Avantika Bawa is an artist, curator, and academic. Her drawings and site- specific installations transform the act of drawing into sculptural gestures that react formally and also conceptually to architectural spaces and their history. This process emerges due, in part, to her relationship to the legacy of Minimalism and its emphasis upon reductive form, modularity and literal scale.
She has an MFA in Painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1998) and a BFA in the same from the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India (1995). She was a participant at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2008), Vermont Studio Center, VT, Milepost 5, Portland, OR, Jentel Artist Residency Program, WY and most recently the MacDowell Colony, NH.
Note worthy exhibits include; solos at Suyama Space, Seattle, WA, The Columbus Museum, Columbus GA; Saltworks Gallery and the Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center, Atlanta, GA; Lalit Kala Academy and Nature Morte Gallery, New Delhi, India; Gallery Maskara, Mumbai, India; Disjecta and Portland State University, Portland, OR. She was part of the South by East Biennial in Boca Raton, FL; and juried group shows at the Museum of Contemporary Art, GA, The Drawing Center and Smack Mellon, NY and SAVAC, Canada. Her work has been reviewed in international publications such as The New York Times, The Guardian, Art Papers, Art Lies, Art India, Art Asia Pacific, The Oregonian, and The Times of India amongst others.
Bawa's curatorial work began with a hotel room show during the Art in Chicago fair (98') and has grown through her studio and gallery, aquaspace – a laboratory for new and multi media art. In April 2004 she was part of a team that launched Drain - Journal for Contemporary Art and Culture, a peer reviewed online journal (www.drainmag.com
She is currently Assistant Professor of Fine Arts at Washington State University Vancouver, WA. Once upon a time she taught at Clark College and was a happy penguin.