Andrew Venell (b. Lake Forest, IL, 1979) is a multimedia artist based in San Francisco, California. His broadly interdisciplinary work incorporates generative art, collage, video, websites, interactive narrative, sculpture and performance, often employing pop cultural forms or rhetoric to expose repressed fears and desires of capitalist culture, the uncanny collisions of meaning submerged in narratives of advertising and politics.



M.F.A., New Genres, San Francisco Art Institute (2004)
B.A., Art Semiotics, Brown University (Honors, 2001)

Awards / Honors / Residencies

  • 3rd Street Studios Residency, San Francisco Art Institute (2016-2017)
  • Artist in Residence, KALA Art Institute, Berkeley, CA (2007)
  • Capstone Award for Distinction in Creative Writing, Brown University, Providence, RI (2001)

Selected Exhibitions


  • Give & Take II, PS Squared Gallery, Belfast, Ireland. Curated by Tonya McMullan.
  • Give & Take, Lost Coast Culture Machine, Fort Bragg, CA. Curated by Tonya McMullan & Anne Beck.


  • 14th Annual VIDEOMEDEJA Video Festival, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina, Novi Sad, Serbia
  • CologneOFF VI, 6th Cologne International Videoart Festival
  • SOURCE CODING at Quare, for, London, England
  • ON-LOOKING for, curated by Marialaura Ghidini


  • DKE Toys Custom Yoka Show at Designer Con, Los Angeles, CA
  • Left to Chance, Firehouse 13 Gallery, Providence, RI, curated by Alexandra Chemla
  • Faculty Art Show, ASUC Art Studio Gallery, University of California, Berkeley
  • HTML Color Codes,” at The New Museum, curated by Carolyn Kane


  • “Artists Go Lightly,” Temporary Autonomous Museum, San Francisco, CA
  • “Psychedelia,” Futuresonic 2007, London, UK
  • “The Pushpin Show,” ASUC Art Studio Gallery, University of California, Berkeley
  • “Americans in Peril,” Gold Robot Records, Space Gallery, San Francisco, CA


  • “Observatori 05 Festival of Artistic Investigation,” Museo de las Ciencias, Valencia, Spain
  • “Netopticon,”, Jerusalem, Israel


  • “Solutions for Modern Living,” Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY
  • “Live Disasters,” San Francisco Art Institute MFA Show, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA


  • “3rd St. Inside and Out,” SWELL Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA


  • “Crowd Pleasers,” SWELL Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
  • “Crowd Pleasers,” The Kuvataideakatemia, Helsinki, Finland
  • “Digital Commons,” Version 02 Festival, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
  • “Net.Art Open,” Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland

Teaching & Speaking

  • Guest Lecture, Department of Art and Technology, San Francisco Art Institute (March 2013)
  • Workshop, School of Education, University of San Francisco (Fall 2008)
  • Guest Lecture, Technology and Integrated Media Environment, Cleveland Institute of Art (April 2007)
  • Guest Lecture, Department of Art & Art History, Hartwick College (March 2007)
  • Instructor, ASUC Art Studio, University of California at Berkeley (2004-Present)
  • Adjunct Instructor, The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Online Division (2005-2008)
  • Instructor, Berkeley Language Center, University of California at Berkeley (2005)
  • Instructor, Berkeley Youth Radio, Berkeley, CA (2005)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, San Francisco Art Institute (2003-2004)