Vanessa Filley was born in New York City in 1975.  She began her career as a human rights investigator for a law firm, but six years in discovered a compelling emotional need to make more tangible work in the world.  After founding a clothing company of one of a kind wear from recycled fabrics she quickly evolved into a mixed-media fine art practice.  Her work ranges from large scale sculptural installations to tiny embroidery pieces.  After years of taking pictures she discovered that she could synthesize her art making in photographs, allowing her to design scenes, make costumes and conjure a certain sense of emotion and place.  She has been showing work, and has won a number of juror’s awards, throughout the US and internationally since 2015. In 2016 she was one of Photolucida’s Top 200. She lives and works in Evanston, Il.

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Selected Group Exhibits & Shows

Artbox Project, Stricoff Gallery, New York, NY, March 2018.

Atlanta Photography Group Gallery, Portfolio Show, Atlanta, GA, February 2018.

PhotoPlace Gallery, Celebrating the Creative Process, Middlebury, VT, December 2017.

Perspective Gallery, A Nursery Rhyme for You, Solo Show,  Evanston, IL, November 2017.

Griffin Museum, John Chervinsky Scholarship Award Finalists Show, September 2017.

Providence Center for Photographic Arts, Open Call Photo Show, Providence, RI, February-March 2017.

Perspective Gallery, Not For You My Dear, Evanston, IL, February 2017.

The SE Center for Photography, Red Show, Greenville, South Carolina, February 2017.

Photo LA, FOCUS Photo LA finalist, Los Angeles, CA, January 2017.

LoosenArt Gallery, Vanitas Show, Calgliari, Italy, Dec 2016.

Morpho Gallery, Featured Artist Show, Chicago, IL, November 2016.

Center for Fine Art Photography, Dreams 2016, Fort Collins, CO, November 2016. 

Midwest Center for Photography, Developed Work Show, Witchita, KS, Oct.-Nov 2016.

Photo Focus L.A. Berlin Art Week Pop-Up Gallery, Berlin Germany,  September 2016.

Photo Place Gallery, A Sense of Place, Middelbury, VT, Sept. 2016. 

A. Smith Gallery,  Habitat Show, Johnson City, TX, August 12-Sept. 18, 2016.

Evanston Art Center, Evanston Made Show, Evanston, IL, June 2016. 

Creative Co-working, Featured Artist, Evanston, IL, May 1-July 1, 2016.

Morpho Gallery, 11th Annual Juried Photography Exhibition, Chicago, IL, April 8-May 5, 2016.

Perspectives Gallery, Featured Artist, Evanston, IL, March 31-May 1, 2016.

A. Smith Gallery, Childhood Show, Johnson City, TX, Feb 27-March 26, 2016.

Dragonfly Boutique, Featured Artist, Evanston, IL, January 2016.

Artificial Turf, Group Show, Evanston, IL, January 9, 2016-February 28, 2016.

Seities & Selves, DarkRoom Gallery, Essex JCT, VT. January 2016.

Roots Salon, Solo Show, Chicago, IL,  November, 2015-August, 2016.

ARTRUCK, Evanston, IL, October 10, 2015.

Black Box Gallery, Color Show: Photography Now, Portland, OR, June 2015.

Zhou B Art Center, Third Friday Gallery Show. April, May, July, August 2015.

Water Street Studios, Artists As Visionaries: Climate Solutions. March-May 2015.

Rootings : The Knowledge Project, Kochi Biennial, India, October 2014.


The One Who Is Missing, Featured in a TEDx Talk, 2015.

The Dresses/Objects Project, San Francisco and Washington D.C. 2010.


5th International Photography Annual, Published By Manifest Gallery, 2017.

Shots Magazine, no. 132, Summer 2016.

Illumine Magazine, Vol.3 No.1 Fall 2015.

GreenMama: Giving Your Child a Healthy Start and a Greener Future, 2014.


Midwest Center For Photography, Developed Work, People’s Choice Award, 2016.

Photolucida Critical Mass Top 200 2016. 

Center for Fine Art Photography, Juror’s Award, Dreams Show, November 2016. Juror Jennifer De Carlo.

A. Smith Gallery, Habitat Show, Juror’s Award, August 2016.  Juror Julie Blackmon.

Morpho Gallery, 11th Annual Juried Photography Exhibition Winner.