Education

MFA- Rinehart School of Sculpture, Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, USA.

Diploma in Studio Art- Madras College of Arts and Crafts, Chennai, India

BA Fine Arts – Stella Maris College, Chennai, India

Apprenticeship

Johnson Atelier, Fine Arts Foundry, NJ. USA - Apprenticed in all areas of foundry

techniques that included clay modeling, mold making, wax casting, wax chasing metal

pouring, metal chasing and patination.

Art Camps and Residencies

  • Invited to participate at the Stone Sculpture Camp, organized by the Karnataka Lalit Kala Academy, 2015

  • Invited to participate at the All India Sculptors Residency organized by MSPL, Hospet, Karnataka, India 2006

  • Invited to participate at the International Artists Residency organized by the Central Lalit Kala Academy at the Garhi Artists studio New Delhi, coinciding with the 9th Triennale- India in December 1997

  • Invited to participate at the Karnataka State Sculptors Camp, organized by the Karnataka Shilpa Kala Academy Academy, May 1997

  • Bronze casting workshop organized by the Central Lalit Kala Academy, India, 1986

Awards and Honors

  • Intersection for the Arts, Artists Incubator Program and Artist Fiscal Sponsorship, San Francisco for 3rd Space Lab Collective

  • Recipient of the Senior Fellowship 2011-2012, Ministry of Culture, Government of India.

  • Honored by the Shilpa Kala Academy, Bangalore, India, 2005

  • Rinehart award, Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, 1990

  • Junior fellowship, Central Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi, India 1987-1988

  • Scholarship to a Bronze casting workshop organized by the Central Lalit Kala Academy, India, 1986

  • Award, Tamil Nadu State Art Organization Madras, India 1983

Exhibitions

2012 – ongoing – 3rd Space lab Collective, Bangalore/San Francisco

3rd Space Lab is a collective of artists from disciplines of digital media, architecture,

installation, community arts, performance and design, founded by Lalitha Shankar and

Trena Noval. Informed from our individual creative work and experiences, and our

collective inquiry, we aim to create trance-boundary practices that broaden collective

understanding. As a group of inter-cultural artists, we have explored and created bodies

of work through our unique perspectives, revealing new cultural relationships that

become the basis of creative innovation. We strive for equitable collaborations that

bridge social divides of class, race, ethnicity, culture and professional expertise that

manifest into responsive projects and interactions. www.3rdspacelabcollective.com

https://socialweavers.wordpress.com/

2019 – Social Weavers Stories, 3rd Space Lab Collective: Projection Mapping narrative

and performance, Chennai Photo Biennale, Chennai, March 2019

2018 – Public Knowledge Sharing, collective conversation no.2 at the California College

of the Arts – Home Making Space For Radical Love and Struggle - 3rd Space Lab

Collective: Hosted at Oliver Gallery at the California College of the Arts, as part of the

Diversity Studies Home exhibition, centered on the concept of Making Space for Radical

Love and Struggle, April 2018

2017 – Social Weavers Stories, 3rd Space Lab Collective, video mapping projection

narrative and performance, Museum of Goa and the Premanand Hall at the Maharaja

Sayajirao University of Baroda, November/December 2017.

2017– Public Knowledge Sharing, collective conversation no. 1 at Yerba Buena Center for

the Arts (YBCA), 3rd Space Lab Collective: Hosted by YBCA, the first series of collective

conversations centered around the concept of the earth as a commons space that

everyone has the right to acess and enjoy, September, 2017.

2017 – City as a Live Creature, commissioned by Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco.

3rd Space Lab Collective, public work community mapping engagement in the SoMA

neighbourhood of San Francisco, May 2017.

2016 – Social Weavers, 3rd Space Lab Collective, project launch in Bangalore and

Gajendragad. Built a natural dye studio working with the weavers and master dyers of

two of the weavers societies, Gajendragad, to create a natural dye system and process

studio for the Social Weavers Project, July 2016.

2016 – Social Weavers Stories, 3rd Space Lab Collective, video mapping projection

narrative and performance, National Gallery of Modern Art, Bangalore, November 2016.

2016 – Seed Mapping – 3rd Space Alb Collective, ongoing, a collaborative seedmapping

project in Bangalore with Dr. Yellappa Reddy, former Indian Forest Service

Officer and arborists from Lalbagh Botanical Gardens in Bangalore with seeds from the

iconic Redwood and Banyan trees, July 2016

2016 - Private Collections, Public Museum, curated show, Venkatappa Gallery,

Bangalore, India, May 2016

2015 –The 377191 Wall - a group show of 238 artists, Gallery Beyond, Mumbai, May

2014 – Bay Observatory Gallery, Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA – 3rd Space Lab

Collective, worked in residence at the Bay Observatory to explore cultural perceptions

of the landscape, which culminated in a public presentation, performance, interactive

participation of our perceptual experiments, video projection mapping of a short

experimental film from our research in the Bay Observatory. August 2014.

2014 – Research Residency, National gallery of Modern Art, Bangalore, 3rd Space Lab

Collective curated and led a series of discussion with the regions cultural thinkers,

artists and academics around the intersections of culture, environment and building

new understandings among these intersections. January 2014.

2013 -Looking In – Solo Show at Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore, India, July 2013

2007 - In Search of Consciousness – Solo Show at Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore, India,

June 2007

2004 - Energies in Space - Solo show at Galerie Bortier, Brussels, Belgium, May 2004

2002 - Energies in Space - Solo show at Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore, India, January 2002

2000 - A Visual Experience - Installation at Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore, India, October

1999 - Solo show, invited by the Stratmon Group, Brugge, Belgium, December, 1999

1996 - Invited to participate at The Rinehart Hundred, The Contemporary Years,

Baltimore, USA June 1996

1996 - One Person Show, Alliance Francaise, Bangalore, India, April 1996

1993 - One Person Show, Johnson Atelier, New Jersey, USA, June 1993

1991 – ‘The South of the World - The Other Contemporary Art’, Invited to participate at

the "The South of the World - The Other Contemporary Art" Marsala, Italy, Organized by

the Ente Mostro Nazionale di Pittura, 1991

1990 - Invited to participate at the Asian American Art Centre Annual Exhibition, New

York, USA Seplember1990

1990 - Graduate Thesis Exhibition, Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, USA,

March 1990.

1987 - Juried All India Sculpture Exhibition, Organized by the British High Commission, as

part of the Henry Moore in India Programme, New Delhi, India, 1987

1987 - Invited to participate at the Exhibition of works by Indian Women Sculptors,

organized by the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, India, 1987

1986- Solo Show, Sakshi Gallery, Chennai, India, 1986

1984 - Contemporary Print Making in India, Juried exhibition, San Diego, USA, (Festival

of India in USA), 1984.

1984 - Juried National Exhibition of Art, Central Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi, India

Collections

  • RMZ Foundation, Bangalore, India

  • MSPL, Hospet, India

  • Private collection, Bangalore, India.

  • Private collection, Bangalore, India

  • Private collection, Bangalore, India

  • Gallery Beyond, Mumbai, India

  • The Sculpture Foundation, Inc., Grounds for Sculpture, New Jersey, USA

  • Private Collection, Belgium

  • Alliance Francais, Bangalore, India

  • Madras Museum, Madras, India

  • Central Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi, India

  • Regional Lalit Kala Academy, Madras, India

  • NIRMITEE, Industrial Architects, Bangalore, India

  • National Institute of Biological Sciences, India

  • The Karnataka Shilpa Kala Academy, Bangalore, India