Samantha Mitchell was born in 1986 in New York City and graduated from Oberlin College in 2008. She lived and worked in Illinois, Utah, California, and Oregon before enrolling in the MFA program of Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, graduating in 2012. Mitchell is primarily a drawer and printmaker who investigates the relationship between order and chaos through different processes of mark-making. Her work has been exhibited internationally in Berlin and Tel Aviv, as well as at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC, the Woodmere Museum in Philadelphia, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.