Alka Mukerji

Professor, Chairperson


Brownson Hall, 204

I am Alakananda Mukerji, and I grew up on the River Ganges. I have long since left the narrow streets of Benaras, where life is awash in a flood of color and a constant stream of souls. Yet however far I may find myself from those ancient riverbanks, my memory, my art, and indeed my very being is forever caught up in the notion of endless, sacred flow.
 People and faces, the surge of sounds, the unfathomably old commingling with the untarnishably new — all the rhythms and rhymes of India — this is the wellspring of who I am. I flow from this source, but I have become the river — changing, evolving, and flowing. And what flows from me, my painting, is often a conversation between the me that was and the me that is becoming. Memories, media, materials — bits of canvas, pieces of the past, anything I can get a hold of — this is my art. I am the medium. I am the flow.

Techniques of Painting
Watercolor Painting
Art Design and the Computer
Figure Drawing

Art History, Ph.D., Banaras Hindu University
Master of Arts, SUNY New Paltz
Master of Fine Arts, Banaras Hindu University
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Banaras Hindu University

Blue Mountain Gallery, New York, N.Y.
Exhibitor, December 16, 2014


Byram Library Gallery, Greenwich, Connecticut
Exhibitor, December 16, 2014


Queens Museum of Art, New York, N.Y.
Exhibitor, December 02, 2014


The Hammond Museum, North Salem, N.Y.
Exhibitor, December 01, 2013

Merit Scholarship for B.F.A. and M.F.A., Banaras Hindu University (Varanasi, India)

Fellowship for Higher Education, Ministry of Education, Government of Greece

Fellowship of the University Grants Commission, India