Monika Plioplyte was born in Kaunas, Lithuania and moved to United States with her family in her early teens. She received her BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design (‘12). She has been a recipient of Genevieve McMillan-Reba Stewart Travel award for printmakers in 2012, Blanche E. Colman Award in 2016 and John W. Kurtich Foundation Travel Grant in 2017. While living and working in Boston, Plioplyte was the founder and director of Iron Wolf Press; a printmaking studio and artist collective in the South End area as well as co-director at Piano Craft Gallery. Currently she is residing, working as a teacher’s assistant and pursuing her MFA at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (anticipated ‘19).