Curriculum Vitae



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:


“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


“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

Residencies and Special Projects:

2015: 78 Tarot– created an original piece interpreting the “Two of Cups” for the 78 Tarot Art Card Deck Project


Touchstone Center for Crafts – Mixed Media Workshop

78 Tarot – created an original piece interpreting the “Three of Wands” for the 78 Tarot Art Card Deck Project

2013-14 – TALL Program: Trained with Gateway to the Arts in Pittsburgh, PA to become a teaching artist

2013: August Wilson Center Fellowship – Inspired by musical and dance performances, these paintings were created and displayed during the museum’s 2013 programming season. This collection of paintings also marked my initiation into painting on a larger scale.

2012 – Jozart Center for the Arts: Volunteer Artist

2008 – New York Cares – Lead Mural Artist

I was responsible for designing a mural for the Crescent School in Bronx, New York. This project involved meetings with the school supervisors as well as the agency to develop this initial design, as well as set up the templates and drawings for the assistant artists to follow. Additionally, I was managed a team of approximately 50 painters who carried out my design. The volunteer opportunity rotates annually, and I still offer my services whenever possible.


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:


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


Deskins, Sally. “Artist Feature: Marlana Adele Vassar.” Luna Luna Magazine. September  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