Icons in Transformation

An expressive dialogue between the temporal and the eternal

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The Exhibit

Icons In Transformation, a dramatic major art exhibition, can be visited October 1, 2017, through January 7, 2018. This traveling exhibition — viewed by over 200,000 people in museums and cathedrals in both Europe and the United States — features the contemporary work of internationally acclaimed Russian-Swedish abstract expressionist Ludmila Pawlowska.

Pawlowska’s distinctive technique includes painting, installation, and sculpture using collage on wood panel and presents traditional Russian icons as a source of inspiration for contemporary art. The exhibit will also feature traditional icons painted at the workshop of Vassilevsky Monastery in Suzdal, Russia. The works on view will include large sculptural pieces as well. Her work is designed to be viewed through the prism of a sacred space, creating a stunning and dramatic visual expression. Regular exhibit hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1-5 pm; Saturdays, 10 am-noon; and Sundays, 2-4 pm. For a full schedule of special exhibit-related events, click here.

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The Artist

Ludmila Pawlowska was born in exile.

When Joseph Stalin took power in Russia in the 1920s, he started pushing troublesome people — teachers, artists, intellectuals, ethnic groups — far away from the country’s center of power.

Everyone knows about the gulags in Siberia, but that wasn’t the only place of exile in the Soviet Union. Kazakhstan, the biggest and most remote of the “stans,” was another. Ludmila’s Kazak home, the city of Karaganda, was hundreds of miles from any other urban area.

It was a mid-sized city — about a million population today — and it was full of highly educated exiles, culture, and good schools, where teachers spotted her early as a born artist.

Learn more about the artist.

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Schedule of Events

Icons in Transformation has been on traveling display throughout Europe and the United States for more than 10 years, in cathedrals and parish churches alike, and comes to Saint Philip’s most recently from All Souls’ Episcopal Church, San Diego, CA.

To compliment the exhibition, we’ve arranged for a robust schedule of cross-cultural and intergenerational events and formation offerings, including an Opening Gala with the artist, concerts, lectures, icon writing classes, and guided tours of the exhibition. The art on display is available for purchase, and with few exceptions, the events and offerings are free and open to the public.

The full schedule of events may be found here.