The last time we featured Nadia Janjua on our blog, she had recently graduated from our Entrepreneur Incubator program and had just hosted her first art show in the DC area. Since that time, this EWI grad has made herself known as a talented artist and an active member of the community.
For our readers who are unfamiliar with Nadia’s story, this astonishing visual artist and architect grew up in a multicultural household with Pakistani-Kashmiri parents in the woods of Western Maryland. After relocating to the DC area, Nadia has remained connected with her multiethnic roots, participating in events such as the DC Community Cafe, organized by the Inner-city Muslim Action Network and Project REACH. Nadia painted onstage throughout the duration of the event and two of her pieces were displayed for audiences.
Nadia’s fearless affinity for painting in public led her to the Georgetown Waterfront, where she was invited by DC organization Art Soiree to paint a mural for seven hours! A timelapse video of her creation process is viewable on her Tumblr blog.
Nadia’s eye for color and beautiful design has caught the attention of the online community as well! In a iPhone art contest sponsored by UncommonGoods, one of Nadia’s paintings titled “She Made Rainbows” was chosen as one of the few to be turned into an actual phone case! As one of Janjua’s many fans noted, Nadia’s design is “not just a piece of art – It tells a story of hope that people can carry around and serves as a reminder for people who undergo tough times.”
– Group Exhibition “Man and Nature Divided: A spiritual quest for integration” ; Busboys and Poets (5th & K)
– Deep Creek Lake Art & Wine Festival in Oakland, MD (September 8, 2012)
– 6th Annual Silver Spring Street Art Festival (September 29, 2012)
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