Shapla Singha has been working as a faculty member since December 2019 under the Drawing and Painting Discipline in the Fine Arts School of Khulna University. Currently she is holding the position of Assistant Professor in the department. She secured the 2nd merit position during her Master’s Degree in Visual Arts with a focus in painting from the Rabindra Bharati University (India) in 2019 (Session 2017-2019) and achieved a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 8.90 out of 10.00. Previously, she achieved the 1st merit position and was awarded the Bachelor’s degree in ‘Drawing and Painting’ from Khulna University, Bangladesh in 2016 (Session 2011-2012). She secured an excellent academic record (CGPA 3.92 out of 4.00). Bangladesh is a country where art has played a significant contribution to the way the country was shaped. As a promising Bangladeshi artist, on the occasion of 50 years of independence day celebration, December 15th, 2020, she came up with the concept of “Shilpa Bangla”, an online platform( https://shilpabangla.com/) where she is showcasing various innovative arts and crafts of Bangladesh. This platform also acts as an online community for people who love and appreciate art. She also had several international work experiences in the countries like India, Sri Lanka, China, and Thailand as an invited young artist, and in this way, she derived a working opportunity in multi-cultural environments. In fact, one of her best works (message for Peace) which she painted on the 100th year anniversary of the Communist party of China (CPC) earned high appreciation from the Chinese Embassy of Bangladesh and later she was awarded with 'Dreamland China Appreciation Award' for that masterpiece. She has immense interest to be engaged in innovative and transformative research on folk culture and art; focused on hands-on training and learning styles to create comfortable and interactive learning environments for all students. She also has a great interest in creative teaching; painting on environmental; socio-economic and conservation issues. In particular, she envisages the plan to be engaged in further studies and research in the field of Art histories; curating; exhibiting, siting and heritage; spatial practices; digital art; photography; cultural evolution of arts; folklore histories; evolution and trends of rural art and practices in Bangladesh.
EXCELLENCE AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS
2023: Research grand award of University Grants Commission of Bangladesh, Agargaon, Dhaka 1207
2022: Research grand award of Khulna University research Cell, Khulna University, Khulna-9208, Bangladesh.
2022:Young Professional Fellowship by Mentor Amiable Professional Society (MAPS), Bangkok, Thailand.
2021: Junior research fellow of ‘1971: Genocide – Torture Archive & Museum Research Center, Ministry of Cultural Affairs , Bangladesh.
2019: Awarded Chancellor Gold Medal by the honorable president on 6th convocation for best academic result at Khulna University, Bangladesh.
2019: Achieving the first position in online international painting contest 2019, Organized by Penotorium, Kolkata, West Bengal, India.
2019: Awarded Certificate of Merit on 8th All India Women Artists’ Contemporary Art Exhibition Organized by Artscapes, Chandigarh, India.
2019: Awarded of Annual Art Exhibition Contemporary Art category held in 2018-2019 Organized by West Bengal State Academy of Dance Drama Music & Visual Arts at ICCR, Kolkata, India.
2018: Prime Minister Gold Medal Award. organized by the University Grand Commission of Bangladesh, Prime Minister’s Oﬃce, Tejgaon, Dhaka.
2018: Awarded Certificate of Merit on An International Competitive art camp and exhibition, organized by Kolkata, Nandonik, Kolkata, India .
2016: Awarded 9th South Asian Universities Youth Festival (SAUFEST), Organized by Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University held on 25-29th February, Lucknow, India.
2015: Best Youth Artist Award of 6th Friendship Art Exhibition 2015, Organized By Youth Society of Art, Bangladesh Shilpokola Academy, Dhaka.
2015: Honorable award, Beautiful Bangladesh Beautiful China 2nd Young Artist Art Competition, Organized by Bangladesh china Friendship center Chinese Embassy in Bangladesh, Bangladesh National Museum, Dhaka.
2014: Honorable Mention Award, Time in Frame II, Organized by Jahangir Frame Ghor, Bangladesh
Masters of Fine Arts (Major focus: Painting)
Faculty of Visual Arts, Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata, India.
CGPA: 8.90 out of 10.00 Grade A+ (2019)
Thesis Project: (বাংলাদেশের প্রেক্ষাপটে বৃহত্তর যশোর খুলনার নকশিকাঁথা )
Nakshi Kantha Art of Greater Jashore-Khulna: Context on An Indigenous
Cultural Heritage of Bangladesh.
& Bachelor of Fine Arts (Major focus: Drawing and Painting)
Fine Arts School, Khulna University, Khulna, Bangladesh.
CGPA: 3.92 out of 4.00 Grade A+ (2016)
PARTICIPATION IN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES AND RESIDENCY PROGRAM
13th-17th September 2019: Invited as Vice-president of Economic and Social Council, Youth International Model United Nations (TIMUN) Sri Lanka’s first-ever global MUN conference, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
3-6th of November 2018: Participation and oral presentation of the position paper on “ Expanding Africa’s Great Green Wall as Delegate of Bangladesh Under FAO council, Asian Youth International Model United Nation (AYIMUN) 2018, Thailand, Bangkok.
25-29th February 2016: Participated and performed 9th South Asian Universities Youth Festival (SAUFEST), Organized by Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Lucknow, India
27th July-12th August 2015: nvited for residency program as an awardee to participate in workshops, art camps, and exhibitions organized by Hunan Federation of literary and art circle and Hunan Provincial Painting academy, Changsha. China.
2020: Participation in Art Camp on ‘Art Against Corona’ Organized by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy,Dhaka, Bangladesh.
2018: Participation in Art Camp at Surya Sen Street Kolkata, organized by Kolkata Nandonik, Kolkata,India.
2017: Participation in Art Camp on “Genocide” at Khulna University, Bangladesh.
2017: Participation in Art Camp at Tungipara, Gopalgonj, Bangladesh, Organized by Bangladesh Shilpokola Academy, Dhaka.
2014: Participation in Art Camp at Sundoli, Jessore. Bangladesh, organized by World Village of Art, Bangladesh
2013: An Art Camp on "Installation" at Raymanik, Jessore. Bangladesh, Organized by Bornika Art Studio. Dhaka
2013: Participation in Art Camp at Sundoli, Jessore, Bangladesh, organized by World Village of Art, Bangladesh.
incredible passion about engaging in cutting-edge and transformative research on the conservation and preservation of folk culture, heritage, and art. focused on using hands-on training and learning methods to create welcoming and engaging learning environments for all students. She is also incredibly passionate about creative teaching and painting on environmental, socioeconomic, and conservation issues. The areas of art histories, curation, exhibition, sitting, preservation of indigenous knowledge, spatial practices, digital art, photography, cultural evolution of the arts, folklore histories, and the development and trends of rural art and practices in Bangladesh are among the ones I specifically envision myself working on in the future.
Current Research Project/Collaboration
|SL||Title||Research Role||Awarded Date||Completion Date||Funding Agency|
|1||‘’Refining Art Learning through Social Heritage in Khulna City’’||Principal Investigator||24 May 2022||June 2023||National|
|2||‘Art through home grown heritage: reviving the cultural heritage Embodied in Traditional metal crafts pewter (Kasha in Bangla), Brass (copper and zinc alloy), Bronze (copper and tin alloy) and Copper made products of Bangladesh.||Principal Investigator||6th April 2023||May 2024||National|
|3||‘Memories of the Spirit of the Liberation War', eighteen creative artworks (medium drawing, oil paintings) and mixed-media art works based on a 10-month campaign of genocide mass killings, "War sufferings and glorious liberation wars in Bangladesh”||Principal Investigator||July 2021||May 2022||National|
EXPERIENCES IN TEACHING
Assistant Professor (March 2022 - Present)
Lecturer ( December 2019 - March 2022)
Drawing and Painting Discipline , Fine Arts School , Khulna University .
# Works as an Executive Board Member of the Coastal Research Foundation (CRF), a community-based research organization that uses the slogan ‘knowledge is power’ for social development in rural areas (based in Dumuria, Khulna, Bangladesh)
# Works as a PUO (Professor Under Oﬃcer) of Naval Wing, Bangladesh National Cadet Core (BNCC), Khulna University.
TRAINING AND WORKSHOP
2022: Workshop on 'BNQF Accreditation Standards and criteria' organized by Institutional Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) ,Khulna University, Bangladesh.
2022: Training program on Module II: Teaching learning and Assessment organized by Institutional Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) ,Khulna University, Bangladesh.
2021: Training on Module I: Teaching learning and Assessment organized by (CETL) ,Khulna University, Bangladesh.
2021: Centre of Excellence in Teaching & Learning (CETL) on “Introduction for the Lecturers”
Conducted by Director of (CETL) and vice-chancellor of Khulna University, Khulna, Bangladesh.
2021: Workshop on Small Objects focusing on 'food' Conducted by Mahbubur Rahman Director of Britto Arts Trust organized by Britto Arts Trust, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
2019: Workshop on Art Conducted by eminent artist Shri Partha Pratim Deb and Shri Amitabh Sengupta organized by Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Birla Art Academy, Kolkata, India.
2019: “Virasat se Jugalbandi”, A Special Art Workshop on Drawing & Ink, Conducted by renowned artist J Raj organized by Indian Museum Kolkata, Ministry of Culture, Government of India.
2018: “Mosirekha”, An Workshop on Drawing & Ink, Conducted by renowned artists of Kolkata, Painting Department, Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata, India.
2014: Workshop on "Drawing & Printmaking" Conduct by renowned Artists of Bangladesh, Dhaka Art Centre, Dhaka, Bangladesh
2013: Workshop on “Policritix Art Expression” Organized by Bot Tola & Pora Para Art Space, Khulna, Bangladesh.
Taught theory courses on the Philosophy of Art; Museology; Modern art of Bengal; Research Methods and Art & Ecology.
Taught studio courses on Landscape Design; Painting, Sculpture; Nature Sketching; Experimentation of Found Objects; Computer Graphics, Photography; and Fashion Illustration.
Lectured and communicated eﬀectively with students from diverse and creative backgrounds
Kept abreast of developments in the field by reading current literature and attending professional conferences and maintaining scholarship exhibition.
# Supervised MFA-level thesis on Folk Motif and Heritage
|SL||Title||Degree||Role||Start Date||End Date|
|1||The Conventional Practice and Expansion of Handicraft in Bangladesh||Masters||Co-Supervisor||05.01. 2020||19.02. 2022|
|2||Institutional Art Education in Bangladesh||Masters||Co-Supervisor||05.01. 2020||19.02. 2022|
|3||Aesthetics in Bangladeshi Crockery: The wake of Industrial Revolution||Masters||Co-Supervisor||05.01. 2020||19.02 2022|
Psychological Painting: A Process Which Direct to the Infinity, International Journal of Advances in Engineering and Management (IJAEM) Volume 3, Issue 12, pp: 229-235, www. ijaem.net, ISSN: 2395-5252
11th- 16th February 2020: ‘Eternal Journey’ (অন্তহীন অভিযাত্রা) 1st international Solo Painting Exhibition organized in Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Kolkata, West Bengal(India). https://www.birlaart.com/
29th June-31st July 2021: “24th National Art Exhibition 2021” organized by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka, Bangladesh. http://www.shilpakala.gov.bd/
8th -12th March 2021: “Seven Muses” Women Teachers' Art Exhibition organized by Fine Arts School, Khulna University at Khulna Divisional Museum, Khulna, Bangladesh.
0ctober 27th – November 27th, 2020: “Art Against Corona” organized by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy & Bangladesh Cultural Ministry Dhaka, Bangladesh. https://www.thedailystar.net/arts- entertainment/news/art-against-corona-underway-shilpakala-1990693
November 30th – December 29th, 2020: 22th Young Artists Art Exhibition 2020, Organized by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka, Bangladesh. https://www.thedailystar.net/arts- entertainment/news/art-against-corona-underway-shilpakala-1990693
20th –22nd August 2019: “She” 1st women Artist Art Exhibition, organized by BIG I Art Foundation
1st July-21st July 2019: “23rd National Art Exhibition 2019” organized by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka, Bangladesh. https://unb.com.bd/category/Bangladesh/23rd-national-art-exhibition-at-bsa-from-monday/21660
21st -24th May 2019: “ DOOARS 3rd Annual 2019” an International Contemporary Art Exhibition organized by DAG, Ramkingkar Art Gallery, Shiliguri, Dooars , India. https://www.facebook.com/DAG-Dooars-Artist-Group-104890085217351/
13th – 18th March 2019: The Students’ Annual Art Exhibition 2019 Organized by The Faculty of Visual Arts, Rabindra Bharati University, Indian Council for Cultural Relations(ICCR), Kolkata,India.https://m.facebook.com/story.phpstory_fbid=1990438024415419&id=100003477227106
16th - 26th April 2019: 8th All India Women Artists’ Contemporary Art Exhibition Organized by Artscapes,at the Galleries of Fine Arts Museum, Punjab University, Chandigarh, India.http://tribunenewsline.com/8th-all-india-women-utf-8artists-contemporary-art-exhibition-2019/
7th February - 12th February 2019: Annual Art Exhibition 2018-2019 Organized by West Bengal State Academy of Dance Drama Music & Visual Arts at ICCR, Kolkata, India. https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1953755028083719&id=100003477227106
9th January- February 2019: “52nd Annual Exhibition of Birla Academy of Art & Culture ‘organized by Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Birla Art Academy, Kolkata, India. h�ps://www.facebook.com/393147720750246/posts/2151071034957897/
17th – 21st November 2018: “Charur Mitra” an International Exhibition organized by Ganges Art Gallery, Kolkata, India. https://www.facebook.com/taimurhannan/posts/10217597215506607
2018: “From Mahatma To Mahatma” an International canvas painting Exhibition organized by, Indian Museum Kolkata, Ministry of Culture, Government of India.
October 2018: “FINEXT awards and national exhibition of mini artworks 2018” an International exhibition organized by Yashasvini education and public welfare Foundation, Bhopal, Moddhya Pradesh, India.
2018: “Synergy” an International Collective Exhibition organized by Synergy, Kerala Lalit Kala Academy Shankar Memorial National Cartoon Museum and Art Gallery, Kerala, India.
2018: “Imagination “an International Group Exhibition organized by Visual Arts Students, Birla Art Academy, Kolkata, India.
2018: 21st Young Art Exhibition 2018, Organized by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
2018: An International Competitive Art Camp and Exhibition organized by Kolkata Nandonik, Surya Sen Street, Kolkata, India.
2018: Annual Art Exhibition 2017-2018, Organized by Rabindra Bharati University, Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata, India.
2018: West Bengal State Academy of Dance Drama Music & Visual Arts at Bengal Art Gallery Abanindranath Tagore Gallery, ICCR, Kolkata, India.
2017: “Imagination" An International Group Exhibition Organized by Visual Arts Students, Jamini Roy Gallery (ICCR), Kolkata, India.
2017: The 12th anniversary of pencil Organization, Organized by Pencil Organization, Bangladesh Shilpokala Academy, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
2017: Winter Water Color Festival 2017, organized by International watercolor society Bangladesh, Gallery Expose, Gulshan, Dhaka.
2016: Comprehensive Artwork Assessment and Final Display Exhibition, organized by Drawing and Painting Discipline, Khulna University.
2015: The Shining China, 2nd International Art Exhibition 2015 by the Bangladeshi & Chinese young artists. Organized by Bangladesh China Friendship Center, Shilpacharya Jainul Abedin Sangrahashala (Art Gallery), Mymensingh.
2015: 11th Art Exhibition and Competition in Commemoration of Artist Rashed., 2015. Jointly organized by Shilpi Rashed Smriti Prasad 8c Bangladesh Shilpokola Academy. Dhaka.
2015: 7th Kahal Art Fair 2015, Organized by Kahal Art Group, Bangladesh Shilpokola Academy, Dhaka.
2015: 6th Friendship Art Exhibition 2015, Bangladesh Shilpokola Academy, Dhaka.2015: Beautiful China Beautiful Bangladesh, The International Painting Exhibition of the Chinese and Bangladeshi Young Artist, Hunan Provincial Painting academy, Changsha. China
2015: Beautiful Bangladesh Beautiful China,2nd Young Artist Art Competition & Exhibition. Bangladesh National Museum, Dhaka.
2015: 3rd Annual art exhibition, Institute of Fine Arts, Khulna University, Khulna.
2014: Art Exhibition at 100th Birth Anniversary of Bangladeshi Great Artist Zainul Abedin, Organized by Zainul Songrohosala, Mymensingh, Bangladesh.
2014: Time in Frame II, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka.
2013: 2nd Annual art exhibition, Institute of Fine Arts, Khulna University, Khulna.