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The inquiry is into the ideal and the real. I am interested in the in-betweens of becoming.

Repetition plays an essential role in my practice; it functions as a basic constraint expressing the constant nature of time fundamental to transformation. It represents the simplicity that is at the root of complexity and is primary in the visualization of evolutionary processes and motion.  My practice pivots around the intersections of art, science, and philosophy, and it uses a pool of cross-disciplinary resources including drawing, the history of cinema and the moving image, design, sound, systems theory, Sufism, and time and space.

I believe in a combinatorial approach to art-making and research.  Experimentation is essential and so is touch.  While I work with digital technologies, I like to combine and recombine the old with the new, ideas with materials, tools, and methods.  I have a background in traditional media, including drawing and painting, and the organic, varying nature of the hand made approach is important in my practice as a stark contrast to the structured and measured digital output.  New media technologies play an essential role for an integrated practice in art making and provide a platform to connect the handmade with the automated, the flexible with the constrained, and the unknown with the determined.  Installation and performance is where a lot of the traditional and contemporary expressions, including drawing, animation, video and sound, get combined.



Mariam Eqbal (b.1977) is a Pakistani-American artist working with drawing, installation, performance, animation, video and sound.

Eqbal’s work has been screened and exhibited across the United Stated and internationally, including, Great Britain, Columbia, the Netherlands, India, and Canada, as well as, in the Museum of Contemporary Art, Bogota, Columbia (2017), Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, Virginia (2017), and at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia (2015). Eqbal is a part-time faculty in the Department of Arts and Humanities at the University of Richmond, in Richmond Virginia, and an Affiliate Graduate Faculty for the School of the Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University where she also teaches animation in the Department of Kinetic Imaging.






Art and Music, Whitney Hall, Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, Louisville, KY

Frame and Frequency: Fantastic Bodies, Visual Arts Center, Rockville, MD

Sheehan Gallery, Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA


Wilbur Laboratory, Mountain Lake Biological Station, University of Virginia, Pembroke, VA

Floodwall Studios, Manchester, Richmond, VA


Lewis Hall, Mountain Lake Biological Station, University of Virginia, Pembroke, VA

Homeward Bound, Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, VA

Floodwall Studios, Manchester, Richmond, VA


Neil Britton Gallery, Virginia Wesleyan College, Norfolk, VA


Recursion, Artprize, Grand Rapids Downtown Market, Grand Rapids, MI

The New Unconscious, SciArt Center of New York, NY


InLight, 1708 Gallery, Monroe Park, Richmond, VA


RVA Art Festival, Historic Greater Richmond Transit Company Depot, Richmond, VA

Rice River Center, Research Institute, Virginia Commonwealth University, Charles City, VA

The Human Kind, The Cluster Project, Online Web Series

Underlying Conditions, Carriage House, Anderson Gallery, Richmond, VA

InLight, 1708 Gallery, Shockoe Bottom, Richmond, VA


Centers, 423 Gallery, Richmond, VA

Recursion, FAB Gallery, Richmond, VA

First Hour, Art 6, Richmond, VA


Black Desk, FAB Gallery, Richmond, VA


The SOLA Project, ISHQ Fine Arts Gallery, Richmond, VA

The SOLA Project, Edison, NJ


Street Stories Project, Metro Art Space, Richmond, VA

Broken City Series, Metro Art Space, Richmond, VA


Spades Play, The Fire House Theatre, Richmond, VA

The Street Stories Project, Firehouse Theatre, Richmond, VA       


The Street Stories Project, Greater Richmond Transit Company Buses, Richmond, VA


Print Show, FAB Gallery, Richmond, VA




The International Video Dance Festival of Burgundy, Burgundy, France

The Big Muddy, Department of Cinema and Photography, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale IL

Frame and Frequency, Museum of Contemporary Arts, Bogota, Columbia

Frame and Frequency, Visual Arts Center, Baltimore, MD


Electric Cinema, FLATPACK Film Festival, Birmingham, UK

Layers #4 Fads and Freud, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Richmond International Film Festival, Richmond, VA

New Media Film Festival, Los Angeles, VA


Leeds 29th International Film Festival, Leeds, UK

Yorkshire Dance, Everyman Cinema, Trinity Leeds, UK

The Indie Gathering International Film Festival, Cleveland, OH

The Moonrise Film Festival, Vancouver, BC, Canada

The Accolades Global Film Competition, La Jolla, CA

Manchester Film Festival, Official Selection, Experimental Film, Manchester UK

Access Code Short Film Festival, Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Extremely Shorts Film Festival, Houston, TX

ANIMAZE – Montreal International Animation Film Festival, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Twelve Gates Video Art Festival, Drexel University, Westphal College of Media Arts and Design, Philadelphia, PA


We Have Never Been Modern, International Experimental Film and Video Exhibition, Dope Chapel, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK


Richmond Radicals Film Screening, Association of Moving Image Archivists, Richmond, VA

Conference on the Image, Chicago Art Department Gallery, Chicago, IL


Film and Video Series, Studio Two Three, Richmond, VA



2015    Best Film, International Screendance Competition, Leeds International Film Festival, Leeds, UK

2015    Professional Fellowship, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA

2015    Award of Merit, Accolades Global Film Competition, La Jolla, CA

2013    Graduate Research Grant, School of the Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

2010    Community Arts Residency Grant, 1708 Gallery, Richmond, VA

2007    Dean’s Award, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA



The Bloomsbury Companion to Dance Studies, 2019

Keith Waits, Music and Risks, 2019

Bill Doolittle, Abrams and Artists Add Sights and Sounds for Louisville Orchestra, 2019

Marty Rosen, Art and Music, ‘adventurous’ combo for Abrams + LO, Leoweekly, 2019

Mariam Eqbal Opens New Avenues to Animation, Whitman Wire, 2018

Nicki Stein, The Silos Artist Collective, Whurk Magazine, 2018

The Gravity of the Situation, Culture Works, 2017

Art in Motion, Virginia Wesleyan Univeristy, 2016

International Journal of Screendance Studies, Field Perceptions, Ohio State University, 2016

The Case for Global Films: Leeds Film Festival Short Film Winners, 2015

Hamish MacPherson, “What are Screendance Competitions Even for? Response to the 2015 Leeds International Film Festival Screendance Competiton”, The International Journal for Screendance, 2015

Shiftwork: Unspooled, Leeds International Film Festival, 2015

“Art in Motion”, Amplifications and Measures, Neil Britton, 2015

Guy Madden, “The Review”, TIFF.40, Issue 09, November 22, 2015                  

“Glitch”, Please Hold Magazine, Issue 4, September 2015

“VideoFocus”, Stigmartpress, Art Press Biennial Edition, Stigmart 10, April 17, 2015

Paul Bond, “The Cluster Project: Artists against cluster bombing of civilians”, World Socialist Web Site, July 20, 2013

“Underlying Conditions”, VCU Scholar Compass, May 2013.

Karin Kapsidelis, “Muslims in Richmond strive to show true face of Islam”, Richmond Times Dispatch, September 7, 2011

Karin Kapsidelis, “Artist creates project to denounce terrorism”, Richmond Times Dispatch, January 8, 2010

“Zero Hour” with Tim Bowring, (interview) WRIR Radio, Richmond, VA, 2010

Article, Written on Cloth”, Style Weekly, January 14, 2009

Bob Paris, “As if Human”, Surfing the Spectacle, 2008

Press Release: 1708 Gallery, Art for All, The Examiner online, 2008

Michael Paul Williams, “VCU students’ moving exhibit tells stories of homeless” (feature), Richmond Times Dispatch, April 15, 2007



2013    MFA, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

2007    BFA, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

1997    Advance Level Studies, Cambridge University, British Council, Karachi, Pakistan



2013-Present   Affiliate Graduate Faculty Member, Graduate School, School of the Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond

2007-2018      Adjunct Faculty, School of the Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond,            VA       

Experimental Animation

Electronic Animation

Introduction to Animation

Animation I, II, III

Animated Motion

Introduction to Video

Video l

Introduction to Sound

Time Studio

Project Sound, Video, and Animation

Independent Study

2014-2018      Part-Time Faculty, Department of Art and Art History, University of Richmond, Richmond, VA

Foundation Film, Sound, & Video

Advance Video, & Animation

Introduction to Drawing

Figure Drawing


2009-2011       Part-Time Faculty, School of Arts and Humanities, John Tyler Community College, Midlothian, VA

Introduction to Animation

Advance Animation



2008-2010      Gallery Owner, ISHQ Fine Arts Gallery and Textile Studio, Richmond, VA

2009                Freelance Print Media Designer, “ESPN, Women’s Leadership Conference”, Play, Richmond, VA

2009                Freelance Designer, Pepsi Bottling Company, Charlottesville, VA

2005-2006       Cameraman and Cyron Graphics Operator, CBS News, Channel 6, Richmond, VA

2005                Production Assistant, Park Group Inc. Richmond, VA

2003                Retail Store Designer and Merchandizer, Evergreen Products, Richmond, VA

1996-1998      Drawing Instructor, Lyceum School, Karachi, Pakistan

1994-1998      Swimming Instructor for Women and Children, Defense Authority Creek Club, Karachi, Pakistan