Chris Vena

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Saturday, July 11th, Campaigns II, 2017 Oil On Canvas 39" X 96"
Saturday, July 11th, Campaigns I, 2016 Oil On Canvas 39" X 96"
Saturday, October 10th, Campaigns III, 2017 Oil On Canvas 96" X 96"
Friday, July 8th, Campaigns V, 2017 Oil On Canvas 48" X 60"
Saturday, June 18th, Campaigns IV, 2017 Oil On Canvas 48" X 60"
it cuts the burn, 2016 Oil On Canvas 56" X 38"
Saturday, June 8th, Occupy Gezi II Saturday, June 8th, Occupy Gezi II, 2013 Oil On Canvas 31" X 43"
Sunday, June 9th, Occupy Gezi III, 2015 Oil On Canvas 31" X 43"
Sunday, June 9th, Occupy Gezi I, 2013 Oil On Canvas 31" X 43"
Quick Facts
Arizona State University, 2017, MFA
San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI), 2002, BFA

Chris Vena



2017 Master of Fine Art in Painting, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

2003 Bachelor of Fine Art in Painting, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

2001 SFAI Mobility Exchange Program, Atelier Hadad, Ecole Nationale Superieur Des Beaux Arts, Paris, France


Artist Residencies:

2007 Fall Artist in Residence, Mano y Mente, Tularosa, NM



2014-2016 First President and Cofounder of The Art Grads at ASU (TAG), MFA student organization, ASU, Tempe AZ

2002 Faculty Senate Liaison to Student Union, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA



2017-Present Instructor, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ

2014-17 Instructor of Record, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

2012-2013 Film Studies Instructor, Eyübo─člu High School, Istanbul, Turkey

2010-2012 Art Instructor, Avrupa Koleji, Istanbul, Turkey

2000 Technical Assistant, Documentary Filmmaking, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA


Lectures, Presentations, Workshops:

2016 Guest Artist Lecture, Roger’s Lake Artist Residency, Flagstaff, AZ

2016 Guest Artist Lecture, Phoenix College, Phoenix, AZ

2014 Artist Workshop, TEDxModa, Istanbul, Turkey

2009 Guest Artist Lecture, Mira Costa Community College, Oceanside, CA


Awards and Honors:

2016 Marigold Linton Scholarship Award, Arizona Artists Guild, Phoenix, AZ

2015-17 Special Talent Award, Arizona State University Herberger Institute, Tempe, AZ

2010 Pratt Fine Art Center’s 27th Annual Fine Art Auction, Jury Selection, Seattle, WA

2001 SFAI Ivan Majdrakov Award for Painting

2000 Grand Prize, Arti Di Gesso competition, North Beach Festival, San Francisco, CA

2000 SFAI Spring Show, Juried Exhibition, Featured Gallery Selections: Drawing, Painting

1999-2003 Merit Scholarship, SFAI, San Francisco, CA


Selected Group Exhibitions:

2017 Photography as Social Conscience, Lore Degenstein Gallery, Susquehanna University, PA

2017 ASU MFA Summer Exhibition, Harry Wood Gallery, ASU, Tempe, AZ

2016 Eleven, Eric Fischl Gallery, Phoenix College, Phoenix, AZ

2016 The Nature of Things, New City Studio, Phoenix, AZ

2016 This Machine Kills…, Fine Art Complex 1101, Tempe, AZ

2016 Artlink 18th Annual Juried Exhibition, Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ

2016 New Art Arizona, Shemer Art Center, Phoenix, AZ

2016 Arizona Artists Guild Statewide Open Exhibition, Gallery Glendale, Glendale, AZ

2015 Incept, {9} The Gallery, Phoenix, AZ

2015 Pop-Up Show, Arizona State University Grant Street Studios, Phoenix, AZ

2009 Back and Forward, Kruglack Gallery, Mira Costa Community College, Oceanside, CA

2009 Artifakt, Lo Fi, Seattle, WA

2008 Pacific Northwest Art Annual, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

2008 The Cheaper Show No. 8, Vancouver, BC










2006-2010 Continuing exhibition, the Hideout, Seattle, WA

2005 Pervasion, Balazo Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2002 Issues in Masculinity, Curator: Brett Reichman, SFAI, San Francisco, CA

2002 Material World, Curator: Jacqueline Cooper, South La Brea Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2001 Porte Ouverte, ENSBA, Paris, France


Selected Solo Exhibitions:

2017 Bodies Upon the Gears, ASU Thesis Exhibition, Tempe, AZ

2007 Galactic Boutique, Seattle, WA

2006 Gallery 1412, Seattle, WA


Other Media:

2016 Little Donkeys (director) Phoenix Film Festival, Phoenix, AZ

2015 Little Donkeys (director) Documentary Video Art Festival, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale. AZ



-Renato Janine Ribeiro, A Boa Politica, Photograph Grupo Companhia das Letras, Sao Paolo, Brazil, 2017 (expected)

- Dave Hickey and Julia Friedman Wasted Words, Quoted, Createspace, 2016

-“Art Student Wins Ticket to Italy” Interview, San Francisco Chronicle, June 13, 2000

- Lynn Trimble “7 Must-See Art Exhibitions on Third Friday”, Phoenix New Times, June 19, 2015 | 8:00 am

- Lynn Trimble “7 Must-See Art Exhibitions on Third Friday”, Phoenix New Times, October 15, 2015 | 6:00 am

- Roselina Hung, “Fridays and Friends #6: Christopher Vena”, (blog), April 6, 2012.

- Dale Dreiling, “5 Questions with Chris Vena”, Blankland (blog), April 27, 2009.


Selected Publications as Author/Contributor:

- “‘Poltergeist’ Was The Perfect Suburbanite Horror Flick”, PHX SUX (blog), Aug 29, 2017. 4:35 pm.

- “Images from Phoenix Trump Rally and Protest 8/22/17”, PHX SUX (blog), Aug 23, 2017. 8:30 am.

- “Scenes From The Women’s March In Phoenix”, PHX SUX (blog), Aug Jan 23, 2017. 6:58 pm.


Radio and Podcasts:

Steve Barker, Interview, Ordinary Madness Podcast, Episode 72, 2016

Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, Mapping Tic Tac Toe-dom, Contribution and Special Thanks, Radiolab, September 6th, 2011



Mano y Mente Museum, Tularosa, NM










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