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‎30th ANA Convention Art & Photography Exhibition

Selected Photographers for 30th ANA Fineart and Photography Exhibition

  1. Soniya Bhari
  2. Arbind Giri
  3. Roshan Ghimire
  4. Gyaltso Wangdu
  5. Pankaj Khadka
  6. Suman Prajapati
  7. NIshan Ranjit
  8. Kavin Pandey
  9. Saroj Sainju
  10. Manjil Shrestha
  11. Nuraj Shrestha
  12. Sumeet Shrestha
  13. Uday Uprety
  14. Chirag Sainju

OVERVIEW

All Nepalese in Americas (ANA) is organizing its 30th Annual Convention in Dallas from JUNE 29- July 1st 2012. For the first time in its history; ANA Fine Art and Photography have decided to curate a Photography exhibition.

This is a great opportunity for all the Nepalese photographers around the world to showcase their talent.

GUIDELINES

Photographers are invited to submit work for consideration. Please provide exactly 3 images from a single series or body of work created within the last five years which have not been featured in any other exhibitions. Submitted images must be the same as the original prints intended for the exhibitions and the photographer should be able to provide the copyright to the organizers. Work of arts will be provided to the Jury without any identification of the photographer and will be selected solely on the quality and originality of the image.

Procedure for Submission

  1. Please email your entries to art@events.anatexas.org by June 18, 2012.
  2. Submitted photo must not be more than 5 MB each
  3. Photo must be named as Lastname_Firstname01, Lastname_Firstname02, Lastname_Firstname03
  4. Please include your full contact information.

Awards

  1. Viewer’s Choice Award- Submitted work will be posted in Facebook for this award, which will be based on the likes in Facebook.
  2. Jurors Choice award- is selected among the top 20 photos by Juror
  3. Honorary Award- is selected among the top 20 photos by the Coordinators and Juror.

All accepted works must be delivered or can be dropped in person in standard sizes of 11" X14" matted to 16"X20" frames with white matting. The jurors welcome a concise artist statement, and details about each print.

There is no entry fee. Organizers cannot respond to inquiries about the status of a submission, nor are the jurors able to offer feedback or reasoning for rejected submissions.

All applicants will be notified of their acceptance by June 21. Accepted works must be received at the Convention to be displayed no later than 10 AM on JUNE 29, 2012

JURORS

SHEZAD MANJEE is executive director of Hakim Sons Films and Dallas HD Films. He is well known, reputed and award winning Film making company based in Dallas, TX. Mr. Manjee has professional background in photography in independent film. both in production and promotion. You can visit his page by clicking this link - hakimsonsfilms.com.

ARJOON KC

Mr. Arjoon KC is coordinator of Fine Art and Photography Department of ANA Convention 2012. He has graduated in Associates in Fine Art from North Lake College, TX 2012. He has won lots of art competitions back in Nepal and have completed illustrations in a novel and annually published school books. Recently he has won awards including the Top Seven Finalist of Edith Baker Art Scholarship 2012, North Lake Purchase Award, the Asel Art Supply Award, and the North Lake Spotlight Award in 2011. He was also selected to be in the juried 26th Annual Texas & Neighbors Regional Art competition 2011, the North Lake Spotlight Exhibition 2011, World Fest, Addison 2011, Dallas District Foyer exhibition 2012, Edith Baker Art Scholarship 2012, Irving, TX and International watercolor Competition organized by International Watercolor Society (IWS) 2012. Currently, he is painting with water based media including water color and acrylic. His paintings are usually one of the following subjects: cityscape, landscape, portraiture, figure drawing or daily life of people from different part of the world. He has done demonstrations of speed painting in water color in several Medias including a documentary “Color-The story of Life” presented by Nepdallas Production, 2011 and also in a Music Video of Nepalese Music star, Adrain Pradhan in 2012. In between these two years of his artistic career, he has exhibited frequently in local and state venues. Recently he is working on murals, digital imaging, and palate knife painting. He has successfully completed five murals in Bedford, TX in 2012. His enthusiasm and interest does not end here, he want to enroll in different art classes to gain more knowledge in art in the future. His resume can be viewed in his website arjooncreation.com.

Anita Maharjan

Anita is now a studio art major at North Lake Collage in Irving, Texas. Her current paintings are mostly realistic, figurative, and are influenced by the Italian artist Caravaggio. The work focuses on the portrayal of feminine roles in society. The women in her paintings are presented with dignity, strength and determination. According to her, the portrait is not always the key to expressing emotion--the body also speaks. Anita has participated in various art exhibitions around the North Texas area. Recently her work was chosen for the statewide Texas Friends and Neighbors competition/exhibition. She is an active member of several arts organizations including the Irving Art Center. She has received several awards for her work, including the Asel Art Award in the 2010 NLC Student Art Exhibition, an honorable mention in the 2011 Irving Art Center Member’s Art Exhibition, and the Irving Art and Garden Club Art Merit Award in 2012. She is also a Cartoonist for the local newspaper Nepal Dristi, and has completed several commissioned works.

Bikrant Man Shrestha

Bikrant Man Shrestha belongs to the talented and gifted generation in Nepal that creates and constitutes the countries modern art movement. He has a rare talent to be an accomplished designer, photographer, and a famous artist in in home country and internationally. Bikrant has earned his bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Tribhuvan University, located in Kathmandu, Nepal.

He is currently working as a professional photographer and resides in the United States. Bikrant has completed many solo and group exhibitions. Most memorable is his last solo show in Baltimore, Maryland, where his excellency, Mr. Shankar P. Sharma, the Ambassador to Nepal, inaugurated his fifth solo exhibition. Bikrant’s creative personality has also landed him many awards, such as logo winner for the Association of Nepalese in America (ANA) 26th and 28th conventions. His unconditional dedication to volunteer work has strengthened his ability to handle many situations and accomplish them in the highest professional manner.

Bikrant is called upon to organize events, create outstanding stage design, and photograph memorable occasions, because they know what quality work he gives them. Living a creative life is his passion, whether it is designing, painting, or taking photographs, Bikrant loves to inspire others to look at the world in a new perspective. For more information click here.

Anup Bhandari

Born in Nepal, Anup Bhandari came to the United States in pursuit of learning art nine years ago. In the recent years his artwork has received top honors in some major art competitions and has been accepted in some major art shows. He was featured in the East Texas Regional Artist Show at the Longview museum of fine art. He has done some solo art exhibitions in Japan and Nepal as well. The media featuring Bhandari’s work includes : KLTV’7 News, CBS19 News, Longview News-Journal, Kilgore News Herald, Tyler Morning Telegraph, Talon(University of Texas Student Newspaper),Marshall News-Messenger, Flare (Kilgore College Student Newspaper), Mirror ( Kilgore High School Newspaper), Kantipur Daily( National Newspaper of Nepal in Nepali Language), Kathmandu Post ( National News paper of Nepal in Enlgish) etc. He uses his skill to help others. He is mainly involved in local organizations by donating his art work for their charities and fundraisers. Three of his paintings are acquired by Longview Museum of fine art for its permanent collection. Most of Bhandari’s works hang in private collections and business buildings.Although Anup Bhandari has unequalled passion for acrylic paint his creative genius has not been limited to acrylic alone. He creates mixed media using all different kinds of materials to create his artwork. He is known for his use of bright colors which seems to be an influence of his native culture. For more information click here.

Pabitra Shrestha

Born in 1979 in Kathmandu, Nepal Pabitra Shrestha is a leading pressed flower artist. In course of his family horticulture business in Nepal, he was deeply inspired by the beauty of nature and began to start floral art as a passion. He started practicing different nature based arts such as Ikebana, Bonsai and landscape designing in his early youth. With his ambitions to become one of the extraordinary artists, he started to collect and press flower to make his art works. He uses natural elements such as dried flowers, foliage, barks, roots etc. as a medium of his art.

Mr. Shrestha has been involved in various exhibitions in Japan, USA and Nepal. His first solo exhibition titled “Reflection of Nature” was inaugurated by former King Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah of Nepal in 2001. His other exhibitions includes “World Pressed Flower Picture Art Festival” at Toke Messe Hall, Niigata prefecture, Japan (October 17-19, 2003), “Reflection of Nature II” Solo exhibition of pressed flower at Park Gallery, Lazimpat, Kathmandu, Nepal (January 19-22, 2005, Inaugurated by His Excellency Tsutomu Hiraoka, Ambassador of Japan to Nepal), “Eternal Flowers” solo exhibition of pressed flower at Summit Hotel, Kupondole, Nepal (July 6-14, 2005), “World Wide Pressed Flower Guild 2008 Conference and Competition” at Anaheim, California, USA (June 21-23, 2008) to name a few.

His works have been featured in various social media in both leading newspaper, magazine and TV channels in Nepal and Japan. In November, 2003 he was interviewed by NHK TV in Japan, his works were also published in Yomiuri Shinbun (Japanese highly circulated daily newspaper) in August, 2003 and Watashino Hana Seikatsu Magazine (My Flower life in Japanese) in January, 2005.The leading media of Nepal including The Himalayan Times, Kantipur, The Kathmandu Post, The Republica, Image Channel, Kantipur Television has highlighted his achievements.

Currently, he is residing in Texas, USA and mulling into spreading this unique art by teaching and organizing art exhibitions in various places. He is active member of International Pressed Flower Art Society (IPFAS), Japan and World Wide Pressed Flower Guild (WWPFG), USA.

Further details regarding the art and artist can be found in the following URL - www.pabitrashrestha.com.

YUVAK TULADHAR

Yuvak Tuladhar, a Bay Area artist, has been painting for over 35 years. His formal training led to an MFA in Painting from Benares Hindu University, India and an MFA in Fiber Arts from Savannah College of Art & Design, Savannah, GA. He has had over a dozen one man art shows and has participated in numerous group art exhibitions. He had a show in Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco in September 2011. He has also been the recipient of various prestigious awards and recognitions, including a Fulbright-Hayes Scholarship.

According to him, “Images of gods, deities have been a source of inspiration for my art. They are my window through which I seek wisdom from the past. When I paint these images I am transported back in time to this amazing land of beauty and mystery. The natural aging process, created by the sun, wind, rain and heat on these sculptures makes me aware of the power of the environment. I enjoy the evidence of wear and tear, the discoloration made by nature and by people touching an object over and over for hundreds or thousands of years. My journey has many dimensions and yet I have limited myself to expressing it in two dimensions through my paintings. I aim to inspire the feelings or convey a message through these old figures.”

Currently, he has changed the theme of his paintings. Officially, it all started on April 11, 2012. Below is a status he posted on his Facebook page that day.

“I have lived in America for almost 20 years and have been in illusion that the things are getting better for people of all races. I went and bought a 'Vogue' magazine and decided to breakdown all the faces printed inthe magazine by race. We have a Black president yet in Vogue April publication I see 392 Caucasian faces, 33 Black faces, 15 Hispanic faces (7 of them are of Je Lo), and paltry 8 Asian faces (which included Nepali fashion designer Prabal Gurung). China is going to be the biggest consumer of luxury goods soon. I see a disconnect between demographic of the consumers and the people who control media and fashion. If you are not Caucasian think twice before buying any luxury items. Only you can change this by acting and sharing. I am outraged!!! I still love people of all races though!!!”

Now his work is about social commentary and more. He wants to go beyond Buddha’s and Nepali theme.

Rajendra KC

Mr. Rajendra KC is a one of the best Nepalese fine artists who is currently residing in Falls Church, Virginia. He mostly does landscape painting and has done numerous solo and group exhibitions in Nepal and recently in USA.

“Rajendra has a great passion for nature. His sky, trees, hills, terrace, brooks are always treated diligently and delicately. His transparent but solid hues and tones are mind blowing. His colors are quite charming. A viewer not only enjoys Rajendra’s works with eyes but one can also smell the air in his paintings.”-Shashi Bikram Shah, Sirjana College of Fine Arts

“Nature is vividly portrayed in Rajendra KC’s paintings. He is an ardent lover of nature. In his works the mountains, terrains, rivers, fields are always beautifully executed. The transparency of colors in his landscapes gives soothing effect to eyes. His works successfully maintain the standard of water color paintings through his different experimental techniques. -Kiran Manandhar, Artist/Painter

“Rajendra is primarily known for his water color landscapes – mostly depictive the pristine countryside of Nepal. Rajendra’s ability to capture the mood and environment of the given spot has remained his main forte. He is so adept in its treatment and fully aware of the transparent quality of the medium. Rajendra KC is an outstanding example of this genre.” -Manan Chitrakar, Artist/Arts Writer

For your information http://kcwatercolor.wordpress.com/artists-biography/ Contact: kcrajendra@hotmail.com Cellphone number:703-853-3563

Xekin Shrestha

Xekin Shrestha is curating the 30th ANA Convention Photography Exhibit. He is an outstanding professional photographer. He is also the founder of KANTIPUR PHOTOGRAPHY and FILMS. He has been in the field of Photography professionally since last 5 and half years and serving Nepali Community in DFW metroplex area. Recently he is trending towards Fashion and Glamour Photography.

He started photography as a hobby, but ended being professional. Photography is his passion and art. According to Mr. Shrestha , “Photography is just not a picture that comes out of a camera, but is a expression of the Photographer's feeling in the form of a lifelong picture.”

In addition, recently he is making music videos to present his talent of Cinematography too. The music video of “Na Samjha” by Adrain Bradhan 2012 is one of his work. For more information - kantipurphotography.com.

Shyam Balami

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