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Zvezdana Stojmirovic

I teach two courses in the Graphic Design department, one in the Foundation department, and one in the Fiber Department.

Armed with a 1991 Fine Art degree from The Cooper Union, Zvezdana – a native Serb – braved her homeland's wars of the 1990's by working double-time: graphic designer for Bureau and the Brooklyn Children's Museum by day, studio artist at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program by night. She has since forged a career steeped in both fine and commercial arts, showing in New York and Belgrade galleries on the one hand, and practicing graphic design for print and hands-on exhibitions on the other. Often, the two would merge, as in Buka/Noise, a do-it-yourself street poster campaign she mounted in 1998 to expose her country's struggle for social change to Lower Manhattanites.

Armed with a 1991 Fine Art degree from The Cooper Union, Zvezdana – a native Serb – braved her homeland's wars of the 1990's by working double-time: graphic designer for Bureau and the Brooklyn Children's Museum by day, studio artist at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program by night. She has since forged a career steeped in both fine and commercial arts, showing in New York and Belgrade galleries on the one hand, and practicing graphic design for print and hands-on exhibitions on the other. Often, the two would merge, as in Buka/Noise, a do-it-yourself street poster campaign she mounted in 1998 to expose her country's struggle for social change to Lower Manhattanites.

Armed with a 1991 Fine Art degree from The Cooper Union, Zvezdana – a native Serb – braved her homeland's wars of the 1990's by working double-time: graphic designer for Bureau and the Brooklyn Children's Museum by day, studio artist at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program by night. She has since forged a career steeped in both fine and commercial arts, showing in New York and Belgrade galleries on the one hand, and practicing graphic design for print and hands-on exhibitions on the other. Often, the two would merge, as in Buka/Noise, a do-it-yourself street poster campaign she mounted in 1998 to expose her country's struggle for social change to Lower Manhattanites.

Armed with a 1991 Fine Art degree from The Cooper Union, Zvezdana – a native Serb – braved her homeland's wars of the 1990's by working double-time: graphic designer for Bureau and the Brooklyn Children's Museum by day, studio artist at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program by night. She has since forged a career steeped in both fine and commercial arts, showing in New York and Belgrade galleries on the one hand, and practicing graphic design for print and hands-on exhibitions on the other. Often, the two would merge, as in Buka/Noise, a do-it-yourself street poster campaign she mounted in 1998 to expose her country's struggle for social change to Lower Manhattanites.

Bona Fides, her short story and soon-to-be novel about exile in New York, was published in 2003 in Promethean, the literary journal of City College in New York.

Zig Zag Shirts, her debut fashion collection and master's thesis at MICA helped kick off her own brand, under which she plans to produce innovative works of design that establish cultural and professional links across cultures. She is presently researching contemporary Eastern European designers, with the aim of encouraging design-driven business agreements with the US. At MICA, she focuses on helping students locate, build and express their youth culture with the tools of graphic design.

Professional Practice

2001-2004
  • Point Z, Independent Freelance, Graphic Design Practice. Clients include:
  • Crypto, a street-wear company in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn
  • National Audubon Society
  • Children's Museum of Manhattan
  • National Parks Service
  • New York Police Museum
  • United States Department of State
  • Maryland Institute College of Art
  • Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
  • Long Island Children's Museum
1992-2001
  • Art Director, Brooklyn Children's Museum.
1998-2001
  • Art Director, Brooklyn Children's Museum.
  • From 1998 to 2001, I directed a staff of four and various freelancers in the production of exhibition, promotional and educational graphics.
1994-1998
  • Senior Graphic Designer, Brooklyn Children's Museum.
1992-1994
  • Graphic Designer, Brooklyn Children's Museum.
1991-1993
  • Brooklyn Center for the Urban Environment, Educator. Taught and designed materials for high-school programs in design and the urban environment.
1990-1992
  • Brooklyn Historical Society, Designer. Designed exhibitions and educational materials for children.
1990-1993
  • Bureau, Marlene McCarty and Donald Moffett Partners. As an intern, then a designer, I worked on activist posters, as well as publications for art galleries and music labels.

Teaching

2004-2005
  • Maryland Institute College of Art, Adjunct Instructor. Courses taught: Advanced Graphic Design, senior level; Graphic Design and Illustration, Pre-College Program.
2003
  • City University of New York, LaGuardia Community College, Adjunct Instructor. Courses taught: Writing through Literature, Seeing and Writing.
2001
  • Parsons School of Design, Guest Lecturer. The Designer's Ethos.
  • Pratt Institute, Guest Critic. MFA Exhibiton Design Intensive.

Exhibition

2004
  • Galapagos, Brooklyn, New York. Knez and Byzantine Eye, video installations.
  • Raccoon Space, Long Island City, New York. Knez, a video installation
1998
  • Brooklyn Public Library, Central Branch, Brooklyn, New York. Letters/Slova, a solo exhibition.
1997
  • Momenta Art, Brooklyn, New York. Moving Through the Zone of Separation, a solo exhibition.
1996
  • Chamber, New York, New York. Most, a four-person exhibition with Tom Brumley, Yasmina Bouziane and Lexy Funk.
1995
  • Student Cultural Centre, Belgrade, Yugoslavia. Whose Mother Spins Black Wool, a solo exhibition.
1994
  • Whitney Museum of American Art, Independent Study Program. Through the Serbian Mind's Eye, end-of-year exhibition.

Education

2005
  • M.F.A. in Graphic Design, Maryland Institute College of Art.
2002-2003
  • City University of New York, City College, New York. Graduate study in creative writing.
1994
  • Whitney Museum of American Art, Independent Study Program.
1991
  • B.F.A in Fine Arts. The Cooper Union.