Valerie Allen received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Cincinnati. She is a Certified Working Artist for the Golden Artist Colors Working Artist Program. She travels the Upper Midwest to present lectures and workshops in art materials and mixed media. She is on the faculty of the Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art and has taught art at several Midwest colleges including Delta College at University Center, Michigan and Northwood University. Her class and workshop topics include "The Sky has Limits-Controlling the Chaos of Mixed Media" , "The Secret Garden-A Mixed Media approach to Landscape" and Explore the Possibilities-Innovations in Acrylics.
Valerie has exhibited art nationally including the Chicago Biennial, New American Drawing Exhibition in Santa Fe, New Mexico and the 18th Annual National Collage Society Exhibit at the Montserrat College of Art, Massachusetts. In August 2007, she was awarded the prestigious Special Award of Merit at the 47th Annual Greater Michigan Art Exhibition juried by Karl Umluaf, Artist in Residence at Baylor University, Texas. She was also included in the October 2007 exhibition, Heart Rate-The Artistic Pulse of Post-Industrial Michigan at the Buckham Gallery in Flint, Michigan. Her one person exhibit at St. Cecilia Music Center in 2012 included 15 acrylic paintings from her Composer's Campaign Series. Valerie was a finalist in ArtFutura 2013, 2014 and 2016. This exhibit held in Chicago was curated by James Rondeau-Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Art Institute of Chicago. She has also participated in ArtPrize.org events in Grand Rapids, Michigan since 2009. Valerie is currently dividing her studio practice between her studio at Geisler Enterprises, an artistic and business incubator located in the Stadium District of Midland, MI and Wave Pool Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio.