Skip to content


b. 1976, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Lives and works in Pittsburgh, PA



2019    $lang: Short Language in Soul, Gavlak Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

            sometimes. we. cannot. be. with. our bodies., Fralin Museum of Art, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

            Miracles and Glory Abound, Flint Institute of Art, Flint, MI

2018    sometimes. we. cannot. be. with. our. bodies., Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, PA

2016    de.structive dis.tillation, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY

2015    i am armed. i am an army., Pavel Zoubok Gallery, New York, NY

            i come to do a violence to the lie, MATRIX 174, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT

            Introspective: Vanessa German, The August Wilson Center for African America Culture, Pittsburgh, PA

            The Ordinary Sacred,Concept Art Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

            Bitter Root, Northcutt Stelle Gallery, Montana State University Billings, Billings, MT

            Bitter Root, Holter Museum of Art, Helena, MT

2014    Citizen Artist, Concept Art Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

            Bitter Root, Montana Museum of Art & Culture, Missoula, MT

2013    Homewood, Pavel Zoubok Gallery, New York, New York, NY

2012    Emerging Artist of the Year,Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA

2011    Are You A Good Woman, Gallerie Chiz, Pittsburgh, PA

            HOME: HOMEWOODArtist Residency, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA

2010    Tar Baby, Mendelson Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

            Tar Baby Jane and Doo-Wop: Everything Useful For Your Modern Household, 709 Penn Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA



2018    Reclamation! Pan-African Works from the Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection, Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, VA

2017    Female\Feminist/2017, Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, Old Lyme, CT Supernature, Pavel Zoubok Gallery, New York, NY

             Innovative Approaches, Honored Traditions, Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY

2016    AFRICA FORECAST: Fashioning Contemporary Life,Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Atlanta, GA

            Platform, Lawrence Arts Center, Lawrence, KS

            Storytelling: The Georgia Review’s 70th Anniversary Art Retrospective, Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia, Athens, GA

            Tomorrow Never Happens, Samek Art Museum, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA

            Conjurers: Artists Imbue the Ordinary, Visual Arts Center of Richmond, VA

            State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now, Jepson Center for the Arts, Savannah,     GA

2015    Black: Color, Material, Concept, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY

            Re:Purposed,Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL

            UNLOADED, Space, Pittsburgh, PA

            Vices Peculiar to these Eclectics: Contemporary Collage,Dr. M.T. Geoffrey Art Gallery, St. John’s University, Queens, NY

            Performing Blackness: Performing Whiteness, Allegheny College, Meadville, PA

            Some Assembly Required, Hill Gallery, Birmingham, MI 

2014    State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR

            Pittsburgh Biennial, Pittsburgh Glass Center, Pittsburgh PA

            SOFA: Sculpture Objects Functional Art + Design, Chicago, IL

            Cabinets of Wonder, Children’s Museum of Art, New York, NY

            Afrotechtopia, Samek Art Museum, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA

2013    Remix: Selections from the International Collage Center, Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY

2012    To Be A Lady: Forty-five Women in the Arts, curated by Jason Andrew, 1285 Avenue of the Americas Art Gallery, New York, NY

            Remix: Selections from the International Collage Center, The Duam Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, MO

            The Art of Storytelling: Lies, Enchantment, Humor & Truth, American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore, MD

            Ill Perceived, Curated by Kristin Rogers, Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, Cleveland, OH

            African American Art 1950-Present, Smithsonian Institution and David C. Driskell Center, College Park, MD

2011    Material Witness, Pavel Zoubok Gallery, New York, NY

2010    Responding, Future Tenant Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

            Art of the State: Pennsylvania 2010, Pennsylvania State Museum, Harrisburg, PA

            Art For Life, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA

            Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow, I.P. Stanback Museuem, Orangeburg, SC

2009    Visionary Arts Festival, Pittsburgh, PA

            Associate Artists of Pittsburgh 99th Annual Exhibition, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA

2008    Black Clay in PA: A Dialogue in Flux, August Wilson Center, Pittsburgh, PA

2007    Objectification, Callerie Chiz, Pittsburgh, PA

2005    Gestures: An Exhibition of Small Site-Specific Works, Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, PA



2014    Creative Summit, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, ARB.U.S. 9, Bricolage Theater, Pittsburgh, PA

2013    Homewood, Pavel Zoubok Gallery, New York, NY

2011    Pittsburgh Biennale Gertrude’s/Lot, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA

            Too Shallow for Diving: the 21st Century is Treading Water, American Jewish Museum, Pittsburgh, PA

            Material Witness, Pavel Zoubok Gallery, New York, NY

2010    TEDx MIT, Cambridge, MA

             Reading on Mars: American Shorts Reading Series, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA

2009    Black Clay, National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (Feature performance), Erie, CO

            Testify, Multiple venues (Feature performance)

            Women in Politics, Chatham College (Feature Guest Performer), Pittsburgh, PA

2008    SNAP!, Science, Nature, Art and People Conference(Feature performance), Boulder, CO

            Testify, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts & PFM Biennale, Pittsburg, PA

             Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship International Conference (Keynote Poem and performance), Boston, MA

2007     Pittsburgh International First Voice Festival, August Wilson Center, Pittsburgh, PA  

             PopTech!, Camden, Maine

2005     She Said: Words by Women, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh, PA


Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, AR

David C. Driskell Center, Collage Park, MD

Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, MI

Franciscan University, Steubenville, OH

Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Los Angeles, CA

Girls Club Collection, Fort Lauderdale, FL

IP Stanback Museum, South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, SC

The Progressive Art Collection, Cleveland, OH

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL

Snite Museum of Art, Notre Dame, IN

Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Atlanta, GA

Wadsworth Antheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT



Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant 

Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments

Creative Development Grant 

Heinz Endowments

Sprout Fund

Ronald H Brown Leadership Award for Community Leadership

Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh

National Organization for Blacks in Law Enforcement Community Leadership Award

Women and Girls Foundation Award

Inaugural August Wilson Center Fellow

Inaugural Green For All Fellow

Center for Victims of Violence and Crime Fellow 

Founding member August Wilson Center Theater Ensemble

Community Leadership Initiative Fellow

Creative Capital Flight School Fellow

Back To Top