The Mariam Dawood School of Visual Arts and Design (MDSVAD) at Beaconhouse National University (BNU) in Lahore proudly presented its Annual Degree Show, commemorating the momentous 20th Anniversary of BNU. The sprawling campus came alive with an air of anticipation as this extraordinary exhibition showcased the remarkable achievements of 113 talented undergraduate students, making it the largest and most diverse display of creativity in BNU's illustrious history.
For nine days, from June 17 to June 25, 2023, these aspiring artists and designers had poured their hearts and souls into their craft, guided by experienced mentors and fueled by a passion for creative expression. The result was an awe-inspiring array of artwork spanning a wide spectrum of artistic disciplines: from the intricately woven textiles to thought-provoking visual arts, innovative communication designs, and fashion that pushed the boundaries of imagination.
The grand opening on June 17, 2023, was nothing short of a spectacle, attended by esteemed guests and prominent figures from various fields. Dr. Shaista Sohail, the honorary Executive Director of Higher Education Commission, Pakistan, along with Dr. Moeed Yusuf, the Vice Chancellor of BNU, inaugurated the event, marking its significance as a national celebration of art and creativity.
Prof. Rashid Rana, the esteemed Dean of MDSVAD, expressed his utmost enthusiasm and pride in having the privilege to host such a monumental Annual Degree Show. He highlighted the school's unwavering commitment to nurturing the next generation of creative leaders and commended the students for their dedication and exceptional achievements.
The Annual Degree Show was an unparalleled platform for these young artists to exhibit their immense talents, unique perspectives, and artistic visions, offering a glimpse into the future of the art and design industry. Notably, this year's exhibition featured the groundbreaking projects from the inaugural batch of the Interdisciplinary Expanded Arts and Design (IEDA) program, which added a new dimension of innovation and creativity to the already exceptional lineup.
The exhibition drew the attention of distinguished guests such as Kamran Lashari, Tauseef Khawaja, Fawad Khan, Mrs. Nasreen Kasuri, Hassan Sheheryar Yaseen, Imran Qureshi, Muntaqa Paracha, Zulfikar Zulfi, Haroon Rashid, and many other notable artists and celebrities. Their presence not only honored the students' hard work but also inspired and encouraged the young talents to reach new heights in their creative pursuits.
Moreover, the show attracted groups of students from various educational institutes, who visited the exhibition with enthusiasm and awe, witnessing the exceptional display of creativity that left a lasting impact on their minds.
During the closing ceremony, honorable guest Mr. Tauseef Khawaja, Chief Executive Officer, Aga Khan Cultural Service Pakistan, applauded the incredible efforts of the students across all disciplines. He emphasized that their dedication and passion for learning will undoubtedly contribute to a brighter future for Pakistan, where art and creativity continue to flourish.
The week-long exhibition delighted art enthusiasts and visitors alike, who were treated to a captivating and immersive experience as they explored the diverse range of artworks. From thought-provoking installations to emotive paintings and groundbreaking fashion designs, each piece demonstrated the immense talent and potential of these young artists.
As an institute that has nurtured and guided these exceptional artists over the past four years, the Mariam Dawood School of Visual Arts and Design takes great joy in bidding farewell to its graduating batch. Their passion, creativity, and dedication displayed during this event have left an indelible mark on the hearts of faculty, fellow students, and visitors alike. The School wholeheartedly wishes them the best of luck in all their future artistic endeavors, confident that they will continue to shine and make profound contributions to the world of art, enriching society with their creative brilliance.
As the curtains draw to a close on the BNU-MDSVAD Annual Degree Show '23, the echoes of creativity and artistic brilliance will linger on in the hearts of all those who bore witness to this extraordinary event. The nine-day extravaganza not only celebrated the accomplishments of the graduating batch but also underscored the unwavering commitment of MDSVAD and BNU to fostering a nurturing environment that cultivates innovation and excellence in the arts.
As the young artists embark on their journey beyond the walls of the university, their indomitable spirit and passion for creativity will undoubtedly shape a brighter future for the world of art and design. With boundless talent and determination, they carry with them the torch of inspiration, ready to make their mark on the global stage.
The BNU-MDSVAD Annual Degree Show '23 serves as a testament to the power of creativity and its profound impact on society, leaving a legacy that will continue to inspire generations to come. Congratulations to the graduating class of '23, and may their artistic endeavors shine brightly, illuminating the world with their unique artistic voices.