The Canadian Art Database

Shelly Bahl

Born in Benares, India, 1970. Lives and works in New York City, USA and Toronto, Canada.


1995           M.A. (Studio Art), New York University, New York, NY
1993           B.F.A. (Specialized Honours in Visual Art), York University, Toronto, Canada


2004           Pink Is the Navy Blue of India, Gallery 198, London, UK
2003           Pink Is the Navy Blue of India, Khyber Centre For the Arts, Halifax, NS
2003           Pink Is the Navy Blue of India, M.Y. Art Prospects, New York
2003           F F F F Fashion, Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond, BC
1999           Random Works, 1995 - 1999, Art Folio Gallery, Chandigarh, India
1998           Hey Ladies!, Women’s Art Resource Centre Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
1996           More Miniatures..., Visual Arts Ontario, Toronto
1996           The (Big) Miniature Paintings, (curated by Marilyn Jung), MHSO Galleries, Toronto
1995           Scrolls, A Space Gallery, Projects Space, Toronto
1995           Ceremonial, 80 Washington Square East Galleries, New York


2005           Beyond That Print, McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton, ON
2004           6th International Biennial of Young Artists, (curated by Ingrid Mayrhofer), Center For Contemporary
                  Culture, Vrsac, Serbia and Montenegro
2004           100 Cuts, Gallery 312, Chicago, IL
2004           Masala: Diversity and Democracy in South Asian Art, William Benton Museum of Art, University of
                  Connecticut, Storrs
2003-04      [ESC] Electronic Social Culture (curated by Gu Xiong), Centre A, Vancouver;
                  and A Space Gallery, Toronto
2003           Miraculous: Contemporary Exvotos Paintings (curated by Trong G. Nguyen), chezTGN, Brooklyn
2003           4 x 4, Durham Art Gallery, Durham, ON
2003           Through Customs, (curated by Shamim L. Momin and Raina Lampkins-Fielder, Whitney Museum of
                  American Art), BosePaciaModern Gallery, New York
2003           Prism, Advocate Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2002-04      Migrations North – South / South – North: The Chile and Canada Exchange Project (curated by Ingrid
                  Mayrhofer and Jose Mansilla), Matucana 100, Santiago, and the Calbuco Arts Festival, Chile; Art
                  Gallery of Algoma, Sault St. Marie, ON; Gallery 44 (and 4 other venues), Toronto; and Espace Virtuel,
                  Chicoutimi, Quebec
2002           Borderless Terrain (curated by Dr. Alka Pande), Visual Arts Gallery -India Habitat Centre,
                  New Delhi, India
2002           Looking For Dick (curated by Carla Garnet), Open Studio Gallery, Toronto
2002           Suspended Moment, (curated by Khosro Berahmandi), Centre MAI -Montreal Arts InterCulturale,
                  Montreal, Quebec
2002           Try This, The Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn
2002           Relations, M.Y. Art Prospects, New York
2002           Casual Deities, BosePaciaModern Gallery, New York
2001-03      Carry-On Drawing (curated by Avantika Bawa) AquaSpace, Travelling public art project. Savannah,
                  USA; London, UK; and Delhi, Chandigarh and Bombay, India
2001           Mini Mi, Spin Gallery, Toronto
2001           Mitochondria Emancipation, Asian American Arts Center, New York
2001           Under the Influence, Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY
2001           Crossing the Line, (collaboration with Jaishri Abichandani), Queens Museum of Art & the Eagle Movie
                  Theater, New York
2001           Wall to Wall, The Soap Factory, Minneapolis; and CSPS Gallery, Legion Arts Center, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
2001           The Takhti Project (curated by Sheherezade Alam), Gallerie Sadequain, Lahore, Pakistan
2000-02      Dust on the Road (curated by Jamelie Hassan and Peter White, Hoopee Curatorial Collective).
                  Travelling Exhibition. York Quay Gallery, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto; The Galleries @ The Galleria,
                  London, ON; Centre MAI, Montreal; and The Roundhouse, Vancouver
2000-01      Hot Links to a Cold Climate: Masala Dry to Canada Chai, Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull, Quebec
2000           Taking Place, A Space Gallery, Toronto
2000           Contemporary Art and Identity: South Asian Diaspora in North America, Baum Gallery of Fine Art,
                  University of Central Arkansas, Conway
2000           Fresh Paint, Meg Gallery, Toronto
1998           Shadow Crossing (Shelly Bahl, Gaye Chan, Eric Fong), Gallery TPW, Toronto
1997           Seeking Beautiful Indian Girls..., Gallery 401, Toronto
1997           Mirroring 2000 (Shelly Bahl, Parvaneh Radmard & Yam Lau), The Gallery,
                  University of Toronto, Scarborough
1997           The Boxing Day Show, A Space Gallery, Toronto
1995           (Marked Up) (with the Big Eyed Inc. collective), Dufferin Mall Gallery, Toronto
1995           Perceptions, Mirage Gallery, Toronto
1995           Against the Wall (curated by Rachel James), Gallery 401, Toronto
1995           Head to Toe, Ward-Nasse Gallery, New York
1995           Selections from the Collection of Binney & Smith, American Council for the Arts, New York
1994-95      New American Talent: The Tenth Exhibition (curated by Adam Weinberg, Whitney Museum of
                  American Art). Travelling exhibition. The Austin Museum of Art at Laguna Gloria, Austin, TX; Art
                  Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, TX; Scurry County Museum, Snyder, TX; Longview Museum,
                  Longview, TX; Art Institute for the Permian Basin, Odessa, TX; Brownwood County Museum Annex,
                  Brownwood, TX; and Kilgore College Gallery, Kilgore, TX
1994           Sacred Spaces (Shelly Bahl, Dana Epstein & Alison Turner), Rosenberg Gallery, New York University
1994           Self-Identity and Portraiture, Rosenberg Gallery, New York University
1993           In-Sight (curated by Sharon Fernandes for the Desh Pardesh Festival/ Conference),
                  Art Metropole, Toronto
1993           South Asian Women: Lives and Histories (curated by Sharon Fernandes), Arthur Haberman Gallery,
                  York University, Toronto
1993           E-Motif (Shelly Bahl & Doris Sung), York University Student Centre Gallery, Toronto
1992           Poiesis, Arthur Haberman Gallery, York University, Toronto
1992           Painting Salon, IDA Gallery, York University, Toronto
1991           Collectively... Six, York University Student Centre Gallery, Toronto


2003-04       Artists Alliance, New York
2003           The Banff Centre, Banff, AL
2003           Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
1999           Sanskriti Kendra Foundation, New Delhi, India
1998           Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT


Janet Marquardt and Stephen Eskilson. Frames of Reference. McGraw Hill Publishing. New York. 2004.
Ingrid Mayrhofer. The Chile Exchange. A Space Gallery publication. Toronto. 2003.
Koan-Jeff Baysa. Pink Is the Navy Blue of India. M.Y. Art Prospects Gallery publication. New York. 2003.
Corrine Corry and Deepali Dewan. Shelly Bahl: New Works On Paper. Richmond Art Gallery publication.
Richmond, BC.2003.
Dr. Alka Pande. Borderless Terrain. Visual Arts Gallery -India Habitat Centre publication. New Delhi, India. 2002.
Sylvat Aziz and Leila Sujir. Hot Links to a Cold Climate: Masala Dry to Canada Chai. Canadian Museum of
Civilization publication. Hull, Quebec. 2000.
Rashmi Varma. Editor. Contemporary Art and Identity: South Asian Diaspora In North America. SAVAC/ Baum
Gallery of Fine Art publication. Toronto. 2000.
Irmina Ayuyao. Shadow Crossing. Gallery TPW publication. Toronto. June 1998.
Maheshwari Sharma. Essay for Perceptions. Mirage Gallery publication. Toronto. October 1995.
Rachel James. Essay for Against the Wall. Desh Pardesh publication. Toronto. May 1995.
Adam Weinberg. New American Talent: The Tenth Exhibition. The Austin Museum of Art at Laguna Gloria
publication.Austin. 1994.


Priya Malhotra. "Pink Is the Navy Blue of India." Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Hong Kong.
November 2003.
Robert Sherrin. "FFFF Fashion, Shelly Bahl at The Richmond Art Gallery." Art India Magazine. Bombay, August 2003.
Michael Harris. "Pop Culture Meets Wallpaper in Artist’s Patchwork Exhibit." The Vancouver Sun. May 5, 2003.
Deepali Dewan. "Asian Art Now." ART AsiaPacific. St. Leonards, Australia. January 2003.
Ashrafi S. Bhagat. "Images Without Borders." The Hindu Times. New Delhi. September 08, 2002.
Jeffrey Kalstrom. "Wall to Wall." New Art Examiner. Chicago. November 2001.
Andrew Knighton. "Two-Dimensional Man." Object Magazine. Minneapolis. August 15, 2001.
Anne Kim. "Fresh Paint." FUSE Magazine. Toronto. Winter 2001.
Leela Viswanathan. "Fresh Paint." Kala Arts Journal. Toronto. Fall 2000.
Carol Rolf. "South Asian Influence." Log Cabin Democrat. Conway, AK. September 3, 2000
Kim Purkiss. "The Baum Squad." The Echo, Conway, AK. August 31, 2000.
Lisa Broadwater. "Art for Art’s Sake." Arkansas Democrat Gazette. Little Rock. August 29, 2000.
Nicholas Keung. "Art show paints fresh East-West tableau." The Toronto Star. Toronto. August 24, 2000.
Gary Michael Dault. "Gallery Going: Fresh Paint." The Globe and Mail. Toronto. August 12, 2000.
Dierdre Hanna. "Painted Word." NOW Magazine. Toronto. August 10, 2000.
Dr. Alka Pande. "Long Distance Learning." Femina Magazine. Bombay. February 15, 2000.
Dr. Alka Pande. "Something Old, Something New." Art India Magazine. Bombay. January 2000.
"A Fine Blend of Traditional and Contemporary Art." The Chandigarh Tribune. Chandigarh. December 15, 1999.
"Canadian Painter Puts Up Show." The Indian Express. Chandigarh. December 14, 1999.
"Heated Exchanges at Debate on Art." The Chandigarh Tribune. Chandigarh. December 17, 1999.
Dr. Ramani Ramakrishnan. "Hey Ladies!" Kala Arts Journal. Toronto. Winter 1999.
"Fast Forward." edited by Richard Rhodes. Canadian Art. Toronto. Summer 1998.
Deirdre Kelly. "Indian Girls display frame of mind." The Globe & Mail. Toronto. June 12, 1997.
Deirdre Hanna. "Asian Heritage." NOW Magazine. Toronto. April 25, 1996.
"Artist Run Culture." edited by Jennifer Rudder. MIX Magazine. Toronto. Spring 1996.
"Rosenberg Gallery." NYU Today. New York. October 14, 1994.
Zeke MacCormack. "Laguna Gloria exhibit reflects how 53 artists deal with 'crisis'."
Austin-American Statesman. Austin. March 21, 1994.
Deirdre Hanna. "Diverse artists offer In-Sight at Desh Pardesh group show." NOW Magazine.
Toronto. March 25, 1993.
Ann Marie Muir. "E-Motif: Shelly Bahl and Doris Sung." Excalibur Magazine. Toronto. February 10, 1993.
Moira McDonald. "A little colour for a grey campus." Excalibur Magazine. Toronto. November 6, 1991.


Exclaim!, edited by James Keast. Toronto. April 2003.
"Women and Humour." edited by Amy Karlinsky. Inversions. Winnipeg. Fall 2002.
"Contemporary Indian Painting." edited by Dr. Andrew Cohen. The Art Journal. New York. Fall 1999.
Matriart Journal, edited by Linda Abrahams. Toronto. Summer 1999.
"Here and There, Between South Asias." edited by Jacqueline Larson. West Coast Line . Vancouver. Winter 1999.
FUSE Magazine, edited by Petra Chevrier. Toronto. Winter 1999.
"Suburban Cultures." edited by Peter Hudson. MIX Magazine. Toronto. Fall 1998.
"Artist Project." edited by Zool Suleman. Rungh Magazine. Vancouver. Spring 1997.
DIVA Journal, edited by Fauzia Rafiq. Toronto. Spring 1994.
"Liquitex Purchase Award Recipients." Art in America. New York. February 1994.


"South Asian Contemporary Art: Artist-Run Initiatives in the Diaspora." CAA 2001 Conference
Journal. New York. 2001.
Co-Writer/ Editor. Private Thoughts/ Public Moments. Art Gallery of Ontario publication. 2000.
Su-en Wong: Girl as Covergirl. Art Gallery of Ontario publication. 2000.
Editor. Taking It to the Streets. SAVAC publication. Toronto. 1999.
Shelly Bahl, Marilyn Jung and Shaheen Merali. Editors. UNBOUND GEOGRAPHIES/ fused histories, ZEN-MIX
2000/A Space Gallery publication. Toronto. 1999.
Shelly Bahl, Marilyn Jung and Shaheen Merali. Curatorial essay for "UNBOUND GEOGRAPHIES/ fused
histories." A Space Gallery publication. Toronto. August 1998.
"On doubling: personal reflections." edited by Todd Ayoung. New Observations. New York, September 1995.
"The Asian/ Asian American artist in the contemporary art world." NYU Asians In America Conference Journal.
New York. September 1995.


2001,98, 97                   Visual Art Grants, Canada Council For the Arts
2002,00, 99, 97, 95        Visual Arts Grants, Ontario Arts Council
2002, 00, 99                  Artist Travel Grant, Canada Council For the Arts
2004, 03, 00,  96, 95      Exhibition Assistance Grants, Ontario Arts Council
1999                             Visual Arts Grant, Toronto Arts Council
1999                             Senior Arts Fellowship, Shastri Indo/ Canadian Institute
1999                             Curatorial Residency Grant, Canada Council For the Arts
1998                             Artist Residency Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center
1996                             Artist-In-EDUCATION Grant, Ontario Arts Council
1995                             ARCH Award for Graduate Achievement New York University
1994                             Art Presentation Award, NYU Graduate Students Organization
1994                             Art Purchase Award, Liquitex - Binney & Smith Corporation
1993-95                        Graduate/ Teaching Assistantship, New York University
1993                             Exhibition Grant, Creative Arts Students Organization, York University
1992                             Poiesis Drawing Award, Arthur Haberman Gallery, York University


2004           Art Instructor, Interdisciplinary Art Lab, Ontario College of Art and Design, Faculty of Art, Toronto
2002           Artist-Teacher, Vermont College of the Union Institute and University, MFA in Visual Art Program, VT
2002           Art Instructor, Contemporary Issues: Art Today, Ontario College of Art and Design, Dept. of
                  Integrated-Media, Toronto
2002           Art Instructor, Fundamentals of Drawing, Pratt Institute, HEOP Program, Brooklyn, NY
2001-02      Visiting Assistant Professor (Drawing and Painting), Alfred University, School of Art and Design,
                  Alfred, NY
1999           Art Instructor, Drawing, Ryerson University, School of Image Arts, Toronto
1998-99      Art Instructor, Drawing I & II, Sheridan College, School of Animation, Arts and Design, Oakville, ON
1997           Visiting Artist, Mixed -Media Sculpture, Toronto Board of Education, various high school art
                  departments, Toronto
1996           Art Instructor, Drawing, Painting & Printmaking, North York Board of Education,
                  Summer Studio, Toronto
1996           Art Instructor, Drawing, York Region Board of Education Art Program, Markham, Ontario
1995           Teaching Assistant, Life Drawing Studio, New York University, Dept. of Art and Art Professions
1993-95      Teaching Assistant, New Student Seminar, New York University, Dept. of Art and Art Professions, NY
1992           Art Instructor, Sculpture, Seneca College, Summer Studio, Toronto
1991           Teaching Assistant, Sculpture, Toronto Board of Education. Boyne Art Program, Toronto


2004           Artist Talk, Studio Arts Program, Trinity College, Connecticut
2004           Panelist, "South Asian Cultural Production in the USA, Canada and the UK,"
                   Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the Queens Museum of Art, New York
2003           Artist Talk, Khyber Center For the Arts, Halifax
2003           Panelist, "The Chile Exchange -Here and There: Translating Conflict,"Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto
2003           Panelist, "Prism -Contemporary Latino and South Asian Art," Advocate Gallery, Los Angeles
2002           Panelist, "Looking For Dick," Open Studio and FUSE Magazine, at The Rivoli, Toronto
2002           Panelist, "Locating Asia International Symposium," Centre A and Simon Fraser University, Vancouver
2001           Panelist. "Mitochondria Emancipation," Asian American Arts Center and The Korea Society, New York
2001           Artist Talk, SAWCC (South Asian Women’s Creative Collective) and Indo-Center for Art and Culture, NY
2001           Panelist. "Voice/Agency? Anyone Listening? Contemporary Art and India," College Art Association
                  Conference, Chicago
2000           Panelist and Visiting Artist, "Contemporary Art and Identity: South Asian Diaspora in North America,"
                  Baum Gallery of Fine Art and the Department of Art, University of Central Arkansas, Conway, USA
2000           Panelist. "Hot Links to a Cold Climate," Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull, Quebec
2000           Slide Lecture, "Diasporic South Asian Contemporary Art," MPCVA International Conference:
                  Experiments In Conceptual Curating, Bombay
1999           Artist Talk, Art Folio Gallery, Chandigarh
1999           Slide Lecture, "Diasporic Asian Art," Museum of Modern Art, Delhi & Art Folio Gallery, Chandigarh
1997           Artist Talk, Toronto Board of Education. Boyne Art Program, Toronto
1995           Moderator, Artist Panel for Desh Pardesh Conference 1995, Toronto
1995           Moderator, Artist Panel for NYU's Asians In America Conference, NY


2003           Juror, "Multidisciplinary Arts Festivals Grants Program," Ontario Arts Council, Toronto
2002           Interim Administration and Development Officer, SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Collective), Toronto.
2001           Juror, "Artist-Run Centres Program," Canada Council For the Arts, Ottawa
1999-01      Member, Board of Directors, Mercer Union Gallery, Toronto
1999-00      Curatorial Resident, Art Gallery of Ontario, Dept. of Contemporary Art, Toronto. Curated exhibitions:
                  Sutapa Biswas: video installation (2000); Colin Campbell: Art Star (2000); Su-en Wong: Girl as
                  Covergirl (2000); & (with guest curator Sutapa Biswas); Private Thoughts/ Public Moments (2000)
1996-00      Member, Steering Committee, ZEN-MIX 2000: Pan-Asian Visual Arts Network, Toronto
1999           Juror, "Special Projects in Visual Arts Grants," Ontario Arts Council, Toronto.
1997-99      Coordinator-Administration and Programming, SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Collective), Toronto.
                  Management of organization and coordination of the following exhibitions/ projects: "Technological
                  Revolutions," Hamilton Artists’ Inc., Hamilton (1999); "Feminist Practices: Lateral Moves," A Space
                  Gallery, Toronto (1999); Dia*sperse," Black Paint Studio, Toronto (1999); "Emittance," Gallery 76/
                  OCAD, Toronto (1999); "central-nerve: performance art installations," Wade St. Studios, Toronto
                  (1998); "Taking It to the Streets," Public art project, Toronto (1998); "Sweetness and Light," Inter/
                  Access Electronic Media Arts Centre, Toronto (1998); "Tourists In Our Own Land(s)," Gallery 44,
                  Toronto (1998); & "Dirty Laundry & PartingThoughts," Propeller Centre for the Arts, Toronto (1998).
1996-98      Member, Board of Directors, A Space Gallery, Toronto
1996-97      Administrative Coordinator, Cross Cultural Communication Centre, Toronto
1995-96      Fundraising & Publicity Coordinator, Open Studio, Toronto
1994-95      Vice-President, Student Art League, New York University, Dept. of Art and Art Professions, New York
1994           Gallery Intern, Exit Art/ The First World, New York
1993-95      Graduate Assistant (Undergraduate Advisement), New York University, Dept. of Art and Art
                  Professions, NY
1993-95      Editorial Assistant, Barney Bulletin, New York University, Dept. of Art and Art Professions, NY
1993-94      Gallery Intern, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York
1993,94      Museum Animateur/ Public Projects Assistant, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto
1992-93      Director/ Curator, York University Student Centre Gallery, Toronto
1991-93      Radio Programmer, "Bohemian Beats: alternative arts and music program," CHRY 105.5 FM Radio,
                  Toronto Curatorial and Exhibition Coordination (projects):


2002          Juror -SAVAC, "SAVAC Members Exhibition", Living Arts Centre, Mississauga, Ontario
1999-98     Co-Curator, "UNBOUND GEOGRAPHIES/ fused histories: the British/ Canadian Xchange," A Space
                 Gallery, Toronto, and Lethaby Gallery, Central St. Martins College of Art, London, UK
1998          Curator,"Ca + CO2," Area Gallery, Toronto
1997          Co-Coordinator, "Seeking Beautiful Indian Girls...," Gallery 401, Toronto
1997          Co-Curator, "Video-Postcards From the Edge of the Orient," Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
1997          Curator, "Transience," A Space Vitrines, Toronto
1997          Programming Committee Member, "Ho Tam & Brenda Joy Lem," Gallery 44, Toronto
1997          Coordinator, "The Boxing Day Show," A Space, Toronto
1996          Curatorial Committee Member -SAVAC & Desh Pardesh, "Naya Samachar," Gallery 401, Toronto
1995          Coordinator, "Asian Reflections," New York University, New York
1994          Co-Coordinator, "Self-Identity & Portraiture," Rosenberg Gallery, New York University, New York


Artist Participant, Artists With Their Works Program, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
Founding Artist Member, ZEN-MIX 2000: Pan-Asian Visual Arts Network, Toronto
Founding Artist Member, SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Collective), Toronto
Artist Member, Mercer Union Gallery, Toronto; A Space Gallery, Toronto; Women’s Art Resource Centre,
Toronto; SAWCC (South Asian Women’s Creative Collective), New York