Kirloskar Visiting Scholar

MacArthur-winning alum Shahzia Sikander and a RISD student discuss student work during a studio visit

In 2013 Vikram and Geetanjali Kirloskar established the Kirloskar Visiting Scholar in Painting program with the goal of exploring, strengthening and developing dialogue that connects RISD with South Asia-based artists and practices.

Each year Professor Dennis Congdon 75 PT and the RISD Kirloskar Advisory Group select established and rising scholars to give lectures, serve as guest teachers or lead longer residencies here.

Kirloskar Visiting Scholar Asim Waqif and RISD students build wooden structure together during workshop

“The Kirloskar grant has moved RISD Painting to invite artists and scholars whose work across disciplines—and continents—offers our students and communities fresh thinking and wider horizons, at home and abroad. Kirloskar support has fostered new work, new liaisons and new avenues of study.”

– Painting Professor Dennis Congdon