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Artist Anila Quayyum Agha to speak at Toledo Museum of Art

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Anila Quayyum Agha in Studio. Photo by Esther Boston for No Mean City.

Artist Anila Quayyum Agha will speak at the Toledo Museum of Art Saturday, Oct. 19 at 2 p.m. in the Little Theater. The free event coincides with the opening of the exhibition, Anila Quayyum Agha: Between Light and Shadow, which will transform three TMA galleries into stunning illuminated spaces offering an immersive, sensory experience for visitors.

A Pakistani-American artist, Agha will join Diane Wright, TMA’s senior curator of glass and decorative arts, for a conversation about her career and the work included in the exhibition.

“This is a great opportunity for visitors to hear directly from the artist, to better understand what influences her and what motived her to create these awe-inspiring spaces from intricate patterns of light and shadow,” Wright said.

 As an interdisciplinary artist, Agha creates artwork that explores the barriers of race, religion, and gender that we face in the current cultural and global climate, Wright explained.

Agha won the two top prizes at ArtPrize, the international art competition held in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 2014. Her entry, titled Intersections, is the first work to win both the ArtPrize Public Vote and Juried Grand Prizes. Intersections is one of three patterned-steel sculptures by Agha included in the exhibition. The other two other works by the artist that will be on display are This Is Not a Refuge! 2 and The Greys in Between.

Anila Quayyum Agha: Between Light and Shadow is sponsored by KeyBank, the TMA Ambassadors, the Ohio Arts Council, Lathrop, and Gross Electric with additional support from 2019 Exhibition Program Sponsor ProMedica and is on view from Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019 through Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020. Tickets for the exhibition are on sale now at

For more information about the exhibition, visit