Photo by Sarah Blanchette
Vanessa Viruet is a Chicago based fiber artist of Puerto Rican descent. She was raised in Milwaukee, WI and received two degrees from the Maryland Institute College of Art, a M.A in Teaching and a BFA in Fiber. Viruet creates monumental scale artworks to examine the complex histories rooted in textiles such as identity, cultural heritage, gender and class. For six years she served as an art instructor for Chicago Public Schools and in 2018 she received her MFA in Fiber from Cranbrook Academy of Art.She recently completed an apprenticeship at the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia and an ACRE summer residency in Steuben, WI. Viruet exhibits her work nationally and has recently shown her work at the Musuem of Contemporary Art Detroit. She has also studied abroad in France and Jamaica. She currently teaches in the Fiber ans Material Studies Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Someday she hopes to have her own college scholarship for artists of color.