A great man is one who collects knowledge the way a bee collects honey and uses it to help people overcome the difficulties they endure - hunger, ignorance and disease!
- Nikola Tesla

Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.
- Franklin Roosevelt

While their territory has been devastated and their homes despoiled, the spirit of the Serbian people has not been broken.
- Woodrow Wilson

Paja Jovanović

Pavle "Paja" Jovanović (Serbian Cyrillic: Павле "Паја" Јовановић; June 16, 1859 – November 30, 1957) was a Serbian Realist painter. He is considered one of Serbia's greatest academic painters. His most famous and recognizable paintings are the Serbian Migrations, the Crowning of Stefan Dušan, the Takovo Uprising, Cockfighting, Decorating of the Bride, and the Fencing Lesson. He also painted many famous portraits. His works can be found in many European museums across the continent.

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Никола Петковић

Никола Петковић (Инђија, 18. август 1893 — Питсбург, 1952) је био српски сликар у исељеништву из прве половине 20. века.

Рођен 1893. године у Инђији, у Срему, Никола Петковић је учио сликарство на Академији ликовне уметности у Бечу. 1916. године се иселио у Америку. Немајући средства за живот, после Првог светског рата прихватио се свештеничког позива, који је напустио 1930. када је дошао у сукоб са црквеним властима. У исељеништву је наставио да учи сликарство у вечерњој школи Карнеџи – универзитета у Питсбургу.

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John David Brcin

A statue of a Sioux warrior on a rearing horse, proposed and modeled by Serbian-born sculptor John David Brcin (1899–1983), realized by Matthew Placzek in the late 1920s for the entrance to the Joslyn Memorial.

The biggest commission Brcin has executed — and one of the choicest of his era in the United States — was for the Joslyn Memorial, Omaha, a handsome marble building with picture galleries and an auditorium adaptable as a theater, given by Mrs. Sarah H. Joslyn to be the city’s center for painting, sculpture, music, literature, the drama and cultural arts in general. It is a $3,000,000 structure, dedicated to George A. Joslyn, a pioneer “patent-medicine man” of Omaha who became the city’s wealthiest capitalist, founded various enterprises, including the Western Newspaper Union, and died in 1918.

Milena Pavlović-Barili

Milena Pavlović-Barili (alt. Barilli) (Serbian Cyrillic: Милена Павловић-Барили) (November 5, 1909, Požarevac, Serbia – March 6, 1945, New York City, New York, United States of America) was a Serbian painter and poet.

Her Italian father Bruno Barilli was an influential composer, her Serbian mother, a distant relative of the Karađorđević dynasty, studied art. Milena herself studied at the Royal school of arts in Belgrade, Serbia (1922–1926) and in Munich (1926–1928).

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Olga Bataveljic

Olga Bataveljic, art historian, born Vršac, May 16, 1917. Graduated from Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade in 1941. Researched Serbian art of 18th and 19th centuries. Worked in The Institut for Preservation of Cultural Monuments and The National Museum in Belgrade. During her sojourn in the United States she gathered information about the life and work of painter Milena Pavlovic Barili in New York City.

Alexander Dzigurski

By Milana Karlo Bizic

One of America's greatest artists of Serbian extraction, Alexander Dzigurski, recently passed away in San Francisco, near his beloved Pacific Ocean. Dzigurski was an internationally known artist, famous for his unique and colorful seascapes. He was blessed with a prolific talent for capturing the action and color of the sea on canvas. One of his larger canvases (36"x48"), called From Sea to shining Sea, hangs in the Franklin Mint Museum. It was painted in 1976, in honor of the nations Bicentennial, when the Franklin Mint Gallery of American Art commissioned him "as America's finest painter of the sea" to paint his expression of the sea that bounds the beauty of this noble land.

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Veljko Bojić

Born in Lipovo near Kolasin in 1931. He graduated from the Zagreb Law School in 1957. He left Yugoslavia in 1963. In 1966 he arrived to the United States of America and settled down in Los Angeles.

He is engaged in poetry and painting. His collection of poems The Outcast was published by the Serbian Heritage Academy in 1988.

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Vasa Mihich

A senior Professor of Design at the University of California, Los Angeles, Vasa is an innovative, internationally known sculptor whose creative work explores the three dimensional interactions of light and color. With an advanced understanding of optical complexities, Vasa has become, in the words of Henry Seldis, former art critic of The Los Angeles Times, "the most sensuous and sensational colorist of the southern California artists working in plastic."

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Dejan Stojkovic

Дејан Стојковић је рођен 4. фебрура 1971. године У Врању. Ожењен је и отац је двоје деце. Дипломирао je физику на Универзитету у Београду 1994. године. Последипломске студије је наствио на Институту за физику у Београду где је био асистент др Александру Богојевићу на последипломским предметима Квантна теорија поља I и Квантна теорија поља II. Под менторством др Богојевића је и магистрирао 1997. са тезом: Non-Singular Black Holes in Dilaton Gravity.

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Sailors of the Sky

A conversation with Fr. Stamatis Skliris and Fr. Marko Rupnik on contemporary Christian art

In these timely conversations led by Fr. Radovan Bigovic, many issues are introduced that enable the contemporary reader to deepen and expand his or her understanding of the role of art in the life of the Church. Here we find answers to questions on the crisis of contemporary ecclesiastical art in West and East; the impact of Impressionism, Expressionism, Cubism, Surrealism and Abstract painting on contemporary ecclesiastical painting; and a consideration of the main distrinction between iconography and secular painting. The dialogue, while resolving some doubts about the difference between iconography, religious painting, and painting in general, reconciles the requirement to obey inconographic canons with the freedom essential to artistic creativity, demonstrating that obedience to the canons is not a threat to the vitatlity of iconography. Both artists illumine the role of prayer and ascetisicm in the art of iconography. They also mention curcial differences between iconography in the Orthodox Church and in Roman Catholicism. How important thse distinctions are when exploring the relationship between contemporary theology and art! In a time when postmodern "metaphysics' revitalizes every concept, these masters still believe that, to some extent, Post-Modernism adds to the revitatiztion of Christian art, stimulating questions about "artistic inspiration" and the essential asethetic categories of Christian painting. Their exceptionally wide, yet nonetheless deep, expertise assists their not-so-everday connections between theology, ar, and modern issues concerning society: "society" taken in its broader meaning as "civilization." Finally, the entire artistic project of Stamatis and Rupnik has important ecumenical implications that aswer a genuine longing for unity in the Christian word.

The text of this 94-page soft-bound book has been translated from the Serbian by Ivana Jakovljevic, Fr. Gregory Edwards, and Andrijana Krstic. Published by Sebastian Press, Western American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Contemporary Christian Thought Series, number 7, First Edition, ISBN: 978-0-9719505-8-0