My Alma Mater:

After receiving my bachelors degree in Fine Art from the V.I. Kassian College of Fine Arts in Kosiv, in the beautiful Carpathian Mountains, I was very blessed to be accepted and receive my Master's degree from the most prestigious art school in Ukraine, the Ukrainian National Academy of the Arts in Kiev.

Many Americans know this school because numerous of her graduates are exhibited in American galleries and museums of "Russian Realism and Impressionism." Formerly known as the Kiev Art Institute, the Academy produced such renowned artists as Sergei Bongart, who became famous in America for his bold brush work, vibrant colors, and "expressionistic style," and left a generation of fans and followers of his art all across America.

We students adored our school, located in the central area of Kiev, just in walking distance from the famous St. Sophia's Cathedral, St. Michael's Cathedral, and St. Andrew's Church. It is believed that the school is located on the site of Grand Prince Vladymir's Palace and court in the tenth century A.D., not far from where, according to tradition, the Apostle Andrew preached the Christian Gospel to the people of ancient Kiev. These sacred sites were favorites of students of the Academy in our leisure time.

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