Vanessa Woods received an MFA with honors from the San Francisco Art Institute. Known for her surrealist approach to photography, collage, and film, her work has been widely exhibited at venues including Stanford Art Spaces at Stanford University, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and the Institute of Contemporary Art in San Jose. Woods has been the recipient of numerous awards including a Murphy and Cadogan Fellowship from the San Francisco Arts Commission, a Film Arts Foundation Grant, and an SFAI MFA Fellowship. She has also been awarded residencies at Djerassi, the Headlands Center for the Arts, MacDowell, and in Pont-Aven, France, through the Museum of Pont-Aven. Woods is represented by Jack Fischer Gallery in San Francisco.