The artist grew up in Wisconsin where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Sculpture from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Through interdisciplinary practices, she began exploring concepts within her own sense of displaced identity. Always feeling like an outsider, the artist observed the environment and people around her from a distance. This led her to challenge herself and others by creating works that provoke an uncomfortable, yet gratifying sensation. Her use of performance and sculpture create physical experiences and nurture an exchange of energies. The work is captured through the use of digital photography and video to act through representation. The perceptual spaces between each work represent a space of discomfort and unfamiliarity similar to what she feels inside herself and observes in the world.

Vanessa is currently a candidate in the Master of Fine Arts program at the Ernest G. Welch school of Art and Design at Georgia State University in Atlanta.  


2015 | MFA Candidate| Georgia State University

2014 | BFA | University of Wisconsin Oshkosh


2012 | Student-Faculty Collaborative Research Small Grants Program | University of

           Wisconsin Oshkosh


2015-16 | Graduate Sculpture Lab Assistant | Georgia State University | Atlanta, GA

2014 | Lead Gallery Attendant | Gail Floether Steinhilber Art Gallery | Oshkosh, WI

2012- 14 | Foundations Assistant | University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Art Department

                Oshkosh, WI

2012-13 | Renaissance Faire Artist | Brown County | Renaissance Faire | DePere, WI

2013-14 | Gallery Board Member | Allen Priebe Gallery | Oshkosh, WI

2011-13 | Art Jam! Member | University of Wisconsin Oshkosh | Oshkosh, WI


2017 I Hapeville Gallery Walk I Hapeville, GA

2017 | CHUTE | Doppler Projects| Blue Mark Studios| Atlanta, GA

2017 | Tough Times | SOUP Experimental | Tallahassee, FL

2016 | Eye of the Needle |Feather & Bone Art Gallery| Appleton, WI

2016 | Home: Reflections on Place | The Arts Exchange | Atlanta, GA

2016 | GSU Threads | Mammal Gallery| Atlanta, GA

2014 | BFA Thesis | Allen Priebe Gallery | Oshkosh, WI

2014 | Patchwork Collective | The Gathering Space| Omro, WI

2014 | Honors Exhibition| Allen Priebe Gallery | Oshkosh, WI

2013 | Honors Exhibition | Allen Priebe Gallery | Oshkosh, WI

2013 | Plywood Show | Annex Gallery | Oshkosh, WI

2013 | Plywood Show | Gail Floether Steinhilber Art Gallery| Oshkosh, WI