Tanya Bakija

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Tanya Bakija
Coordinator of Exhibitions
(269) 387-2467
(269) 387-2477
R1203 Richmond Center, Mail Stop 5213
Mailing address: 
Gwen Frostic School of Art
Western Michigan University
1903 West Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5213
  • M.F.A., Painting, Kendall College of Art & Design
  • B.F.A., Studio Art, Michigan State University

Trained as a studio artist and preparator, Tanya is an accomplished creative problem solver with an interest in exhibition design and curation. Tanya is drawn to the form and function of both art and design, as well as the critical functions art as activism provides communities. Using her experience in university museums and galleries, Tanya enjoys working with students and providing instruction, insight, and encouragement into creative fields beyond the classroom. Tanya joined the Richmond Center in late 2019 and has started developing workshops for students, such as This End Up: Solutions for Fine Art Packing, Storage, and Transport

Before joining the Richmond Center, Tanya was Lead Preparator at the Fed Galleries at Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, MI. During her twelve-year run at KCAD, Tanya worked on many noteworthy and ambitious exhibitions, including Graphic Design: Now in ProductionPulso: Art of the AmericasI AM: Assuming PositionsMichigan Modern: Killing It, the cornerstone exhibition of the DisArtFestival: Art of the Lived Experiment, and ArtPrize exhibitions including winner of best venue in 2013 and 2017: Designed to Win (2013) and Society of Spectacle (2017). Other notable ArtPrize exhibitions include I AM: Money Matters (2014) with artists Mel Chin, Sonya Clark, Steve Lambert, and William Powhida, and Sightlines (2017) including artists Julie Green, Christopher Baker, Alison Stigora and Prince Varughese Thomas. Tanya also curated exhibitions at KCAD, notably Crossing the Rubicon (2014) and Going Pro: Museum-Quality Display Solutions for Students (2019).