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Jyotsna Bhatt Ceramics Award, 2022

The Ark Foundation for the Arts instituted Jyotsna Bhatt Ceramics Award in 2021.

The award has been set up to platform, encourage and create dialogue around compelling Indian art practices focused in the medium of ceramics. The award is established in the loving memory of Jyotsna Bhatt, to celebrate her legacy and spirit as one of India’s foremost ceramic artists and a pillar of the arts community in Baroda. Jyotsnaben, as we fondly remember her, was a great friend and mentor to us at Ark and countless young art students over the years.  

Jyotsna Bhatt studied sculpture under Prof. Sankho Chaudhuri at the M.S. University of Baroda and later ceramics at the Brooklyn Museum Art School, USA. She headed the Department of Ceramics at the M.S. University until her retirement in 2002. In a vibrant career spanning over fifty years, her work traveled to exhibitions all over the world; Jyotsna Bhatt was always a dynamic part of art studios and workshops, leaving an impact with her energy and quiet elegance.

The open call is announced every year on March 6, to commemorate Jyotsna Bhatt’s birthday.

The recipient of the Jyotsna Bhatt Ceramics Award, 2022 is Srinia Chowdhury who during the grant period will work on developing a series of sculptures and wall installation as well as will be working on a short film that documents her process.