To connect the cultures of Mithila and contemporary global society through Art
Mithila Art Institute, Madhubani, Bihar, India
In the past, young women learned the art from the older women in the family and community. In modern times, fewer young women were learning to paint. As the older painters passed away, this centuries old art tradition was in danger of dying out or simply producing repetitive images for the tourism industry. The Mithila Art Institute (MAI) was founded as a free art school in Madhubani in 2003 to encourage the development of a new generation of Mithila painters.
With the help of the Ethnic Arts Foundation, the Institute focused on providing educational opportunity without regard for economic background of students. The Institute insists on rigorous and meticulous pursuit of learning and expressive techniques, and holds itself and its students to the highest standards. The curriculum focuses on producing painters both knowledgeable in the history of the tradition and trained in its painting conventions. The one year curriculum encourages students to synthesize traditional techniques with their personal sensibilities. Select students are encouraged to take a second year of advanced study.
The Institute graduates about 25 students per year, a number of whom have gone on to receive national and international recognition. In addition to teaching, it has organized exhibitions in India, France and USA. Works by graduates of Mithila Art Institute have been featured in numerous magazines and publications, including the cover of Marg, the leading Indian contemporary art publication.
The purpose of the Fundraiser is to enable institutional capacity for the Mithila Art Institute and help it meet its mission, vision and values. Proceeds will be used to fund scholarships, equipments and provide for ongoing operating needs of the Institute. A new digital lab will be created to enable second year students to apply and refine their painting techniques with the use of the latest digital design and graphics tools.
Mithila art occupies a special place in the traditional art world of India. The artists, predominantly women, integrate the traditional themes of gods, goddesses, marriage, birds and animals with a contemporary sensibility that opens a window into the modern Indian and global society. Mithila Art Institute seeks to collaborate with other institutions that are moving towards a similar goal and to spread its impactful work beyond its current territory.
Mithila Art Institute is unique among organizations working with Arts and artists in India on a number of fronts. Most importantly, it is focused on cultivating the highest skills among its students while encouraging them to synthesize the traditional art form with the unique individual "voice" or sensibility of the artist. While the graduating artists often go on to very successful painting careers, the Institute encourages resisting the temptation to mass produce the work purely for short term commercial gain. The vision for the digital lab recognizes that the art form and its modern interpretation, when combined with the power of the Internet and digital media can create unprecedented reach and opportunity for the artists.
USA 501(c)3: 1230 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 300, # 577, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Institute's location in India
Opposite Women's College, Women's College Road,
Madhubani, Bihar, India Pin Code - 847211