Sanctuary Studio Fellow: Sughra Hussainy

Sughra Hussainy is a graduate of Turquoise Mountain Institute in Kabul, Afghanistan and the Maryland Institute College of Art, where she received her MFA from the Community Art program. Hussainy uses her art to break down stereotypes about Afghanistan, women, and Islam, and to pay homage to her native country. “Making art is a link for me with my past – with my family and with those who went before me. But today, art must bring change.” She believes that “while the body needs food to live, the soul needs art.”



About the Sanctuary Studio Fellowship: The Sanctuary Studio Fellowship provides support for a promising contemporary visual artist who is 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.

Learn more about the Next Generation/Sanctuary Studio Fellowship.