Salima Hashmi is an artist, curator and contemporary art historian. Professor Hashmi was the founding Dean of the School of Visual Art and Design at Beaconhouse National University, Lahore; she taught at the National College of Arts [NCA] Lahore, for 31 years and was also Principal of the College for four years.
She has written extensively on the arts. Her book “Unveiling the Visible- Lives and Works of Women Artists of Pakistan” was published in 2002, and ‘Memories, Myths, Mutations – Contemporary Art of India and Pakistan’ co- authored with Yashodhara Dalmia for Oxford University Press, India in 2006. She has recently edited ‘The Eye Still Seeks – Contemporary Art of Pakistan for Penguin Books, India in 2014.
Salima Hashmi curated “Hanging Fire” an exhibition of Pakistani Contemporary Art for Asia Society Museum, New York in 2009, which was accompanied by an extensive catalogue.
Government of Pakistan awarded her the President's Medal for Pride of Performance for Art Education in 1999.
The Australian Council of Art and Design Schools (ACUADS) nominated her as Inaugural International Fellow, for distinguished service to art and design education in 2011.
She is a practicing artist and has participated in many group exhibitions and has had 6 solo exhibitions at national and international level. She is Council member of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan.