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

Svetlana Rakic

A native of former Yugoslavia, Dr. Svetlana Rakic earned her master’s degree in art history from the University of Belgrade, Serbia, and her doctorate in art history from Indiana University. She is the author of several books on Serbian Orthodox icons and the interrelatedness of modern art and religious thought. Most recently, she has published the book Art and Reality Now: Serbian Perspectives (New York: A. Pankovich Publishers, 2014).

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She has published extensively on post-Renaissance and modern art in American, Serbian and Bosnian journals and has given lectures and presentations at many scholarly institutions and organizations such as the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC, the European Science Foundation, the British Academy in London, Columbia University, University of Illinois at Chicago, UC Berkeley, and the SECAC/MACAA Conferences. Rakic is the recipient of Indiana University’s prestigious Esther L. Kinsley Award and Franklin College Faculty Travel and Faculty Excellence awards.

Her paintings dealing with “inner landscapes” have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Bloomington, Terre Haute and Franklin in Indiana, as well as in galleries in Serbia and Germany. In 2007, she received the Puckett Award of Recognition presented by the Swope Art Museum in Terre Haute in a show juried by David Edgar of the Arts Administration Program at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte. In 2004, she received the Pfizer Award of Honor presented by the Swope Art Museum in Terre Haute in a show juried by curator Nato Thompson of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.

Since 1996, she has been teaching art history and studio art courses at Franklin College. Most recently she has been invited to teach at the summer program for the Sinoway International Education Group at Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou and at Beijing Normal University in Beijing, China.

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Source: Franklin College


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