Originally from Brodnica, Poland, she earned her B.F.A. from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. She continued studies at Purdue University, where she earned an M.A., followed with an M.F.A from the Tyler School of Art, Temple University. While at Tyler, she spent a year studying in Rome, Italy.
She has completed residencies at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Connecticut, the Frans Masereel Center in Belgium, the Cork Printmakers in Ireland and the Women's Studio
Workshop in New York. Solo exhibits include Liminal Passages at Longwood College in Virginia, The Distance Between at the Limerick Printmakers Gallery in Ireland and Contain/Retain at the
Cocoon Gallery in Kansas City. Currently Monika teaches at University of the Pacific-Stockton, CA