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Vanessa Salley Ortiz

Vanessa Salley Ortiz

About Artist

Basic Information

  • Artist Statement

    Married to Jorge Ortiz
    2 Daughters
    Sam Ortiz, LMSW Masters of Social Work
    Carmen Ortiz, Fashion Designer/Handbag Designer NYC

    Graphic, Interior Designer, Artist and Certified Art Teacher

    Art is a universal medium for all that filters negative judgement and allows ones true image to shine through. As a graphic designer and artist, my inspiration comes from what I visually see on a daily basis. Strong abstract lines and capturing color are everything to me. I dream in color and wake up full of ideas that must be written down in fear of losing them. My artwork is an examination of color theory and perfection. Although perfection is a steep mountain to climb, I am constantly propelled forward by the need to find balance. Through art, we can celebrate the beauty of the world and everything around us. Part of my joy in creating art comes from the students I teach. Their innocent perspective of life inspires me. I get excited with the pure love and commitment to their creations and stay invested in them and their future. As an artist and teacher, those students will be my true legacy.
  • Resume

    Vanessa Salley Ortiz

    Objective: Art Education

    Education: BFA: Graphic Design, Minor: Interior Design: College of Design, Advertising and Design: Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, La., December 1982

    Art History Summer Program: Italian Art: Louisiana Tech University, Rome, Italy, 1980

    College of Education: Certification Program: Louisiana State University, Shreveport, La., 2001


    2003 to Certified Art Teacher: Arthur Circle Elementary
    present School, ECE through 5th grade.

    2005 to Teacher/Educator: Summer Art Camp: Gifted
    present and Talented Art Students. Ages 5 – 13.

    2001- Certified Art Teacher: Lakeshore Elementary
    2003 Kinder through 5th grade.

    1999- Art Educator: Centenary College, Meadows
    2001 Museum: 5th and4th grade Students: Art History,
    Field Trips and on-hand artwork and projects.

    1998- Graphic Designer, Taylor Publishing Company,
    1995 Dallas, Texas

    Teaching Experience and Extracurricular Activities:

    Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet Board & Officer, Make – Up Artist – Nutcracker, Docent at Meadows Museum of Art, Staff Artist for SRAC, Artbreak Winners Circle Chairman 18 yrs, Member and Advisory Board, International Child Art Foundation, Washington, DC, attended ICAF Festival and supervised workshop, Volunteer – Red River Revel, SRAC Artspace, Christmas in the Sky Artist, Arthur Circle Art Club Program, Mixed Media Private Art Lessons, Attendance at various workshops, Teen Vogue, New York, New York, Attend Art Educators Workshop - Elementary School monthly, Free Lance Graphic Designer, and Artist for the Shreveport Symphony Painted Violin Project.

    Student winners: Annual – PTA Visual Arts Reflections, Artbreak Festival, Telephone Book, Feist Wellier Cancer LSU Medical Center, Character Education – Caddo Parish School Board, Louisiana State Exhibit Museum Greening of the Trees (in past five years won), 1st (4 times), 2nd (3 times) and 3rd (2 times), SMB Nutcracker Art Contest, Louisiana State Missing Children Art Contest, Independence Bowl Art Contest, and many others. District, State and National Winners.

    Awarded Best Booth at ArtBreak Festival 2014 (Grades K thru 12th grade) – Arthur Circle Elementary. Among all schools in Caddo and Bossier Parish. Prize win of $300.00.

    Awarded Overall Top School Booth at ArtBreak Festival 2015 (Grades K thru 12th grade) – Arthur Circle Elementary. Among all schools in Caddo and Bossier Parish, Prize win of $500.00.

    PTA President and various other offices, Riverside Elementary PTA Board, CMM and Magnet High, District PTA Board and Officer, State PTA Convention Chairmen, Lady Mustang Soccer Teacher Sponsor, Magnet High School, Member of Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society of Educators.


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