Vesna Jovanovic Portrait

Photo by Jave Yoshimoto, 2016

Vesna Jovanovic is a visual artist who focuses on conceptualizations of the human body. Her drawings and paintings often allude to scientific illustration while addressing what is usually left out: how it feels and what it means to have a body. With drawing as a bodily act and medical illustration as a visual trope, Jovanovic brings phenomenology, biopolitics, and various related concepts into her art.

Born in Chicago, Jovanovic lived in Yugoslavia throughout most of her childhood. During the Yugoslav wars she returned to the U.S. and enrolled in a Chicago public high school where she learned English while acclimating to the new culture. She pursued a BA in Ceramics and later a BS in Chemistry, both at Loyola University Chicago. Upon graduation she took up a job in an R&D laboratory while attending The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she received a BFA in Studio Art. She also received an MFA in Photography from The Ohio State University.

Jovanovic is a recipient of a Ucross Foundation Fellowship; a VCCA Fellowship; an Individual Artist Program grant from the City of Chicago; and two residencies at the Santa Fe Art Institute in New Mexico. Her work has been exhibited at the International Museum of Surgical Science in Chicago; Gordon Center for Integrative Science at the University of Chicago; Haggerty Gallery at the University of Dallas; Delaware Contemporary; and Chashama Gallery in New York among many others, and is included in permanent art collections at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center; International Museum of Surgical Science; and the Koehnline Museum of Art.

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