Sobia Ahmad, 2018-2019 Next Generation/ Sanctuary Studio Fellow

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Common Ground Gallery


October 30, 2019 – January 5, 2020

Common Ground Gallery, VisArts, 1st Floor

Opening Reception and Artist Talk: November 8, 7 – 9 PM


Solo exhibition of recent work by Sobia Ahmad the first Next Generation/Sanctuary Studio Fellow at VisArts.

About the artistBorn and raised in Pakistan, Sobia Ahmad moved to the United States at the age of fourteen. She is a 2016 graduate of the Bachelor’s in Studio Arts and the Honors Art Program at the University of Maryland College Park. Her work has been included in the Sadat Art for Peace permanent collection, and has been displayed in the Washington D.C. metro area, in Los Angeles at the Craft and Folk Art Museum, and in several other cities including Chicago, Seattle, and London. Ahmad was awarded an artist residency at the Vermont Studio Center for Spring 2018.


About the Next Generation/Sanctuary Studio Fellowship: The Next Generation/Sanctuary Studio Fellowship provides support for a promising contemporary visual artist who is emerging and/or a recently relocated refugee or asylee. The fellowship includes mentorship, a studio residency of one year, a solo exhibition, opportunities to share and exchange with the public through teaching, workshops, open studio visits, artist talks, and a community of artist peers. The mentor will assist the Fellow with the development of creative and professional goals, access to resources and services, navigation of local artist opportunities for the exposure of the fellow’s work, and exchange of ideas. Currently Fellows are selected through nomination and invitation only.

The Next Generation/Sanctuary Studio Fellow joins a community of artist peers who are part of the VisArts Studio Artist Program. The program provides individual artists or collaborative artist teams with opportunities for creative exploration, professional development, public exchange, and critical dialogue in a supportive studio environment. The program is based on generosity, respect, and interaction.