Aneka Ingold

DEMO_Aneka Ingold – International Artist Magazine Feature


Aneka Ingold’s artwork consists of ambiguous narratives combining flat color and pattern with realism.She specializes in mixed media techniques, combining drawing and painting processes. As an undergraduate student at Grand Valley State University Aneka was the recipient of the Alexander Calder Honors Scholarship and the Advanced Visual Arts Scholarship. She received her MFA at Kendall College of Art and Design where she was awarded the Kendall Scholarship of Merit Award in 2013.

Ingold was recently named one of the ten finalists for the $50,000 Bennett Prize. The award is designed to propel the careers of women artists working in the figurative realist style. It is the largest art award ever offered solely to women painters. She was also named one of the ten finalists for The 9thAnnual Manifest Prize-One award by Manifest Creative Research and Drawing Center, which aims to reward, showcase, celebrate, and document the most exceptional artwork being made today.

In 2016 Ingold was awarded First Place by Juror Carrie Ann Baade, at the Valdosta National All-Media Juried Competition atDedo Maranville Fine Arts Gallery, Valdosta State University, Georgia. She was the featured artist at the national juried exhibition, Women in Art, at Las Laguna Art Gallery in Laguna Beach, CA. Her work was also selected by Juror Elizabeth McGrath for the Surreal Salon 8, at Baton Rouge Center for Contemporary Art, presented by Juxtapozmagazine. In 2015 Ingold was the Grand Prize Winner at the Vyingshow during Miami Art Basel, at Viophilia Gallery in Wynwood.

In 2019, Ingold’s work will be published in INDA: International Drawing Annual, presented by Manifest. The Annual is designed to support the recognition, documentation, and publication of excellent, current, and relevant works of drawing from around the world. Her work has also been published in the magazine Poets and Artists, as well as the drawing textbook Drawing Essentials: A Guide to Drawing from Observation, by Deborah Rockman.

Major collections include the Howard A. and Judith Tullman Art Collection, Chicago, IL, West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology, Grand Rapids, MI, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI, and University of Tampa, FL.

Ingold is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Tampa teaching Drawing and at Hillsborough Community College teaching Design.


“I use an intuitive approach to art making and rely on my instincts to create my narratives. The figures in my drawings are always female and, in some way, there is a part of me described in each character as well as an attempt to represent a shared female experience. I document and invent women that I hope will teach me about what it means to be a woman. The most effective way for me to create is to examine a collection of both contemporary and historical images and then examine the meaning. I collect my source material from books and magazines and take photographs of the people and things around me. I make instinctual choices regarding what images and symbols to collect, and in retrospect I often find that these things provoke deep thought within me and challenge my idea of what is normal and accepted by society. Sometimes I reflect on memories or dreams that are connected to the images I’ve found. I use a wide range of media as well as mark-making techniques to create a collage aesthetic. This includes, but is not limited to, water-based paints, paint pens and colored pencils. Not being tied down to any one way of rendering contributes to a creative flow of energy and stream of consciousness. If I try to control this process too much it loses the excitement and mystery for me and I stop learning from it.As I near the finish of the piece I allow myself to analyze it thoroughly. I write down ideas about the connections found between objects and symbols and why they are significant to me within my own visual history as well as try to be aware of a more universal understanding of the symbolism.”

-Aneka Ingold






2014   MFA – Drawing, Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI

2003   BFA – Painting, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI

Solo Exhibitions

2013   In Flux, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Sales Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI

2008   See and Touch, The Sparrows Gallery Space, Grand Rapids, MI

2007   Me and My Artery, The Sparrows Gallery Space, Grand Rapids, MI

Group Exhibitions

2019   We Believe, RJD Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY

2019   Form and Figure, Nightingale Gallery, La Grande, OR

2019   Spring Ahead, Bridgehampton, NY

2018   BIG ART. small canvas, RJD Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY

2018   Foundations: An Art Exhibition Celebrating HCC’s 50thAnniversary, Hillsborough Community College, Tampa FL

2018   Turning Point, MAZE Gallery, Three Person Show, Hillsborough Community College, Tampa, FL

2018   Art and Design All Faculty Showcase, University of Tampa, Tampa FL

2017   Confluences,Open Art Miami, International Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Art in parallel with Art Basal Miami, Miami, FL

2016   Surreal Salon 8, presented by Juxtapoz magazine, Special Guest Juror: Elizabeth McGrath, Baton Rouge Center for Contemporary Art, Baton Rouge, LA

2016   Women in Art, Featured Artist, National Juried Exhibition, Las Laguna Art Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

2016   Valdosta National All-Media Juried Competition, First Place Winner, Juror: Carrie Ann Baade, Dedo Maranville Fine Arts Gallery, Valdosta State University, Georgia

2015   Vying, Grand Prize Winner, Viophilia Gallery, Miami Art Basel, Wynwood, Miami, FL

2015   Strange Figurations,Limner Art Gallery, Hudson, New York

2015   Immortality and Vulnerability, National Juried Exhibition, Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, IL

2015   Love, 3rdPlace Winner, Regional Juried Exhibition, Carrollwood Cultural Center, Tampa FL


2019   Finalist, The Bennett Prize




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