VENISE combines a multidisciplinary art practice with poetry and scholarship to empower, elevate, and educate audiences. She especially wants to uplift and encourage artists who lack guidance and/or comrades on their journey of personal expression.
Intersectional Artist| Writer|Storyeller| Educator|Activist
VENISE received her MFA in painting with a Women’s and Gender Studies Graduate Certificate at Illinois State University in 2016. After the MFA, Venise was an adjunct faculty at Illinois Central College and her alma mater, Bradley University. In 2017, she completed a residency at the School of Visual Art in New York for painting and mixed media.
She currently teaches visual art full-time at Art In Motion Creative Charter School for middles school students in the South Shore neighborhood of Chicago. Venise continues to write for publications between creating art and spending time with her wife and kids.
Writing & Art Featured in Publications:
Cincinnati online art journal AEQAI
Chicago online art journal Sixty Inches from Center
“Art and Activism” section of Kalfou: A Journal Of Comparative and Relational Ethnic Studies