Vanessa Platacis

Vanessa Platacis

Vanessa Platacis

  • B.F.A. New Mexico State University, 2002
  • M.F.A., School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston/Tufts University, 2005
First year at SCAD:

"As an educator and professional artist, I strive to encourage excellence in my students and myself. My class material is challenging, interactive and relevant to current issues and events. I believe that it is important for students to make a connection with art by encouraging them to make their efforts relevant to their lives and the world in which they live. I follow a comprehensive approach to art education, which integrates art history, art production, art criticism and aesthetics. When opportunities are provided for students to understand the contextual influences upon artistic productions, it can lead to a greater worldview and deeper investment in their work. Most of all I encourage students to be creative and to express their thoughts and ideas in a visual manner."


An exhibition at the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts, and an artist project at the Scope International Art Fair in Basel, Switzerland, during Art Basel

Awards, recognition and honors

New England Art Award; The Best of Boston, The Boston Phoenix


College Art Association

Publications and presentations


  • "Best of Art," Boston Home Magazine, 2009
  • "In Pursuit of Beauty," Artscope Art Magazine, 2009
  • "In Pursuit of Beauty at Montserrat College of Art," review, Berkshire Fine Arts Journal, 2008
  • "Hello my Name is PIXNIT," review, The Boston Globe, 2008
  • "Homeland Insecurity Ignites Adams ArtSpace," review, The Harvard Crimson, 2003


  • 2011. Art First, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia. Presentation: "Death by Misadventure"
  • 2009. Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Massachusetts. Presentation: "Design as a Social Agent."

Previous Positions

Project director and artist, PIXNIT Productions, Boston, Massachusetts; adjunct professor, School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Boston; artist in residence/art instructor, Alma De' Arte School, Las Cruces, New Mexico; owner and director, The Art Company and Gallery, Fort Collins, Colorado and Chicago, Illinois

On the Web

Courses Taught

  • DRAW 100 Drawing I: Form and Space
  • DRAW 101 Drawing II: Composition and Media
  • DSGN 101 Color: Theory and Application
  • PNTG 206 Water-Based Media Exploration
  • SFIN 745 Fine Art M.A. Self-promotion