Avantika Bawa lives and works in Portland, Oregon. Originally from New Delhi, India, she received an MFA in Painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA in the same from the Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda, India. Noteworthy exhibits include solos at The Portland Art Museum, Suyama Space, Seattle, Columbus Museum, Georgia, Saltworks Gallery and the Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center, Atlanta, Georgia; Nature Morte and Gallery Maskara in India, White Box and Disjecta, Portland, Oregon. Avantika has participated in the Skowhegan, UCross, MacDowell Colony, Kochi Biennial Foundation and Djerassi residencies among others. Avantika is the recipient of several awards, notably the Oregon Arts Commission Joan Shipley Award, the Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts 2018 Golden Spot Residency Award and the Hallie Ford Fellowship presented by the Ford Family Foundation. Avantika is currently Associate Professor of Fine Arts at Washington State University Vancouver, Washington.