About This Project

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. She is the founder of Love Front Porch and the ARThouse, a community art’s initiative for the children of Homewood, built to stack the deck in matters of justice, worth and healing. 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, The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Snite Museum of Art, among others.  German’s fine art work has been exhibited widely, most recently at the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Ringling Museum of Art in 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 in Bentonville, AR and is currently on view at the Jepson Center for the Arts in Savannah, GA.  In addition to this, she has performed nationally; recently presenting TED talks at Harvard and MIT. Her work has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning, NPR’s All Things Considered and in The Huffington Post, O Magazine and Essence Magazine, among others. In 2015, she was a recipient of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant. Her solo exhibition i come to do a violence to the lie at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, CT is on view through September 4, 2016. Vanessa German is represented by Pavel Zoubok Gallery in New York.

Artist Name:

Vanessa German


Lives and works:

Pittsburgh, PA



Selected Exhibitions

2016 “State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now,” Jepson Center for the Arts, Savannah, GA
2016 “Vanessa German: i come to do a violence to the lie,” MATRIX 174, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
2015 “Black: Color, Material, Concept,” Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY