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Alumna Hadieh Shafie Wins Bader Award
Wednesday, February 9th, 2011 //

UMBC MFA alumna Hadieh Shafie, IMDA 2004, was awarded a Franz and Virginia Bader Fund Award. Hadieh and three other artists were awarded a total of $55,000.00. The Franz and Virginia Bader Fund was established in 2001 in accordance with the will of the late Virginia Bader to provide grants to visual artists who have reached the age of 40, reside within 150 miles of Washington, D.C., and whose ability to concentrate on their art would be enhanced by receiving a grant.

Shafie, who was born in Iran, writes eshghe, the Farsi word for love, over and over, along strips of paper that she rolls tightly. She colors the edges and mounts the rolls together, edge on, calligraphy concealed. Shafie's brightly colored paper scrolls, like the dance of the dervishes to which they refer, are acts of meditation.