REFLECTIONS OF HOME
Virtual Art Exhibit
& Artist Panel Discussion
A brief, virtual arts exhibition followed by an artist panel discussion about immigration and the resulting adaptation of cultural art forms from the perspective of four female artists.
Sunday, May 16th
1:30 pm – Meet The Artists: Virtual Art Exhibit
2:00 pm – Virtual Artist Panel Discussion
The premiere of both the virtual exhibition and artist panel will air on the Everhart Museum YouTube channel, the Everhart Museum Facebook page and on this webpage starting at 1:30 PM.
PREMIERE: Artist Exhibit
LIVE 1:30 PM
SUNDAY, MAY 16th
PREMIERE: Artist Panel Discussion
LIVE 2:00 PM
SUNDAY, MAY 16th
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
On Sunday, May 16th, the program will kick off at 1:30 PM with a virtual pre-panel exhibition featuring four women artists, Nina Kouznetsov (Traditional Byzantine Iconographer and Classical Pianist), Geetha Menon (Painter of Traditional Indian Styles), Satyavani Pippalla Akula (Painter and Classical Indian Dancer), and Dr. Kathy Wang (Multi-Instrumentalist of Traditional Chinese Music).
The virtual exhibition will be followed by the premiere of a panel discussion with the artists at 2:00 PM. The women will explore their experiences immigrating to the United States and the decisions they had to make regarding how to adapt their cultural art forms for new audiences and students. They will also explore their resulting identity as artists and women existing in two cultures.
The concept for “Reflections of Home” was developed by artist Sujata Nair-Mulloth and her daughter Raeva. Sujata’s own experiences of immigration to a new country caused her to reflect deeply on how she made modifications to her art to be better understood and appreciated by American audiences and students. As the Director of the Kala School of Classical Indian Dance, she constantly brings Eastern and Western cultures together. She feels deeply that there is beauty and power that result from merging identities.
MEET THE PROJECT DIRECTOR
Sujata Nair-Mulloth, a performer, teacher, and choreographer, is the founder and Artistic Director of The Kala School of Indian Classical Dance established in 1995. As a performer, Sujata has given recitals worldwide since 1979. As a teacher, she has taught Bharata Natyam in New Delhi India and in the United Kingdom – and at The Conservatory at Wilkes University for the past 17 years. In her choreographies, Sujata uses Bharata Natyam to create thought provoking work that transcends cultural boundaries. A former journalist, Sujata also teaches in the Communications, Arts and Humanities departments of both Keystone College and Marywood University.
MEET OUR MODERATOR
Moderating the Panel Discussion will be Amy Skillman, folklorist and the Academic Director of the Master’s Program in Cultural Sustainability at Gaucher College, Maryland. Amy works at the intersection of culture and tension, where paying attention to culture can serve to mediate social change. She advises artists and community-based organizations on the implementation of programs that honor and conserve cultural traditions, guides them to potential resources, and develops programs to help build their capacity to sustain these initiatives.
MEET THE PANELISTS
Satyavani Pippalla Akula
Satyavani is a dancer and painter living and working in the Finger Lakes Region of New York. Growing up, she painted and danced but went on to pursue a career in the sciences. When she moved to the upstate area of New York, the natural beauty aroused the artist in her and she now has a studio in downtown Elmira. Her various art forms, as well as her public art projects, all explore various aspects of human identity and connectivity, seeking to create a dialogue between the mindful and autopilot modes of living.
A native of Ukraine, Nina studied music in Kiev and then received her Musicology degrees in Moscow, Russia from the top conservatory in the country. After immigrating to the US, she also has learned and practiced traditional egg tempera iconography for 30 years. Nina has worked as a Choir Director at various Orthodox Churches in NEPA. She is a free-lance iconographer, pianist, and organist. Nina teaches the sacred arts of iconography, piano, and voice at her studio in Scranton, PA, where her work centers on the synergy of these sacred arts, especially that of traditional symbolic iconography and liturgical music.
Geetha Menon is an artist from Phoenix Arizona who has been involved with painting since 1984. Starting with watercolors and then moving to oils on canvas, portraits were her preferred genre. She also trained in the traditional Indian style of mural painting called kerala. After moving to the United States, she began experimenting with new materials and blending different styles of painting. She has experimented with Indian themes painted on porcelain, with coffee painting, and currently with another traditional Indian style of painting called Tanjore Painting, which uses gold leaf. Her themes are always Indian which gives this unique style of painting an identity of its own.
Dr. Kathy Wang
Dr. Kathy Wang was born and raised in Beijing, China. Although her eventual vocation would be medicine, as a child she always had a great talent and love for music. Her traditional instrument of choice was the Guzheng (or Chinese zither), which dates from 700 BC. Kathy studied with noted Guzheng masters at Conservatory and was honored with many awards. She has performed around the world, including Lhasa, Tibet and Humbolt University in Berlin. Since immigrating to the U.S. in the 1980’s, she has used the music of China to build bridges between the East and West. As General Secretary of the Traditional Chinese Music Foundation of North Carolina, she presenting the music, dance and culture of China to the diverse communities around Duke/Chapel Hill RTP, and is now pleased to present the beauty and mystery of ancient Chinese music to the people of Northeastern PA. As a doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, she uses the unique meditative moods of Guzheng music as part of the TCM healing process.
“Reflections of Home” Virtual Exhibition and Panel Discussion have been made possible by a grant from the Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department in partnership with the Everhart Museum’s Folk & Traditional Arts Partnership with the PA Council on the Arts.
This Folk and Traditional Arts Partnership was supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. The mission of the PCA is to strengthen the cultural, educational, and economic vitality of Pennsylvania’s communities through the arts.