Lewis Center Past Fellows

Chitra Ganesh

Chitra Ganesh headshot

Visual artist Chitra Ganesh. Photo courtesy of Chitra Ganesh


Chitra Ganesh graduated magna cum laude from Brown University with a B.A. in Comparative Literature and Art-Semiotics, and received her M.F.A. from Columbia University in 2002. She has been the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, including a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in the Creative Arts, and most recently the Juncture fellowship in Arts and Human Rights at the Yale University Law School. Her drawing-based practice brings to light narrative representations of femininity, sexuality, and power typically absent from canons of literature and art. Her wall installations, comics, charcoal drawings, and mixed media works on paper often take historical and mythic texts as inspiration and points of departure to complicate received ideas of iconic female forms. For over a decade, Ganesh’s work has been widely exhibited both locally and internationally and is held in prominent public collections such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art, San Jose Museum of Art, Whitney Museum, and Museum of Modern Art. She is one of five artists whose work is currently on view through January 22 as part of the Princeton University Art Museum’s exhibition, “Contemporary Stories: Revisiting South Asian Narratives.” While a Hodder Fellow at Princeton during the 2017-18 year, Ganesh will pursue work on a multi-part feminist science fiction print project.


“Artist Chitra Ganesh kicks off her Rubin residency” | May 4, 2018, 6-11 PM at Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W 17th St, NYC.