1991 Born, Berkeley, CA. Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

EDUCATION

B.A. Art History / Visual Art, Barnard College, Columbia University, New York, NY
Coursework in Art History, Boğaziçi Üniversitesi, Istanbul, Turkey
ACRE Residency, Wisconsin

SOLO and TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2021
Locus Hour, Art Papers commission for Fall 2021 Corruption issue, print and digital artist project
Bed Rock, Camayuhs, Atlanta, GA

2020
Balsam, Deli Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2019
Cleave-To, Larrie, New York, NY

2018
Kristen Sanders & Vanessa Thill, Step Sister, New York, NY

2017
Bivouac, Bible, New York, NY

2016
Pay Fauxn, Brooklyn, NY
What to do once it happens, digital artist project for SCREEN_
Eleventh Hour and Chill, Hood Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2022
You’d Think By Now (working title), Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY (forthcoming)

2021
Pen Pals «part 1», Public Support, Vestfossen, Norway

2020
A faint hum, CCS Bard Hessel Museum, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

2019
But my heart was awake, Golestani, Düsseldorf, Germany
Spot on. Toilettengeschichten, *Altefabrik, Gebert Stiftung für Kultur, Rapperswil-Jona, Switzerland
Social Photography VII, Carriage Trade, New York, NY
Flesh & Mesh, Icebox Project Space, Philadelphia, PA

2018
Furies, Helena Anrather, New York, NY
Garden Level, 814 Lincoln Place, Brooklyn, NY
Beside Myself, JTT, New York, NY
Chimera, No Place Gallery, Columbus, OH
Always First Demolition, Dispersed Holdings, New York, NY

2017
Elaine, Let’s Get the Hell Out of Here, Nicelle Beauchene, New York, NY

2016
residues, McCagg Gallery, Barnard College, New York, NY
House of Orange, Kilroy Metal Ceiling, Brooklyn, NY
Zuckerschock, P71 Night Shop, Berlin, Germany

2014
Plaskrit Corp, Freeman Space, Brooklyn, NY
Path: Singularity, Gallery 151, New York, NY
GORE! Gallery Sensei, New York, NY

RECENT WRITING

Garrett Bradley’s Archive for a New Era Cultured Magazine, March 2020
Interview: Kim Westfall on traumatic cuteness and social reproduction Artforum, February 2020
Theater as Convergence: Lucas Baisch Interviewed by Vanessa Thill BOMB Magazine, December 6, 2019
Now or Never: Guan Xiao and the Art of Contradiction Cultured Magazine, December 3, 2019
The Extraordinary Sidepiece: Xandra Ibarra at the Center of the Action Cultured Magazine, October 26, 2019

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PRESS

2021
The Columbia Spectator, ‘Undesign the Redline’ at Barnard examines the legacy of redlining in Morningside Heights and Harlem, Kristin Merrilees, November 5, 2021
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta’s art galleries: from indie to highbrow, Felicia Feaster, May 14, 2021
Hyperallergic, Hundreds of Cultural Workers Denounce Inequity in NYC’s Real Estate Development, Valentina Di Liscia, April 25, 2021
Hyperallergic, Over 150 Artists Call for Leon Black’s Removal From MoMA’s Board Over Jeffrey Epstein Financial Ties, Hakim Bishara, February 4, 2021
AMNY, The Villager, Coalition to Protect Chinatown and the Lower East Side hold MLK day rally, Dean Moses, January 19, 2021

2020
Momus, Between the Gallery and the Street: an Interview with Vanessa Thill, Andreas Petrossiants, August 18, 2020
The New York Times, Four Art Gallery Shows to See Right Now, Jillian Steinhauer, July 22, 2020
The Art Newspaper, Three exhibitions to see, Margaret Carrigan, July 2, 2020
Tussle Magazine, Vanessa Thill: Balsam May 31 – August 2, 2020 at Deli, Jonathan Goodman, June 2020

2019
Artnet News, Here Are 22 Unmissable Spring Gallery Shows in New York, Caroline Goldstein & Sarah Cascone, May 1, 2019

2018
The New Yorker, Furies, Goings On About Town, Andrea K. Scott, December 3
Art News, Critic’s Diary: a look back at one year in the New York art world, Andrew Russeth, September 13
Forbes, Contemporary Art Unsettles In Show At JTT Gallery Curated By Dan Herschlein, Adam Lehrer, August 7
Art News, ‘Kristen Sanders & Vanessa Thill’ at Step Sister, New York, June 6

2017
Artsy, 40 Artists Share Their Favorite Shows of 2017, Scott Indrisek, December 25
The New Yorker, Goings On About Town “Elaine, Let’s Get the Hell Out of Here” August 14

2016
Artnet News, 28 Ways to Change the Art World for the Better, Christian Viveros-Fauné, November 22

PROFESSIONAL ENGAGEMENTS

2021
Sophie Strand + Vanessa Thill in Conversation, Art Papers Contributors Talk, December 9
Undesign the Redline Symposium, Artists in Conversation Panel, Moderated by Jazmin Maço & Vanessa Thill, Panelists: Christopher López, A History of Arson: Hoboken, NJ.; Ayling Zulema Domínguez, Off-Limits: A Photo Essay; and Ariana Faye Allensworth, Anti-Eviction Mapping Project, November 19

2020
Zaza Performance Series, poetry reading with Chuck Stebelton, December 4
The Kitchen Virtual Gallery Walk, July 15

2019
Guest critic, LMCC Studios, NARS Foundation

2018
Teaching artist, “Queens International: Volumes” off-site programming, Queens Library Flushing
Guest critic, LMCC Studios, NARS Foundation, Smack Mellon Residency
Guest juror, Abrons Art Center Residency

2017
Guest speaker at Here/Say discussion series hosted by Lizzy De Vita at Barnard College

2016
Contributor to #POETRY in Texte Zur Kunst September issue
Teaching artist, NO/SCHOOL at Arts in Parts Rockaway
Panelist, NADA New York “The Event Economy: The Role of Performance in Gallery Programming”
Poetry reading for Packet Vol. 72 Launch, McNally Jackson Picture Room

2015
Teaching artist fellow for NURTUREart’s 2015-2016 Project Curate at Juan Morel Campos High School
Guest speaker, FUG Curatorial Fellowship, BHQFU

SELECTED CURATORIAL PROJECTS

2018
Co-curator, Between Now & Then: Life in the Bardos, for G. A. Macura Inc. at Norwood, New York, NY
Barnard College Visual Arts Thesis Exhibition, McCagg Gallery, New York, NY

2017
The Air Sheets serial publishing project (Sorry Archive)
Astral Oil, Global Family, Java Projects, Brooklyn, NY (Sorry Archive)

2016
Your Shopping Cart is Not Empty with Miao Jiaxin, Hester Street Fair, New York, NY (Sorry Archive)
Bindle 2016, Orgy Park, Brooklyn, NY (Sorry Archive)
the infinity pool from the perfect nothing catalog, Rockaway Artists Alliance at Fort Tilden, Breezy Point, NY (Sorry Archive)
NO GAINS ON SACRIFICE, Spring/Break Art Show, New York, NY (Sorry Archive)
Plain Sight, Richmond Center for Visual Arts, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI (Sorry Archive)

2015
SET with Siebren Versteeg for harbor gallery, Warped Tour Miami, FL (Sorry Archive)
Maybe I’m Amazed, Knockdown Center, Queens, NY (Sorry Archive)
First Person View, Knockdown Center, Queens, NY
From Now On (Anymore), Bushwick Art Book and Zine Fair, Brooklyn, NY (Sorry Archive)
Bloomsday, Knockdown Center, Queens, NY
Shoal Survivor, TSA Annex, Brooklyn, NY (Sorry Archive)
Shelf Life, Spring/Break Art Show, New York, NY (Sorry Archive)

2014
And The Villagers Never Liked You Anyway, Knockdown Center, Queens, NY (Sorry Archive)
Lucid Gestures, McCagg Gallery, Barnard College, New York, NY

2013
Multi-channel, Pt. I, Launchpad, Brooklyn, NY
Luck of the Draw, Launchpad, Brooklyn, NY
Firm Form, Barbara Novak Gallery, Barnard College, New York, NY