Amy Vena is an Alumna of St. Bonaventure University and the Rochester Institute of Technology. She received her B.A. from St. Bonaventure University and her M.F.A. from the Rochester Institute of Technology. In May 2011, she received The Purchase Prize Award from R.I.T.’s Wallace Library, adding one of her pieces to the Institute’s permanent collection. Amy has exhibited artwork internationally; in 2013, she presented her artworks at ARTexchange (C.a.a. Conference) in New York City. In 2014, she received the Arena Art Award from Rochester Contemporary Art Centers Member's Exhibition in Rochester, N.Y.
In 2012, she presented her theoretical research, focusing on avant-garde Mediterranean aesthetics, at the 100th annual College Art Association Conference in Los Angeles, C.A.
Ms. Vena has taught multiple workshops, sponsored by ColArts Inc. the parent company of Liquitex Acrylics. Amy is highly knowledgeable in oil painting, acrylics, gel mediums and epoxy resin. Since graduation, she has returned to R.I.T. annually to lecture and has also lectured at St. John Fisher College.
Occupationally, Ms Vena has a passion for collections, exhibition curation and project management. She is a consultant for Bausch + Lomb working with the Corporate Archive and Art Collection. She has worked under Jean Geisel, the Corporate Archive and Rotating Art Program founder for over 4 years. Combined Jean and Amy have 30+ years experience curating exhibitions. Together they have produced 16 exhibitions in the Rochester Optics Center- working with over 240 artists and 1,900 pieces of artwork. Artist have included, Albert and Frances Paley, Len Urso, Jonathan Beer, Melissa Matson, Juan Carlos Caballero-Perez and many more. In 2012, the National exhibition of Visually Impaired and Blind Artists, brought 64 pieces of artwork to the Rochester Facility. During this show, artist Aileen Cinquemani sold all nine works of art, and received one commission.
In 2014, Ms. Vena became the Director of Arts a the Gardens outdoor exhibition show and sale, held on the grounds of Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Historic Park.
In 2015, Amy began curating exhibitions for Nu Movement Co-Op. Nu Movement is an Artisan Cooperative by definition, where all artists and teachers share an active role in supporting and sharing their art forms through classes, exhibitions and curating local artists. Nu Movement provides a holistic approach to wellness, inspiring and nurturing the mind, body and soul. To find out more information please visit: http://numvmnt.com/
Currently Ms. Vena serves as Director for Arts at the Gardens, maintains her art/archive consultant positions at Bausch + Lomb, Nu Movement and continues to provide support for the Geisel Gallery.