Kamala Subramanian is a Washington, D.C. area artist of South Asian and African American heritage. Born and raised in the District of Columbia, Subramanian was educated through the DC public school system and fell in love with printmaking in high school while attending the Smithsonian’s Discover Graphics program, Literary Arts Program, and Workshops for Careers in the Arts (now Duke Ellington High School for the Arts). Subramanian holds a BFA from Temple University, Tyler School of Fine Arts, Rome, Italy and Philadelphia, PA with post graduate work in Child and Abnormal Psychology at Maryland University, College Park, teaching accreditation credits from Bowie State University, and credits in the Psychology Department’s Art Therapy program. Subramanian interned at the Brandywine Workshop in Philadelphia where she assisted in the printmaking process on several great artists’ work including Romare Bearden and David Driskell. In Washington, DC. she taught at the Smithsonian’s Discover Graphics Program and apprenticed with local printmaker Percy Martin. She was a Kennedy Center Fellow and has taught at numerous schools throughout the DC area. Subramanian won a commission to create a public art mural of Frederick Douglass entitled ‘Freedom of Mind’ at the Anacostia Library in Southeast DC and was nominated DC Teacher of the Year in 2021.