Phylicia's profile

Phylicia Ghee is an interdisciplinary visual artist, photographer and curator. Ghee’s artwork documents transition, explores healing, memory, ritual, ceremony & personal rites-of-passage. She is interested in the intersection between the physical and the spiritual. Taught by her Grandfather at an early age; Ghee works in photography, performance, video, fibers, mixed media, installation & painting. She earned her BFA in Photography with a Concentration in Curatorial Studies from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2010.

Ghee has exhibited her work at The Baltimore Museum of Art, Galerie Myrtis, The Egyptian Embassy, The Margulies Warehouse (Miami, FL) as a YoungArts award winner, Studio Art Centers International (Florence, Italy) and The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, where she was commissioned to make work for the private collection. 

Most recently, Ghee completed a 3-month artist residency at The Nicholson Project in Southeast, D.C., which culminated with an immersive, multi-sensory solo exhibition. In recent years, Ghee has exhibited and performed at NYU, Art on the Vine (Martha’s Vineyard), Young Collectors Contemporary (Memphis, TN), The Banneker Douglass Museum, The Walters Art Museum as 2019 Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize Finalist, Fridman Gallery (NY, 2020 Virtual Exhibition) and The African American Museum (Philadelphia, PA). Ghee was also named 2020 Baker Artist Award Finalist, 2020 Pratt>FORWARD Fellow (Mickalene Thomas & Jane South) and 2020 Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize Finalist. Ghee has taught workshops and held day-long retreats in Baltimore, MD, New Orleans, LA and Ibadan, Nigeria exploring photography, book making, installation, assemblage, and the powerful connection between art and healing. In 2021 Ghee received the Maryland State Arts Council Independent Artist Award, recognizing notable artistic achievement. Ghee is a certified yoga nidra (yogic sleep) facilitator and she is in apprenticeship to become a clinical herbalist. She received recognition from Maryland’s former First Lady Yumi Hogan & the Maryland Behavioral Health Administration for her art and activism in raising awareness on issues surrounding mental health, behavioral health and substance use disorder.

In addition to her art practice, Ghee has worked as a professional photographer for over 19 years. She is the first Black Woman and only one of 22 photographers in American history to work as Official Photographer for the U.S. Capitol, House of Representatives.

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