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News & Events | Joan Sharma

International Photography Awards 2016





Awarded by the jury of the 2016 International Photography Awards for “Hindu Priest, Madhubani”


Spectrum Gallery’s Annual Print Exhibition/Benefit, Arthop Reception on October 6th from 5-8pm.

Camel_Decoration_Pushkar_Camel_FairSpectrum Gallery’s Annual Print Exhibition/Benefit, featuring a fantastic variety of photographic art by over 50 photographers, kicks off with an Arthop Reception on October 6th from 5-8pm.


“Faculty Works” – 1419 M Street Gallery

Fresno California
September 2016

Department of Art & Design Faculty Works  at 1419 M Street Gallery

Saturday, September 10th noon to 4pm

“Reflections” – Spectrum Art Gallery, June 2 – July 3, 2016


REFLECTIONS – Spectrum Art Gallery through July 3, 2016

“Draw The Line” Installation at Gallery 25 March 2014

Gallery 25, 660 Van Ness, Fresno CA
March 6 - 30, 2014

Draw The Line – youtube video documenting March 2014 installation

Artists Joan Sharma and Carol Tikijian collaborate to focus their concerns for Earth and climate change by creating a multisensory, multimedia installation at Gallery 25. “Draw The Line” employs light, sound and text to offer viewers an opportunity to reflect upon global issues around climate change that threaten the health of our planet.
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Gallery 25, 660 Van Ness Ave Fresno CA


VI International Conference: Fine Art Curriculum

Agra, India
January 27, 2013

Prof. Joan K. Sharma & Prof. Sruti Sadolkar-Katkar, Vice Chancellor Bhatkhande Music Institute Deemed- University. Sruti Sadolkar-Katkar’s vocal performance was extraordinary. VI International Conference:Fine Art Curriculum in the Indian Universities: an introspective review in the context of global scenario, Agra, India (sponsored by The Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India).


6th International Conference
Fine Art Curriculum in Indian Universities

Agra, India
January 27 - 28
Taj Mahal Arch

This year Executive Committee of Kriti Kala Sansthan has decided to give emphasis on the search for new areas and different dimensions of Fine Arts. In this context, KKS is organizing an International Conference entitled “Fine Art Curriculum in Indian Universities : an introspective review in the context of Global Scenario” where experts and scholars from different universities will present their views regarding different aspects of fine arts curriculum in India and abroad, along with ways and means for enhancing its application in educational institutions. We hope that this conference will throw some light on new avenues in fine art curriculum.

The conference will cover the following topics:

  • The need for changes in visual art curriculum in Indian Institutions (painting, sculpture, applied art, animation, architecture, photography, conceptual art and print making).
  • The need for changes in performing art curriculum in Indian institutions (Music, Dance, Drama etc.)
  • Comparative study of Fine Art Curriculum (Indian Universities vs. Universities abroad)
  • Problems of existing fine art curriculum and its solutions.
  • Modification of fine art curriculum in age of globalization.
  • Fine art curriculum based on requirements of 21st. century.
  • New dimensions in career options in the field of fine art.

Experts in the conference:

  • Pundit Bhajan Sopori
  • Sam Evans
  • Rob Borke
  • Joan Krejcar Sharma

Presentation by Joan Sharma

Abstract: Light and Color: Additive and Subtractive color theory and application in 21st century fine and applied art studies within a global context.

Color is one of the most effective design elements because it is an expressive force that communicates directly and deeply. It is a powerful element of design and a very important vehicle for artistic expression of emotions and concepts by artists and designers. Color plays an increasingly important role in contemporary visual culture particularly with the expanding access to digital media and the World Wide Web. Developing an understanding of the interface between additive and subtractive color theory and application is essential in light of current technology. Traditional Bauhaus approaches of teaching color theory and the tri-chromatic aspects of subtractive color mixing are expanded upon to include a consideration of the link between color and culture. Visual references will be presented to illustrate the multilayered aspects of color and light including the physiology of how we see, psychology, current scientific research and symbolism.

More about Kriti Kala Sansthan:

Kriti Kala Sansthan, Agra (Regd.) – a Centre for Promotion of Indian Classical Music. “Kriti Kala Sansthan” of Agra is a renowned center for propagation and development of Indian classical music. Since its inception in 2005, this organization is tirelessly working to rejuvenate our dying art & cultural tradition by organizing Conferences, Seminars, Workshops and various musical awareness programmes like free music training camps, summer camps on music and art etc. It has already reached to a greater number of music loving people of India especially in and around Agra. KKS is not only reaching Agra and its surroundings; it has its strong foothold in other States too namely Delhi, Gujarat-Ahmedabad, Chattisgarh – Raigarh. As an illustration, KKS organized a grand programme in Raigarh, Chattisgarh on 15th November 2009 to celebrate birth anniversary of almost forgotten folk artist and composer Late Lala Fulchand Srivastav, where senior Government officials and folk artists were present.

During previous years, two more events were organized for the benefit of music lovers of Agra. First one, an International Conference in memory of Late Alain Danielou, First HeadResearch Department, and Banaras Hindu University, entitled “Research & its Consequences on Music” which was held on 4th October, 2007, where Mrs. Selina Thelieman, an internationally renowned ethnomusicologist was key note speaker and delegates from different Universities of neighboring States presented their papers. The second event was an International Seminar on “Trends of Music Therapy Today” held on 13th August, 2008 at D.P.S. Agra where music therapist from Australia, Miss Ann Lehmann, conducted excellent session on various aspects of music therapy. More than 100 participants were present in this seminar. Third National Conference on “Folk Music of India” was held at The Grand Hotel, Agra on 6-7th December, 2009 where delegates from at least five States around Agra participated. 4th National Conference on “Relevance of Fine Art Education in 21st Century” was organized with full enthusiasm on 6-7th February 2011 at Dr. MPS Group College of Business Studies, Agra and delegates from all over India discussed the present issues related to fine arts in the context of globalization. Another international Conference on Exploring new dimensions in Fine Arts was organized at Agra Club, Agra on 28 29th Jan, 2012 which was inaugurated by Mr. Suresh K Goel, IAS, DG, ICCR,New Delhi & Valedictory address was given by Pt. Vishwamohan Bhatt, Jaipur.

Kriti Kala Sansthan is also promoting performance of its members in India and abroad. “Kriti Ensemble”, a performing group under KKS is regularly performing in various venues of India and abroad. Among them, their performances in Iran in 2005 and 2011, Malaysia and Singapore in 2006, Italy in 2008, Australia in 2005 and 2008, China in 2010 and Korea in 2011 are worth mentioning. Now, Kriti Ensemble” is a renowned name in the world arena as far as the classical music is concerned.

Open Focus
photographs: Near & Far

Gallery 25
October 4-28, 2012
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The interplay of light as it encounters objects and is transmitted and refracted by transparent and translucent materials inspired this series of digital prints. The compositions are linked through the formal qualities of value, pattern, texture and color. Labels indicate the location in which the image was captured here in Fresno, northern and southern California, Switzerland and India.

About half of the images were captured during 2012. While working through the process of selecting, editing and optimizing image files for printing, I remembered similar images that I had captured during visits to northern and southern California, Switzerland and India. The exhibition title, “Open Focus” refers to a type of awareness and the feeling I experience while contemplating the alignment of visual information and qualities of light at the moment of image capture. They were printed during the last three months. I am reminded of a saying, “where ever you go, there you are.”

Joan K. Sharma
October 2012

Gallery 25
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Hours: Friday, Saturday & Sunday 12 pm – 4 pm

Arthop Reception
Thursday, October 4th, 5:00-8:00
Artist Reception
Staurday, October 20th, 1:00-4:00

Mithila Painting: The Evolution of an Art Form

Pete P. Peters Ellipse Balcony, 3rd Floor, Henry Madden Library
Oct 8th to Oct 26th 2012
Amrita Jha, Two Snails-Ardhanavishwara

Reception on Feb 1, 2013 for “The New Generation of Mithila Painters” exhibition at Academy of Fine Arts & Literature, New Delhi, India. Professor Rajeev Lochan, Director, National Gallery of Modern Art, Delhi.

Mithila painting, as a domestic ritual activity, was unknown to the outside world until the massive Bihar earthquake of 1934. House walls had tumbled down, and the British colonial officer in Madhubani District, William G. Archer, inspecting the damage “discovered” the paintings on the newly exposed interior walls of homes. Archer – later to become the South Asia Curator at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum – was stunned by the beauty of the paintings and similarities to the work of modern Western artists like Klee, Miro, and Picasso. During the 1930s he took black and white photos of some of these paintings, the earliest images we have of them.

Mithila had long been famous in India for its rich culture and numerous poets, scholars, and theologians – all men. For women, it has been a deeply conservative society, and until painting on paper began 40+ years ago, most women were confined to their homes and limited to household chores, child rearing, managing family rituals, and ritual wall painting.

In 1977, while conducting research in Madhubani, the beauty of some of the paintings on paper stunned the American anthropologist, Raymond Owens. When Owens returned to the US he showed the paintings to fellow anthropologist, David Szanton, who was equally entranced by them. Then in 1980, with several colleagues they established the Ethnic Arts Foundation (EAF), a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to sustaining the Mithila painting tradition. Continue reading …