VENISE is a Chicago-based interdisciplinary who received her Masters of Fine Art in Painting and a Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies at Illinois State University.venise Keys 2

She has exhibited hand cut paper nudes in “Refreshing Feminism” at Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, IL, “Declarations of Dependence” at Plus Gallery Chicago in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago, IL, and “Proximities” at the Hartman Gallery of Bradley University in Peoria, IL. Her assemblage sculptures were in the “47th Annual Black Creativity Juried Exhibition” at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, IL, and Keys has also exhibited social-political painting at Front Room Gallery in Brooklyn, NY.

In 2017, Venise was an artist-in-residence at the School of Visual Art in New York, NY for the Painting and Mixed Media International Summer Residency Program. She spoke about her research and art practice on Black identity aesthetics and relationship to Black hair politics at the International Black Arts Movement Conference at Dillard University.

Venise is currently a Teaching Artist for the Beverly Arts Center in the historic Beverly Hills neighborhood of Chicago, IL.  She was previously an adjunct faculty at Illinois Central College and Bradley University in Peoria, IL teaching Art Appreciation.