December 2022

Virginia Folklife:

Making space for community-focused art practice

by Katy Clune with Sushmita Mazumdar

When Sushmita opened the door, inviting me into Studio PAUSE for the first time, the overwhelming first impression was: Color! Sunshine streamed in through large, paned windows, lighting blue walls covered with an ever-growing collage of art, photos, and writing from past projects. Stacks of colored paper, jars of brushes, and artwork in progress were layered on work tables and cabinets, and a kettle sat ready to make visitors tea. 

The feeling inside Studio PAUSE invites creativity, and that’s exactly how Sushmita intended it. “I think what I came upon is community art,” Sushmita reflected when we spoke in September. “I wanted a community, I wanted a space where I could do what I wanted and be comfortable. And it turns out all these people needed this too.”

Read the full story here:

Sushmita Mazumdar at Studio PAUSE. Photo, Pat Jarrett.

July 2022

March 2020

Exhibition Pays Tribute to Women in Arlington

Women’s Work: Then & Now 

This Arlington Library exhibition features profiles of historic and contemporary women whose contributions have influenced and are still influencing the Arlington community and beyond. Included in the exhibition are features from the Center for Local History’s “Women’s Work” project which showcases trailblazers and visionaries such as Margarite Syphax, Gertrude Crocker and Carrie Johnson. The exhibition also features profiles of contemporary women, including Arlington Arts’ nominee: book artist, writer, and educator Sushmita Mazumdar. Photo: Tyrone Turner.

Feb 2020

Photographs showcasing Columbia Pike diversity to be displayed

The exhibition, Transitions: The Columbia Pike Documentary Project,  highlights the people and places of the diverse historic Columbia Pike corridor in Arlington, Virginia. It features the collaborative work of photographers Lara Ajami, Moises Gomez, Xang Ho, Dewey Tron, and Lloyd Wolf, and the work of storyteller/interviewer Sushmita Mazumdar.
The exhibition is produced by the curator of the Founders Gallery, at George Mason University’s Arlington campus, Emma Balázs.

Oct 2019

New Arts Commissioner from Arlington, VA
Sushmita Mazumdar of Arlington was appointed Arts Commissioner from Virginia’s 8th Congressional district.

The Virginia Commission for the Arts is guided by 13 Commissioners appointed to five-year terms by the Governor and confirmed by the General Assembly. To ensure statewide representation, at least one Commissioner — and no more than two — is appointed from each congressional district. A staff of six implements programs and policies.


Jan 2019


When Washingtonians Write Fiction 
2019 began with talking about writing. On Thu Jan 3, Kojo explored the art of fiction writing by interviewing local fiction writers at all stages. Sushmita wanted to talk about what people might not know they need to create their best writing. It was great fun when the producer decided to invite her as one of the guests on the show. Listen here. (Sush starts at 12:49:20)

Guests included:
Tayla Burney, Judge, Washington City Paper Fiction Contest
Danielle Stonehirsch, Writer; Winner, Washington City Paper Fiction Contest
Zachary Clark, Executive Director, 826DC
Sushmita Mazumdar, Director; Studio Pause

June 2018
Arlington’s Women of Vision Awards 2018:2018 Women of Vision Award Winners

Inside NOVA: Arlington taps 3 for ‘Women of Vision’ accolades

ARLnow: ‘Women of Vision’ to be Honored by Arlington Commission on the Status of Women

Arlington TV: Sushmita Mazumdar’s Women of Vision video, and Award Video

Aug 2017
Reading Rockets/WETA blog post on a workshop by Sughra and Sushmita based on the project Thou Art: The Beauty of Identity: Not Just for Kids

April 2017
Virginia Humanities “Global Virginia” page shared the story of the artists and the project Thou Art: The Beauty of Identity: The Road from Afghanistan

Nov 2016
Freer Sackler Blog: Art Must Bring Change: A Turquoise Mountain-Inspired Project
Story of the collaboration between Sughra Hussainy and Sushmita Mazumdar on Bento. 

Studio Pause on VOA:
Thanks so much to the amazing artist Lukman Ahmed for wanting to share the work of Studio Pause with his viewers! See the film here:

Studio PAUSE Reception, April 2015:
Here is a short film about our April 2015 reception, a film by Hanan Daqqa, who visited the Studio in January and wanted to share what its about through her art. Thanks so much, Hanan!

Studio PAUSE and AIM: Art Education, Nov 3, 2013
Artists Sushmita Mazumdar, Allison Platz, and Maria Burke talk about art education. All opinions are the conversationalists and not necessarily those of any organization with which they are affiliated. The Conversation on November 3, 2013 was at Studio Pause in Arlington, Virginia. Audio by Steve Cordle; cameras by Janar Stewart and Matthew Shea Sullivan; produced by Michael A. Shea through the facilities of Arlington Independent Media.


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