Featured Alumni Profiles

Vanessa Conte

BS '99, Studio Art

“One of the best ways to become involved in the New York City art scene is by interning with local artists. Through CareerNet, NYU’s on-line job database, I secured an internship with Margaret Evangeline, a New York City painter. I met curators and gallery owners, and subsequently I was invited to contribute to an installation at the SoHo gallery Exit Art. This experience led to other requests, and soon my paintings were in numerous shows in Manhattan and Brooklyn. I also studied with professors who are nationally recognized artists, including Lyle Ashton Harris, a fine arts photographer and visiting professor and NYU. Moreover, Professor Harris’s workshop on creating autobiographical art, along with an art history seminar on autobiographical painting taught by Professor Robert Rosenblum, had a profound impact on my artistic development.”


Vanessa Conte, who graduated from NYU in 1999 with a double major in studio art and art history and a minor in anthropology, is a curator for the online gallery PaintingsDIRECT.com and was recently accepted into the MFA program at UCLA’s School of Art and Architecture.