Neja Tomšič is a visual artist and writer from Ljubljana, Slovenia. Since graduating from the painting department at the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana, she has been part of individual and group exhibitions for drawing and media, performing and publishing poetry and prose, among others. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Philosophy and Theory of Visual Culture at the University of Primorska, researching documentary cinema and related practices in the contemporary art context. She is the manager and editor of the ArtistTalk project.
Tomšič co-founded the Museum of Transitory Art (MoTA) in 2008 and has been involved in strategic planning, international collaborations and development of an artist residency program. MoTA is a multidisciplinary platform dedicated to the research, production and presentation of Transitory, Experimental and Live Art forms. For the past two years Tomšič has also been in charge of MoTA’s educational programming and has developed an online platform, together with various Polish organizations, to archive and share public programs such as artists talks, workshops, discussions and symposia. She hopes to research practices of archiving transitory works and strategies for audience development and engagement.
Tomšič will be in residence in UMBC’s Department of Visual Arts for five weeks this fall, from October 9 until November 12. The residency was made possible by CEC ArtsLink. ArtsLink Residencies offer artists and arts managers from 37 overseas countries five-week residencies at non-profit arts organizations throughout the United States. The program enables artists and communities across the U.S. to share artistic practices with artists and arts managers from abroad and engage in dialogue that advances understanding across cultures.
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