Bio

VENISE combines a multidisciplinary art practice with autobiographical poetry and cultural scholarship to empower, elevate, and educate audiences. She especially wants to uplift and encourage artists of African descent who lack guidance and/or comrades on their journey of personal expression.

Venise displayed installations in the SOFA Fair at Navy Pier, Refreshing Feminisms group exhibition at Woman Made Gallery, and Declarations of Dependence two-person exhibition at Plus Gallery Chicago. In 2017, her metaobject sculptures were exhibited in the historic Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. Venise displayed painting at Front Room Gallery in Brooklyn, New York and has a painting in the permanent collection of Saint Louis University Museum Of Art.

She has been featured in reviews and publications including, Lori Waxman’s 60wrd/min art critic, the “Art and Activism” section of Kalfou: A Journal Of Comparative and Relational Ethnic Studies, the Cincinnati online art journal AEQAI, and the Chicago online art journal Sixty Inches from Center, and the Peoria Journal Star newspaper. In 2016, she lectured her published scholarship at the Southern Influences: Black Arts Movement Conference at Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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.

Venise continues to write for publications between creating art and spending time with her wife and kids.