June 4, 2012
Kashmir Crossover awards scholarships to 3 Kashmiri art students
Kappa Pi, Northwest Missouri State University’s honorary art fraternity, and Kashmir Crossover, a collaborative art project involving Northwest and the University of Kashmir in Srinagar, has awarded scholarships to three Kashmiri art students.
The students will split the scholarship money, which totals $700. Earlier this year, more than 20 Northwest students and faculty collaborated to raise funds for the scholarship contest by selling handmade ceramic teacups with Kashmiri tea, handmade wooden bracelets and pendants, and silkscreened greeting cards.
The scholarship winners are as follows:
Masarat Majeed Lone is a sculpture student whose work shows influences of European sculptors and feminist artists. Lone is completing her bachelor of fine arts at the University of Kashmir and also hopes to work toward a master of fine arts. She plans to use her scholarship award for tuition, housing fees and art materials.
Kanchan Kumari is a sculptor whose work reflects feminist influences. She began in painting and moved to sculpture that makes use of dye colors. She plans to pursue a master of fine arts and will use her scholarship award for tuition and to purchase supplies.
Subina Gul is in the final year of her painting program at Srinagar. She is inspired by “the magical beauty” of her land and hopes to show its attractions to the world through her paintings. She plans to use her scholarship award to continue her education in a graduate program.
The Kashmir Crossover formed last fall and culminated its inaugural year in April with a week-long virtual exhibit that ran simultaneously at the two universities. Photos of the students’ artwork was projected onto walls of the respective galleries while the exhibit featured all types of media, including sculptures, paintings, drawings and prints as well as videos of the artists discussing their experiences and the impact the exchange has had on them.
Adil Abbas Sheikh, a Kashmiri MBA student at Northwest, brought the idea of the collaborative project to Northwest art students as an opportunity for them to exchange ideas about their work with Kashmiri students. Additionally, Sheikh hoped the exchange would bring attention to the violent conflict that has enveloped the Kashmiri region for decades. A total of about 40 students on both sides of the globe collaborated by email, Skype and other electronic means to become acquainted with one another’s artwork, cultures and lives.
“We plan to perpetuate this project in the future, evolving it into a bigger and longer exposure of student artworks from both sides of the globe,” said Dr. Martha Breckenridge, Northwest assistant professor of art. “The Kashmir Crossover website continues to grow, as does the Facebook page, with increased numbers of worldwide visitors and with additional photographs of the art generated by its participants.”
Breckenridge added that all of the scholarship applicants spoke of their concern for their country and its difficult and dangerous political situation. Each of the artists hopes their work helps to bring peace and increase attention to artistic creation in all media.
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