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  • Total Commissions :           0
  • Completed Commissions : 0

About sample image: Pair of signed paintings commissioned by MGM Resorts International, permanent display in the Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas since 2004.

Custom corporate commissions accepted. Educational institutions, corporate clients welcome. Please review website link under Homepages for details posted regarding completed site-specific public art commissions.

Completed art commission details followed by profile:

•August 2016: Triptych painting measuring 36 in. (w) x 24 in.(H) size and commission requested by CEO, Biaggis Restaurants, Bloomington Illinois
•March 2008: Public Art Commission to create a 13.8 feet wide, 4 feet high wall mural in the front lobby of Crooked Creek Elementary School, Marion County, Indianapolis. Project made possible through a grant to the school by the Washington Township, Indianapolis. Style: My signature style of abstraction. Theme: Global
• August 2006-February 2007: Public Art Installation “Picture Windows 2006: Urban Interpretations”, venue Chase Towers, Indianapolis. A project by the Arts Council of Indianapolis, supported by the Indianapolis Cultural Development Commission
•2007: Plein air painting created and sold at the White River Garden, Indianapolis, Indiana, to benefit the Indianapolis Zoo and White River Garden.
•2006: Set of 5” X 7” custom postcard paintings for Florida International University, Miami Florida, USA
•2005: Set of ten 6.5″ X 5″ paintings, Indianapolis Museum of Art/Arts Park created for the “Gallery of the Machine” vending machine project to support the museum
•2004: Pair of 4′ X 6′ paintings for the MGM Resorts International/Mirage, on permanent display inside the Conservatory Gardens of the Bellagio, Las Vegas

•Madam C.J. Walker Theater Center, Indianapolis, Indiana USA
•Florida International University, Miami, Florida, USA
•MGM Mirage Design Group, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
•The College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, USA
The University of Illinois Foundation, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, USA
•Corporate collection, Lisbon, Portugal, Europe
•Several private collections in the United States, Europe, India

•July 2012: Professional Artist residency, Studio Internatiozonale di Grafica, Venice, Italy,
•April 2010: Invitational self-directed residency in Painting at Camac Centre D’Art at Marnay sur Seine, France through Artistay.org partnered with the UNESCO:

Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honors) Major: Painting 1993
Paris, France Contemporary French Art History, and Painting (Studio) 1992
University of Illinois, Master of Business Administration
Concentration: Arts Administration & Human Resources Art Internship: New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York 1997

• Biography feature, Marquis’ Who’s Who in America
• International Dictionary of Artists – Artists’ Reference Book, First Edition, 2011. Hard cover. Curator: Despina Tunberg. Publisher: World Wide Art Books
• International Contemporary Artists vol I – Ramanathan, Chitra, p.118, 2010
Publisher: Publisher: Lemonidou Eve; 1st edition (October 24, 2010)
Lemonidou Eve (Author), Eve Lemonidou (Editor), Olga Antoniadou (Editor)
U.S: In. Co. Artists Books, 9 Columbus Avenue, NYC, NY 10024, EU: Athens Towers, 2-4 Messogion Av. Athens 115 27, Greece Paperback: 272 pages, Amazon Language: English ISBN-10: 9609322980
•Abstract, College Art Association 96th Annual Conference 2008, “World Art: A Panhuman Narrative for Egalitarian Teaching” as Co-Chair, Art History Session: College Art Association 96th Annual Conference, Dallas-Fort Worth: Committee on Diversity Practices. Lecture topic presentation: “World Art: A Panhuman Narrative for Egalitarian Teaching” February 22, 2008
•Biography and artwork of Chitra Ramanathan, “The Artists Bluebook 2004″ American Artists: 16th Century to August 2004”- by Lonnie Pierson Dunbier, Editor., www.askART.com “Books on this artist”

•Committee for Cultural Diversity Practices, The College Art Association of America, New York City, New York, 2007-2010
•Artist-Member, Arts Council Of Indianapolis, Indiana, 2003-present
•Services to Artists Committee, College Art Association of America, New York City, New York, 2003-2006
•Directory of Artists, Council of Indianapolis Artists Services and Public Art
•Volunteer, Lilly House and Oldfields Gardens, Member, Indianapolis Museum of Art

REVIEWS & ARTICLES (* Indicates articles)
•Featured: Interview with Chitra Ramanathan, University of Illinois Alumni Association, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Fall 2016. http://www.uiaaan.org/article.html?aid=454
• “Chitra Ramanathan and the definition of happiness” Interview by Ellen Fischer, Vero Beach 32963 Publication, Vero News, August 2014. http://www.veronews.com/32963_features/arts/chitra-ramanathan-and-the-definition-of-happiness/article_3af15358-2e05-11e4-917c-001a4bcf6878.html
Profile: “Rendezvous Artist”, Profile Article, Indianapolis Star Newspaper’s Fishers|Geist Magazine, July/August 2007
•“Paintings Give Form to the Ephemeral”, interview/profile, Indianapolis Business Journal, Women in Business Section, April 9-15, 2007
Indianapolis Monthly Home Magazine, Profile: “Secret Success”, Summer/July 2006
•CAA News, Newsletter of the College Art Association, NYC; Volume 30, Number 5, “Solo Exhibition by Artist Members”, September 2005
•*PR WEB Worldwide Press Release, “The Artist Chitra Ramanathan to Lecture at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK” September 25, 2005
•“Artist Chitra Ramanathan receives Hotel Bellagio Las Vegas Commission”, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Alumni Newsletter, August 2005
•*Awards and Grants, People in the News, CAA News, Newsletter of the College Art Association, NYC; November 2004
•*PR WEB Worldwide Press Release, December 9, 2004
•Academe, “People in the News”, CAA News, Newsletter of the College Art Association, New York City, Volume 29, Number 4, July 2004
•*”Happy Art”, Melissa Merli, Staff Writer, The Champaign-Urbana News Gazette, Sunday, February 23, 2003
•CAA News, “Solo Exhibition by Artist Members”, November 2001
•*The Champaign-Urbana News Gazette, “New Exhibition Series Opens at the Springer Cultural Center, 2000
•*Krish Krishnan, “CHITRA RAMANATHAN” KALA Arts Quarterly, Toronto, Canada, January 2000
•*Levina Melwani, New York Correspondent, India Today Magazine, “IN PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS”, May 1998
•*Louis Rodriguez Aranguren, “PINTORA HINDU CHITRA RAMANATHAN SEDUCE A NEW YORK CON EL EMBRUJO DEL COLOR Y ALEGORIAS METAFISCAS” (“Hindu Painter Chitra Ramanathan Seduces New York with enchantment of color and metaphysical allegories”) Nosotros Magazine, New York City, April 1995
•*“Midwest Artist Slates Show in N.Y”, India Abroad Magazine, March 31 1995
•*Claude LeSuer, “Six Original Talents at Montserrat Gallery”, ARTSPEAK, New York 1995
•*Gordon Dane, “Reviews & Previews” Manhattan Arts International, New York, fall 1995
•*“UI Fine Art Student Wins Grant”, Features; University of Illinois News in Brief, May 14 1995
•*Gisele Atterberry, “Complexities Abound in ‘Simple’ Works”, The Champaign-Urbana News Gazette, December 3 1993
•*“Chitra Ramanathan: About the Artist”, Gallery 105, Champaign, Illinois, December 1992

Chitra Ramanathan’s paintings arrived on the art scene in 1995 when various art galleries on Broadway, New York City invited the artist to exhibit in solo and group exhibitions. Her work was immediately noticed by art critics including Manhattan Arts magazine that praised the works’ unique style and rendering of colors true to Chitra Ramanathan’s roots as a child artist growing up in India.
The exhibits transformed into opportunities as her paintings began featuring on the internet, with numerous originals being acquired by individual and businesses the following years. Since then, there has been no looking back.
Chitra Ramanathan received her Bachelors of FineArts degree, majoring in Painting with honors in 1993 and her M.B.A degree with concentrations in Art Museum Administration and Human Resources in 1997 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA. During her student years, the artist spent an extensive period of time studying art in Paris, France. The experience paved the way for her future abstract paintings that compare the emotion of happiness as cyclical and fleeting to ephemeral garden blooms, a concept influenced by the Impressionist Movement particularly Claude Monet’s paintings. Chitra’s ongoing goal and dialogue with her audiences is achieved through treating her canvases to fresh bright colors and intricately interwoven textural materials which are executed intuitively with rapid brush strokes. The results exude freshness, and transmit joy for viewers and owners of her paintings who have deemed them suitable for all venues. Many of her individual paintings are created in expansive scale or as multi-paneled works which makes them attractive for displays even in large venues such as lobby areas of public spaces.
The artist’s working process evolves continually, with each developing piece being infused with new art materials, and cutting-edge techniques learned through educational avenues such as art conferences and professional artist residencies at organizations in France and Italy in recent years.
An art educator as well, Chitra is an active member of Americans for the Arts. In 2005, the head of the Royal Academy of Arts. In 2005 she was invited to the Royal Academy of Arts, London, U.K as “Visitor Artist” for a visual and academic presentation of her unique body of work and to impart her teaching painting techniques at the attached Royal Academy Schools.
Chitra Ramanathan’s paintings and profile have been featured in various magazine and book publications including Who’s Who in America, www.AskArt.com, the Internet Movie Database (IMDB), International Contemporary Artists, Vol 1. available on Amazon.com, the Indianapolis Business Journal, Luxury Real Estate Magazine and others.

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