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Nirmal Raja

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Nirmal Raja is an interdisciplinary artist whose artistic career thrived in Milwaukee for over 30 years. She lived in India, South Korea, and Hong Kong before immigrating to the United States in the 1990s. She holds a BA in English Literature from St. Francis College in Hyderabad, India; a BFA from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.

She has participated in solo and group shows in the Midwest, nationally, and internationally. She is the recipient of several awards including “Graduate of The Decade” from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Raja received the Mary L. Nohl Fellowship for individual artists for the year 2020 and the Mildred L. Harpole Artists of the Year 2022 award from the Milwaukee Arts Board. She has been named an artist-in-residence at the 2023 John Michael Kohler Arts Center Arts/Industry Residency Program. She collaborates with other artists and strongly believes in investing energy into her immediate community while also considering the global. She is a mentor for the Milwaukee Artists Resource Network’s mentorship program and periodically curates exhibitions that bring people from different cultures and backgrounds together. In 2024, Raja and her family relocated to Cambridge, Massachusetts.



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