In the Light and the Darkness of the Self and of the Other, Plain Sight, Washington, D.C.


Here(s), Christopher Brodigan Gallery, Groton School, MA

wherever you are is called Here, VisArts, Rockville MD

Imbrications, Gallery 102 at Corcoran School of the Arts & Design, Washington, D.C.


Small Identities, Common Ground Gallery, Rockville, MD (Solo exhibition)







Sobia Ahmad, wherever you are is called Here (non-flags/counter-flags/anti-flags), 2019, Screen print and weaving on rice bags, 14 x 25 inches each



Lives and works in Pittsburgh, PA.

Pakistan, 1992

B.S. Behavioral and Community Health (Magna Cum Laude) 

B.A. Studio Art Honors University of Maryland College Park




Sobia Ahmad has an interdisciplinary practice that maps how the personal and the political intersect. By weaving personal and communal narratives with current and historical socio-political contexts, she highlights the inseparability of the self and larger power structures. The work poses questions like: What confirms or dissipates our sense of belonging? What effects do policies have on our individual and collective psyches? And how can our deeply intimate struggles of belonging inform larger conversations about national identity, notions of home, cultural memory, and gender?

Born and raised in Pakistan, Sobia Ahmad moved to the United States at the age of fourteen. She earned her BA from the University of Maryland College Park. Her work has been exhibited internationally and can be found in numerous private collections.











Call and Response: Craft as a Tool for Activism, Museum of Craft and Design, San Francisco, CA

The Artists Studio, The Atlantic Festival, Washington D.C.

Migration Stories, Wilmer Jennings Gallery at Kenkeleba, New York City, NY

Take a Number: Artists and Bureaucracy, Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA

Am I Altering Your Aura?  Washington Project for the Arts, Collectors' Night, Washington, D.C.

Silver Linings, Alchemical Vessels 2021, Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, Washington, D.C.

Empathy Zone, VisArts Center, Rockville, MD (online)

Women Filmmakers Festival, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.

American Muslim Futures, Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design, Honolulu, HI

Art Salon, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD

Conversations: Over Circles, with Monroe Isenberg, Cultivate Projects, Kensington, MD

Empathy Zone, Contemporary Art Mover, Beijing, China

High Frequency, Washington Project for the Arts, Collectors' Night, Washington, D.C.

Women in the Arts: Latela Curatorial, Washington, D.C. 

Patterning, Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center, Hyattsville, MD

Epilogue, Halcyon Arts Lab, Washington, D.C. 

Something Edgeless, Something Spectral, Waller Gallery & Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD

Authentic Realities, Catalyst Contemporary Gallery, Baltimore, MD

The Garden of Forking Paths, Current Space, Baltimore, MD 

how the light gets in, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Ithaca, NY

Conversations: Over Circles, with Monroe Isenberg, Lunga School, Seyðisfjörður, Iceland

I know where I've been, Catalyst Contemporary, Baltimore, MD 

Foreword, Halcyon Arts Lab, Washington, D.C.

on tender ground, Current Space, Baltimore, MD

Times of Perception, Stevenson University, School of Design, Pikesville, MD

School 33 40th Anniversary Invitation Exhibition, School 33 Arts Center, Baltimore, MD

Transformer 16th Annual Auction, Corcoran School of Art and Design, Washington, D.C.

Women of the World, Gallery Three at Takoma Park Community Center, Takoma Park, MD

Honor the Spirit, Sanctuaries Gallery, The Festival Center, Washington, D.C.

Alchemical Vessels 2019, Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, Washington, D.C.

VidArt Auction, The Art Museum of the Americas, Washington, D.C.

Incandescent Bloom, ASHA for Women 30th anniversary gala, Washington, D.C.

A (Good) American, Heurich House Museum, Washington, D.C.

Mirrored Re-Collection, Stamp Gallery at the University of Maryland College Park, MD

Loud Silence: Expressions of Activism, Sordoni Art Gallery, Wilkes University, Wilkes Barre, PA

Transformer 15th Annual Auction, Corcoran School of Art and Design, Washington, D.C.  


Border (Untitled), Cody Gallery, Marymount University, Arlington, VA

Human Nature, Gallery 110, Seattle, WA

Elixir: Artists Respond to Making and Healing, Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, Washington, D.C.

Vox Lacunae, Stamp Gallery, University of Maryland College Park, MD

Focus Iran 2: Contemporary Photography and Video, Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Shout, ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL

Create/Change, Hillyer Art Space, Washington DC

Out/Side & In/Between, School 33, Baltimore, MD

Islamic Art Revival Series: 6th Annual Juried International Contemporary Islamic Art Exhibition, Irving Art Center, Irving, TX

Photography as Response, Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO

Wet Paint, Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton, VA

Home, Lubzenik Center for the Arts, Michigan City, IN

Royal Trash, Queen Mary University, London, United Kingdom

Typecast, Hillyer Art Space, DC

Gen-Y 3.0, VisArts, Rockville, MD

Drawing Board, The Stamp Gallery, College Park, MD

UMD Honors Thesis Show, Herman Maril Gallery, College Park, MD

I Never See You, Brentwood Arts Center, Brentwood, MD

In Response: Conversations Between Emerging Artists and Contemporary Work, The Stamp Gallery, College Park, MD

Continuing Legacies: Old Masters and New Apprentices, Herman Maril Gallery, College Park, MD



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