The University of Wisconsin–Madison Arts Institute (presenter), the Department of Art History (host) and co-sponsors Art Department, Design Studies Department, the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection and the Center for South Asia welcome Meeta Mastani as the Interdisciplinary Artist in Residence for the Fall 2016 semester. Professor Henry Drewal, Department of Art History, is the lead faculty for this residency.
The UW–Madison Arts Institute’s Interdisciplinary Arts Residency Program brings innovative artists to campus to teach semester-long, interdepartmental courses and to publicly present their work for campus and community audiences.
Meeta Mastani (Meeta is her preferred and first name) is an internationally known print/dye artist, design specialist and community development advocate. For the last 25 years, she has worked at the intersection of sustainable development, culture, craft, design, arts and retail, helping to generate livelihoods for marginalized individuals and communities. She is the co-founder of Bindaas Unlimited, a sustainable, fair trade textile and craft business. Her work was recently shown in the exhibition “The Fabric of India” at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
During her residency at UW–Madison, Meeta will teach “Tactile Textiles – From 2D to 3D” to give students an opportunity to learn about the art of painting, printing and dyeing in non-toxic colors along with learning about the global artistry of draping and ancient craft traditions in South Asia. Her students and campus collaborators will present an inter-disciplinary installation and performance at the end of the semester. There will also be guest artists speaking at public events and working with students throughout the semester. To read more about Meeta and her work and to see a list of scheduled public events, please visit the website.