top of page

Vanessa German

b. 1976 Los Angeles, CA

Lives and works in Pittsburg, PA.



Vanessa German is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is the founder of Love Front Porch and the ARThouse, a community arts initiative for the children of her historic Homewood neighborhood. 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 artwork 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. In 2017, she won the American Academy of Arts and Letters Jacob Lawrence Award and a single artist Matrix exhibition at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, Conn. German has the upcoming solo exhibition, “The incredibly true sometimes horrific often humorous adventures of a wacky black girl”  at the Concept Art Gallery in Pittsburg, PA. Vanessa German is the recipient of a $50,000 USA Fellowship from philanthropic arts organization United States Artists. 





Artist Website


bottom of page