Dragana Crnjak: As if Staying

Dragana Crnjak: As if Staying

August 20 – November 5, 2017

Meet-the-Artist Reception: August 20, 2017, 1-3 PM

In this exhibition, Dragana Crnjak gathered images of patterns found in Serbian embroidery, architecture and various works of art while visiting Serbian Orthoox medieval monasteries in 2015. Through the process of manipulation and enlargement, she takes these images and enlarges them on to a landscape-like field to create abstract art. The shifting and drifting geometries, dissolving and interrupted patterns take a pattern and make it into something abstract, while also weaving together traditional with contemporary visual elements. Crnjak’s art transforms familiar images into something unknown, new, and even peculiar imagery.

Dragana Crnjak born in Yugoslavia; recieved her M.F.A in Painting and Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. She is an interdisciplinary artist whose work is primarily based in painting and drawing. She received the Individual Excellence Award in visual arts from the Ohio Arts Council in 2008, 2011, and 2015. Crnjak has taught art at the University of Virginia and The Cleveland Institute of Art. Currently, she is the Associate Professor at Youngstown State University teaching painting and drawing.

This exhibition is open to the public and media with free admission.


Dragana Crnjak, Mending Blue, acrylic on canvas, 64 x 58″, 2017