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ARTIST BIO

All About Secret Language of Intimacy

Starting my artistic journey in 2000, the desire to create art that I attained soon became an unyielding obligation to myself to explore the inner mechanism of my creative consciousness. From small sketches to large scale projects, my art is a highly-personal reflection of myself.

I’ve been lucky enough to have participated in many collaborative projects, as well as exhibiting in a solo capacity, which has solidified my reputation in the art world. If you would like to find out more about my process, get in touch.

 

SAUMITRA'S INSPIRATION

It is my ongoing fascination with creating an image from a non tactile, non visual subject. I like a challenge of imagining a visual stimuli. I read Kevin’s poems from his book and loved the emotive nature of his poetry. The idea of this installation was nurtured because i had seen an artists call for a collaborative pieces and i really wanted to work with Kevin’s poems. The nature of his poetry really attracted me. The poems we chose speak about various layers and emotions in relationships and how the relationships change overtime. To imagine Kevin’s poems as a poetry-visual arts installation, we decided to use large textile panels to illustrate the poems because we want to create an experience that is consuming just like relationships are consuming.

 

RESUME

  • SAUMITRA CHANDRATREYA 


  • 312-536-9973 art@saumitrac.com saumitrac.com issuu.com/chandratreya 

  • Solo Exhibitions 

  • 2019

  • Everyday Obvious, ArtsXchange, Warehouse Arts District, St. Petersburg FL, USA My Body My Altar, Dobrow Freeman Gallery, St. Petersburg FL, USA  

  • 2017

  • RAVING RAGING RATINGS, 2017 Thesis Research Series, Sage Studios for Fashion Design, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA

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  • Group Exhibitions

  • 2020

  • Glitch, Mize Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL, USA

  • HO(ME), Second Century Studios, City of Clearwater Cultural Alliance, Clearwater, FL, USA

  • Visions of Health Equity, The Center for Health Equity, Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, FL, USA

  • Please Stand By, Mize Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL, USA 

  • 2019 

  • Stuff & Things & Stuff, Holiday Show, Mize Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL, USA

  • Burka Lounge Art Exhibit, ArtsXchange, Warehouse Arts District, St. Petersburg FL, USA

  • Arts Annual 2019, Gallery at Creative Pinellas, Largo, FL. USA 

  • Sweater Weather, Mize Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL. USA

  • Turn Disney On It’s Ear, Cider Press Cafe, St. Petersburg, FL. USA Sup Cones 2, Mize Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL. USA

  • Icons, Mize Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL. USA

  • Files & Film, Mize Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL. USA

  • Mini, Mize Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL. USA

  • 49th Annual Gasparilla Festival of Arts, Tampa, FL, USA

  • 2018 

  • Pollyanna Winter Extravaganza, St. Petersburg FL, USA

  • Stuff & Things & Stuff, Holiday Show, Mize Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL, USA

  • Pushing The Pull, A Fine Art Printmaking Exhibit, SPF Ft. Lauderdale & IS Projects, The FATVillage Projects, Ft. Lauderdale, FL. USA 

  • MOD Art Exhibit, Mize Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL. USA 

  • Universal Music Day, I Am Center, First Unity Spiritual Campus, St. Petersburg, FL USA

  • Emerging Artists Show, Gallery at Creative Pinellas, Largo, FL. USA Pride Pop Up Show, Moren Arts Center, St Petersburg, FL, USA Pride & Joy, Mize Gallery, St Petersburg, FL, USA 

  • Luminarts Cultural foundation Visual Arts Fianlists Show, The Union League Club of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA 

  • 2017 

  • Rise from the Rubble, Weather the Winds, Chicago Artists Coalition, Chicago, IL, USA

  • Come OUT St Pete Art Exhibit, St Petersburg, FL, USA.

  • Celebration of Arts, Tampa Bay Lightnings, Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL, USA

  • Fringe Creatives Show, Valhalla Resale, Tampa, FL, USA Fringe Creatives Show, Flying Boat Brewing Co, St. Petersburg, FL., USA 

  • Graduate Design Show, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Block 37, Chicago, IL., USA

  • 2015

  • First Year Fashion, Body and Garment Display, Sage Studios For Fashion Design, School of the Art Institute of Chicago,  Chicago, IL., USA


  • 2013

  • The Srishti Collective, Undergraduate Thesis Show, Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore, Karnataka, India.


  • 2011

  • Pushpapatha The Flower Trail, Gallery BMB, Mumbai, MH, India. 

  • Masterworks Exhibit for Aranya Naturals, Munnar, at Maiwa, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

  • 2010

  • The Flower Project, 1 Shanthi Road Gallery, Bangalore, KA, India.

  • Mutations 3, European Month of Photography, Berlinische Galerie, Berlin, Germany 

  • Education 

  • 2017

  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL Master of Design in Fashion, Body and Garment. Shapiro Fellowship for Graduate Research. Nominated for the 2nd Year Dean’s Scholarship 

  • 2013 Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore, KA, India. 

  • Bachelor of Art in Textile Design. 

  • Current Work Experience  

  • Freelance Art Handler, Installer and Restorer St. Cate Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, FL 

  • Packed flat and relief canvases of James Michaels at the Raymond James home office, St. Petersburg, FL

  • Part of the team that installed artwork, lights and text at reopened Artis, Naples Museum, Naples, FL 

  • Cleaned, buffed and burnished brass sculptures at the Dunedin History Museum, Dunedin, FL

  • Freelance Instructor,

  • Morean Arts Center, St Petersburg, FL 

  • Designed curriculum and taught Print on Fabric class at the Morean Arts Center for their Spring, Fall and winter Session. Students were adults from age 35 - 70. 

  • The class is 6 weeks long, each class incudes a demonstration of a new Silk Screening technique and student initiated projects afterwards. 

  • The students gain practical understanding of how to handle various fabrics, what kind of ink to use to get a particular result, how to creat a complex image on the fabric and how to translate their thoughts as images on fabrics. The students create one off art prints or repeat patterns. 


  • 2017

  • Digitizer/Designer, Hit Promotional Products, Largo, FL.. 

  • Work with Wilcom Embroidery Software and Adobe Illustrator at the Embroidery production facility of Hit Promotional Products. 

  • Digitize vector artwork with embroidery stitches and clean up the digitized files so that they sew fawlessly. 

  • Match Madeira thread colors with PMS colors. Do E-proofs for orders to represent the embroidery on the products. 

  •  Lab Monitor, Fiber Department, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL.

  • Assisted the department with the overall upkeep of the Print and Weaving Studios - Made sure the supplies for Print and Dyeing were up to date, mixed more when necessary.

  • Kept all the equipment up to date, Helped other students when necessary. 

  • Handled the web checkout for equipment.

  • Assisted the Manager winding the warp and winding bobbins 

  • 2016

  • Studio Assistant, Katrin Schnabl Collection, Chicago, IL.  

  • Assisted In research and putting together looks and moodboards for DanceWorks Chicago..

  • Assisted in putting together preliminary research for DanceWorks Chicago.

  • Assisted in styling, creating style boards, public relations material and executing the spring fundsraising event. 

  • 2015

  • Graduate Assistant, Katrin Schnabl Collection, Chicago, IL.

  • Assisted In research and putting together looks and moodboards for Art of Heritage, Riyadh

  • Assisted with the upkeep of the studio and helped executing various sales events.

  • Assisted in fabric cutting, organizing and putting together packages for sewing.

  • Assisted in organization and executing Katrin Schnabl Fashion show during Elevation 2015. 

  • Costume Designer, Set Designer and Production

  • Manager, Ripples, The Blind and The Elephant, Mumbai, MH, India.

  • Designed and executed the set for the play, Ripples.

  • Designed and executed the costumes for the play, Ripples * Worked as a stage manager for several shows of the play. 


  • 2014

  • Assistant Costume Designer, Yashodhara, an art film by NFDC, Mumbai, MH, India. 

  • Assisted in Designing and execution of costumes for an art film, Yashodhara by NFDC. 


  • 2014

  • Junior Designer, Le Groupe, Mumbai, MH, India.

  • Assisted in execution of the embroidery swatches for Premiere Vision, Paris 

  • Organized orders from Premiere Vision, Paris.

  • Assisted in execution of the print swatches for the buyers 

  • Designed and executed print swatches for the buyers 

  • Designed and executed digital prints. 

  • 2010

  • Design Intern at Aranya Naturals, Munnar, KL, India.

  • Designed and monitored art pieces for an auction at Maiwa, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

  • Designed and executed a capsule collection of 

  • Batik silk scarves for the in house store.Awards & Recognitions 


  • Awards

  • 2020

  • Individual Artist Grant, City of St. Petersburg, FL and St. Petersburg Arts Alliance, St. Petersburg, FL. 

  • 2019

  • Visions of Health Equity, The Center for Health Equity, Foundation for Healthy St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, FL 

  • 2018

  • Emergerging Artist Grant, Creative Pinellas, Pinellas County, FL.

  • Earl and Brenda Shapiro Center for Research & Collaboration, Graduate 

  • Reseach Fellow, School of the Art Institue of Chicago, Chicago, IL 


  • Finalist * 2019 49th Annual Gasparilla Festival of Arts, Emerging Artist, Tampa, FL


  • 2018 Visual Arts Fellowship, Luminarts Foundation, Chicago, IL.


  • 2017 Celebration of the Arts, Tampa Bay Lightnings, Tampa, FL.

  • 2017 Rum Chatha Fellowship, Fashion Department, School of the Art Institue of Chicago, Chicago, IL 

  • Arts In Podcast 

  • https://creativepinellas.org/magazine-items/saumitra-chandratreya-2/ 

  • Artist Feature 

  • http://voyagechicago.com/interview/meet-saumitra-chandratreya -saumitra-chandratreya-rogers-park/?fbclid=IwAR1bBO1vyB9sue 


  • Press 

  • Radial Act of Seeing https://creativepinellas.org/magazine-items/the-radical-act-of- seeing/


  • HO(ME) https://downtownclearwater.com/event/home-artist-reception/

  • Arts Annual https://destinationtampabay.com/arts-annual/ 


  • Arts in https://creativepinellas.org/magazine-items/saumitra-chandratreya-2/ Dupont Registry http://dupontregistrytampabay.com/dr-daily-9-27-emerging-artists- at-creative-pinellas/


  • Pushing the Pull https://www.isprojectsfl.com/pushing-the-pull


  • Creative Pinellas Emerging Artist Grant http://creativepinellas.org/creative-pinellas- announces-recipients-of-2018-emerging-artist-grants/


  • Creative Loafing, Tampa https://www.cltampa.com/arts- entertainment/visual-art/article/21007828/pride-pop-up-exhibit- at-the-morean-arts-center-in-st-petersburg https://www.cltampa.com/arts-entertainment/visual-art/article /21009279/the-art-of-pride-at-chad-mizes-gallery-in-st-petersburg


  • St Pete Pride https://www.stpetepride.com/en/events/2018-pride- and-joy-and-lgbtq-art-show


  • ArtsXchange https://www.tampabaynewswire.com/2019/02/06/artsxchange- announces-first-ever-exclusively-textile-exhibit-for-special-art-night-75170


  • Morean Arts Center http://www.moreanartscenter.org/classes-2/ printmaking/print-on-fabric-with-saumitra-chandratreya/


  • Shapiro Fellows 2015-16 http://www.saic.edu/academics/ shapirocenter/shapirofellows/pastfellowships/#fellows1516


  • Queer Ink http://queer-ink.com/category/tell-me-a-story/?mode=list


  • SAIC Design Show http://sites.saic.edu/designshow2017/ artist/saumitra-chandratreya/


  • Metamap Bangalore blog https://bangaloremetamap. wordpress.com/electromagnetic-city/

  • Artslant https://www.artslant.com/ny/events/show/ 182399-pushpa-patha-the-flower-trail 

 

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