Angela Pilgrim


My work explores the Black female gaze through figurative imagery of the body. Utilizing portraiture, printmaking, pattern making and mixed media, I investigate themes of beauty, spirituality and reflection. By creating visual stories that invoke critical thinking processes regarding interiority, my work aims to reverse and rebuild how black women see themselves, both within their communities and expanded to a much larger world-view.

Angela Pilgrim’s art has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Creative Independent and The Getty Archives. Her contributions to the art world extend beyond print, as she has also been actively engaged in guest residencies and lectures across the nation. Her work is held in both public and private collections both nationally and internationally, including the Newark Public Library, Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African American Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Pilgrim’s participation in group exhibitions is noteworthy, particularly her inclusion in Black Histories, Black Futures at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA and Gadsden Museum of Art in Gadsden, AL. Additionally, she serves as a board member of Frontline Arts in Branchburg, New Jersey, and is a member of the Florida Printmakers Society.

Her contributions to the artistic community have been recognized through numerous grants and awards, including the Newark Artist Accelerator Grant in 2020 and the 2023 Creative Catalyst Grant from Newark Arts. Angela Pilgrim currently resides and works in New Jersey. 

Selected Works