Next Generation/Sanctuary Studio Fellowship: Sobia Ahmad

A Block and Tackle of Lures, Reels, and Rods, 2013, wood, sound-biters, micro-controllers, ICs, leather, buckles, and for-ton, 12′ x 5′ x 2.5′

Sobia Ahmad’s interdisciplinary work dissects how social, cultural, and political forces shape personal narratives and community experiences. By combining imagery from her own life with local-global dialogues about immigration, nationalism, persecution, and womanhood, she explores how our deeply intimate struggles of identity and belonging can inform larger conversations about fluidity of self, trans-nationalities, and social justice. Born and raised in Pakistan, 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 reviewed in several major publications such as Al Jazeera English and The Washington Post, included in the Sadat Art for Peace permanent collection, and displayed widely in the Washington D.C. metro area, in Los Angeles at the Craft and Folk Art Museum, and in several other cities including Chicago, Denver, Seattle, and London. Ahmad was awarded a fellowship at Vermont Studio Center for winter 2018. She is currently collaborating with Sanctuaries DC and the Justice for Muslims Collective to organize Art & Healing workshops for immigrant and refugee communities in the greater Washington, D.C. area.  



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.

Learn more about the Next Generation/Sanctuary Studio Fellowship.