Sharmistha Ray is an artist, writer, and educator based in Brooklyn, New York. She was formerly Managing Director at Bodhi Art (Mumbai, New Delhi, New York, Berlin, and Singapore), the inaugural Sales Director – Asia at Hauser & Wirth, and VIP Representative – India at Art Basel. Sharmistha’s work has been exhibited in galleries and art fairs in New York, Singapore, Hong Kong, Mumbai and New Delhi. Solo exhibitions include “we are all islands” (Nine Fish, Mumbai & Mill Hall, Kochi, India), “Reflections & Transformations” (Aicon, New York), and “hidden geographies” (Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai, India).

She is the recipient of notable awards including a TED Fellowship (2009), Montblanc Young Artist Worldwide Patronage Award (2012), Joan Mitchell MFA Grant (2004), and was nominated for the Civitella Ranieri Fellowship for Visual Art (2014). Her writings have been published in various online and print magazines including Art Asia Pacific, Hyperallergic, ArtcriticalArt India and the India editions of Vogue and Elle. Sharmistha has spoken on several art-based panels, including Review Panel at the Brooklyn Public Library, NY; at the Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, Mumbai; and CSMVS (Prince of Wales Museum), Mumbai, among others.

Sharmistha gave a TED Talk in Vancouver, Canada in 2013, and spoke at SXSW on a panel about women and entrepreneurship in Austin, Texas, in 2019. She is frequently invited to artists’ residencies and art colleges as a visiting artist and critic. Some of these have included the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY; Flux Factory, Queens, NY; The Wassaic Project, NY; Piramal Art Residency, Mumbai; and What About Art?, Mumbai. She received a BA (Art) from Williams College and a dual degree MS (History of Art & Design) and MFA (Painting) from Pratt Institute, with honors.

She is currently Part-Time Faculty at Parsons School of Design in the Fine Arts Department, and also works in development at the CUE Art Foundation, a city-based non-profit that supports emerging and under-represented artists, writers, and curators, and runs educational programming for New York City students.

Education

2001-2005  Dual degree: M.S. History of Art & Design/M.F.A. Painting, Pratt Institute, New York

1997-2001  B.A. Art, Williams College, Williamstown, Mass. (cum laude)

Solo exhibitions and projects

2017

we are all islands 2, Mill Hall, Kochi, India

2016

we are all islands, Nine Fish Art Gallery, Mumbai, India

2015

On the Seashore of Endless Worlds, Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, Mumbai, India

2014

Sweet Surrender: Studies in Abstraction, Galerie Steph, Singapore

2013

Reflections + Transformations, Aicon Gallery, New York, USA

2012

hidden geographies, Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai, India

2004

Crossroads, M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York, USA

1998

Queer Series, Wilde Gallery, Williams College, Williamstown, USA

Selected Group exhibitions

2016

Studio Picks, The Loft at Lower Parel. Mumbai, India

2016

Art for Concern Annual Charity Exhibition & Auction, Mumbai, India

2015

Sparsh/Tactile, Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, Mumbai, India

2015

The 377191 Wall: A New Window to Understanding, Gallery Beyond, Mumbai, India

2015

Reviving the Retinal, Gallery OED, Kochi, India. Curated by Dr. Kathleen Wyma

2015

India Art Fair, 7th Edition, New Delhi, India

2014

Cursory Glances, Curated by WAA, Palladium Mall, Mumbai, India

2014

Asia Contemporary Art Show, Hong Kong

2014

Noir/Blanc, The Loft at Lower Parel, Mumbai, India

2013

Touched by Bhupen, Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai, India

2013

Vikhroli Skins, an initiative by Godrej India Culture Lab, Mumbai, India

2013

OUT/OFF: Out of the gallery and off the walls, Chameleon Art Projects, Mumbai, India

2013

India Art Fair, 5th Edition, New Delhi, India

2012

Open Studios, Space 118, Mumbai, India

2012

Museum of Memories, Godrej India Culture Lab, Mumbai, India

2012

Mumbai Galleries Weekend, sponsored by Citibank, Mumbai, India

2010

Hope for Haiti-India Cares, Grand Hyatt, Mumbai, India

2007

In-si-der, Bodhi Art, Mumbai, India. Curated by Sonal Singh and Brinda Kumar

2006

Joan Mitchell M.F.A. Grant Recipients, CUE Art Foundation, New York, USA

2004

Territories, Aicon Gallery, New York, USA. Curated by South Asian Women’s Creative Collective

2004

CAC Juried Exhibition, Contemporary Artists Center, North Adams, USA. Jurors: Mike Glier and Jenny Holzer

2004

Explorations/Innovations, Kingsborough Community College, New York, USA

2004

2004 Annual Pratt MFA Exhibition, Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York, USA

2004

Grand Group Show, Danny Simmons Corridor Gallery, Brooklyn, New York, USA

2004

Drawing Show, Parsons Institute, New York, USA

2004

MFAs Colliding, New York University, New York, USA

2002

Extreme Existence, Schafler Gallery, Pratt Institute, New York, USA

2002

9/11: Artists Respond, Schafler Gallery, Pratt Institute, New York, USA

2000

B.A. Thesis Exhibition, Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, USA

2000

Berkshire Artisans Association Juried Show, Lichtenstein Art Center, Pittsfield, USA

Awards and recognition

2014

Civitella Ranieri Fellowship, Visual Arts, Nominee, Italy

2013

L’Oreal Paris Femina Women Awards, Nominee, Artist of the Year, India

2012

Montblanc Young Artist World Patronage Award, Germany

2009

TED Fellowship, USA

2005

Pratt Circle Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement, Pratt Institute, USA

2005

Certificate of Excellence Award for Outstanding Merit in Graduate Fine Arts, Pratt Institute, USA

2005

Certificate of Excellence Award for Outstanding Merit in Graduate Art History, Pratt Institute, USA

2004

Joan Mitchell M.F.A. Grant, $10,000 Cash Award, USA

2000

cum laude, Dean’s List (four times), Williams College, USA

2000

Berkshire Artisans Association Fellowship, USA

2000

Class 1960 Scholars in Art, Williams College, USA

1998

BiGLaTA Fellowship, $2,500 Cash Award, Williams College, USA

Press and bibliography