Mahari Chabwera is a womanist, artist, curator, and the founding director of STUDIOHOUSE Baltimore. Mahari holds a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. She currently works between Virginia and Maryland, developing her artistic and curatorial practices, along with STUDIOHOUSE, an artist-sustained residency that brings together a rotating group of creatives devoted to emergence and mutual upliftment.
Mahari received The Visual Arts Center 2020 Emerging Artist Award and is the recipient of the 2019 - 2020 VMFA Professional Fellowship. Mahari uses a portion of her resources to advance Salt Eaters, a fellowship she founded in 2020 to assist Black Women artists in their creative work, research and restoration.
Mahari's participated in several group exhibitions in spaces like the Virginia MOCA, Hilyer Gallery in DC, MLK Library in DC, Iridian Gallery and 1708 Gallery in Richmond. Additionally she’s curated shared exhibitions, such as Salt Eaters, 2022, Primordial Emanations, 2020, and In Search of our Mothers’ Gardens, 2019. Her work has been acquired by the Armand-Paul Family Collection, The CAN Foundation, and Capital One. She’s been featured in publications like New American Paintings, Corner Office, and Sukeban Magazine in Japan.
Mahari is currently working on a series of 8, large scale tapestry paintings.