SF Rec and Park Art Teacher Wins New American Paintings Selection

Maja Ruznic is the noteworthy painter of the juried exhibition-in-print

SAN FRACISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) proudly announced today Maja Ruznic, RPD’s Arts Afterschool program, has been selected as a noteworthy painter for New American Paintings, a juried exhibition-in-print.

“SF Rec and Park is proud of what Maja has accomplished as an artist and an art teacher,” said Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec and Park General Manager.  “We are thrilled to have such a respected artist who is generous to share her talent and pass on her artistic skills to children and families at our recreation centers.”

According to New American Paintings, the organization was founded in 1993 as an experiment in art publishing, and with more than five thousand artists reviewed every year, it now has become United States’ most established series of artist competitions.  Maja Ruznic was in the competition which the juror was Anne Ellegood, a well-respected curator at Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, California.  Maja has been drawing and painting people, objects and memories that resonate with her childhood refugee experience.

Maja Ruznic was born in 1983, in Bosnia and Hercegovina.  She left her war-torn homeland in 1992 and arrived to the United States in 1995 as a refugee seeking asylum.  Ruznic holds two bachelor degrees from University of California, Berkeley, one in Social Welfare with an emphasis on Psychology and the other in Art Practice.  She received her Master of Fine Arts from the California College of the Arts in 2009.

More about Maja Ruznic and her art work, please visit her website at http://www.ontheedgeofreason.com/index.html

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