vanessa german is a black queer artist making sculpture, communal ritual, love joints, immersive installation, and performance that takes up space in the healing realms of intimacy, tenderness, social healing and human wholeness as original and enduring human technologies. In 2011, german founded the Love Front Porch, an arts initiative for women, children, and families. Three years later, she opened the ARThouse – a combination of a community studio, a garden, an outdoor theater, and an artist residency. german was awarded the Heinz Award for the Arts, the Don Tyson Prize, and was the recipient of the United States Artist Grant, among many other honors. german’s fine art work has been exhibited widely such as the The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia (Charlottesville, Virginia), Spelman College Museum of Fine Art (Atlanta, Georgia), and Everson Museum of Art (Syracuse, New York). Her work is held in permanent collections including the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (Bentonville, Arkansas), Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (Chicago, Illinois), Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), and Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art (Hartford, Connecticut).
vanessa german is one of six artists selected to bring the Pulling Together exhibition to life on the National Mall in the Fall of 2023. Monument Lab has been invited by the the Trust for the National Mall to curate Pulling Together, the inaugural exhibition of the Beyond Granite initiative on the National Mall in the Fall of 2023.