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Ms. Tanja  Softić
Ms. Tanja Softić
Professor of Art
Tucker-Boatwright Professorship of Art & Art History

Areas of Expertise:

Printmaking, Drawing, Book Arts, Works on Paper

Additional Areas of Interest: 

History of Print and Paper, Theory of Print Media, Media History/Theory, Photography, Poetry

Tanja Softić works across the media of printmaking, drawing and book arts. She 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 New York Public Library, Library of Congress Print Department and New South Wales Gallery of Art in Sydney, Australia.  She participated in 12th International Print Triennial in Cracow, Poland and won a First Prize at the the 5th Kochi International Triennial Exhibition of Prints, Ino-cho Paper Museum in Kochi, Japan in 2002. She completed print projects at Flying Horse Press, Tamarind Institute and Anderson Ranch's Patton Print Studio. Currently, she is working on Catalog of Silence, a book of essays, photographs and poems about post-war Sarajevo.

At the University of Richmond, she teaches courses in drawing, printmaking, book arts as well as courses on history of graphic arts.  As an teacher, Tanja Softić emphasizes both development of strong studio skills and creative ideas and imagination. Making of a work of art is a complex process that calls for research, conceptual and technical problem-solving and creative play. One of her passions is helping students verbally articulate their visual art ideas and aspirations, so that they can confidently give and receive criticism, communicate their ideas to collaborators, public, art and grant-giving organizations. In her classes, students can expect to work hard, play hard and think unconventionally about the drawing, paper and the printed image. 

Selected Solo Exhibitions:

Halsey Institute for Contemporary Art, College of Charleston (Charleston, SC)                

Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Steinhardt Conservatory Gallery (Brooklyn, NY)

Scuola Internazionale di Grafica di Venezia (Venice, Italy)

Galerija Mak, Sarajevska Zima (Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Selected Group Exhibitions:

Tamarind at 50, University of Mew Mexico Museum (Albuquerque, NM)

Novosibirsk State Art Museum (Novosibirsk, Russia)  

American University in Cairo (Egypt)

Peninsula Fine Arts Center (Newport News, VA)

Contemporary Art Gallery, Palace of Art (Krakow, Poland)

Ino-cho Paper Museum (Kochi, Japan)

Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art (Sapporo, Japan)

Grants and Fellowships

Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Artist Fellowship in Drawing

Painting Fellowship, Virginia Commission for the Arts (Richmond, VA)

Southern Arts Federation/National Endowment for the Arts 1996-97 Visual Artist Fellowship


Theresa Pollak Award for Excellence in Visual Arts (Richmond, VA)

First Prize, 5th Kochi International Triennial Exhibition, Ino-cho Paper Museum (Kochi, Japan)

Selected Publications

Softić, Tanja. "Circle Back: Immigrant Memories and Fungal Networks." The Journal of Speculative Philosophy 33, no. 2 (2019): 300-10.

Additional Publications

Selected Residencies and Print Publications:

MacDowell Colony (Peterborough, NH)

Tamarind Institute for Lithography (Albuquerque, NM)

Pyramid Atlantic Center for the Print, Paper and the Art of the Book

Selected Work in Public Collections:

Art Gallery of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia)

Ino-Cho Paper Museum (Kochi, Japan)

Library of Congress (Washington, DC)

New York Public Library (New York, NY)

M.F.A., Old Dominion University
B.F.A., Academy of Fine Arts of the University of Sarajevo
Contact Information
V211 Visual Arts Building
(804) 289-6624
(804) 287-6006 (Fax)
Areas of Expertise
Book Arts
Works on Paper