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Endi Poskovic

Endi Poskovic

Professor, School of Art & Design

Faculty Associate, Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies
Faculty Associate, Center for European Studies-Europan Union Center

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Office: 1025 AA
Phone: (734) 763-6358
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Curriculum Vitae

MFA (Printmaking), State University of New York at Buffalo, 1993 BFA (Graphic Arts), The University of Sarajevo-Academy of Fine Arts, 1990 Diploma in Applied Arts (Art and Design), Sarajevo School of Applied Arts, 1986

Biography

Born in Sarajevo, Endi Poskovic studied music, art and design from an early age and during the 1980s performed traditional music of the Balkans at music festivals throughout Europe and the Middle East. Upon completing his B.F.A. at the Academy of Fine Arts, the University of Sarajevo, Poskovic studied Nynorsk language and culture in Norway for an entire year on a Norwegian Government sponsored Minnefindet Scholarship. From Norway, Poskovic moved to the United States to study at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he earned his M.F.A.

Prior to joining the University of Michigan faculty in 2008, Poskovic taught at Whittier College in Los Angeles for eleven years as a tenured Associate Professor. He has served on the faculty at Columbia College Chicago, Ball State University, California State University-Long Beach, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and Daemen College. An avid connoisseur of all things printed and the promoter of the concept of a ubiquitous print culture, Poskovic has lectured extensively at well over 40 universities throughout the United States and abroad. His printmaking courses are placed into an environment of comparative and interdisciplinary learning and frequently team-taught with a range of creative writing, environmental studies, engineering, political science and history courses.

In his graphic work, Poskovic employs the classic mokuhanga of ukiyo-e artists, while making visual reference to such disparate influences as early 20th-century devotional pictures, primitive strategies of early cinema, and hard-edged Eastern European propaganda posters. Merging visual representation with text, Poskovic shifts the reading of the print by providing an unexpected new context, forcing the viewer to continually reinterpret. Reminiscent of youthful whimsy and playful fantasy, hybridized narratives of toy-like objects and fantastic landscapes in Poskovic’s work imply stories from personal and social histories, referencing themes of displacement, shifting cultural identities, environmental transformation, migration, and alienation—all of which are presented in images that are as dystopian as they are magnificent.

Over the course of his career, Poskovic has received numerous prestigious grants and fellowships, including the John D. Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center, Italy; the Open Studio Centre, Canada, the Durfee Foundation, the Flemish Ministry of Culture, Frans Masereel Centrum, Belgium; the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art; the McColl Center for Visual Arts; Can Serrat International Art Centre, Spain; the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts; Kala Art Institute; Valparaiso Foundation, Spain; Pollock-Krasner Foundation; MacDowell Colony; the Camargo Foundation, France; the Indiana Arts Commission; Art Matters Foundation; the New York State Arts Council; the Norwegian Government as well as research funding from the University of Michigan OVPR, the Confucius Institute and the Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies.

Widely exhibited, Poskovic has represented the United States at major international exhibitions for prints, including the Taichung International Print Biennial, Taiwan; Krakow International Print Triennial, Poland; La Biennale Internationale d'Estampe Contemporaine de Trois-Rivières, Canada; Egyptian International Print Triennial; Deutsche Internationale Grafik-Triennale, Frechen (Germany); Tallinn International Triennial (Estonia); Xylon International Triennale (France); Varna Biennale (Bulgaria) and the Ljubljana International Biennale of Graphic Arts (Slovenia). Comprehensive surveys of Poskovic’s prints have been organized by the Philadelphia Print Center (2001); the Plains Art Museum (2001); the Des Moines Art Center (2006); the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art (2007); the Interlochen Arts Academy Dow Center for the Arts (2008); and, again in 2008, by the Frans Masereel Centrum in Belgium, which traveled to Stad Leuven Academie en Conservatorium and Atelier Vrije Grafiek, Academie voor Beeldende Kunst, Ghent.

Poskovic works are represented in the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Royal Antwerp Museum of Fine Arts, Belgium; Centre National des Arts Plastiques, Cairo, Egypt; the Fogg Art Museum-Harvard University; National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts; Republic of China; New Orleans Museum of Art; the Art Institute of Chicago; Orange County Museum of Art, California; the Kennedy Museum of American Art; the University of Iowa Museum of Art; Des Moines Art Center; Tampa Museum of Fine Arts; Vaasa Ostrobothnian Museum, Finland; and the Musée d'Art Contemporain Fernet Branca-Saint-Louis, France.

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