925 Gallery in Madison, Wisconsin.
Chowdhry is the recipient of a Vilas International Travel Fellowship, an Edith and Sinaiko Frank Fellowship for a Woman in the Arts, a Wisconsin Arts Board grant, a City of Madison project grant, and a Dane County Commission grant.
Chowdhry explores cultural forms of memory and representations of historical trauma in her current work. She founded the Partition Memorial Project which exists as temporary art exhibitions as well as a digital archive, www.partitionmemorialproject.org. As a curator, Chowdhry has founded the Transdiaspora Project, an ongoing series of exhibits that bring together artists from diverse locations around overarching themes. The printed catalog is available from amazon.com and a digital archive exists as a website, www.transdiaspora.org.
© Pritika Chowdhry