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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 freelance write for publications between creating art and spending time with her wife and kids.

Writing & Art Featured in Publications:

Lori Waxman’s 60wrd/min art critic

Cincinnati online art journal AEQAI

Peoria Journal Star newspaper

Chicago online art journal Sixty Inches from Center

“Art and Activism” section of Kalfou: A Journal Of Comparative and Relational Ethnic Studies

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Adjunct Riot Zine
Recent writing published soon in 2020! Created by Amy Fleming, Adjunct Riot, is a compilation of accounts of life as an adjunct professor. Adjunct Riot addresses the corrupt labor practices in higher education, and its effect on the majority of faculty and their students. Compiled at Porch Possum Press, printed by Drum Machine Editions.