Jelena Prljević (1990) is a visual artist from Serbia, based in New York, whose practice exists in the intersection between drawing,

animation and installation. A natural storyteller, she builds her narratives through layering of light, erasure, and the regenerative power of

shadows. Prljević holds a BFA from the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad, Serbia and an MFA in Studio Art in the Art & Art History

Department, School of Fine Arts at the University of Connecticut, USA. During this period she participated in many national and

international group exhibitions and collaborative projects. She is a recipient of several awards for painting, drawing and pedagogy. 

 

 

 

 

 

Education:

 

2018 - MFA Studio Art Program, Art&Art History Department, School of Fine Arts, University of  Connecticut, USA

2013 - BFA, Academy of Arts, Visual Arts, Painting Department, Novi Sad, Serbia

2009 - Graduated from Art High School, Conservation and Restoration Department, Uzice, Serbia

 

Selected Exibitions:

(*solo)

 

2018  -   artists and allies, signs and symbols, NYC, NY, USA; 

2018  -   Close Third Person, LMAK Gallery, NYC, NY, USA;

2018  -   Dream Logic, Alexey von Schlippe Gallery, Groton, CT, USA;

2018  -   Close Third Person, The William Benton Museum of Art, Storrs, CT, USA;

2017  -  The Red Chair, Dixon Place, NYC, NY, USA;

2017  -  The Red Chair, Artspace, New Haven, CT, USA;

2017  -  Student Art Exhibition, Wilbur Cross, Storrs, CT, USA;

2016  -  Student Union Art Gallery, Art&Art History Department, University of Connecticut, CT, USA;

2015  -  XII International Graphic Art Biennal Dry Point, City Gallery, Uzice, Serbia;

2015  -  *Solo exhibition as a part of 3 Person Exhibition, City Gallery, Uzice, Serbia; 

2015  -  Film Premiere: Klackalica / Seesaw, Contemporary Art Museum, Novi Sad, Serbia;

2015  -  Short Animated Film NO LIMIT- Daj 5 za bolji svijet / High 5 for better world, screened  at Lisinski Hall, Zagreb, Croatia;

2014  -  *Play Empties Playground, Independent Art Association IZBA, Novi Sad, Serbia;

2014  -  XXVI Regional Salon of Visual Arts Uzice, City Gallery Uzice, Uzice, Serbia;

2014  -  November Salon of Visual Arts 2014, City Gallery Kraljevo, Kraljevo, Serbia;

2014  -  V International exhibition  Art in Miniature MajdanArt 2014, Gallery Matice iseljenika i Srba u regionu, Belgrade, Serbia;

2014  -  Ljudi Ljudima / People to People, MIXER Festival, Belgrade, Serbia;

2014  -  Novi Sad Open Art (NOA), Cultural Center of Novi Sad, Novi Sad, Serbia;

2014  -  The 2nd International Graphics Exhibition, Gallery Marzik, Kraljevo, Serbia;

2013  -  Second Graphic Triennial, Cultural Information center, , Skopje, Macedonia;

2013  -  Работилница Софија, International Printing Colony group exhibition, Bogdanci, Macedonia;

2013  -  Majska izlozba mladih / May Youth Exhibition, Gallery ОКО, Novi Sad, Serbia;

2013  -  XI International Dry Point Biennale, City Gallery Uzice, Serbia;

2013  -  39.Paleta mladih / 39th Youth Palette, Cultural Center Art Gallery, Vrbas, Serbia;

2013  -  Oni koji dolaze / Young Artists Who Are Coming, City Gallery Uzice, Serbia;

2013  -  XVII Biennale of Student Drawing, Student Cultural Center, New Belgrade, Serbia;

2012  -  Campus Fest Exhibition, Novi Sad, Serbia;

2012  -  3rd International Biennale of World Student Photography, Novi Sad, Serbia;

2012  -  Student Painting Exhibition, Academy of Arts, Novi Sad, Serbia;

2011  -  XVI Biennale of Student Drawing, Student Cultural Center; Gallery Hol, Fortress, Novi Sad, Serbia;

2011  -  Student Photography Exhibition, FKV of Vojvodina, Novi Sad, Serbia;

2010  -  Oni koji dolaze / Young Artists Who Are Coming, City Gallery Uzice, Serbia;

2006  -  7th International Meeting of Juvenile Art, Evora, Portugal;

2005  -  6th International Meeting of Juvenile Art, Evora, Portugal;

2005  -  Group exhibition at the 34th Vuk's Gathering in Trsic, Serbia;

2005  -  Group Exhibition at the National Library Vicentije Rakic in Paracin, Serbia;

 

Film Festivals:

 

2018 -  Balkanima 2018, 15th European Animated Film Festival, Student Cultural Center, Belgrade, Serbia (Sisterhood, Director: Jelena Prljevic)

2018 -   SEE a Paris 2018 (South-East European Film Festival) 8th edition, Paris, France (Sisterhood, Director: Jelena Prljevic);

2018 -   ProFi Fest, 7th International Movie Festival in ProkupljeProkuplje, Serbia (Sisterhood, Director: Jelena Prljevic);

2018  -  Athens Animfest, Athens, Greece (Sisterhood, Director: Jelena Prljevic);

2016  -  Athens Animfest, Athens, Greece (Seesaw, Director: Mina Cvetinovic);

2015  -  See a Paris, Paris, France (Seesaw, Director: Mina Cvetinovic);

2015  -  Fantoche 13th International Animation Film Festival, Baden, Switzerland (Seesaw, Director: Mina Cvetinovic);

2015  -  Kocevje Film Autumn, Kocevje, Slovenia (Seesaw, Director: Mina Cvetinovic);

2015  -  Kraljevo Film Festival, Kraljevo, Serbia (Seesaw, Director: Mina Cvetinovic);

2015  -  Cinema City International Film Festival, Novi Sad, Serbia (Seesaw, Director: Mina Cvetinovic);

2014  -  Balkanima 2014, 11th European Animated Film Festival, Student Cultural Center, Belgrade, Serbia  (Be Angry, Man!,  Director: Jelena Prljevic and Doris Milesevic);

2013  -  SHORTZ 2013, 4th International Short Video/Film Festival, Academy of Arts, Novi Sad, Serbia (Be Angry,  Man!, Director: Jelena Prljevic and Doris Milesevic);

 

Awards:

 

2018  -  Joan and George Cole MFA Award, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, USA;

2017  -  The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, Montreal, Canada;

2017  -  Dean Jerome M. Birdman Schoolarship for academic accomplishment and artistic promise, University of Connecticut, CT, USA;

2017  -  Awarded with Dositeja scholarship as one of the best students in Serbia who are studying abroad, Belgrade, Serbia;

2016  -  Dean's Development Fund Award, University of Connecticut, School of Fine Arts, Storrs, CT, USA;

2016  -  David Marshall Schoolarship for fully funded residency at the Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC, USA;

2016  -  Award Rhoda Shivers Memorial  for past academic achievement and potential for academic and professional  accomplishment, University of Connecticut, USA;

2016  -  Awarded with Dositeja scholarship as one of the best students in Serbia who are studying abroad, Belgrade,  Serbia;

2015  -  Award for the best animaton movie for 2015, SEE a Paris 2015, France - Jelena Prljević: Expert consultant for the set construction (creating characters

                  armatures, set construction, creating hairstyles for characters, animation  of the black-haired girl in the spring scene, paint out of the spring scene) and

                  children's workshop coordinator  (Seesaw, Director: Mina Cvetinovic);

2014  -  V International exhibition  Art in Miniature MajdanArt 2014 - Jury Praise, Serbia

2013  -  Award Bosko Petrovic, Academy of Arts Novi Sad for the best visual art piece in the painting department, Serbia;

2013  -  Award Bogomil Karlavaris, Academy of Arts Novi Sad for achieved success in the field of art pedagogy, Serbia;

2013  -  Winner of 70 best Serbian student’s award organized by European movement, Serbia;

2012  -  Certified by the Fund for scholarships and encouraging the advancement of talented students, young  scientists and artists of the University of Novi Sad;

2012  -  Sponsored and awarded as one of the best Students from the area of Uzice, Regional Chamber of Commerce  and Sponsors, Uzice, Serbia

2012  -  University of Novi Sad Award for the successful 2010/2011 academic year

2011  -  Praise of XVI Biennale of Student Drawing, Serbia;

2011  -  University of Novi Sad Award for the successful 2009/2010 academic year;

2006  -  Golden Medal Winner, International Meeting of Juvenile Art, Evora, Portugal;

 

Residencies:

 

2016  -  Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC, USA 

2013  -  Printmaking Workshop Sofija, International Printing Colony, Bogdanci, Macedonia;

2010  -  Orthodox Icon Painting Workshop, Grza, Serbia;

 

Professional Experience:

 

2015/2018          Research and Gallery Assistant  at  the Contemporary Art Galleries (CAG)

                                    University of Connecticut, Art and Art History Department, School of Fine Art

                                    Duties: Assist Supervisor in preparation and installation of art exhibits  Supervisor: Barry Rosenberg  
                                      
2015                        Teaching Assistant at the University of Connecticut, Art and Art History Department,  School of Fine Arts

                                    Course: Drawing I;   Supervisor: Ray DiCapua

2014/2015          Co-founder of an artist-run space DrawIn, Novi Sad, Serbia      DrawIn Website

2014                        Studio Assistant for Norwegian artist Pushwagner, Novi Sad, Serbia

                                    Studio assistance for digital correction and preservation of artists's works 

2014                        Expert consultant for set design and construction for a short animated film Klackalica / Seesaw, Animated Film Workshop Izbanimaonica, Novi Sad,
 
                                    Serbia;  Director: Mina Cvetinovic

 2014                       Director of NO LIMIT- Daj 5 za bolji svijet / High 5 for a Better World ,  Klub Dobre Vibracije, Zagreb, Croatia;      

 

 

 

 

 

Photo Credit: Ting Zhou