Her work helped launch a major resurgence in the Miniature Painting department in the nineties at the National College of Arts in Lahore, inspiring many others to examine the miniature tradition.
She is the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships and awards including most recenly in 2012 the Inaugural Medal of Art by the US Secretary of State, Hilary Rodham Clinton. Shahzia's impressive exhibition record is international in scope, and her work can be found in the collections of: the Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Park, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, San Diego Art Museum, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, and Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (among many others).
Shahzia received her BFA in 1992 from the National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan, and her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1995.
Here is a short video on Shahzia from the most recent Istanbul Biennial: http://www.art21.org/artists/shahzia-sikander