Monika Plioplyte was born in Kaunas, Lithuania and moved to Boston, MA with her family in her early teens. Plioplyte received her BFA in Printmaking from Massachusetts College of Art and Design (‘12) and her MFA in Print Media from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (‘19). She has been a recipient of Genevieve McMillan-Reba Stewart Travel award for printmakers (‘12), Blanche E. Colman Award (‘16), Professional Development Track Grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency (‘19) and Studios at MASS MoCa Residency (‘20). Plioplyte's current work is rooted in her Lithuanian heritage and immigrant experience, investigating histories, myths, and the impact they have on cultural tradition and identity. Her work often deconstructs the encyclopedic nature and figure of the self, by blending printmaking, photography, and performance. Plioplyte currently lives and works in Chicago, IL where she serves as a co-director and curator at Parlour and Ramp gallery and teaches printmaking classes at Spudnik Press Cooperative.