NAC Board

The NAC Board is in charge of the vision and quality of the Colony’s activity. The Board reviews and approves NAC’s annual plans and reports, selects the participants of the Artist-in-residence program who receive individual grants, and elects NAC’s directors and oversees their work. Board members (in alphabetical order):

Anders Kreuger-1

Anders Kreuger – curator at M HKA, the Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp, and one of the editors of the art journal Afterall, Board member fromFebruary 1, 2016, to January 31, 2020.

Born in Sweden in 1965, is curator at M HKA, the Antwerp Museum of Contemporary Art (M HKA), and one of the editors of the art journal Afterall. Previously he was director of the Malmö Art Academy and exhibitions curator at Lunds konsthall, both in Sweden, as well as a member of the programme team of the European Kunsthalle in Cologne. In 1997–1999 he was Director of NIFCA, the Nordic Institute of Contemporary Art in Helsinki (1995–99) and of the Nordic Information Office in Vilnius (1991–95). Since 1999, he has been active as an independent curator, writer and lecturer.


Zilvinas Landsbergas

Žilvinas Landzbergas – artist, Board member from February 1, 2014 to January 31, 2018.

Born in 1979, in Kaunas, lives and works in Vilnius. In 1998–2004 he studied sculpture at the Vilnius Academy of Arts and in 2005–2007 he was a resident at the De Ateliers in Amsterdam. Since 2003 Landzbergas has been exhibiting in Lithuania and internationally and has had solo exhibitions at Galerie Fons Welters (2007 and 2013), kim? Contemporary Art Centre, Riga (2011), Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius (2008) and Modern Art Oxford (2005), among other places. The artist’s work has been exhibited in a number of international group shows includingRevisiting footnotes I at the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art, Riga (2013), curated by_vienna: EAST by SOUTH WEST, Vienna (2011), City Without Walls: Vilniusat the Liverpool Biennial (2010), Lunar Distanceat the Museum De Hallen, Haarlem (2009) and Urban stories, the X Baltic Triennial of International Art at the Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius (2009). In 2008 Landzbergas received the Thieme Art Award (the Netherlands).


Julija Reklaite

Dr. Julija Reklaitė – architect, Lithuania’s culture attache in Italy, Board member from February 1, 2014 to January 31, 2018.

Julija Reklaitė (Kšivickaitė) was born in Ignalina. She lives in Vilnius since 1999, where in 2001 finished the Žirmūnai Gymnasium. In 2005 Julija was conferred the Bachelor’s degree at the Faculty of Architecture, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (VGTU), and in 2008 – the Master’s degree at the same Faculty, the Department of Theory and Fundamentals of Architecture. 2008-14 she took the doctorship studies at VGTU. Since 2009 she headed the NGO Architektūros fondas (the Fund of Architecture). Since 2007 Julija is selfemployed as an exhibition architect, works in cooperation with different institutions and artists in Lithuania and abroad. Julija is an author of a few dozens of publicist and science popularization articles, 6 scientific articles, co-author and compiler of 3 books. At present, she lives in Italy working as a cultural attaché.


Kristupas Photo by Kotryna Gurskaitė

Dr. Kristupas Sabolius – philosopher, writer, translator, Associate Professor at the Philosophy Department of Vilnius University, Board member from February 1, 2016 to January 31, 2020.

Born in 1979, in Vilnius. Kristupas Sabolius is a writer and an associate professor of philosophy at Vilnius University (Lithuania). In 2012 he published ‘Furious Sleep. Imagination and Phenomenology’, a study which signalizes the contradictory function of imagination, appearing in all the major theories of Western thought, followed by ‘The Imaginary’ (2013), a book on imagination, technology, virtuality, cinema and art. He teaches courses on contemporary philosophy of art and theories of imagination, co-curated a few shows (at CAC, Vilnius, and Arte Boccanera Contemporanea, Trento, Italy). Sabolius wrote a novel (“Bad Book”, 2006), a few theatre plays, initiated several cultural projects and hosted a TV show on Lithuanian and European Theatre, as well as co-wrote the script for “The Gambler” (2013), a film presented in numerous film festivals worldwide.


DovileTumpytegeras

Dovilė Tumpytė – art critic, curator, PhD student at Vilnius Academy of Arts, Board member from February 1, 2014 to January 31, 2018.

Dovilė Tumpytė (b. 1978, Kaunas) is a curator and culture critic. From 2006 to 2015 she worked as a curator at the National Gallery of Art (NGA, a subdivision of LithuanianArt Museum) and headed the Art Information Centre of the NGA (2007–2011). She (co-)curated exhibition and education projects in Lithuania and abroad, including a curatorial research on Lithuanian art scene of 1960-80s as a part of the international project ‘The Invisible History of Exhibitions. Parallel Chronologies’ (2011, Riga), the international exhibition of film and video art ‘A Million And One Days’ (2010, NGA); projects with emerging artists from Lithuania and other Baltic countries ‘The Ornament: artists about artists’ (2012, NGA), ‘Space Oddity’ (2009, Lille), ‘Down the Rabbit Hole: Meeting the Familiar’ (2008, Tartu; 2009, Riga). In collaboration with other partner-institutions she co-curated and organised the international seminar and workshop series for art specialists ‘Three Uses of the Knife’ (2009, 2010, 2014, Vilnius), a series of guided tours by artists and theoreticians ‘Histories&Meetings’ (2009–2010, NGA), ran curator-in-research program and platform for discussions (Who is afraid of the curator?) (2008–2009, Vilnius). Since 2001 contributes to the Lithuanian culture press, international art exhibition catalogues and other publications. Currently, she is a PhD student in Art Theory (since 2013) at the Vilnius Academy of Arts, focused on the research of contemporary art and culture.


Julijonas Urbonas

Julijonas Urbonas – designer, artist, PhD student at Royal College of Art (London), Vice Rector for Art at Vilnius Academy of Arts, Board member from February 1, 2016 to January 31, 2020.

Born 1981 in Klaipėda. Lives and works in Vilnius, Lithuania. He is an artist, designer, researcher, engineer, Vice-Rector for Art at the Vilnius Academy of Arts, and PhD student in Design Interactions at the Royal College of Art, London. Since childhood he has worked in amusement park development as a designer, engineer, later becoming a CEO of a small park in Klaipėda, Lithuania. Simultaneously, he has been engineering experimental models of amusement rides for alternative reality. Most recently this practice paved the way to his PhD research, known worldwide for one of its experiments: the Euthanasia Coaster, a roller coaster designed to kill the rider pleasantly and elegantly. His work has been exhibited internationally and received many awards, including the Award of Distinction in Interactive Art, Prix Ars Electronica 2010, one the most prestigious awards in media arts. Julijonas Urbonas projects can be found in private and museum collections such as the permanent collection of the Centre for Art and Media Karlsruhe (ZKM).


Gintaute Zemaityte

Dr. Gintautė Žemaitytė – semiotician, art researcher, lecturer at Vilnius Academy of Arts and Vilnius University, Board member from February 1, 2016 to January 31, 2020.

Born in 1973, in Vilnius. Gintautė Žemaitytė is a research fellow at the Institute of Art Research of Vilnius Academy of Arts. In 1998 she graduated from Vilnius University with MA in literary theory; in 2007 defended a PhD thesis “The Aesthetics of Lifestyle Advertising: Visual and Verbal Text” at Vilnius Academy of Arts. Her research field is cultural studies, in particular the research into design and artefacts; her work is based mainly on the semiotic approach. She participates in the process of design PhD studies at Vilnius Academy of Arts; lectures on visual semiotics, plastic semiotics and analysis of advertising at Vilnius Academy of Arts and A. J. Greimas Centre of Semiotics and Literary Theory, Vilnius University.