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Textile artist Anila Quayyum Aghas exhibition Wound-Wound on display at Day Gallery at USD

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The John A. Day Gallery at the University of South Dakota is currently featuring “Wound-Wound,” artwork by Anila Quayyum Agha, which is on display through Thursday, Jan. 30. In addition to the exhibition, the artist will present a lecture about her work at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23 in room 172 in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts. There will also be an artist’s reception in the Day Gallery from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 24.

Agha is assistant professor of drawing at the Herron School of Art at IUPUI in Indianapolis, Ind. She was born Lahore, Pakistan and completed her B.F.A. in textile arts at the National College of Arts and her M.F.A. in fiber arts at the University of North Texas. Agha’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in more than 10 solo shows and 40 group shows. In “Wound-Wound,” several new pieces are featured by Agha, who is known for her multi-media works that incorporate textiles, wax, drawing, and printmaking techniques. In her piece, “A Flood of Tears,” Agha addresses the 2010 Pakistani floods that impacted 20 million people. Agha looks to the use of textiles, embroidery, and patterns as a means to explore violence, death, and femininity in Pakistani culture.

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Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Hanna DeLange
USD News