Venus DeMars

Venus DeMars is a multidisciplinary artist and musician, best known as a singer-songwriting transgender rock star and leader of the band All the PRetty Horses. DeMArs is also one of the foundational artists for Rifle Sport Alternative Art Gallery, creating the iconic big blue doors that fronted on Hennepin Avenue and installations that included a Honda Civic art car parked halfway up the main staircase. A chance tax audit turned h/ir into a champion of artists' tax rights, after which the Venus DeMars Fund with Springboard for the Arts was established. DeMars is the recipient of multiple grants and awards, among them a Minnesota State Arts Board grant, a Bush Fellowship, and a Minnesota Music Award. S/he completed a tour with Laura Jane Grace and "Against Me!", and an acoustic album produced by longtime collaborator Barb Morrison (Debbie Harry, Rufus Wainright, Scissor Sisters, etc.).