Dr. Paula Sengupta joined the department in 2001, prior to which she taught at the National Institute of Fashion Technology, Kolkata as Visiting Faculty. She is an academician, practicing artist, researcher, writer and curator. She has a BFA in Painting from the College of Art, New Delhi, and an MFA and PhD in Printmaking from Visva Bharati, Santiniketan. Her doctoral thesis is on Foreign & Indigenous Influences in Indian Printmaking. She is Secretary of Khoj Kolkata, an artists’ initiative for promoting alternative art practice. She has also been the recipient of the UGC/NET Fellowship for doctoral studies from 1993-98; the Artist-in Residence Fellowship at the Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, California in 1997-98; Guest Artist at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Kunste, Stuttgart, Germany under the INDART Artist Exchange Programme in 2000; the Charles Wallace India Trust Research Grant in 2007; and Artist-in-Residence at the Britto Arts Trust, Dhaka, Bangladesh in 2008. She was listed among the Top Twenty for the Skoda Art Prize for 2011.
She exhibits, curates, lectures, publishes, and travels extensively in India and abroad. She has exhibited at both private and public galleries and institutions including the Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, California; Nehru Centre, London; Drik Gallery, Dhaka; Project 88, The Loft, Tao Art Gallery, Sakshi Gallery, and Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai; Lalit Kala Akademi, Gallery Espace, Gallery Threshold, and Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi; Gallery OED, Kochi; Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore; State Gallery of Art, Hyderabad; and the Birla Academy of Art & Culture, CIMA, Galerie 88, Anant Art, Akarprakar, Gallery Experimenter, The Harrington Street Arts Centre, and ICCR, Kolkata, among others.
She has participated in and conducted several prestigious workshops/performances including the Artist Workshop at the Art Chennai Festival, Chennai, and the Printmaking
Workshop at the Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Kolkata in 2011; Mapping Memories, a
site-specific installation-performance-community art workshop with MFA students as
Visiting Faculty at Sarojini Naidu School of Arts & Communication, Hyderabad Central University, Hyderabad in 2010; the UGC-sponsored Seminar-cum-Workshop on Printmaking, Govt. College of Art & Craft, Kolkata in 2009; Workshops in Making Artists’ Books at Porapara Space for Artists, Chittagong and Britto Arts Trust, Dhaka,
Bangladesh and the Britto International Artist’s Workshop, Bogra, Bangladesh as an Invited Observer in 2008; Khoj Kolkata 2006 – An International Artists Workshop, Kolkata in 2006; Khoj Mumbai, Khoj International Artist’s Workshop, Vasind in 2005; Theory & Practise of the Organisation of an Art Exhibition, Goethe Institut-Max Mueller Bhavan, Kolkata in 2003; Bodysattva, an Indo-Japanese symposium on the Body in Literature at the Seagull Arts & Media Resource Centre, Kolkata, Sovabazar 36,
workshop & performance conducted by ELAN, Wales at the Seagull Arts & Media
Resource Centre, Kolkata, and White Cube, Indo-German Art Project, Goethe Institut - Max Mueller Bhavan, Kolkata in 2002.
Her recent lectures include Inheriting, Uniheriting, Adapting & Adopting – Re-examining Curriculums at UGC-sponsored National Seminar on ‘Contemporary Global Trends of Art Education in Undergraduate & Postgraduate Level’ on the occasion of 123rd birth anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Govt. College of Art & Craft, Kolkata in collaboration with Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata, Artist Presentation at Artist Conversations, Art Chennai Festival, Chennai, and Artist Presentation of Rivers of Blood project at The Harrington Street Arts Centre, Birla Academy of Art & Culture, & ITC Shonar Bangla, Kolkata in 2011; Presentation on Khoj Kolkata’s activities at the Khoj Book Launch at The Harrington Street Arts Centre, Kolkata in 2010; Artist Talk at the Department of Printmaking, Elena Baskin Visual Arts Center, University of California, Santa Cruz in 2009; Beyond Modernism – En Route to Postmodernism in Kolkata at Presentations & Panel Discussion on ‘Contemporary Art in Bengal’ at the Mohile Parikh Centre for the Visual Arts, NCPA, Mumbai, Artist Talk at Theatre Institute, Chittagong, Bangladesh, and Illustrated lecture on The History of Relief Printmaking in India & the Contribution of Haren Das – jointly presented by the Delhi Art Gallery & The School of Arts & Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and the Delhi Art Gallery & Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University, Vadodara in 2008; and Artist Talk at Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, California and at the University of Plymouth, Plymouth, UK in 2007.
She has published extensively online, in exhibition catalogues, journals, art magazines,
monographs, and books including The Art of Bengal (2012) and Haren Das: The End of Toil, Prints (1945-1990) (2008) published by Delhi Art Gallery Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi; The Khoj Book published by Harper Collins, New Delhi (2010), Vichitra magazine published by the Faculty of Visual Arts, Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata; Art India and Art Journal published from Mumbai, Art & Deal published from New Delhi, and Art Etc. and Art Varta published from Kolkata.
Her two curatorial projects include Tell-Tale: Fiction, Falsehood & Fact for Gallery Experimenter, Kolkata in 2009, and Stains on my Chintz for the Harrington Street Arts Centre¸ Kolkata in 2010.