Historians of Russian and Soviet Art

We asked Elena Varshavskaya, who teaches art history at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and Eastern Connecticut State University, and who directs the art programs run by SRAS, a simple question: “If a student came to you and said that they were interested in Russian or Soviet art but were unsure where to […]

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The Malevich Society Grants

The Malevich Society is pleased to announce its grant competition. The Malevich Society is a not-for-profit organization based in New York dedicated to advancing knowledge about the Russian artist Kazimir Malevich and his work. In the belief that Malevich was a pioneer of modern art, and should be recognized for his key contributions to the […]

Dariya Yev Creates on SRAS Program

SRAS graduate Dariya Yev created several pieces while abroad with SRAS on the Art and Museums in Russia program in St. Petersburg. This is one piece she chose to share with us: Here is what the artist has to say about her creation: This particular painting in July of 2011 occurred as I was planted […]

NGOs, Charities, and Other Organizations

The Russian-American Cultural Center in New York offers annual auctions and an online gallery with a range of Russian artists represented. The Museum Association of Russia is an NGO serving the interests of curators and museums. ProArt is an NGO promoting contemporary culture in St. Petersburg by sponsoring festivals and a variety of education programs. NewNames […]

Government Sponsered Organizations

“Official Art” – Government Sponsored Agencies The Ministry of Culture and Mass Communication (MinCult) is a federal body responsible for the development of state policy and normative legal regulations in the sphere of culture, art, cinematography, archiving, mass media, mass communications, and “inter-ethnic relations.” The Ministry may propose laws concerning these issues for consideration by […]

Faith Seim: The Drama of Russia

Faith Seim, after studying at for an academic year (1999-2000) at Moscow State University with SRAS, applied to and was accepted to study film direction at the All-Russian State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK). She eventually went on to work in the studios of RAMKO/Russian-American Movie Company, a Moscow-based film company specializing in producing films “for the international market” and […]

Program Review: Art and Museums in Russia

Russia was a completely extreme experience for me, and one that I will never forget. Every day our group visited numerous works of priceless art from the smallest Scythian pendant, to the largest bell ever created in Moscow. My first impression of St. Petersburg was a sort of confusion. I had spent a few summers […]

Program Review: Art and Museums in Russia

As soon as we stepped outside of the airport and into Russia, I was surprised by just how different from anything I had ever seen it was. Everything is built and maintained so grandly here. I’m from around New York City, where we build upwards and sleek and fast, with NO attention to color or […]

Susanna Weygandt: GITIS Attendee

Susanna Weygandt is an acting student at Bryn Mawr College who is studying currently at GITIS. SRAS: Introduce yourself to us, what is your background and what are your future plans? Susanna: I started taking Russian at Bryn Mawr College in fall of 2002. I studied one summer in Vladimir with another program after my […]

Amanda Rae Jones: MXAT American Studio Graduate

Amanda Rae Jones is a graduate of the “American Studio” acting program offered through the Moscow Art Theatre (MXAT). The program remains prestigious even after almost a century of existence. The theatre itself was home to Konstantin Stanislavski, whose theories of acting, the first in their time to fully integrate psychology and social sciences into […]

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