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SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019
TRAMPOLINE: Resilience & Black Body & Soul, Fort Gansevoort, New York, NY
Miracles and Glory Abound, Bates College Museum of Art, Lewiston, ME
sometimes.we.cannot.be.with.our.bodies., The Union for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE
Vanessa German: The Window Series 2019, Concept Art Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
this good love, James Barron Art, Kent, CT
Miracles and Glory Abound, Figge Art Museum, Davenport, IA
$LANG: Short Language in Soul, GAVLAK, Los Angeles, CA
sometimes.we.cannot.be.with.our.bodies., The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Miracles and Glory Abound, Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, MI

2018
running with freedom, Taft Museum of Art, Cincinnati, OH
The Incredibly True Sometimes Horrific Often Humorous Adventures of a Wacky Black Girl, Concept Art Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
Things Are Not Always What They Seem: A Phenomenology of Black Girlhood, Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL
Defiant Show of Unity, Woodland Pattern Book Center, Milwaukee, WI
sometimes.we.cannot.be.with.our.bodies., Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, PA

2017
Emanation, Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center, Millville, NJ

2016
de.structive dis.tillation, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY
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 African American Culture Center, Pittsburgh, PA

2015
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: HOMEWOOD Artist 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, 707 Penn Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

GROUP  EXHIBITIONS

2019
Citizen, Anya and Andrew Shiva Gallery, John Jay College, New York, NY
Radical Love, Ford Foundation Gallery, New York, NY
People, Jeffrey Deitch, Los Angeles, CA
This Stillness, Intuit: Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, Chicago, IL
Perilous Bodies, Ford Foundation Gallery, New York, NY
An Essential Presence: Highlights from the Petrucci Family Collection of African American Art, Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA
Give Me Body!: Femme Re-Divined, MoCADA, Brooklyn, NY
A Pittsburgh Anthology, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA

2018
ritual & resilience, Elizabeth Stone Harper Gallery, Presbyterian College, Clinton, SC
You Tell Me, Foley Gallery, New York, NY
A House is Not a Home, Emily Davis Gallery, University of Akron, OH
SEED, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY
Piecework, Pavel Zoubok Gallery, New York, NY
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 Daum 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 Museum, 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 African American Cultural Center, Pittsburgh, PA

2007
Objectification, Gallerie Chiz, Pittsburgh, PA

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

FELLOWSHIPS, AWARDS, AND GRANTS

Center for Victims of Violence and Crime Fellow
Community Leadership Initiative Fellow
Creative Capital Flight School Fellow
Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania
Don Tyson Prize from Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Founding member August Wilson Center Theater Ensemble
Governor’s Awards for the Arts, Artist of the Year
Heinz Endowments
Inaugural August Wilson Center Fellow
Inaugural Green For All Fellow
Jacob Lawrence Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters
Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant
National Organization for Blacks in Law Enforcement Community Leadership Award
Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments, Creative Development Grant
Ronald H Brown Leadership Award for Community Leadership, Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh
Sprout Fund
United States Artist Grant
Women and Girls Foundation Award

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Bates College Art Museum, Lewiston, ME
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, AR
David C. Driskell Center, Collage Park, MD
Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY
Figge Art Museum, Davenport, IA
Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, MI
Franciscan University, Steubenville, OH
Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Los Angeles, CA
Girls Club Collection, Fort Lauderdale, FL
High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
I.P. Stanback Museum, South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, SC
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at Portland State University, Portland,
Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, South Hadley, MA
The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO
The Progressive Art Collection, Cleveland, OH
Snite Museum of Art, Notre Dame, IN
Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Atlanta, GA
Wadsworth Antheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT
Wellin Museum of Art at Hamilton College, Clinton, NY

PERFORMANCES

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
TED x 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

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