Dragana Crnjak included in Art in Embassies program

We are pleased to announce that artist Dragana Crnjak’s work is included in a current exhibition in the Art in Embassies program.


For over five decades, Art in Embassies, a program within the U.S. Department of State, has played a leading role in U.S. public diplomacy. Art in Embassies creates vital cross-cultural dialogue and mutual understanding through the visual arts and dynamic artist exchanges.

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


Dragana Crnjak’s work, Mending Blue will be exhibited at the United States Embassy in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, until 2023. A Serbian-American artist born in former Yugoslavia, Crnjak is interested in the discovery and contemplation of painting, seeking unexpected perceptual shifts that trigger new visual thinking. While focusing strongly on the visual presence of the work and the physicality of the mark, she is interested in the impalpable. Inspired by both natural and virtual worlds, webs suggest systematic yet open-ended structures of navigation, developments, transportation. The web like forms in Crnjak’s paintings have an initial sense of order and preciseness, but simultaneously contain interruptions and unexpected turns. Dragana Crnjak received 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 the medium of painting and processes of drawing. She is a recipient of Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Awards in visual art for 2008, 2011, 2015, Research Professorship from Youngstown State University, and Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Fellowship in drawing. She had taught art at University of Virginia and The Cleveland Institute of Art. She is currently Associate Professor at Youngstown State University, Ohio, teaching painting and drawing.


To view the exhibition on the Art in Embassies website, click here.