Sobia Ahmad has two strong passions – art and mental health – and she is always looking for ways to combine them! Sobia is a public health worker and an interdisciplinary artist based in the Washington D.C. area whose practice focuses on autobiographical and conceptual videos, photographs, and mixed media paintings that explore themes of identity and belonging. She currently balances her time between developing mental health programming with the Montgomery County government and her studio art practice. She holds two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Maryland College Park: B.A. in Studio Art and B.S. in Behavioral and Community Health.
Sobia believes art can help enrich one’s quality of life and allow people to connect with themselves and a wider community. She is very interested in the positive effects of art on mental wellness and has led several art workshops on the topic at the University of Maryland campus. She teaches Conceptual Collaging and mixed media Art & Wellness courses at VisArts.
Sobia’s art has been included in the Sadat Art for Peace permanent collection, and has been displayed in several shows in Washington D.C. metro area, Chicago, California, Texas, Colorado as well as in London, UK. Her work can be found at www.sobiaahmad.com.