Ms. Dragana Crnjak

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Dragana Crnjak



phone: (330) 941-1860


Bosnian born, Dragana Crnjak moved to the United States in 1997. She received her BFA in Painting from Myers School of Art at the University of Akron, Ohio in 2002 and her MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia in 2004. She is recipient of Virginia Museum of Fine Art Professional Fellowship in drawing and Individual Excellence Awards from Ohio Arts Council.

Dragana Crnjak toys with viewers’ perceptions in wall drawings that somehow manage to create impossible illusions even as they seem only fleetingly present. Her fragmented images, drawn with charcoal directly on the wall, insist on the almost physical presence of the artist’s hand. She has surely and literally left her mark. Yet her images might well be in the process of arriving or leaving by teleporter, as fragmentary and unstable as they appear.

  • Education
    • 2004

      MFA, Painting and Printmaking

      Virginia Commonwealth University

    • 2002

      BFA, Painting & Printmaking

      Myers School of Art

  • Awards and Honors
    • 2022


      Distinguished Professorship in Teaching

    • April 2020


      Faculty Improvement Leave

    • 2018


      Distinguished Professorship in Scholarship

    • 2015

      Ohio Arts Council

      Individual Excellence Award/ Visual Art

    • 2012


      Research Professorship Award

    • 2011

      Ohio Arts Council

      Individual Excellence Award/ Visual Art

    • 2008

      Ohio Arts Council

      Individual Excellence Award/ Visual Art

    • 2006

      Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI. Selected by Dominic Molon, curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

      First Place, Drawing No Conclusions