October 1, 2016--Arrival!
Settling into the new apartment and neighborhood near downtown Sofia.
•Thanksgiving at the Ambassador's Residence--
Hosts: Ambassador Erik Rubin and Mrs. Nicole Simmons
Conferences, Presentations Attendance:
•Bi-National Commission: Presentation: “Cultural Preservation and Exhibition Using Digitized Images and Cyber-Technologies.”
•Fulbright Commission: Presentation of artworks and the experiences of four Fulbright grants involving art, art history, photography, and archaeology.
•National Academy of Art 100th Anniversary Celebration and gallery Exhibition of Past Rectors' works.
•Balkan Heritage Foundation: Attendee at the BHFS, my Fulbright host in 2010.
•American University in Blagoevgrad: Lecture and presentation of artworks and the experiences of four Fulbright grants involving art, art history, photography, and archaeology. Title: "The Concept of Beauty." Host: Professor Bill Clark.
•Sasho (MA student), Boyan Dobrev (director), Stela (MA student), Gene (professor)
(left to right)
•Graduate students' diploma presentations of their portfolios to the faculty, students, and other attendees (above right)
•Gene in front of The National Academy of Art in Sofia. (above left)
•Research: Thracian/Medieval frescoes--architecture and artifacts. Sizable collection of relevant books obtained for ongoing projects.
•Site/City Visits: Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, National Art History Museum, Boyana Church (pictured above with Fulbrighters and Bob), Sofia Archaeology Museum, National Art Museum, NAA Library, Plovdiv, Bobosko, Blagoevgrad, Sandanski, Melnik, Skopja, Macedonia.
•Written paper for Conference Publication - the Bi-Commission: “Cultural Preservation and Exhibition Using Digitized Images and Cyber-Technologies.”
•Bulgarian National TV (BTV) Appearance: Interview and discussion about Fulbright and life as an artist and musician. At the Cultural Palace.
More coming soon!
Donation of American Art and Culture textbook in English and book exchange-- bi-lingual monograph of
Bulgarian artist, Hehob.
National Art Academy Library, Sofia.