“MICA gave me a thorough and well-rounded educational experience. I felt that it not only completely disciplined me and helped me explore and develop my creative skills, but also helped me mature as a person.”
Haya Sehgal ’99 Graphic design alumna Haya Sehgal returned to her home country, Pakistan, eight years ago with her art education in tow. “MICA gave me a thorough and well-rounded educational experience. I felt that it not only completely disciplined me and helped me explore and develop my creative skills, but also helped me mature as a person.”
Those skills came in handy as Sehgal took a job at the International School in her hometown of Karachi as a visual arts instructor. She worked primarily with 11- to 16-yearold students. “I had a very open-minded administration, and they let me design my own curriculum,” she said. “I concentrated on the conceptual and developmental stages in every project so the students learned to focus on why they had created something rather than only the finished product.”
Since leaving the International School, Sehgal has shown her work at exhibitions, including solo shows that took place in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates in November 2009 and Pakistan last May. Her paintings often feature Islamic themes and concepts, and she enjoys creating abstract art and calligraphy in abstract styles. Her work also reflects her experience and cultural wisdom she’s attained by living and working in both the United States and Pakistan. “I loved working in both countries,” she said. “Both experiences have been life changing in a very positive manner."