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Monica Ikegwu (b.1998, Maryland)




(2020 - 2022) New York Academy of Art. MFA. Painting

(2016 - 2020) Maryland Institute College of Art. BFA. Painting


Solo Exhibitions


Extensions, Galerie Myrtis, Baltimore, MD, Curator Dr. Myrtis Bedolla



Duo, Band of Vices, Los Angeles, CA, Curator Terrell Tilford



We’ve Always Been Here, Band of Vices Art Gallery, Los Angeles, California, Curator Terrell Tilford 

Two Person Exhibitions


GAZE, Band of Vices Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, Co Exhibited with Thomas Mitchell, Curator Terrell Tilford



Sunflower Seeds, Ida B's Table, Baltimore, MD, Co Exhibited with Katelyn Brown, Curator Sharayna Christmas

Group Exhibitions


The Culture: Hip Hop & Contemporary Art in the 21st Century, Traveling exhibition, Curators Asma Naeem, Gamynne Guillotte, Hannah Klemm, and Andréa Purnell

-     Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD

-     Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MI

-     Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany

-     Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH

-     Art Gallery of Ontario, Ontario, Canada



EXPO Chicago, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL, Curator Dr. Myrtis Bedolla


The Bennett Prize Finalist Exhibition, Traveling exhibition

  • Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, MI

  • Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY

  • Customs House: Museum & Cultural Center, Clarksville, TN

  • Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh, PA

  • Bo Bartlett Center, Columbus State University, 

  • Columbus, GA

  • Studio Incamminati, Philadelphia, PA



There Within Lies the Gospel Truth, Galerie Myrtis, Baltimore, MD, Curator Myrtis Bedolla

Rising Voices 3 - The Bennett Prize, Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, MI

You’ve Got a Friend, Rhimes Performing Arts Center, Los Angeles, CA

Harlem Fine Arts Show, New York, NY



The Afro-Futurist Manifesto: Blackness Reimagined, Traveling Exhibition, Curator Myrtis Bedolla 

  • 59th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

  • The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African- American History & Culture, Baltimore, MD

  • The James E. Lewis Museum of Art (JELMA), Baltimore, MD



The Radical Voice of Blackness Speaks of Resistance and Joy, The 

Banneker-Douglass Museum, Annapolis, MD, Curator Dr. Myrtis Bedolla



Context Art Miami, Art Basel, Miami, FL, Curator Dr. Myrtis Bedolla

The Beautiful and the Dammed, Galerie Myrtis, Baltimore, MD, Curator Dr. Myrtis Bedolla 

To Each, Her Own, Urban Zen, New York, NY, Curator Mashonda Tifrere 

Black Creativity, Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, IL



LED Baltimore Billboard Spotlight, Baltimore, MD

Literary Muse, UTA Artist Space, Los Angeles, CA, Curator Dr. Myrtis Bedolla

Truth About Me, Urban Zen, New York, NY, Curator Mashonda Tifrere

Parallels and Peripheries, New York Academy of Art, New York, NY, Curator Larry Ossei-Mensah and Assistant Curator Robyn Gibson



Noir, Noir: Meditations in African Cinema and its influence on

Visual Art, Prizm Art Fair, Virtual, Curators William Cordova and Mikhaile Solomon

Bethesda Painting Awards Exhibition, Bethesda, MD

In the Hallway, Alternate ROOTS, Virtual Exhibition

Thesis Exhibition, Maryland Institute College of Art, Virtual

Masterpiece, Band of Vices Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, Curator Melvin A. Marshall

Renaissance: Noir, UTA Artist Space, Beverly Hills, CA, Curator Myrtis Bedolla 

Black Voices - Black Microcosm, CFHILL, Stockholm, Sweden, Curator Destinee Ross



We Are One, Creative Alliance, Baltimore, MD, Curator Thomas James

Crosscurrents, Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

Anima Mundi – Visions, ItsLiquid Group, Venice, Italy, Curator Arch. Luca Curci

B_19, Baltimore City Hall, Baltimore, MD

All the Feels, Open Space Gallery, Baltimore, MD



The Full Gamut, Ida B’s Table, Baltimore, MD, Curator Sharayna Christmas

XL Catlin Art Prize, Traveling Exhibition

  • Linda Warren Projects Art Gallery, Chicago, IL

  • New York Academy of Art, New York, NY

  • San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA 

& Introducing, Band of Vices Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 

BPI Gallery, Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, Baltimore, MD

Reflections of Baltimore: Painting, Reginald F. Lewis Museum, Baltimore, MD 


2022 - Bennett Art Prize, Finalist

2022 - Portrait Society of America: Future Generation Competition, Honorable Mention

2020 - Bethesda Painting Awards, Young Artist Award winner​

2020 - Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant recipient

2018 - XL Catlin Art Prize 1st place winner

2017 - Young Arts Finalist 

2016 - Scholastics Silver Medal Portfolio Winner

2016 - Young Arts Merit Winner

2016 - ACT-SO Gold Medal Winner

2015 - ACT-SO Bronze Medal Winner

Select Collections

Baltimore Museum of Art

The Columbus Museum

Muskegon Museum of Art


CNN, Featured on segment ‘Art if Life’ with  Victor Blackwell


The New York Times, How Galleries Off the Beaten Path Are Diversifying L.A.’s Art Scene,


The New York Times, Museums Look Locally for Growth and, Sometimes, Survival


The Culture: Hip Hop and Contemporary Art in the 21st Century Catalog, page 138


Shifting Time: African American Artists 2020 - 2021, Pages 130-131


Voyage Baltimore, Rising Stars: Meet Monica Ikegwu



Tomorrow's Talent (Boooooom), Volume II, Pages 82-83

New American Paintings, Volume 25, Pages 80-83


Bmore Art, Art AND: Monica Ikegwu


Create! Magazine, Issue 14, Pages 152-153, Artist Spotlight

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