Vanessa Lacy grew up in the small town of Adrian, Missouri. When she was a sophmore in high school she was one of the two-hundred students selected to be a part of the Missouri Fine Arts Academy. She then received her BFA from Missouri State University in 2007 with an emphasis in drawing and a BSED in Art Education. Later receiving her Masters in Education in 2009. During this time, she worked as a professional artist for Bass Pro, creating paintings for their stores and restaurants nation-wide. She held a residency at the Arts Incubator for its last two years in operation and was also an Artist INC Fellow.
Vanessa taught art in the Belton School District for nine years until she resigned in 2016. She now paints full-time in the historic Kansas City Livestock Exchange Building, where she has maintained a studio since 2009. REcently the University of Kansas Health System acquired eleven large paintings of hers for their permanent collection.
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