Debra Cartwright is an artist interested in depicting the relationship between the black female body and American medical history. She uses paint and mixed media to explore selfhood and her own positioning as the daughter of a gynecologist. Themes around her work include re-embodiment, myth creation, violence, theft and intimacy. She explores a critical understanding of the past while also proposing an examination of the American healthcare system.


b.1988 Annapolis, Maryland

group exhibitions

2020 Young Artists: One, Fridman Gallery, New York, NY 

2020 Black Voices / Black Microcosm, CFHILL, Stockholm, Sweden

2020 I Miss You Terribly When You're Away, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey 

2021 Operation Varsity Blues, Allouche Gallery, New York



education

MFA, Mason School of Art, Rutgers University, 2022

AA, Parsons School of Design 2011

BA, University of Virginia, Art History and Studio, 2010



email: debra@debracartwright.com for inquiries


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