Eli VandenBerg's work focuses on representation of gender and personal identity by exploring memories, bodies and relationships. His work is based upon the belief that art has the unique ability to give voice to voiceless and explain those experiences where words are insufficient. Projects include Body in Progress, Objectifying Identity and Slogans and Battle Cries, a mobile Letterpress sign printing workshop, for which he was awarded a 2012 Leeway Art and Change Grant. Eli received his BFA in Printmaking from Arcadia University and his MFA in Printmaking at Pratt Institute. His work has been shown both nationally and internationally, including The National Queer Arts Festival, San Francisco, CA; Femina Potens Gallery, San Francisco, CA, The Print Making Center of New Jersey, Branchburg, NJ, Gallery Affero; Newark, NJ and The William Way LGBT Community Center in both their 30th Anniversary exhibition and a solo show in winter of 2009. His work has also appeared in several books and journals including the anthology Self-Organizing Men: Conscious Masculinities in Time and Space published in 2006 by Homofactus Press and Chroma: A Queer Literary Journal, London, UK. His work is included in many public and private collections including the Print and Picture Collection of the Free Library of Philadelphia.
In addition to his creative pursuits Eli is the Manager of Creative Employment Services at Community Integrated Services (http://www.cisworks.org) where he provides professional support to artists and artisans with disabilities. He also serves on the Art Gallery Committee at the William Way LGBT Community Center and co-owns a letterpress publishing business with artist Katie Baldwin (WOO' 04) called Basement Press (www.basementpress.wordpress.com). His work can be viewed at www.elivandenberg.com.