We are happy to announce that this academic year Magdalena Abakanowicz University of the Arts Poznan is hosting the Fulbright scholar Lydia Bodnar-Balahutrak, an artist from Houston, Texas.
Lydia is a visual artist and educator with a successful career in exhibiting her works as well as teaching. Since receiving a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from George Washington University, Washington, D.C. she has participated in national and international cataloged exhibitions, lectured widely, and taught studio classes at the University of Houston and the Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Lydia’s works can be found in museums and private collections in the U.S.A., Canada and Europe. After being awarded an IREX grant in 1991 to travel to Ukraine, her ancestral homeland, Lidya has been exploring narrative and metaphor in art, combining collage, text, and figuration, and addressing cultural and socio-political issues filtered through her Ukrainian American sensibility.
The Fulbright grant focuses on a collaborative study of socio-political art created by contemporary Ukrainian artists, as well as refugee Ukrainian artists currently living in Poland.
After completing the Fulbright grant, Lydia Bodnar-Balahutrak is going to publish a multilingual book documenting the findings, to deliver a series of lectures based on the material gathered in Poland, as well as to present videos for public showings.
A more detailed information can be found at www.LydiaBodnarBalahutrak.com and https://fulbright.edu.pl/current-american-grantees/.