“I am a Modern Day Renaissance Woman.” – vvh

Valerie Van Horne’s art is an interpretation of her experiences, studies, connections, passions, family, friends, lovers, jobs and travels.  It is the result of all the things her senses have absorbed, the emotions they have stirred, the transference of the unknown and unseen into the seen.

Link to: Artist’s Bio

Mediums & Skills

Drawing, Graphic Design, Illustration, Jewelry, Painting, Photography, Textiles/Fiber, Animation, Recyclables, Writing, Inventor, Connector, Maker, Event Planning, Hospitality Management & Administration, Social Media, Marketing, Sales and Community Builder.

Art Studies

Des Moines Art Center
Grandview College
University of Chicago
Iowa State University
– B.S. Hotel/Restaurant & Institutional Management
– Minor Design Studies


Des Moines Women’s Club, 2014
DSM Girl Gang, Visitor//Inhabitant, 2016
DSM Girl Gang, Female Gaze, 2016
DSM Girl Gang, The Well Read Woman 2017
Oskaloosa Art Center and Studios, Visible/Invisible, 2017
DSM Girl Gang, I Spy Spooky Night, 2017
Oliver + James Salon, Places We Go, 2017
Iowa CASA, #METOO: A Sexual Assault Awareness Art Campaign, 2018
Pop-Up Ames!, ISU Design on Main, 2018
Women & Art, YWRC 40th Anniversary Art Exhibition, 2018
Oliver + James Salon, PLAY, 2018
INK365Draw | Pop-Up Show, 2021


Memorialized Emotions, 2019

Community Service

Twelve years ago, after the loss of a grueling career in the hospitality industry, Valerie found herself sitting on a couch, contemplating her life. Her career was her second love, her art was her first and on that day she returned to her Artist’s Journey. Step by step, connection by connection she returned to her first love through community service.

Valerie’s community service is not conventional, it’s a part of her art.  Her art is not, and never will be, characterized by mediums.  Mediums really don’t matter to her, she starts with a thought and uses whatever she wants to bring it to life, such are her projects, River City Art and Music and Riverview Artist Salon.

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