I am Valerie Caesar, an artist and writer born, raised and based in Brooklyn. I graduated from Cornell University in 2003 with a B.A. in English (Black literature). During college I interned in the editorial departments of Random House and Lee and Low Books. Following graduation from Cornell, I attended Columbia Law School, where I focused on civil rights law as well as advocating for the legal rights of incarcerated parents. After graduation from law school, I taught in prisons (constitutional and family law), and in youth programs (digital arts media).
Along the way I developed a passion for photography, illustration, design, animation and short film. I have exhibited work in museums like MoCADA and other local and national galleries.
In 2012, I was awarded a fellowship by The Museum of Modern Art. I worked in MoMA’s Education Department as a Digital Media Coordinator, producing digital educational courses and other content on modern and contemporary art and museum conservation. I organized the filming and editing of in-depth interviews between MoMA’s curators, artists and conservators.
In 2014, I was honored to be chosen as the first Fellow for The Marilyn Nance Archive. I am responsible for the organization and preservation of the photographic archive of American artist Marilyn Nance, known for her body of work on African American spiritual culture in America.
I currently produce media marketing for artists and non-profit organizations, including graphic and web design and video production. My personal artistic practice centers around the revelation of self-discovery, and the magical in the mundane.