About Nighat Ahmed

Nighat is originally from Pakistan. In 1976, she earned a Masters Degree in Fine Arts from the Punjab University, Pakistan. She moved to the USA in 1977 after getting married. Here in 1993, she continued her art studies at Montgomery College and then in 1998 received a  Masters degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in Graphic Design and Communication from the American University. She also studied water color painting at Corcoran College of Arts and at Yellow Barn Studio in Glen Echo, Maryland.

Nighat gains inspiration from nature and loves to depict every day life, people and objects. For example, in her “Kentlands” series, Nighat portrays the unique scenes of this pedestrian friendly community in Gaithersburg, Maryland. In her “Flowers with Pattern” series, she combines scenes from nature with geometric patterns that are commonly reflected in range of artifacts such as rugs, fabrics, pottery and handicrafts. Although, she has experimented with a number of mediums including pastels, acrylics, colored pencils, charcoals and others, her favorites are oils and water color. She seeks to capture the beauty and charm of her subjects by first working on site and after that composing the composition in her studio.

She is a member of the Montgomery Art Association & Washington Watercolor Assocaiation. She is also a member of the Rockville Art League, where she is a Program Coordinator from 2017-2020 monthly speaker series. She has exhibited her work in number of places, such as Kentlands Mansion, Art Barn, The Framers Choice Gallery in Kentlands, Glenview Mansion Art Gallery, Brookside Gardens & more. Nighat has exhibited her works in number of juried shows as well as in Plein Air events. She has won number of awards, including in Oil and Watercolor painting. She won first prize in the Oil category for her portrait in the 2019 Spring Juried Show at the Rockville Art League. Nighat is also an active member of the popup gallery called “Artists On Market”, where she regularly exhibits her work with the other local artists.

Exhibitions & Awards



  • Art Barn Arte di Primavera, Kentlands MD March – May 2017
  • Brookside Gardens Art Exhibion, Wheaton, MD January-April 2017
  • Glenview Mansion Art Gallery Rockville Art League juried members show from 2013 till 2016
  • Ellicott City Plein Air Event, “Paint it” July 2016
  • Bohrer Park Floral/Flora Show, Gaithersburg Fine Arts Association, July 2015
  • Glenview Mansion Art Gallery  “Flowers with Pattern” series, Rockville MD, June 2015
  • The Woman’s Club of Potomac Art Show, Potomac MD, June 2014
  • Carrol County Arts Council Plein Air Event, “Paint Out Westminster” Westminster MD, May 2014
  • Kentlands Mansion “Kentlands” series, Gaithersburg MD, September-November 2012
  • The Framer’s Choice Gallery  Gaithersburg MD, July-Oct 2011
  • MWA 6th Annual Exhibition Bethesda MD, April 2005 & 2008
  • The Design EXPO American University, March 1998
  • Montgomery College Student Art Show Rockville MD, 1993 & 1994 


  • Golden Key Honor Society 1997
  • Phi Theta Kappa Society 1994
  • The National Dean’s List 1994-1995


Freelance Work Gaithersburg MD, from 2000 to Current
Designed invitation cards, posters, logos, forms for Organizations like, Friends of Pakistan, SOS Children’s Villages of Pakistan, MSN Muslim Public Service Network and Bethesda Health Rehabilitation Center.

Freedom By Design Washington DC, April 1999
Freelance work designing invitations and book covers.

Blue Acorn Studio, Inc. Washington DC, September 1998 to March 1999
Worked and designed newsletters, brochures, letterheads, logos and office forms. Organized the office. Archived client work projects.

Workshop with AIGA The Design Center Washington DC, March 1998
Helped setup a juried exhibition of Music CDs, videos and posters.

A.U White House News Photographers Association Washington DC, 1998
Designed and made entries of the photographs for the slideshow

Workshop with the Art Director Club Silver Spring MD, 1996
Sorted out design work in different categories and helped in organizing them for jury selection.

S.O.S Children Villages of Pakistan Washington DC, 1989-1992
Hospitality executive in charge of food arrangements. Packing old clothing and toys. Helped with fund-raising activities.

The Capital Children Museum Washington DC, 1978
Provided help in the Arts and Crafts section and made posters for the Summer Program.


American University Washington DC, May 1998
Master of Arts, Interdisciplinary studies: Graphic Design and Communication

Montgomery College Rockville MD, 1993-1995
Courses in Studio Art, Design and Computers

Punjab University Pakistan, Lahore, August 1976
Masters in Fine Arts, Painting and sculpture