Carlisha Watkins is an award-winning published photographer who studied Visual Arts and received her BA at the at the University of Maryland Baltimore County in 2013.
During college, she participated in five student exhibitions held by the UMBC Photography and Visual Arts Department: Vogue, Digital Manipulation, Nudes, Miniature World, and The Senior Exit Exhibition. Carlisha was also selected to be part of UMBC’s Art Week that celebrated artwork from UMBC students. The Visual Arts Department awarded Carlisha with an Outstanding Artwork in Photography Award for The House of Roots photography collection that she produced for The Senior Exit Exhibition.
Upon graduating from UMBC, Carlisha had her work published in Prince George’s Suite Magazine for Harold T. fisher’s stage play, Two Weeks Until the Rest of My Life. She was also selected as an exhibiting artist for the Starry Night Artist Exposure Program for Art Basel Miami in 2013 and 2014 at the Select Fair. As an exposure artist, she showcased The House of Roots and Black Beauty: Unbleached at the Select Fair.
In July of 2014, Carlisha exhibited her artwork at the Cox Art Center for Calvert’s Best Photography Show and the Bombay Sapphire's Artisan Series held by Russell Simmons' RUSH Arts Gallery. Currently, Carlisha works as a freelance photographer under her photography business and continues to spread her Black Beauty: Unbleached campaign on a global scale.