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Pooja Pittie

2020 University of Illinois at Chicago Fellow
Visual Arts

Born and raised in India, Pooja Pittie trained as an accountant and moved to the U.S. in 1999.  She earned an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, which led her to a career in finance and entrepreneurship. A long held practice and self-study in painting was always apparent, and, in 2016, she decided to pursue her passion and shifted her focus to painting full-time.

Pooja has an incurable and progressive form of muscular dystrophy and her painting process explores the constantly changing relationship between an often slow body and an active mind.

Pooja is an alumna of the HATCH residency at Chicago Artists' Coalition and the Center Program at Hyde Park Art Center.  As a Board member of both organizations, she is an advocate for equity and accessibility in the Arts. Pooja has been nominated for the 3Arts Visual Art Award and the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant. Her paintings have been exhibited at venues such as Art Miami, EXPO Chicago and The Union League Club of Chicago and she is in numerous private collections across the country. Pooja is represented by the McCormick Gallery in Chicago.

Featured Artworks

  •  Pooja Pittie artwork Borrowed Splendor 48x36 in, acrylic on linen, 2021
  •  Pooja Pittie artwork Time Spirit 50x40 in, acrylic on canvas, 2021
  •  Pooja Pittie artwork Let Me Begin Again 60x60 in, acrylic on canvas, 2021
  •  Pooja Pittie artwork Fields of Consciousness 40x30 in, acrylic on linen, 2021

Pooja Pittie has crowd-funded a project with 3AP

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