Vanessa Thill

Berkeley, CA & Brooklyn, NY


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


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

Balsam, Deli Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Cleave-To, Larrie, New York, NY

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

Bivouac, Bible, New York, NY

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


You’d Think By Now, Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY

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

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

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, The Space Program, Icebox Project Space, Philadelphia, PA

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

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

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

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


What is Normal? Looking Back Series, Performance, BOMB Magazine

Monolith Reef: Form-Making and Making-Form, From Object to Practice and Back, Catalog essay for “Monolith” exhibition at Southern Exposure San Francisco, September

Tenant of Culture, Interview by Vanessa Thill, Found Work Dialogues

Garrett Bradley’s Archive for a New Era Cultured Magazine

Interview: Kim Westfall on traumatic cuteness and social reproduction Artforum

Theater as Convergence: Lucas Baisch Interviewed by Vanessa Thill BOMB Magazine

Now or Never: Guan Xiao and the Art of Contradiction Cultured Magazine

The Extraordinary Sidepiece: Xandra Ibarra at the Center of the Action Cultured Magazine

click here for more writing


Research Fellow, Center for the Humanities, Citywide Organizing for Justice-Centered Land Use. Public Engagement Seminar, On the Line: Land Use, Food Access, Climate Justice and Organizing in New York City, with Naomi Schiller (Brooklyn College & The Graduate Center CUNY)
Moderator, Barnard Center for Research on Women, Redlining, Section 9, and the Future of Public Housing, moderated by Vanessa Thill, panelists April De Simone, Samelys Lopez, and Ramona Ferreyra, June 10
Panelist, N.Y.U. Review of Law & Social Change 2022 Colloquium: Resisting Settler Colonialism, Panel 4: Resisting Settler Colonialism in Occupied Lenapehoking (NYC), moderated by Jason Williamson (NYU Center on Race, Inequality & the Law), Samantha Bernardine and Tricia Olayinka Ben-Davies (Flatbush African Burial Ground Coalition), John Jamil Kallas (Within Our Lifetime), Vanessa Thill (Art Against Displacement), Crystal Hans and Amin Husain (Decolonize This Place), February 10

Sophie Strand + Vanessa Thill in Conversation, Art Papers Contributors Talk, December
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
#ProtectChinatown Community Art & Health Action, sidewalk in front of Museum of Chinese in America, October 24

Zaza Performance Series, poetry reading with Chuck Stebelton, December 4
The Kitchen Virtual Gallery Walk, Vanessa Thill (Deli Gallery) & Tony Orrico (signs and symbols), July 15

Guest critic, LMCC Studios, NARS Foundation

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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)

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)

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

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