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vanessa montano (she/her) is a michigan-based illustrator who focuses on quirky and fun work that consists of bold lines and color. her favorite things to draw are food, portraits, and animals doing human things (or a combination of all three). she has her bfa in illustration from the college for creative studies in detroit. 

vanessa has worked for clients such as harper collins, william morrow, the los angeles times, the ann arbor district library, henry ford health system, and michigan united x aiga detroit.

when not working on pieces, she enjoys petting her dog daisy, tackling a new bread recipe, watching hilariously bad movies, gardening, and collecting all of the power moons in mario odyssey.

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honors & exhibitions

digital art exhibition | black box gallery | 2023

reproductive rights fundraiser show | most known unknown | 2022

curators pick | artrepreneur | 2022

the best thing i’ve ever eaten | illustrators for hire | 2021

aiga post | aiga detroit x aiga toledo | 2020

the best thing i’ve ever drawn | illustrators for hire | 2020

member | illustrators for hire | 2020

director’s pick | anton art center | 2020

fall fantasy | black box gallery | 2019

members exhibition | whitdel arts | 2019

icon10 group show | red bull house of art | 2018

drinks x design | design core detroit | 2018

emerging artist award | the guild of artists and artisans | 2018

the bitters 2 | whitdel arts | 2018

detroit design festival | eastern market after dark | 2017

all images copyright © 2023 vanessa montano