Following the Inner Light
March 27 – April 20, 2014

Art at the Institute was pleased to present the art project “Following the Inner Light,” which celebrated the Bicentennial of Taras Shevchenko’s birth. Similar to previous cultural programs at the Ukrainian Institute of America, “Following the Inner Light” strove to provide common ground for the interaction between artists and people of good will from America and Ukraine.


At that significant but difficult time for the Ukrainian people, artists Petro Bevza and Mykola Zhuravel, were searching for solutions to the problems of the new Ukrainian society in various art forms. They were striving to deal with the key question of the possibility of marrying “heavenly” and “earthly” truth in everyday life, and to find connections between personal interpretation of ideas and philosophical systems.

These two different artists have joined together in the art project “Following the Inner Light” to celebrate the legacy of the Great Kobzar (Taras Shevchenko), as the root of the tree of life of modern Ukrainian art, and to focus on his artistic ideas, as the creator of vision and essence of the cultural development of Ukrainians. Bevza and Zhuravel engage in a spontaneous dialogue that draws the viewer into the creative process of his/her own search and the understanding of life.

We hope that all visitors of “Following the Inner Light” were engaged in a productive and joyful dialogue with the art and that the artistic path that they took during the exhibition resulted in greater enrichment and inspiration to all who was seeking it.

Click HERE for Opening Night Photos.