Originally from the northern woods of Minnesota, Tonja Torgerson received her MFA in Printmaking at Syracuse University and her BFA from the University of Minnesota. Her artwork is regularly exhibited nationally and internationally; and is included the several private and museum collections, including the Weisman Art Museum and the Minnesota Museum of American Art. Her recent work deals with death and the impermanent nature of the body.
Torgerson has been a resident artist at West Virginia Wesleyan College, the Lawrence Arts Center, Fogo Island, and New York Mills, Minnesota. She currently lives in Kansas City and is the Print Studio Manager for the Lawrence Arts Center in Lawrence, Kansas.
Resident Projects at Artists Image Resource
Artists Image Resource was established in 1996 to serve as a laboratory for artists, educators, and the community. AIR’s mission is to integrate the creation of fine art prints with educational programs that explore the role of the artist in contemporary culture. In the 1990’s, as printmaking and photography incorporated digital imaging and information technologies into the field, AIR developed as an active print and imaging resource that made new and old technologies dynamically available to artists and educators alike. AIR’s primary activities are to initiate and facilitate projects with professional artists and to create active laboratory environments where artists, students, and the public interact and explore new ways of thinking about and making art. Current Programs include:
Professional artists are invited each year to create large scale print and digital artwork at AIR with the goal of creating new work through open-ended residencies that encourage and stimulate the artist to explore new directions. AIR serves as an incubator for projects, emphasizing experimentation and exploration.