'Image of Ukraine' Exhibition Opening Reception

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September 14, 2017 @ 5:30 pm
September 14, 2017 @ 7:30 pm
UNC Global
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium
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301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States
These paintings are part of a series on the experiences of women by Olena Zintchouk, a master and innovator of the Petrykivka style of painting.

These paintings are part of a series on the experiences of women by Olena Zintchouk, a master and innovator of the Petrykivka style of painting.

The exhibition Image of Ukraine (Образ України): Exploring Ukrainian Culture through Embroidery and Painting is currently on display at the FedEx Global Education Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

A reception on Thursday, September 14, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., will feature the keynote lecture “Ukrainian Folk Art: Magic and Meaning” by Natalie Kononenko, professor and Kule Chair in Ukrainian Ethnography in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies at the University of Alberta in Canada. Kononenko’s lecture will consider why folk art and heritage are emotionally powerful for so many people. Donald J. Raleigh, Jay Richard Judson Distinguished Professor in the Department of History and director of the Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies, and Oleh Wolowyna, vice president of the Ukrainian Association of North Carolina, will provide welcoming remarks. The lecture will be followed by embroidered fashion demonstrations and Ukrainian food.

This event is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the McCauley Deck underneath the FedEx Global Education Center starting at 5 p.m.

About the Exhibition

Image of Ukraine highlights two traditional Ukrainian folk art forms: vyshyvka, Ukrainian embroidery, and Petrykivka, a Ukrainian style of painting named after its city of origin. Exploring Ukrainian culture through the lens of decorative folk art, the exhibition delves into the history and cultural significance of traditions central to the lives of Ukrainian families both in North Carolina and Ukraine. The exhibition includes numerous examples of traditional embroidery as well as paintings by local Ukrainian artist Olena Zintchouk in the style of Petrykivka. Interviews with the Ukrainian community in North Carolina illustrate how well-known forms of a folk art can be adapted to new settings and help maintain cultural traditions and identity.

Image of Ukraine will be on display at the FedEx Global Education Center from August 22 to December 8, 2017. The FedEx Global Education Center, located at 301 Pittsboro Street in Chapel Hill, is open weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and on select Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The exhibition is hosted by UNC Global and is organized by the Ukrainian Association of North Carolina; the UNC Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies; and Global Relations at UNC. Additional support is provided by UNC’s Center for Global Initiatives, Department of American Studies, and Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures.

Special thanks is extended to the Ukrainian American Club of Southwest Florida for allowing UNC to exhibit a number of framed embroidery pieces from their collection. UNC Global is tremendously appreciative of Lesia Zintchouk, a Ukrainian-born artist based in Greenville, North Carolina, for her dedication and hard work in curating the costumes on display.

Exhibit contact: Ingrid Smith, manager of events and exhibitions, UNC Global, ingrid.smith@unc.edu
Media contact: Katie Bowler Young, director of global relations, UNC Global, kby@unc.edu, 919.962.4504

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