Lydia Pettit


Lydia Pettit (b. 1991) is a Painter and Curator from Towson, Maryland. She pursued her BFA in painting and photography at the Maryland Institute College of Art and is a two-time recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant. In 2014, she purchased and opened Platform Arts Center, a studio and mixed-use building in downtown Baltimore, to provide affordable studio space to young and low-income artists in the area. Within the space she was the co-Director and co-Founder of Platform Gallery, a project with a focus on providing opportunities to Baltimore-based and regional emerging artists. In 2017 Pettit and her partner closed the gallery, and she turned her focus to her art practice. She obtained her MA in Painting at the Royal College of Art in 2020 and is now living and working in Bow, London.



2020          Royal College of Art, MA Painting, London,
                       United Kingdom

2014            Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA),
                       Baltimore, USA
                       Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting;              
                       Photography Concentration
                       Magna Cum Laude; 3.8 GPA

2020         Jealous Prize, London, UK
                      Young Contemporary Artist Award      
                      Shortlist, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK
                      Signature Art Prize Finalist, London, UK
2019           Sunny Art Prize Shortlist, London, UK
                      Neo:Artprize Shortlist, Bolton, UK
                      Royal Society of British Artists Rome
                      Fellowship Semifinalist, London, UK
2018           Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize  
                      Semifinalist, Baltimore, MD, USA
2016          Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant,
                     Quebec, Canada
2015           Alumni Residency Grant at Burren College
                      of Art, Ballyvaughan, Ireland
2014           Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant,
                      Quebec, Canada

2021       The Well, Galerie Sebastien Bertrand,
                  Geneva, CH
2018         TENDER FLEX, Artscape Artist Run Art Fair,
                    Baltimore, MD, USA
                    BIG SEXY, School 33, Baltimore, MD, USA
2017         Murmurs: New Paintings by Lydia Pettit,
                    Hotel Indigo, Baltimore, MD, USA

2022.     and this skin of mine, to live again a second time’, Guts Gallery, London, UK

2020       London Grads Now, Saatchi Gallery, London,
                    50/50, Fold Gallery, London, UK
                    Royal College of Art Show, Kristen
                    Hjellegjerde Gallery, London, UK
                    Tomorrow: London, White Cube, London, UK
                    Portraits & Some Standing Figures, Galerie
                    Sebastien Bertrand, Geneva, CH
                    Signature Art Prize Gala, Bankside Hotel,
                    London, UK
2019         Bodies: Self & Sex, No. 20 Arts, London, UK
                    Sunny Art Prize 2019, Sunny Art Centre,
                    London, UK
                    A RAW GARDEN, Pinch Projects, Fitzrovia
                    Gallery, London, UK
                    RBA Rising Stars Exhibition, Royal Overseas
                    League, London, UK
                    Painters on the Other Side, Dyson Gallery,
                    London, UK
2018         DEEP STRETCH, Field Projects, New York,
                    NY, USA


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