Born in 1982, Samantha VanDeman grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. She studied fine arts at Columbia College Chicago, receiving a BFA in 2005. In 2007, she returned to college, this time to earn a MFA in photography from the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University in 2009. .
Samantha has exhibited her work internationally. Her work has been exhibited at Photo Lux Festival, Lucca, Italy; CPW, Woodstock, NY; Wall Apace Gallery, Santa Monica, CA; Review Santa Fe 100, Santa Fe, NM; The Worldwide Photography Gala Awards; The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO; Newspace Center for Photography, Portland, OR; Emory Visual Arts Gallery, Atlanta, GA; Smash Box Studios, Culver City, CA; Denver International Airport, Denver, CO; Finch and Ada, NY; New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery, New Orleans, LA; Las Manos Gallery, Chicago, IL; Gallery 263, Cambridge, MA; Midwest center for Photography, Wichita, KS; Gallery 808, Boston, MA; Change Artist Space, San Francisco, CA; Perspective Gallery, Evanston, IL; Black Box Gallery, Portland, OR; Barrett Art Center Galleries, Poughkeepsie, NY and Fourth Wall Projects in Boston, MA. In 2013, Samantha was selected as a finalist for Photolucida’s Critical Mass. And most recently, she received first place in The International Photography Awards for architectural interiors. Samantha has been published in Shots Magazine, The Photo Review and The International Photography Annual.