June 13, 2017 at 16:00, in dedication of the 200th anniversary of the South Ukrainian K. Ushynskiy Pedagogical University and the 165th birthday of Kiriak Kostandi, the Branch of the Hellenic Foundation for Culture will host a presentation of the exhibition of works by instructors from the Department of Visual and Graphic Art at the South Ukrainian K. Ushynskiy Pedagogical University.
“… the Universe of Freedom and Love”, M. Voloshin
The exhibition will feature paintings, graphic works, sculptures, fabric paintings, pieces of artistic weaving and ceramic work.
“The Odessa Department of Visual and Graphic Art is the oldest institution of higher education, which has been providing education and training of instructors in visual arts and crafts. Teachers from the department included prominent artists of Odessa of the second half of the twentieth century such as V. Gegamyan, V. Efimenko, A. Loza, O. Sleshinskiy, V. Filipenko and I. Logvin. Today, instructors at the department offer classes in panel and monumental painting (S. Krizhevskaya, N. Pakhomova-Vlasova, S. Lozovskiy, P. Nagulyak, V. Kabachenko, N. Loza), sculpture (A. Pismichenko), history and theory of arts (prof. O. Tarasenko), and crafts including tapestry (Z. Borisyuk), fabric painting (L. Bogachuk) and paper art (T. Kovalchuk). The program of study is based on an academic tradition grounded in the humanistic legacy of the ancient Classics and Renaissance, in which the image of a person is the main idea and measure of things.
The exhibition of artworks of the instructors from the Department of Visual and Graphic Art is dedicated to the 165th birthday of Kiriak Kostandi and continues the theme of the international project “Ode to the Sea”, initiated by Greek instructors and students from the University of Thessaloniki, whose exhibition of the same title took place at the Hellenic Foundation for Culture a year ago. In May 2017 students of the Department of Visual and Graphic Art from Odessa entered into a dialogue with their like-minded colleagues and presented their works executed in different genres and techniques”