ArtPrize winners: ‘Intersections” historic win not the end for Agha

"Intersections" by Anila Quayyum Agha at the Grand Rapids Art Museum. (Sept. 25, 2014)
"Intersections" by Anila Quayyum Agha at the Grand Rapids Art Museum. (Sept. 25, 2014)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD)— Although she went home with the largest amount of money ever awarded to one artist in a single ArtPrize competition, Anila Quayyum Agha is continuing her career in teaching.

Agha was born in Pakistan but lives in Indianapolis, where she’s been an assistant professor at the Herron School of Art and Design since 2008.

In 2014, ArtPrize visitors lined up to see her elaborate entry “Intersections,” which illustrated the beauty created when opposites meet.

Agha used a laser to cut intricate designs into the 6.5’ wooden cube, which cast the ornate shadows onto the walls of the Grand Rapids Art Museum room where it hung.

On the ArtPrize website, Agha said she was inspired by Islamic sacred spaces when she created the cube, which is lit by a single source.

Although she had to leave “Intersections” behind in Grand Rapids, Agha went home with $300,000 – including a public vote grand prize of $200,000 and half of the juried grand prize of $200,000.

Shortly after taking down “Intersections” last October, the GRAM moved the piece to its third floor Wege Gallery, where it remained on display until late January.

ArtPrize then loaned the piece to the Dallas, where it served as the focal point when the city announced plans to hold its own version of ArtPrize in April 2016.

“Intersections” is expected to remain at the Dallas Museum of Art until Aug. 23.

The public relations manager for ArtPrize tells 24 Hour News 8 that they will announce the next stop for “Intersections” by early September.

Agha’s other work includes a variety of mediums that have been featured in dozens of exhibitions.

According to her Facebook page, a smaller 5’ version of “Intersections” will be on display during ArtInternational in Istanbul in early September.

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