Oregon Department of Kick Ass

About

VANESSA RENWICK

Founder and janitor of the Oregon Department of Kick Ass

Daughter of the American Revolution

Born 1961 in Chicago, Illinois. Film / Video / Installation artist. Lives in Portland, Oregon

An artist by nature, not by stress of research. She puts scholars to rout by solving through Nature's teaching problems that have fretted their trained minds. Working in experimental and poetic documentary forms, her iconoclastic work reflects an interest in place, relationships between bodies and landscapes, and all sorts of borders. She is a naturalist, born, not made : a true barefoot, cinematic rabblerouser, of grand physique, calm pulse and a magnetism that demands the most profound attention.


Represented by PDX Contemporary Art

Cinemad podcast here.

There is a short video about Vanessa produced for Oregon Public Broadcasting's Art Beat here.

FILM AND VIDEO SCREENINGS

2015
Feldman Gallery, PNCA, Portland, OR
2014
Portland International Film Festival, Portland, OR
To Its Logical Conclusion:Films on Debris, Decay and Demolition, L.A. Film Forum, CA
Ross Ragland Theater, Klamath Falls, OR
Northwest Film Center, Portland, OR
Treefort Music and Film Festival, Boise, ID
Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art, Great Falls, MT
Josephy Center, Joseph, OR
Scagway Arts Council. Scagway, AK
Eastern Oregon Film Festival, La Grande, OR
Eltrym Theater, Baker City, OR
Reed College Film Forum, Portland, OR
Roxy Theater, Missoula, MT
Hoffman Center, Manzanita, OR
Lower Columbia College, Longview, WA
Pacific Cinematheque, Vancouver, B.C.
Magic Lantern Theater, Spokane, WA
JUMP Society, Juneau, AK
Willamette University, Salem, OR
Juneau Underground Motion Picture Society, Juneau, AK
Granada Theater, Alpine, TX
El Cosmico, Marfa, TX
Public Trust, Dallas, TX
Tornado Gallery, Lubbock, TX
Sister, Albuquerque, NM
Downtown Contemporary, Albuquerque, NM
Trunk Space, Phoenix, AZ
Exploded View Microcrinema, Tuscon, AZ
Little Toad Creek, Silver City, NM
Central School Project, Bisbee, AZ
Double Wolf Bill!, Hollywood Theatre, Portland, OR
Xtra Tuf #6.75- Report from Uyak Bay, IPRC, Portland, OR
Alonzo Gallery, Houston, TX
Hallways Microcinema, Champaign, IL
PDX-CHI:Portland Experimental Film and Video Makers, The Nightingale, Chicago,IL
Publication Studio presents:Concrete Floor, Lava Rock, Vanessa Renwick & UFOFBI, Pieter Performanceartspacedance, L.A.,CA
Alien She, Vox Populi Gallery,Philadelphia, PA 
Alien She, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, California

2013
Alien She, Miller Gallery, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
NYC Mix Festival, NY, NY

The Unknown Music Series #3, Anacortes, WA

Films by Vanessa Renwick, CCA, Santa Fe, NM

30th Annual Olympia Film Festival, Olympia, WA
Hunters Moon Festival, Carrick on Shannon, Ireland
Atomic Surplus, Center for Contemporary Arts, Sante Fe, NM
Flaherty Fellows Screening, Flaherty Seminar, Hamilton, NY
Futurefarmers/Flatbread Society/ Tinders, UKS, Oslo, Norway
Hellenic Art of the Lovejoy Columns, The Hellenic-American Cultural Center & Museum, Portland, OR
World Naked Bike Ride, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
Onafhankelijk Cultureel Centrum In It, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Focus on Locus : Psycho-Geography, Other Cinema, San Francisco, CA
Cascadia, The Reach, Abbotsford, B.C., CANADA
Northern, Olympia, WA
Heartland, Seattle, WA
NW Film Forum, Seattle, WA
Frames Per Second, Plug Projects, Kansas City, MO
The Berlin International Directors Lounge, Berlin, GERMANY
Raw, Raucous and Sublime: 30 Years Of Vanessa Renwick, An Oregon Department of Kickass Retrospective, Hollywood Theatre, Portland, OR

2012 

The Museum of Jurassic Technology, L.A., CA
Streetopia, The Luggage Store Gallery, S.F., CA
Brighton CineCity Film Festival, Brighton, ENGLAND
Peripheral Produce Auto-Cinematic screening, Hollywood Theatre, Portland, OR
Helsing Junction Sleepover, Rochester, WA
Director's Lounge, Z-Bar, Berlin, GERMANY
The Anacortes Unkown Music Series #1, Anacortes, WA
Houston Cinema Arts Festival, Houston, TX
The Wayfarers: Films on Solitary Migration, Proteus Gowanus, Brooklyn, NY
The Noyes Museum of Art Film Festival, Oceanville, NJ
Structuring Strategies, CalArts, Valencia, CA
EFF Portland 2012, Portland, OR
Jumptown, Project Grow, Portland, OR
The Black Butte Center for Railroad Culture, Weed, CA
Centre Pompidou, Paris, FRANCE
Centre Pompidou- Metz, France
Gaite Lyrique, Paris, FRANCE
Other Cinema, San Francisco, CA
The Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA
Pittsburgh Filmmakers, Pittsburgh, PA
Portland 2012: A Biennial of Contemporary Art
New Experimental Works, Other Cinema, San Francisco, CA

2011

Sapporo Short Fest 2011, Sapporo, JAPAN
Moving Wartime- Occupation/Preoccupation,PICA/TBA, Portland,OR
Pripyat-Chernobyl 25, Kommunales Kino, Freiburg, GERMANY
microCINEMA: Place, Community, and Cinema!, Smith College,Northampton, MA
Burton Theatre, Detroit, MI
38th NW Film & Video Festival, Portland, OR
The New American Landscape, Kahnaway, SW WA
Red Hook Cine Soiree, BWAC, Brooklyn, NY
Helsing Junction Sleepover, Rochester, WA
Soloway Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
The Waypost, Portland, OR
Cherry Sprout Produce, Portland, OR
Forest Limit, Hatagaya, JAPAN
Out Of The Great Northwest, The Horse Hospital, London, England
Overlap, San Francisco, CA
Microscope Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Kinoprogramm Z-inema, Z-Bar, Berlin, GERMANY
Best of the Flex! Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL
What The Heck Fest, Anacortes, WA
FLEX FEST, Gainesville, FL
Monster Island Basement, Brooklyn, NY
Squeaky Wheel, Buffalo, NY
49th Ann Arbor Film Festival, Ann Arbor, MI
Union Docs, Brooklyn, NY
Flaherty,Anthology, New York, N.Y., N.Y.

2010

The EAST/WEST Project, Berlin, Germany
The Horse Hospital, London, England
L.A. Film Forum
Race and Pedagogy National Conference, Tacoma, WA
Other Cinema, San Francisco, CA
Kent State University, Kent, OH
Grand Detour, Portland, OR
Bijou Theater, Iowa City, Iowa
Pitzer College Art Galleries, Claremont, CA
Pittsburgh Filmmakers, Pittsburgh, PA
Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, MI
Acadiana Center for the Arts, Lafayette, LA
Arsenal. Berlin, Germany
Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA
BAM Cinematek, Brooklyn, NY
Capri Theater, Montgomery, AL
Manitou Arts Festival, MI
What The Heck? , Anacortes, WA
Gaycation, Holocene, Portland, OR
Sound Unseen International, Duluth, MN
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit, MI
Odds & Ends, A.T.A, San Francisco, CA
The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA
Portland International Film Festival, NWFC, Portland, OR
Odds and Ends, NW Film Forum, Seattle, WA
39th International Film Festival Rotterdam, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Marfa Film Festival, Marfa, TX
Cascadian Facts and Fictions, Union Docs, Brooklyn, NY
NW Passage. The Dill Pickle Club, Portland, OR
Hello Neighbor, City Hall, Portland, OR
Courtisane Festival 2010, Kunstencentrum, Ghent, Belgium
Experiments in Cinema Festival, Albuquerque, New Mexico
48th Ann Arbor Film Festival, Ann Arbor, MI
Secret Life of Animals, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA

2009

Amsterdam Biennale, Mediamatic, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Marfa Book Co. Monday Night Movies, Marfa, TX
The Possibility of Nature, Hope in Pure Sound, and Faith in Magnetism, Vivo Arts Centre, Vancouver, BC
Signal + Noise Festival, Vancouver, BC
MIX Festival, N.Y., N.Y.
Visible Histories, Other Cinema, San Francisco, CA
Outlaw Cinema Series, Clubkeller, Frankfurt, Germany
Eiszeit Kino Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany
Anything That Moves, Buswater on the Blvd., Charleston. West Virginia
What The Heck Fest, Anacortes, WA
Helsing Junction Sleepover, Helsing Junction Farm, WA
Portland Zine Symposium Movie Night,Hawthorne Hostel
Movies in the Pearl, Portland, OR
WHERE AM I AND HOW DO I KNOW YOU?, Play Studio, ISTANBUL
Paper Magazine/ PICA NY, Ace Hotel, NYC, NY
Off The Map, Western Oregon University, Monmouth, OR
PDX Film Fest, Clinton St. Theater, Portland, OR
A Lens With A Conscience, Cheekwood Museum of Art, Nashville, TN
Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre, Moscow, ID
Washington State University, Pullman,WA
Ross Ragland Theater, Klamath Falls, OR
Pickford Theater. Bellingham, WA
Panoramica. Vidas iluminadas, La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain
Flex Fest, Gainesville, FL
Brattle Theater, Cambridge, MA
Agitprop Gallery, San Diego, CA
Art of This, Minneapolis, MN
Guild Cinema, Albuquerque, NM
The Hideout, Austin, TX
UCP's La Esquina, Kansas City, MO
London Gay and Lesbian Film, Festival, London, England
La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain
minicine, Shreveport, LA
Post-Post Apocalypse, The Loft, San Pedro, CA
First Person Cinema,U of C, Boulder, CO
The Waypost, Portland, OR
Northwest Film Forum, Seattle, WA
DIVA, Eugene, OR
ATA, SF, CA
Echo Park Film Center, LA, CA
Soul Inviticus, Phoenix, AZ
Basement Films, Albuquerque, NW
Domy Books, Houston, TX
Zeitgeist Films, New Orleans, LA
Chicago, Filmmakers, Chicago, IL
Scagway Arts Council, Scagway,AK
Yellowstone Arts Center, Billings, MT

2008

Iowa City Experimental Film Festival, Iowa City, IO
25th Annual Olympia Film Festival, Olympia, WA
The Nightingale, Chicago, IL
The Art of This, Minneapolis, MN
Darling Hall, Milwaukee, WI
The Project Lodge, Madison, WI
Select Media Festival, Chicago, IL
NW Film Center, Portland, OR
Man Versus Nature, Ed Media Arts Centre, Guelph,Ontario, CA
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
The Magic Lantern, Providence, RI
Microcinefest 2008, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Pittsburgh Filmmakers, Pittsburgh, PA
University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX
Los Angeles Film Forum, L.A., CA
SF Cinematheque, SF, CA
Soutwest Film Center, Albuquerque, NM
Expanded Frames, Cinema Project, Portland, OR
ABC No Rio , Manhatten, NY
Citizen Jane Film Festival, Columbia, MO
Dear Joanie, I made a Movie: a survey of the Joanie4Jackie Chainletter Tapes from 1995-2007, Pacific Cinematheque, Vancouver, BC, CANADA
Joanie For Jackie: the Lady Glitterati of the New Movie Uprising, Gene Siskal Film Center, The Art Institute of Chicago, IL
Needles and Pens, San Francisco, CA
Thermostat: Video and the Pacific Northwest, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
Bunnell Strett Gallery, Homer, AK
Cornell Cinema. Ithaca, NY
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, IN
University of Tennessee, Knoxille, TN
Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI
BGSU Gish Theater, Bowling Green, OH
Missoula Art Museum, Missoula, MT
Astoria International Film Festival, Astoria, OR
Oakland Community College, Farmington Hills, MI
Best of the NW Film and Video Festival, Portland, OR
The Village Building Convergence, Portland, OR
Short Attention Span, IFC Center, NY, NY
Pedalpalooza, Dead Baby Bikes, Portland, OR
Helsing Junction Sleepover, Rochester, WA
54th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Germany
CHANNELING: an invocation of spectral bodies and queer spirits,Alogon Gallery, Chicago, IL
Ghosting The Image, Courtisane Festival 2008, Ghent, Belgium
Chicago Anarchist Film Festival, Chicago, Illinois
The Way That We Rhyme, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
Lokomotiva, Skopje, Macedonia
The Hunker Down To Rise Above Cinema Show, Village Building Convergence, Portland, OR
Alphabet Soup : Labeling, Identity, Stigma, Pride, Mark Woolley Gallery, Portland, OR
46th Ann Arbor Film Festival, Ann Arbor, MI
Picture Industries, Utrecht, the Netherlands
Arts of Alaska, Out North, Anchorage, AK
Grand Illusion/Little Theater, Seattle, WA
Indie Memphis Microcinema Club, Memphis, TN
Diva, Eugene,OR
Portland Community College, Portland,OR
Pacific Cinematheque, Vancouver, BC
International Film Festival Rotterdam
Mix at Collective:Unconscious, NY, NY
University of Chicago Film Studies Center, Chicago, IL
Odds & Ends, Vol. 2, Gallery Homeland, Portland, OR
Focus The Nation, PNCA, Portland, OR
Olsen, Leeds,England
Caldera Salon, Sisters, OR
Art Beat, Salem, OR

2007

Art Basel , Miami, FL
OUT/EX, Salt Lake City, UT
DetroitDocs International Film Festival, Detroit, MI
34th NW Film & Video Festival, Portland, OR
Local Sightings Film Festival, Seattle, WA
Ice Film Fest, Iowa City, IA
Expresion en Corto, Mexico City, Mexico
Nova Cinema, Brussels, Belgium
Chroma Festival, Guadalajara, Mexico
Milepost 5, Portland, OR
Bicycle Film Festival, Portland, OR
Antimatter Underground Film Festival, Victoria, B.C.
Green Film Festival, Seoul, South Korea
Naturvision, Neuschonau, Germany
B.A.B.E.fest PDX, Portland, OR
San Francisco Cinematheque, S.F., CA
Odds and Ends, Portland, OR
Changing Landscapes, City Club of Portland, OR
Images Film Festival, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Kill Your Timid Notion, Dundee, Scotland
40th Humboldt Film Festival, Arcata, CA
PDX Fest, Portland, OR
Pageant Theatre, Chico, CA
Contemporary Gallery, Reno, NV
The Red & Black, Portland, OR
The Capitol Theater, Olympia, WA
The Fried Chicken Barge, Seattle, WA
National Hobo Convention, Britt, IO
Artists Television Access, San Francisco, CA
The Replay, Lawrence, KS
The Backyard Monument, Los Angeles, CA
Birdhouse Laboratory, Knoxville, TN
The Badlander, Missoula, MT
Fools Foundation, Sacramento, CA
The Dome, Marfa, TX
Soundstage, Shreveport, LA
Warphaus, Gainesville, FL
Athens Cine, Athens, GA
The Werehouse, Winston-Salem, NC
Somecafe, Lynchburg, TN
Cinema 1818, Baltimore, MD
Union Arts, Athens, OH
The Royale, St Louis, MO
Helsing Junction Sleepover, Rochester, WA
What the Heck Fest, Anacortes, WA
MIART, Milan, Italy
TAKE OVER!, The Artistery, Portland, OR
AK Press, Oakland, CA
Mixed Company, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
Siskiyou Environmental Film Festival
Dissecting Portland, Hallwalls, Buffalo, NY & Cornell Cinema, Ithaca, NY
Mix Show, Art In General, NYC, NY
TRUE/FALSE Film Festival, Columbia, Mo (my favorite film festival EVER ANYWHERE!)
Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA
36th International Film Festival Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Wild and Scenic Film Festival, Nevada City, CA

2006

The Big Top, New Orleans, LA
Mix Festival, NYC, NY
Olympia Film Festival, Olympia, WA
Budafest, Kortrijk, Belgium
Viennale, Vienna, Austria
Other Cinema, Telling Topographies, S.F., CA
Black Floor Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Outsider Art & Music Film Series, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC
Zeitgeist, New Orleans, LA
The Pit, Jacksonvlle, FL
The Creative Music and Film Society, Columbia, SC
The Elsewhere, Greensboro, NC
Flying Brick House, Richmond, VA
Ottobar, Baltimore, MD
Pleasuredome/Cinecycle, Toronto, ONTARIO
ABC NO RIO, NY, NY
The Sanctuary. Troy, NY
Jefferson Presents, Pittsburgh, PA
Detroit Film Coalition, Detroit, MI
South Union Arts, Chicago, IL
Darling Hall, Milwaukee, WI
The Belfry Center, Minneapolis, MN
Trasa Arts, Salt Lake City, UT
Half Moon Bay,CA
The Empty Vessel, Brooklyn, NY
Psychedelic Logging, Reed College, Portland, OR
Mission Creek Music Festival, A.T.A., San Francisco, CA
What-The-Heck Fest, Anacortes, WA
TBA/PICA, Audioworks, Portland,OR
Oregon Biennial, Portland Art Museum, Portland,OR
Vancouver International Film Festival, Vancouver, B.C.
Pesaro Film Festival, Rome, Italy
L.A. Film Forum
Other Cinema, San Francisco, CA
Cal Arts, Valencia, CA
The Red Vic Theater, S.F., CA
Seattle International Film Festival, Seattle, WA
The Smell, L.A., CA
Echo Park Cinema, L.A.,CA
New York Underground Film Festival
Big Sky Documentary Festival, Missoula, MT
International Film Festival Rotterdam, Netherlands
Media City, Windsor, Ontario
40 Watt Club, Athens, GA
Railroad Blues, Alpine, TX
The Red Light, Bisbbe, AZ
Guild Cinema, Albq., NM
7 Dudley Cinema, L.A., CA

2005

Worm, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Viennale, Vienna, Austria
PEK Festival, The Hague, Netherlands
Premieres, Museum of Modern Art, NY
International Film Festival Rotterdam
Ann Arbor Film Festival
Other Cinema, S.F., CA
Needles and Pens, S.F., CA
Northwest Film and Video Festival, Portland, OR
Montana Artists Refuge, Basin, MT
Asagaya Art School, Tokyo,Japan
TRUE/FALSE FILM FEST, Columbia, MO
Bibliograph Zine Library, Montr�al, QC
Museum of Unfine Art, Eugene, OR
Pants Off/Party On, Casa del Popolo, Montreal, CA
Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
Siskiyou Environmental Film Festival, Ashland, OR
Images Festival, Toronto, ONT.
SanFrancisco Exploratorium, SF. CA
San Francisco Cinematheque, SF, CA
Hallwalls, Buffalo, NY

2004

Cinematexas, Austin, TX
NWFC, Portland, OR
Capital Theater, Olympia, WA
Consolidated Works, Seattle, WA
Chicago Underground Film Festival, Chicago, IL
Recombinant Labs Compound, SF, CA
NY Underground Film Festival
TRUE/FALSE Doc Fest, Columbia, MO
DeComposer, Guild Theatre, Portland, OR
Other Cinema, San Francisco, CA

2003

30th NW Film & Video Festival
24/7: Vilnius-New York, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania
M7M Proyectos/Fortaleza 302 cine series, San Juan, PR
Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN
Chicago Underground Film Festival
The Soap Factory, Minneapolis, MN
Apotik komik, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Shipwreck Days, Anacortes, WA
Venice International Short Film Festival, Venice, Italy
Cinematheque, Brighton,England
Other Cinema, SF, CA
Evergreen State College, Olympia,WA
Bikefest, L.A.,CA
Aurora Picture Show, Austin,TX

2002

Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Taos Talking Pictures Film Fest, Taos, N.M.
Black Maria Film Festival
Other Cinema, San Francisco,CA
New York Underground Film Fest,NY
Mini-cine?,  Shreveport, LA
Baton Rouge Arts Center, Baton Rouge, LA
The a.r.k., New Orleans, LA
The Underground, Walla Walla, WA
Sotanos, Boise, ID
Trasa Urban Arts, Salt Lake City, UT
Broken Glass Gallery, Denver, CO
Taos Talking Pictures Pest, Taos, NM
Max's Studio, Santa Fe, NM
Basement Films, Albq., NM
Marfa Theatre, Marfa, TX
Notsuoh, Houston, TX
Forbidden Gallery, Dallas, TX
Alternate Current Gallery, Austin, TX
Modified, Phoenix, AZ
Congress Hotel, Tucson, AZ
Earwig Factory, Bisbee, AZ
Airpower, L.A., CA
Anno Domini Gallery, San Jose, CA
The Luggage Store Gallery, S.F., CA
The Capitol Theatre, Olympia, WA
The Little Theatre, Seattle, WA
The Blinding Light!!, Vancouver, B.C., CANADA
Ragtag Cinema, Columbia, MO
Museum of Modern Art, Iowa City, IA
Heaven Gallery, Chicago, IL
Hi-hat, Milwaukee, WI
The Soap Factory,  Minneapolis, MN
The Fat Back, Chicago, IL
Pittsburgh Filmmakers & Jefferson Presents, Pittsburgh, PA
Space 1026, Philadelphia, PA
MIT, Boston, MA
Emerson College, Boston, MA
Robert Beck Memorial Cinema, N.Y., NY
David Gatten presents, Ithaca, NY
LaCasa, Washington, DC
The G Spot, Baltimore, MD
Virginia Filmfest/ plan 9, Charlottesville, VA
Center for Documentary Studies, Raleigh, NC
PS211, Winston-Salem, NC
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
Antioch College, Yellow Springs, OH
Columbia College, Chicago, IL
Electric Eye Cinema, Madison, WI
Detroit Contemporary, Detroit, MI
Squeaky Wheel, Buffalo, NY
Cinecycle, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Bright Rectangle, East Hampton, MA
Oni Gallery, Boston, MA
The Bakery, Providence, RI
Other's Studio, Montreal, QC, Canada
Bread & Puppet Theatre, Glover, VT
No Exit, Chicago, IL
Not My House, Eugene, OR
The Aurora Picture Show, Houston, TX
University of Oregon, Eugene
The Smithsonian, Wash. D.C.
Reed Arts Week, Reed College, Portland,OR
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque,NM
Portland State University,OR

2001

McMurdo Station, Antartica
Melbourne Underground Film Festival,Australia
Baton Rouge Gallery, La.
The A.R.K., New Orleans, La.
Minicine, Shreveport,La.
Vancouver Underground FilmFest. Vancouver, B.C.
Smartcinema, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Cinematheque, Brighton,ENGLAND   
5th Annual Portland Queer fest,Portland,OR
OtherCinema Outsider Art, San Francisco,CA
Olympia Film Festival, Olympia,WA
Peripheral Produce Invitationals, Portland,OR
Independent Exposure, Minneapolis, MN
Fringefest, Minneapolis,MN
HipMama, Portland, OR
BikeFest, Vancouver,B.C.
Sound Unseen Undercinema, Minneapolis,MN
Independent Exposure,Monterrey,Mexico
New York Underground Film Festival, N.Y.,N.Y.
Robert Beck Memorial Theatre, N.Y.,N.Y.
Peripheral Produce, Portland,OR
Other Cinema A.T.A., San Francisco,CA
The Blinding Light, Vanvouver,B.C.
Reed Arts Week/Exposure, Portland,OR
KinoKino, Lucerne,Switzerland
Black Chair Productions, Seattle,WA

2000

Catacomb-microCinema, Winnipeg,CANADA
Other Cinema, A.T.A., San Franciso CA
27th Northwest Film and Video Festival, Portland, OR
Underground Cinema of Vanessa Renwick, Cinema 21, Portland, OR
Northwest Film Center, Portland, OR
The Kitchen, N.Y.,N.Y.
Ladyfest, Olympia, Washington
Sarah Lawrence College Experimental Festival, Bronxville NY
5th Season Premiere-Independent Exposure, Seattle WA
5th Annual Bicycle Film & Video Festival, Berkeley, CA
Roe vs. Wade, Q Hut Gallery, Portland, OR
The Truck Show, Q Hut Gallery, Portland, OR
Peripheral Produce, Clinton Street Theatre, Portland, OR

1999

Orlo Bike In, Portland, OR
Hallowierd, Independent Exposure, Seattle, WA
Halloween Indies, Blackchair Productions, Prague
Bellevue Art Museum Film & Video Festival, Bellevue, WA
Olympia Film Festival, Olympia, WA
Peripheral Produce, Portland, OR
Film Fatale, The Palms, Los Angeles, CA
Art Beat, PCC, Portland, OR
The Blinding Light, Vancouver B.C.
Other Cinema, A.T.A., San Francisco, CA
Peripheral Produce Experimental Movie Night, Vancouver B.C.
NW Visions-Texas Women's University, Denton, TX
Midnight Sun, Olympia, WA

1998

OR Department of Kick Ass, 5th Avenue Cinemas, Portland, OR
oVoid Video Screening, The Drawing Studio, Portland, OR
25th Northwest Film & Video Festival, Northwest Film Center, Portland, OR
Lady X's Freak Du Jour Sideshow Cabaret, Satyricon, Portland, OR
Peripheral Produce Clinton Street Experimental Movie Night, Portland/Eugene OR, Olympia, WA
Film Fatale, LaLuna, Portland, OR and The Palms, Santa Monica CA
The 2nd Annual F Word Festival, Hollywood Theater, Portland, OR
Tidbit Gallery, Portland, OR
Map Show, The Maul, Portland, OR
Portland Cable Access 1993-1998, Portland, OR

1997

Newer Collective 1997-1998, Oak Street Art Center, Berbatis Pan, Portland, OR
Show-Off Gallery, Bellingham ,WA
History Show, The Maul, Portland, OR
Peripheral Produce, Paris Theater Show, Portland, OR
24th Northwest Film & Video Festival, Northwest Film Center, Portland, OR
Peripheral Produce, Experimental Movie Night, Hollywood Theater, Portland, OR
Portland's Queer Film Festival, Cinema 21, Portland, OR

1996

Froelick Adelhart/ACLU Uncensored Celebration, Froelick Gallery, Portland, OR

1995

Plazm Media/ACLU Uncensored Celebration, Clinton Street Theater, Portland, OR

1994

Mind Over Matter, Basement Films, Albuquerque New Mexico
Montreal Film Festival, Image et Nation, Montreal Canada
II Festival of Expression of the Sexualities, Muse de Imagem e do Som, Sao Paolo Brazil
Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY
Pacific Film Archives, Cinematheque, San Franciso, CA

1993

The 7th New York Mix Festival, The Kitchen, New York City, NY
Punkalingus, Roxie Cinema, San Francisco, CA
Olympia Film Festival, Capitol Theater, Olympia, WA

1983

The Ninth Festival of Illinois Film & Video Artists, Biograph Theater, Chgo.IL

INSTALLATIONS

2012

Medusa Smack, Portland 2012 Portland Biennial, The White Box, Portland, OR

2010

The EAST/WEST Project- Resplendency, Berlin, Germany
The Dirt Bird, Portland, OR
FULL ON LOG JAM, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
WOODSWOMAN, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR

2009

The People's Bike Library of Portland, Portland,OR
Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, OR
The House of Sound, New American Art Union, Portland, OR

2007

Retinal Reverb, PDX Film Festival, Portland, OR
Snap Trap, Half & Half, Portland, OR

2006

Mix Festival, NYC, NY
Melancholy for Five Rooms, Buda Arts Center, Kortrijk, Belgium
Museum Boijmans von Beuningen Rotterdam, The Netherlands

2004

Hunting, Ritual and Narrative, Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Ketchum, ID
Lovejoy Lost, PDX Window Project, Portland, OR
Rising Up, Tollbooth Project, Tacoma, WA
The Absent Album, Department of Safety, Anacortes, WA
Case Studies, Reed College, Portland, OR
In The Streets, Luggage Store, SF
Tollbooth Project, Tacoma, WA
Drawing Resistance, Liberty Hall, Portland, OR

2003

Coresample, Portland, OR

2002

Beamsplitters, PDX Festival Portland, OR

2001

 Northwest Narrative, PICA, Portland OR

2000

Lovejoy, Feldman Gallery, Portland, OR
Taking Space, Making Place, American Institute of Architecture, Portland, OR
Open Walls, PICA, Portland, OR
Disintegration:Contemporary Landscape, Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR
Rerun, Manual Izquierdo Gallery, Portland, OR

1999 

Yawn, Reading Frenzy, Portland, OR

1998

Eye Candy Show, Mark Wooley Gallery, Portland, OR
Multi-Mini, 333 Studios, Portland, OR
electriCity, Tidbit Gallery, Portland, OR

AWARDS

2014

RACC Project Grant
2014 Bonnie Bronson Fellowship
Career Opportunity Grant, Oregon Arts Commission
Ford Family Foundation Grant

2013

Flaherty Professional Development Fellowship
DIY of All-Time Award from Judge Mike Plante, NW Filmmakers' Festival

2012

Ford Family Foundation Golden Spot Award

2011

Regional Arts & Culture Council Project Grant, Portland, OR
Regional Arts & Culture Council Professional Development Grant, Portland, OR

2010

Food Gatherers Feeding the Soul Award, Ann Arbor Film Festival
Oregon Media Arts Fellowship
Portland Stock Grant

2009

Anonymous Was A Woman nominee

2008


Rockefeller Fellowship Nominee
Zooomb Pyle Commission - with Brian Borello
NAAU Couture stipend recipient - The House of Sound
Regional Arts & Culture Council Project Grant, Portland, OR
Career Opportunity Grant Award, Oregon Arts Commission

2007

Poncho Special Recognition Award, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
Bike Commute Challenge Winner, Bicycle Transportation Alliance, Portland, OR
The Jim Demulling Speak Out Award for Best Social Awareness Documentary -
Humboldt Film Festival - Portrait 2: Trojan
The Gearhead Portland Filmmaker Award

2006

The Sarah Jacobson Film Grant-The Free History Project
Wolf Recovery Foundation Field Research & Education Grant - The Land Piranhas

2005

Judges Award, Northwest Film and Video Festival - Portrait #1: Cascadia Terminal
Gus Van Sant Award for Best Experimental Film, Ann Arbor Film Fest - Britton, South Dakota
Carol Davis Scholarship, Montana Artists Refuge
Rockefeller Fellowship Nominee

2004

Mayor's Creative Initiative Grant, Portland OR
Gecko Prize, Cinematexas -Britton, South Dakota

2003 

NW Festival Award from James Benning - Britton, South Dakota
Lilla Jewel Award
Rockefeller Fellowship Nominee

2002

Rockefeller Fellowship Nominee
Best Documentary Video, Microcinefest, Baltimore, MD - Richart
2nd Place Black Maria Film Fest 2002 - Richart

2001

1st Place Peripheral Produce Invitational World Championship, PDX,OR- Richart

1999

Regional Arts & Culture Council, Portland, OR

1998

1st Place F Word Film Festival, Portland, OR - Crowdog
Regional Arts & Culture Council, Portland, OR

1983

Weisman Grant, Chicago Illinois - Toxic Shock

PUBLICATIONS

Portrait #2: Trojan
Special Edition book with DVD plus five (5) 11X14 inch photographs and block print cover. Limited edition of 10 + 1 AP

Disappearing Book - compiled by Melody Owen

RESIDENCIES

2014 Signal Fire/Afloat The Boundary
2012 Caldera
2011 Signal Fire/Outpost
2010 Caldera
2009 Signal Fire
2005 Montana Artists Refuge

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY


Gallagher, Erica. "Lucky Bumming." Venus Magazine, No. 14 (Winter 2002). 
Gragg, Randy. "Of art, history, and columns." The Oregonian (Portland), 28 July 2000. 
-. "Renwick's Experimentation." The Oregonian (Portland), 4 December 1998. 
Hackett, Regina. "Mind Expanding Art." Seattle Post Intelligencer (Washington), 2 July
     2004. 
Hall, Emily. "Funny Obsessive Passion." The Stranger (Seattle, Washington), 25 July
     2002. 
Hart, Adam. "Band of Outsiders: Bill Daniel and Vanessa Renwick." RES Magazine,
     January 2005. 
Hatch, Eric. "Bum's Rush." Baltimore City Paper (Maryland), 2 October 2002. 
Hornaday, Ann. "The Lucky Bum Film Tour." Washington Post (Washington D.C.), 29 
     September 2002.
Jahn, Jeff, Vanessa Renwick's Portrait #2: Trojan at 2006 Biennial Portlandart.net, 23 September 2006
Raymond, Camela. "Two for the Road." The Organ, November/December 2003. 
Spoons, Bwana. "Super Duper Film Creators." Pencil Fight Magazine, No. 2 (2004). 
Willis, Holly. "Follow Me To Certain Death: An Evening with Vanessa Renwick." L.A.
     Weekly, 17 March 2006. 
Pope, Brianna, " Portland, OR : Living on Video", XLR8R Oct 7. 2008
Motley, John, "Keeping the House of Sound Alive", Portland Mercury, March 19, 2009
Libby, Brian, "Vanessa Renwick's 'House of Sound', The Oregonian, April 3, 2009
Horberg, William, "House of Sound", inside stories from a hollywood outlier,May 17, 2010
Irving, Stephen, "Reinventing the Wheel with Artist Vanessa Renwick", Momentum Magazine, July 1, 2010
Speer, Richard, “Ansel Adams/Vanessa Renwick Two artists set their sights on the Great American West”, Willamette Week, November 10, 2010
Motley, John,  “Arnold Kemp with 'Daydream Nation' and Vanessa Renwick with 'As Easy as Falling off a Log' both featured at PDX Contemporary Art”,  Oregonian, November 19, 2010
Beckett, Colin, "Vanessa Renwick in the American Northwest", Union Docs, April 20, 2011
Lane, Penny, "Welcome to the Department of Kick Ass: Vanessa Renwick with Penny Lane", The Brooklyn Rail, April 2011
Stratman, Deborah, "The Big Time is Where You're At: Questions for Vanessa Renwick", Incite Journal of Experimental Media, November 2013
Feldman, Lucy, "In Portland, Riders on Tiny Bikes Go 'Zoobombing'",Wall Street Journal, July 20, 2014

SELECTED FILM AND VIDEO PROJECTS

Miranda July, Joanie4Jackie.com, Portland Spaces Magazine, Literary Arts, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Split Screen/Independent Film Channel, Euro MTV,American Civil Liberties Union, Flying Focus Video Collective,American Torture Theater Company

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

E. Blake Byrne
The Center for Land Use Interpretation
Sarah Miller Meigs
Stanford University
Emerson College
University of Illinois at Chicago
University of British Colombia
Reed College Library
Marfa Public Library
Multnomah County Library
Evergreen State College
Portland Art Museum

VIDEOTAPE/DVD COMPILATIONS

Nomads and nozones OCD Other Cinema DVD
Best of Peripheral Produce
Nature's Assistant
The Laughing Garbage Disposal
Peripheral Produce Video Tape #5
Best of the Fest 26th Northwest Film & Video Festival
Joanie4Jackie 2001 Chainletter
Big Miss Moviola Cherry Cherry Chainletter
Peripheral Produce Video Mix Tape #1
Punkalingus
Furos E Arolas

TEACHING 

Instructor, Northwest Film & Video Center 1995-99