VENISE is a queer, black, woman visual artist and writer working in Chicago as a teaching artist for the Beverly Arts Center. She uses storytelling, scholarship, and visual aesthetics to uplift herself and empower her community of marginalized womyn and feminine non-binaries. She especially wants to uplift and encourage artists of African descent at institutions who lack guidance and/or comrades on their academic journey of personal expression.
Venise received her MFA in painting with a Women’s and Gender Studies Graduate Certificate at Illinois State University in 2016. Her work on black aesthetics earned multiple fine art awards and her public arts organizing earned her honorary recognition as an impactful influence to campus life at Illinois State University in 2016.
After the MFA, Venise was as 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.
Her work has been exhibited at Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, Plus Gallery Chicago, the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, the Saint Louis University Museum Of Art, and Front Room Gallery in Brooklyn, NY.
She has been featured in reviews and publications including, Lori Waxman’s 60wrd/min art critic and the “Art and Activism” section of Kalfou: A Journal Of Comparative and Relational Ethnic Studies. Her published scholarship and artwork from the Kalfou Journal was presented in New Orleans, Louisiana at the International Black Arts Movement Conference at Dillard University in 2017.
Venise continues to write for publications between creating art and spending time with her wife and kids.