Mar 14

Museum Exhibit: 200th Anniversary of Taras Shevchenko

"Kateryna" by Taras Shevchenko, 1842, The National Museum of Taras Shevchenko, Kyiv, Ukraine

"Kateryna" by Taras Shevchenko, 1842, The National Museum of Taras Shevchenko, Kyiv, Ukraine

A Museum Exhibit in honor of the 200th Anniversary of the birth of Taras Shevchenko

The Ukrainian National Museum has prepared an exhibit to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Taras Shevchenko, Ukraine’s greatest literary figure, poet, artist, thinker and freedom fighter. The exhibit opens on Friday March 7th at 7 pm with a special opening night featuring the recitation and musical presentation of Shevchenko’s poetry as well as a video presentation of the current events on the Maidan.  The exhibit will feature a special collection of rare kobzar’s from the Museum’s library, an assortment of extraordinary posters and a treasure of vintage postcards.  Interspersed among these artifacts and treasures are antique Ukrainian rushnyky. The exhibit willcontinue through April 27, 2014.

An orphaned serf, Taras Shevchenko was a fearless poet who suffered imprisonment and exile to become the voice of his people. Shevchenko’s influence on facets of Ukrainian intellectual, literary and national life is still felt to this day. Recognized by the world as the Bard of Ukraine, Shevchenko’s poetry served as inspiration to the Ukrainian nation in its fight for freedom and independence. As a historical and political activist Shevchenko gave forceful expression to his countrymen’s sentiment at a time when culture and language was being suppressed by the Russian czar.  In his poem published in 1857, Shevchenko asked

 “When will we greet

Our own George Washington at last

With the new law of righteousness”

 Beloved and renowned for his literature, poetry and art, Taras Shevchenko was also honored for his fight for freedom and against slavery and serfdom. A notable page in Shevchenko’s life was his friendship with Ira Aldridge, an African American who became a well-known British actor.

Admission for the Opening Night: $10.00

Location: 2249 West Superior Street

Hours: Thursday through Sunday, 11 am to 4 pm

General admission:  Adults $5.00, Children under 12 – Free. 

May 12

Take A Ukrainian Beadworking Class This Saturday

This Saturday you can sign up for one or two workshops to learn Ukrainian bead-working – also known as Gerdan.

WHERE: Ukrainian National Museum, 2249 W. Superior St.

WHEN: Saturday, June 2nd, 10:00am – 12:30pm OR 1:30pm – 4:00pm

COST: $35 per session or $60 for both (cost includes instruction and refreshments – kits with beads and instructions will be sold for an additional fee. You may also bring your own beads)

To reserve your seat call the Ukrainian National Museum at 312-421-8020 or send an email to info@ukrainiannationalmuseum.org

May 12

Ukrainian Nat’l Museum: An Exhibit From the Folklore Collection

Friday June 8th, 2012 – 7:00pm
Ukrainian National Museum – 2249 W. superior Street

Opening night for an exhibition of women’s embroidered shirts from the museum’s collection. Dedicated to mothers, keepers of the Ukrainian National Museum , who have preserved this legacy of a priceless collection of folk costumes and embroidery.  Explore this exhibit of traditional Ukrainian embroidered shirts.

The exhibit continues through July 31st, 2012.
 Admission: $5


Aug 11

Art Opening for Valeriy & Marita Vaskov – Ukrainian National Museum

A collaboration of art and marriage – Valeriy & Marita Vaskov, two talented artists currently living and working in Lisbon, Portugal, will exhibit their vivid and stunning paintings at the Ukrainian National Museum.  The exhibit opens Friday August 26th  with a reception that begins at 7:00pm.

Born in Ukraine in 1947, Valeriy Vaskov had a passion for art that began in his childhood. His journey began in 1963 when he attended the College of Applied Arts in Vinnytsya, Ukraine. Continuing his formal training he received his Masters degree in Fine Arts and became the art director of a popular folk dance group in Vinnytsya. For more than 30 years Vaskov loaned his artistic passion to choreography while still devoting time and talent to his paintings. In 1999, Vaskov immigrated to Lisbon, Portugal, where he switched his main focus back to painting

Marita Vaskov, Valeriy’s wife, inspires new creative ideas and will delight audiences with the unexpected during this exhibit at the museum. Marita believes that classical allegory and creative aspiration embody the power of art. Valeriy has said of his wife “Creativity flows when your wife, your partner, is doing everything possible to ensure that the creativity in your life is the source of your independence.” Both artists are featured in “The Golden Book of Portuguese Contemporary Artists”.

The exhibit runs through September 18th.

The Ukrainian National Museum
2249 W. Superior Street
Gallery Hours: Thursdays through Sundays, 11:00am – 4:00pm
Free parking is available next door to the museum

Jul 11

Kovalenko & Monastyretsky Exhibit at The Ukrainian National Museum

Oleksa Kovalenko

Painting by Oleksa Kovalenko

“The Artwork of Oleksa Kovalenko & Walter Monastyretsky” opens on Friday, July 29th at 7:00 pm at the Ukrainian National Museum.  Both painters are celebrated artists within the Chicagoland and the international art community.

Oleksa Kovalenko

The ethereal paintings by Oleksa Kovalenko transport you back in time to explore the rich history of Ukraine.  Kovalenko draws his inspiration from the wellspring of Ukrainian customs and traditions. The artist as philosopher seeks to show Ukrainian culture through the lens of heritage and folklore. His oil paintings are beautiful and mysterious, and will transfer you to his native country of Ukraine.

Born in Kyiv, Ukraine in 1946, Kovalenko completed his artistic studies at the esteemed Kyiv State Academy of Sciences 1982. Oleksa Kovalenko has exhibited widely in both Ukraine and the United States and has works in private collections around the world, including Japan, Germany, Canada, Great Britain, Spain and Brazil.


Walter Monastyretsky

A classically trained professional artist, Walter Monastyretsky’s specialty is oil on canvas. Landscape, nature and classic still life are among the artist’s favorites with the classic portrait as his forte. Monastyretsky was born, raised and educated in Ukraine where he became a licensed Pharmacist.  His love of art guided him to Kyiv where he attended the Kyiv Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture. Earning a Bachelor’s Degree, and then a Masters of Fine Arts, he had to fulfill his dream of becoming an artist.

Painting by Walter Monastyretsky

Painting by Walter Monastyretsky


Before immigrating to the United States in 1998  Monastyretsky  became well known throughout Eastern Europe exhibiting his works since 1981. Since moving to the United States, his works have become part of many prestigious private collections in over twenty countries and eleven museums. His landscape entitled “Lincoln Park” was presented to Mayor Richard Daley in August 2009.   Monastyretsky has also participated in the exhibits of the Plein Air painters of Chicago.

Enjoy the colorful palette on display at the Ukrainian National Museum through August 21, 2011.

This event is sponsored by MB Financial

Location: 2249 West Superior Street in Chicago.

Hours: Thursday through Sunday, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm,

Admission: Adults $5.00, Children under 12 – Free.