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Artist Lecture – Tanja Softić
Friday, October 21, 2011
Halsey Institute, The Marion and Wayland H. Cato Jr. Center for the Art
Tanja Softić’sMigrant Universe series acts as a visual poem about identity and the worldview of an immigrant. Tanja Softić’s prints, drawings, and paintings combine images of natural and man-made structures with drawings based on appropriated visual material: medical and botanical illustrations, maps and charts, manuscript illuminations, and comic art. Her work addresses concepts of cultural hybridity, chaos, and memory.
Tanja Softić is a recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Grant, National Endowment for the Arts/Southern Arts Federation Visual Artist Fellowship, and Soros Foundation-Open Society Institute Exhibition Support Grant. Her work is included in numerous collections in the United States and abroad, among them the New York Public Library, Library of Congress Print Department, and New South Wales Gallery of Art in Sydney, Australia. She participated in the 12th International Print Triennial in Cracow, Poland, and won a first prize at the 5th Kochi International Triennial Exhibition of Prints, Ino-cho Paper Museum, in Kochi, Japan, in 2002. Recently, she completed print projects at Flying Horse Press, Tamarind Institute, and Anderson Ranch’s Patton Printshop. She is professor of art and chair of the department of art and art history at the University of Richmond.