Resume / CV

Marlana Adele Vassar


University of Pittsburgh – B.A. Studio Arts, 2006
Drexel University – Media Design / Post- Baccalaureate Studies, 2006-2007
Fleisher Art Memorial – Studio Arts / Lithography 2007-2009

Selected Solo Exhibitions:


“Gamine” (July-August, 2015) – The Gallery 4; Pittsburgh, PA


“Natural Selection” (July-Sept. 2014) – Touchstone Center for Crafts; Chalk Hill, PA


“In Medias Res” –The Gallery 4; Pittsburgh, PA
“Call And Response” – The August Wilson Center; Pittsburgh, PA


“Debutante” – The Gallery 4; Pittsburgh, PA


“Featured Artist for February” – Mugshots; Philadelphia, PA


“Expose” –The Franklin Institute; Philadelphia PA

Selected Group and Feature Shows:


Distillery 8 Residency Group Show (April-June, 2018) - Brew House Association Gallery; Pittsburgh, PA

“Retrospective” (February - March, 2018 - The Gallery 4; Pittsburgh PA


“Bared” - (August-Sept, 2017) - Ground Floor Gallery; Nashville, TN


“Sub Persona” – The Columbia Writers – Baltimore, MD. (July 28th, 2015)
“Les Femmes Folles Presents: TALES” – The Monongalia Arts Center; (May 2015)
“Trapped Tales” – The Columbia Writers – Baltimore, MD. (March 14th, 2015)
“The Annual Salon Show” – The Gallery 4; (March 2015) Pittsburgh, PA
“Children’s Hospital Benefit Show” (Dec.. 2015) – Pittsburgh Athletic Association; Pittsburgh, PA


“Annual Art Benefit” – Touchstone Center for Crafts; Chalk HIll, PA
“Black History Month Group Show” – WashArts; Washington, PA
“Children’s Hospital Benefit Show” (Nov.. 2014) – Pittsburgh Athletic Association; Pittsburgh, PA


“Fountain Art Fair”- Art Basel; Miami, FL (Dec. 2012)


“Release” – The Gallery 4; Pittsburgh, PA
“Artist of the Pike” – Melega Art Museum; Brownsville, PA
“7×11” – Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts; Grand Rapids, MI


“Artprize 2010” – Hopcat; Grand Rapids, MI
“Starving Artist” – Art House Co-op; Brooklyn, NY
“The Sketchbook Project” – Art House Co-op; Atlanta, GA-International traveling exhibition


“Everything But The Kitschen Sync” –La Luz De Jesus Gallery; Los Angeles, CA
“Grand Small Works Show” – F.U.E.L. Collection; Philadelphia PA


”Artfully Crafted – Blue Moon Brewing Co’s Art of Beer”- F.U.E.L. Collection; Philadelphia PA
“Children’s Hospital Benefit”- Random Thought Collaborative; Philadelphia, PA


“Art of I” – The Franklin Institute: Philadelphia, PA
“Halloween Group Show” – Tiberino Museum- Philadelphia PA

Installations and Public Projects:

“Young Explorers” - Pittsburgh, PA (2018)
“Art in the Heart” (June-Nov., 2016) - Ithaca, NY
“Sidewall Project” - Pittsburgh, PA (April 2016)
“40th St Mural” - Pittsburgh, PA (2015)
“Crescent St. Murals”- New York, NY (2008)

Residencies, Events and Special Projects:


Brew House Distillery - Resident Artist


Dick Blick - Prismacolor Event, Featured Artist (April)
Art All Night - Featured Artist, Pittsburgh, PA (April)


78 Tarot– created an original piece interpreting the “Two of Cups” for the 78 Tarot Art Card Deck Project
Art All Night, Pittsburgh, PA - Featured Mural Artist and Live Painter


Touchstone Center for Crafts – Mixed Media Workshop (July-August, 2014)
Art All Night, Pittsburgh, PA - Live Painter (April, 2014)
78 Tarot – Featured Artist / Designer (April, 2014)

2013 - 2014:

TALL Program Fellow with Gateway to the Arts; Pittsburgh, PA

August Wilson Center Fellowship and Visual Art Residency; Pittsburgh, PA


Jozart Center for the Arts: Volunteer and Resident Artist


New York Cares – Lead Mural Artist

Public Collections:

Molson-Coors Art Gallery - Colorado, USA
Urban League - Pittsburgh, PA, USA


2007: Art of I – 1st Place/Patron’s Choice
2008: Artfully Crafted – 1st Place
2011: Artist of the Pike – The Melega Museum
2013: August Wilson Center Fellowship Award Recipient (Visual Art)
2013: Gateway to the Arts – Tall Grant Recipient

Selected Bibliography and Press:

Deskins, Sally. “Bared.” Les Femmes Folles 2016 Anthology. Spring 2017

Deskins, Sally. “Tales.” Les Femmes Folles 2015 Anthology. Spring 2016
Papineau, Eric. Steel City Artists Anthology. Summer 2016

Shaw, Kurt. “Posed and Poised”. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. July 16, 2015
Shaw, Kurt. “The Hot Ticket: Art With Style and Substance.” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, July 9, 2015
Deskins, Sally. “Marlana Adele Vassar.” Les Femmes Folles 2014 Anthology. Spring 2015

Editorial Illustration - “Electronic Devices” Herald-Standard News. Nov. 8th, 2014
Editorial Illustration - “In Session.” Herald-Standard News. Oct. 8th, 2014
Deskins, Sally. “Artist Feature: Marlana Adele Vassar.” Luna Luna Magazine. September 2014
Editorial Illustration - “Cash Only.” Herald-Standard News. June 26th, 2014

Editorial Illustration - “Voter Apathy.” Herald-Standard News. May 16th, 2014

Shaw, Kurt. “Hot Picks: Marlana Adele Vassar – In Medias Res.” The Tribune-Review. November 2013
Walsh, Kathleen. “July Artist Feature: Marlana Adele Vassar.” July 23rd, 2013
Kenney, Adam. “Creators Among Us – Vassar Establishes Herself on Regional Art Scene.” GO! Magazine. July 5, 2013

Shaw, Kurt. “Hot Picks: Marlana Adele Vassar.” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. January 2011