Vanessa German is a visual and performance artist based in the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Homewood. Homewood is the community that is the driving force behind German’s powerful performance work, and whose cast-off relics form the language of her copiously embellished sculptures. As a citizen artist, German explores the power of art and love as a transformative force in the dynamic cultural ecosystem of communities and neighborhoods. Her work is in private and public collections including Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, The Progressive Art Collection, David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora, Snite Museum of Art, among others. German’s fine art work has been exhibited widely, most recently at Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Atlanta, GA; the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT; the Studio Museum, Harlem, NY; the Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL; and in the traveling exhibition State of The Art: Discovering American Art Now, which originated at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR. Her work has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning, NPR’s All Things Considered and in The Huffington Post, O Magazine and Essence Magazine. She is the recipient of the 2015 Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant. Vanessa German is represented by Pavel Zoubok Gallery in New York.
Leader and founder of Pittsburgh art community institution ARThouse and Love Front Porch, a community arts initiative for the children of Homewood, German explores the process and power of transformation and healing through her work. The serene and surrealist assemblage of her mixed-media sculptures blends the imagery of African Americans’ long oppression and religious icons as a passage to reclaim what was once lost.
50th Anniversary Visiting Artists
German was part of the Emanation 2017 exhibition and will be a visiting resident artist for our 50th anniversary celebration. German’s work from Emanation 2017 is displayed here. As the title suggests, her work reaches out to pass love and healing to those who look upon it. It also notes German’s desire for the tremendous transformative force of community. This piece was made here at WheatonArts, an art and cultural community center that brings those interested in exploring creativity together.