Tanja Pak

Short Biography

Tanja Pak

Tanja Pak did her master’s degree at the Royal College of Art in London in 1996, having graduated from the Academy of Fine Art of the University of Ljubljana in 1994; she has headed the field of Glass and Ceramics there since 2009.

She is creatively committed to the design of functional glass objects and artistic spatial installations.

She lectures at international conferences of design and art in glass. Within the framework of inter-university exchanges she lectured at the University of Washington in Seattle in 2014, National College of Art and Design in Dublin in 2013 and the University of Cracow in 2012.

More important group exhibitions include Glass+A in Venice, 2014, Inspired by Nature, Hempel Museum in Denmark, 2013, Chroma Culture in Bullseye Gallery in Portland, 2013, Glass in Context, 2012 and 2008, in Denmark, LuxEuropae2002 in Copenhagen.

She has created her most distinctive independent exhibitions, Within and Points, 2012, Dreaming Away and A Moment After – Alina, 2011, and Whisperings,1998, in dialogue with the architecture of Ljubljana Castle.

Her works have been published in international publications and are held in public and private collections.

She works in her studio in Ljubljana.


Education


Royal College of Art, London, GB - Master of Arts, MA (Ceramics and Glass), 1996

Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Ljubljana, SI, BA, 1994


Professional experience


University of Ljubljana, Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Slovenia, full time lecturing from 2002, establishing and heading the Glass and ceramics course from 2009. Assistant professor from 2002, associate professor since 2008, full professor since 2014.

Freelance designer, working in own studio, from 1996

Collaborating with different teams of professionals to execute her design and large-scale installation art project.

Directing Glesia Gallery in Ljubljana, from 2005 to 2011.


Awards and residencies


Fellowship at Creative Glass Center of America, NJ, USA, fall 2014

Professor exchange program, University of Washington, WA, oct. 2014

Corning Museum of Glass Studio, Artist in residence, NY, USA, 2014

New Glass Review 35, 2014

Artist Exchange Program, Bullseye R&E center, Portland, USA, 2013

Professional residency, New Mexico, USA, 2012

Masterclass with James Carpenter, Bornholm, DK, 2012

New Glass Review 33, 2013

Designer of the Year 2011/ Sl

Professional residency, Northlands Glass, UK 2011

Pilchuck Residency, USA 2009

Red Dot Honorable Mention Design Award 2009

Red Dot Honorable Mention Design Award 2008

New Glass Review 29, 2009

Creative Glass Center of America, Fellowship, 2001

Pilchuck Scholarship 1999


Permanent Public Installations


2011 In My World, European Central Bank, Frankfurt, Germany
2010–2011 Voyage, Installation, Luka Koper Headquarters, Koper, SI – in progress
2009–2011 A Fountain, Installation, Laško Spa, Laško, SI
2008 A Chandelier, 365 Glass Drops, Installation, Laško Spa, Laško, SI
2007 Boats, BTC Headquarters, Ljubljana, SI
2002 Fluctuations – to the Soča River, Kobarid Public Library, Kobarid, SI
2001 Trees, Nova Ljubljanska Banka’s Art Collection, Ljubljana, SI
1999 Fluid, Multimedia Installation, Ljubljana Castle, Ljubljana, SI

Individual Exhibitions


2011–2012 Within / I held my breath but the world kept on dreaming, multimedia glass installation, Ljubljana’ Castle, SI
Pointé, glass installation, Ljubljana’ Castle, SI
2010–2011 Dreaming Away, multimedia glass installation, Ljubljana’ Castle, SI
The Moment After, multimedia glass installation, Ljubljana’ Castle, SI
2009 Flow, Red Dot 2009, Glesia Gallery, Ljubljana, SI
Tanja Pak, Sculptures, Council of Europe, Strassbourg, FR
2008 Lara, Red Dot 2008, Glesia Gallery, Ljubljana, SI
2006 Undulations. Again. Glesia Gallery, Ljubljana, SI
2004 Traces, St. Vit, Dravograd, KGLU Slovenj Gradec, SI
2003 Red and Black, Marjan Lovšin Gallery, Ljubljana, SI
2002 In the Water, Marjan Lovšin Gallery, Ljubljana, SI
1999 Searchings, Miklova Hiša Gallery, Ribnica, SI
Light Objects, Ars Gallery, Ljubljana, SI
1998 Whisperings, Ljubljana Castle, Ljubljana, SI

Group Exhibitions and Presentations


Silent Revolutions – Contemporary Design in Slovenia, Moscow, RU
2013 Vitraria Glass +A Museum, opening exhibition, Venice, IT
Design Plus, Ljubljana, SI
2013 Chroma Culture, Bullseye Gallery, Portland, USA
Inspired by Nature, Hempel Glass Museum, Denmark
Hot Glass, CAA, London, UK
2012 Glass in Context 2012, Bornholm Art Museum, Denmark
Silent Revolutions - Contemporary Design in Slovenia, Helsinki, FI
Coincidencies II / Exhibition of Slovenian artists, Galerija Murska Sobota, SI
2011 Silent Revolutions - Contemporary Design in Slovenia, Tent Gallery, London, UK
Silent Revolutions - Contemporary Design in Slovenia, Eindhoven, NL
Month of Design – All Awards Design, Ljubljana, SI
Modern Art in Slovenia, European Central Bank, Frankfurt, Germany
2010 AllAwardsDesign, Zavod Big, Viba, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Ambiente, Talents 2010 Frankfurt Messe, Frankfurt, Germany
2009 Rotovž, Lemberg, with Mirsad Begić
Red Dot 2009, Red Dot Design Museum, Essen, Germany
Fusing Art and Glass, Glass Museum Frauenau, Germany
2008 RedDot.si, Mestni muzej Ljubljana, SI
Red Dot 2008, Red Dot Design Museum, Essen, Germany
Glass in Context 2008, Bornholm Art Museum, Denmark
2007 CGCA Fellowship Alumni, Museum of American Glass, NJ, USA
2006 20th Biennial of Industrial Design, Ljubljana, SI
Presentation of Slovenian Glass Design, Coburg Glass Symposium, Coburg, Germany
2005 Presentation and lecture, ECERS, Portorož, SI
Installations on the Grass, Kogl, Velika Nedelja, SI
2004 19th Biennial of Industrial Design, Ljubljana, SI
2003 20/20 Vision, The Creative Glass Center of America, NJ, USA
Safet Zec, Tanja Pak, Zlatko Prica / Paintings, Glass, Bronze, Trbovlje, SI
Panel Behind the Glass Curtain, SOFA, MAD, NY, USA
2002 Lux Europae 2002, Copenhagen, Denmark
18th Biennial of Industrial Design, Ljubljana, SI
2001 Contemporary Glass Exhibition, China Millennium Museum in Beijing, and Shanghai Museum of Fine Art, China
29th International Glass Invitational, Habatat Galleries, Pontiac, USA
2000 International Exhibition Nanjing, China
L’Eurofeu au Pays de Liège, Belgium
17th Biennial of Industrial Design, Ljubljana, SI
1999 A Gathering of Glass, Sable V Fine Art Gallery, Wimberley, Texas, USA
Glass Art Society Expo International II, Tampa, Florida, USA
1998 Expo '98, Lisbon, Portugal
1997 Design from Slovenia, Rokus, Ljubljana, SI
1996 Centenerary Degree Show, Royal College of Art, London, UK
1993 Celebrating Slovenia, Liberty's, London, UK

Activities


Establishing and heading the Glass and Ceramics course at the Academy of Fine Arts, University of Ljubljana

Heading the sculpture program in Glesia Gallery in Ljubljana since 2005

Fellowship at the Creative Glass Center of America, NJ, USA, fall 2014

University exchange – Washington National University, Seattle, Oct. 2014

Artist in residence, Corning Museum of Glass Studio, NY, March 2014

Speaker at the Glass Society of Ireland Conference, Cork, 2013

Guest professor at National College of Design, Erasmus exchange, Dublin, Ireland, Oct. 2013

TA at Angela Twaites workshop at NCOD, Dublin, October 2013

Speaker at the BeCon 2013 conference in Portland, Bullseye (Title: Poetry of Production), OR, USA

Artist Exchange Program, Bullseye R&E, residency, Portland, USA, 2013

Masterclass with James Carpenter, Bornholm, Denmark, 2012

European Glass Context 2012 (attending and exhibiting)

Professional residency (invited) in New Mexico, USA, 2012

Professional residency (invited) at Northlands Glass Center, Scotland, 2011

Ceepus exchange – lecturing at Krakow University, Poland, Oct. 2011

Emerging Artist In Residence residency, Pilchuck glass school, WA, 2009

One month artist residency in New York, Dec. 2008

European Glass Context 2008 (attending and exhibiting)

Speaker at the Panel / Behind the Glass Curtain, SOFA, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, USA, 2003

Fellowship at the Creative Glass Center of America, Wheaton, USA, 2001

Presentation and lecture, ECERS World Conference, Portorož, SI, 2005

Pilchuck Glass School in selected glass of Maria Porges and Tina Aufiero, scholarship received, USA, 1999

Workshop with Judy Hill, Jacksonville, Fl, USA, 1999

Visits to:  GAS  Conferences in 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2007, European Glass Context conferences in 2008 and 2012, Northlands Conference in 2005, Coburg Glass Simposium in 2006 (presenter), Novy Bor Glass symposium in 1988

 


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