Critical Conversations in Russian Studies: ProfessionART: Art Without Borders

Friday, February 10, 2023

12:00 P.M.

Location: Online

A collaboration between Russian Studies Workshop at IU and the Museum of Nonconformist Art in St. Petersburg, Russia, ProfessionART was a dynamic professionalization program for artists with disabilities. Five U.S.-based artists and five Russia-based artists worked with each other and with international art professionals in a series of workshops on artistic research, applying for projects, social media promotion, and others. The project culminated in a collaborative exhibition at the Museum of Nonconformist Art showcasing ten new artworks. Join ProfessionART team members and artists as we share highlights of the cultural exchange and its impact on disability art communities worldwide. 

RSW Co-Director Sarah Phillips will moderate the discussion amongst  panelists Anastasia Patsey, Alena Levina, Anna Lyubimova and Mike Cannata. The event will be in both English and Russian with live simultaneous intrpretation. 

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Panelists + Moderator


Michael Cannata is an interdisciplinary artist mostly working with ceramics, metal, 2D media and found items. He was born in Chicago and attended Elgin Community College; he later transferred to The New York State School of Ceramics at Alfred University and received his BFA with honors.


Alena Levina is an artist, independent curator, researcher, and feminist activist highlighting women with disabilities.


Anna Lyubimova is an author, illustrator, artist, and graduate of the St Petersburg Saint Petersburg Stieglitz State Academy of Art and Design. She works primarily as an author and an illustrator.


Anastasia Patsey is the Director of Museum of Nonconformist Art, St. Petersburg Art Residency, Art-centre "Pushkinskaya-10," the curator of 2,04 gallery, and an independent international curator.

photo of Sara Phillips

Sarah Phillips is Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Robert F. Byrnes Russian and East European Institute at Indiana University.