Valerie Wedel is a 1991 graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, with a B.A. in French and peace studies. In 2002, she earned a B.F.A. in painting and drawing from Columbia College and in 2007, an M.F.A. from the University of Missouri-Columbia in sculpture, with a focus on performance and video installation. She currently teaches studio art and art history at William Woods University and exhibits her installation artwork in galleries throughout the Midwest.