Loyola University Maryland

Department of Fine Arts


Sughra Hussainy

Sughra Hussainy, Reflection in the Mirror, 2014

From 2011-2014, Sughra Hussainy attended the Turquoise Mountain Institute in Kabul, Afghanistan, a school that trains artists in traditional Afghan techniques to revive and preserve the cultural heritage of Afghanistan. In 2016, Hussainy was invited to participate in the exhibition Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan at the Smithsonian’s Freer/Sackler Gallery, from March 5, 2016 – October 29, 2017. Through her success in the exhibition and other exhibitions within Afghanistan and in London, Hussainy’s work gained notoriety. It was that notoriety combined with her desire to bring about social change put her life in danger. When Hussainy returned to the US in 2017 to participate in closing activities around the Turquoise Mountain exhibition, she received a call telling her to stay put. She filed for asylum and has been in the US ever since. In Fall of 2018, Hussainy enrolled in Maryland Institute College of Art’s MFA in Community Arts program. She lives and works in Baltimore, MD.

Pictured: Sughra Hussainy, Tahnin-e-aina (Reflection in the Mirror), 2014


Join us for the following programs with Sughra Hussainy, the Julio Fine Arts Gallery Artist-in-Residence for 2018-2019: 

Calligraphy and Illumination Workshop

Join Sughra Hussainy for a three-part workshop in traditional Islamic art practices calligraphy and illumination. This workshop will consist of two classes on Thursday evenings with a possibility for a third class:

  • April 11, 2019 from 6 - 8:30 p.m.
  • April 25, 2019 from 6 - 8:30 p.m.
  • possible third class on May 2, 2019 6-8pm

The workshop and all materials will be provided free of charge, but advanced registration is required, and space is limited! For questions, please contact mrook-koepsel@loyola.edu.

Tea Talks

Join us for a cup of tea, snacks, and conversation with Sughra Hussainy. Come and learn about Sughra's art, tea in diverse cultures, philosophies on art and community building, cross-cultural interests, poetry, immigration, or wherever the conversation takes us! These are informal events, please feel free to join us whenever you can! All Tea Talks will be held in the Julio Fine Arts Gallery unless otherwise indicated. Tea Talks are free and open to all. 

  • February 13, 1 - 3 p.m.,
  • February 28, 12 - 2 p.m.
  • March 13, 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
  • March 27, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • April 11, 1 - 3 p.m.
  • April 24, 12 - 2 p.m.
  • May 1, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. *Location TBD

Janet Maher, MFA

Janet Maher, MFA

This associate professor of fine arts uses modern techniques and technology to engage students and inspire creativity

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A collage of drawings of the human form with various cultural modifications
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