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Lecture: “Hierotopy, Spatial Icons and Image- Paradigms,” Professor Alexei Lidov, The Department of Art History, April 18

The Department of Art History at the University of  Chicago cordially invites you to a lecture on

Monday April 18th:

Professor Alexei Lidov  “Hierotopy, Spatial Icons and Image-  Paradigms”

Professor Lidov is the Director of Research at the  Institute for World Culture at the Lomonosov Moscow  State University and founder and Director of the  Research Centre for Eastern Christian Culture in  Moscow.

Reception in honor of Prof. Lidov at 4:30pm  [Cochrane-Woods Art Center ground floor  Lounge]

Prof. Lidov’s Lecture will begin at 5:00pm  [Cochrane-Woods Art Center, Room 152]

Department of Art History  University of Chicago  5540 S Greenwood Ave  Chicago IL, 60637



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The Drisha Arts Fellowship, Drisha Institute for Jewish Education, New York

Read about the Drisha Arts Fellowship Program in the Forward.

Debra Nussbaum CohenTanya Fredman 2009-10Dages Keates Dancingtrio 2009-10Lori Leifer playing


The Drisha’s Arts Fellowship Program aims to revitalize the Jewish community by producing Jewishly knowledgeable artists. Women who are creative writers, visual artists, musicians, and performers are invited to apply. Drisha encourages the Arts Fellows to integrate their work with their Jewish learning and experience.

Arts Fellows who learn full time at Drisha receive a tuition waiver and may apply for a stipend. Arts Fellows who learn part time receive a tuition waiver and may apply for a financial award at the end of their year of learning.

Artists come from a range of diverse backgrounds in Jewish learning and have the opportunity to select a group of classes appropriate to their level. Some artists take skill-based classes in Biblical Hebrew and Bible in our Yesodot Skill-Building program. Those with a more extensive background in learning may join our Beit Midrash or Scholars Circle programs and study Talmud and halakha as well as Bible. Click here to learn more about these programs.

In addition to committing to a select group of regular Drisha classes, all of the arts fellows attend a dynamic text class once a week designed to enrich their work and deepen their relationship with the Torah. This class also gives fellows the opportunity to spend time in the beit midrash (library) doing research for independent projects. Open only to Arts Fellows, this class serves to foster a strong bond among them.

Arts fellows meet at “salons” every week to share and discuss their work. Arts Fellows also present their work to the Drisha community throughout the year, and perform, read, or showcase their work at an event that takes place in June. Collaborations are encouraged.

2007-2008 Arts Fellow and poet Carly Sachs reflects:

“This year it dawned on me that until I arrived at Drisha I had never found this type of community in all of my writing or Jewish experiences. I was always the lone writer or the lone Jew depending on which group I found myself in. Being at Drisha has strengthened my passion for integrating who I am as a Jew into my writing. Drisha has given me a rich context that inspires and informs my poetry. I’m very grateful to be part of this kind of program where we are encouraged to share our passions, fears, processes, and help each other as we learn and grow as Jews and as artists. As a writer, I’m very excited to be learning Biblical Hebrew which allows me, finally, to engage in texts that I would have otherwise thought were closed to me.”


For more information about applying to or supporting the program, please contact Jaime Wynn, Arts Fellowship Coordinator.

Download the Arts Fellowship application.


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Art: “Adventures of Light: Voytek Glinkowski and His Students,” Opening Reception with Artists, The Polish Museum of America, April 14


An exhibit by Voytek Glinkowski and his students – April 14 to April 21, 2011


Contact: Monika Nowak

Tel. 773-384-3352 ext. 103, e-mail:




Thursday, April 14, 2011

6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.


Join us for a special and fun-filled Polish Museum of America (PMA) fundraising event

Opening Reception with the artists

Adventures of Light: Voytek Glinkowski and His Students

The exhibition will feature intriguing paintings and drawings – poetic light impressions of colorful landscapes, flowers, still life and figure compositions – by the talented Voytek Glinkowski and his students: Beth Boyd, Margaret Boyd, Olga Dolgun, Carole Gilberg, Inna Goldman, Joyce O’Callaghan, Natalia Osipova.  

Works will be for sale, and 30% of the price will be donated to the PMA Art Gallery Renovation Fund.

Exhibition until April 20th .

Performance by acclaimed Jazz singer Agnieszka Iwańska at 8:00 p.m.

Flavors of Kasia’s Deli and Żywiec Beer.

One free drink will be served.

Live music and a cash bar.

Admission: $ 10 for Museum members, $ 15 for non-members.

All proceeds will support the PMA Art Gallery Renovation Fund.

Renovation is taking place and the grand re-opening

of the Stephen and Elizabeth Ann Kusmierczak Art Gallery is scheduled forNovember 2011.

The PMA boasts a world class, unique collection of Polish art not to be missed.

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Lecture: “Preserving Sacred Cultural Heritage of the Republic of Macedonia,” Pance Velkov, SAIC, February 28

Pance Velkov Lecture

Mon, February 28, 6pm – 8pm

Where McLean Center Ballroom (112 Michigan Ballroom)
Description Pance Velkov will give a lecture to students faculty and staff.

The lecture will focus on the current problems related to conservations of some of the most important churches and mosques in the republic of Macedonia. The country possesses some of the finest medieval frescoes in the world and the most important Ottoman heritage in Europe after Turkey.

Any person with a disability who would like to request an accommodation for this program should contact Campus Life at 312.629.6880 or email as soon as possible to allow adequate time to make proper arrangements.

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“Enchanting Kyiv” – 8th Annual Fundraiser and Live & Silent Auction, Ukranian Institute of Modern Art, March 5

The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art invites everyone to celebrate “Enchanting Kyiv” – 8th Annual Fundraiser and Live & Silent Auction.

2320 W. Chicago Ave.
6:30pm Cocktails & Hors d’oeuvres
Admission: $40 per person, $75 per couple
RSVP March 1st by calling us at (773) 227-5522 or email

Some auction items can be viewed here.

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Art Exhbit: Selected Works from Bohdan Kowalsky Collection, Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, February 13 – April 10

Selected Works from Bohdan Kowalsky Collection

February 13 – April 10, 2011

Opening Reception: Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 1pm

The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art is pleased to present an exhibition of the late Bohdan Kowalsky’s collection, bequeathed to UIMA in 2008. The exhibition includes works by Polish, Ukrainian and Ukrainian-American artists, such as Archipenko, Nowosielski, Gritchenko, Trusz, Hnizdovsky, Solovij, Milonadis, Urban and many others. His collection of art of Ukrainian artists and artists of Ukrainian descent dates to the nineteen fifties. It is of a sizable accumulation of works consisting of paintings, sculptures, lithographs, wood cuts and drawings.

Bohdan Kowalsky was born in the city of Bryslav, western Ukraine, in 1923. Here he attended school and as a young man he was primarily interested in sports, especially the game of soccer. He was also one of the leaders of occupation resistance group that was involved in sabotaging the communist militia outposts by throwing hand grenades at night into the compounds. During the German occupation similar incidents occurred.

At the age of twenty he joined the Ukrainian Division Galizien which fought against the advancing Russian Army in 1944 during World War II. Luck was on his side as he avoided the battle of Brody thus escaping death or imprisonment by being hospitalized because of an appendicitis attack. Out of the eleven thousand men engaged in the battle only three thousand broke through the Russian army encirclement.

After the war he lived in a displaced person camp in Germany. From there he immigrated to the United States and settled in New York. With the arrival of new immigrants from Europe after 1947 the Ukrainian community became very active culturally. It staged plays, organized literary evenings and art exhibitions. Bohdan Kowalsky mostly frequented the art shows and by 1956 his collection consisted of more than two hundred artworks. These were mostly paintings, sculptures and graphics of artists who were residing in the city and the surrounding suburbs. He was mainly interested in the art work of Jacques Hnizdovsky, (paintings and wood cuts), Jurij Solovij (paintings), Liuboslav Hutsaliuk (paintings) and Gregor Kruk (sculpture).

In 1963 he moved to Chicago where he also encountered an active art group headed by two sculptors, Konstantin Milonadis and Mychajlo Urban.

In Chicago Bohdan Kowalsky became interested in a completely different aspect of art. Here he became familiar with artists who were graduates of the Art Institute of Chicago and who created a different type of art, more avant-garde. At the same time he continuously kept in contact with artists in New York. He also visited the sculptor Gregor Kruk in Munich, Germany and the painter Jerzy Nowosielski in Krakow, Poland.

In 1971 a nonprofit tax-exempt cultural institution, the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, was founded by Dr. Achilles Chreptowsky and the two artists Konstantin Milonadis and Mychajlo Urban. Kowalsky became part of this art scene. He visited the art exhibits, bought art and attended concerts, lectures and literary readings.

The exhibition runs through April 10, 2011.

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Art Exhibit by Volodymyr Ilchyshyn, Ukrainian National Museum, February 4 – February 27

“Art Exhibit by Volodymyr Ilchyshyn”

Opens Friday, Feb 4 at 7 pm and continues through Feb 27, 2011

The Ukrainian National Museum is beginning 2011 with an exciting new exhibit featuring the art of the young and gifted Volodymyr Ilchyshyn. Pencil drawings, silver tips and oil paintings will be showcased in the exhibit.

Ilchyshyn’s love of architecture is shown in the many churches, cathedrals and buildings featured in his work. The St. Ignatius senior’s work has been featured in the “Gallery” of St. Ignatius Magazine. Ilchyshyn has studied with professional artists Yulia Tkachuk, Anatolij Khmara, Walter Monastyretsky and Father Jim Vorwoldt

Live music will be provided by Vasyl Ilchуshyn, Volodymyr’s younger brother, on the piano during the opening night. For driving instructions, visit our museum website at

Ukrainian National Museum, 2249 W. Superior St., Chicago, IL 60612 (312) 421-8020

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Educator Workshop: Ukrainian Art, History, and Cultures around the World, January 28

Educator Workshop: Ukrainian History, Art, and Cultures around the World

Presented by the Ukrainian National Museum and the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art

Ukrainian National Museum
2249 W. Superior
Chicago, IL 60612

Free with pre-registration; 6 CPDUs Offered!

Chicago hosts a wide-range of cultural institutions, many of whose resources are rarely tapped into by K-12 teachers. Through internationalizing curricula, students obtain a global perspective and think more critically about their surrounding world. In this workshop, the Ukrainian National Museum and the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art will serve as models for how you and your teachers might utilize the (more than 25) cultural institutions in the Chicagoland area to help further internationalize your school’s curricula.

This workshop will include a presentation of K-12 lessons on Ukrainian history, art, and culture, as well as tours of the two museums. The professional development day is applicable to teachers interested in thinking about new ways to incorporate world cultures into their curriculum. While the focus of the workshop will be on Ukraine, themes addressed can be integrated into general lesson plans to add cultural content.

This event is co-sponsored by the University of Chicago Center for International Studies (CIS) and Center for Eastern European and Russian/Eurasian Studies (CEERES), the Ukrainian National Museum, Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, and the Chicago Cultural Alliance (CCA). For more information, contact Jamie Bender at

Register on the website.

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Art: Light of the Winter Star, Vassilen Vasevski and Alexander Telalim, Ukrainian National Museum, December 3-26

Alexander Telalim  & Vassi Vasevski
Opens Friday, Dec. 3rd at 7 pm. Continues through Dec. 26th 2010
The Ukrainian National Museum is pleased to invite you to attend the opening of LIGHT OF THE WINTER STAR Oil Painting and Watercolor by Alexander Telalim & Vassi Vasevski on Friday, December 3, 2010 at 7 pm.
Exhibit continues through December 26, 2010.
Vassi Vasevski and Alexander Telalim are friends and have much in common. They are both Bulgarian born and have achieved Masters degrees from the Academy of Fine Arts in Sofia, Bulgaria. Both have had their works exhibited widely across Europe and have shared their considerable talents broadly in the American art arena. This will be their fourth show together (New York 2007, Sofia 2009 and Chicago 2010.)
For driving instructions, visit our museum website at
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Art: Svitlana & Vasyl Yarych, Ukrainian Intitute of Modern Art

Svitlana & Vasyl Yarych
Nov. 5 2010 – Jan. 31 2011

The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art presents the works of Ukrainian husband and wife artists in the upcoming exhibition ‘Vasyl and Svetlana Yarech’.  Both Vasyl and Svetlana are independently-active artists in their hometown of L’viv, Ukraine, and UIMA is pleased to provide its Chicago audience with the opportunity for a glimpse into the contemporary art scene of one of Ukraine’s most artistically-progressive city centers.

The couple’s separate works are drastically different, however both artists’ works gain an unexpected harmony and balance when side by side.  Svetlana’s watercolors are planes of bold color, spontaneously mapped out into a network of furtive imagery and thoughtfully-detailed line work.  Her experience with textile and fashion design becomes apparent in the tactile, vaguely patterned quality of her work.  Yarech’s sculptures, in contrast, are careful and deliberate.  He remains true to the formalist figure (in the vein of Alexander Archipenko), but with a greater sense of narrative and personification.  He is a very skilled in the full range of materials he employs-bronze, wood, stone- achieving a graceful, complex form in every finished piece.

Svetlana Yarech (b. 1960 in Kremenets, Ukraine) currently serves as Assistant Professor at the Lviv Academy of Arts’ Department of Clothing Design, and exhibits her work throughout Ukraine.  Vasyl Yarech (b. 1951 in the Ivano-Frankivsk region) is a graduate of the Lviv Academy of Arts, and has since completed a number of public sculptures and monuments throughout France and Ukraine, and continues to exhibit his work internationally.

The exhibition runs through January 31, 2011.

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