Creative Horizons


Creative Horizons
is a collaboration between the Havighurst Center, Arizona State University’s Melikian Center, and the Institute on Russia at the University of South Florida.  Alongside support for faculty and students at their respective universities, all three units share a commitment to promoting greater understanding of Russia, and the surrounding region. Building on separate experiments in virtual programming since Spring 2020, this joint venture will give audiences in Arizona, Florida, Ohio and beyond the opportunity to hear from working artists in the region as they discuss their methods, perspectives and aspirations. 

In Spring 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic forced universities and colleges to cancel public programming, or to hold virtual events.  It also gave fresh impetus to ongoing discussions at the Havighurst Center for Russian and Post Soviet Studies at Miami University on how to better inform the US public about culture, identity and politics in Russia, Eurasia and East Europe.  As was the case in the various citizen-diplomacy initiatives of the late 1980s, including the  “space bridges”, constraints on physical travel can open new pathways of meaningful interaction and learning across borders.  The series features videos produced in collaboration by the featured artists and videographer Ari Gajraj, followed by online discussions featuring the artist and moderated by regional specialists from ASU, USF or Miami University. 

Spring 2021

Previously featured artists:

Szabolcs KissPál
Szabolcs KissPál is a Hungarian artist based in Budapest. His work engages with the social and political circumstances in which he lives and the rôle of the artist in society, particularly in the post-communist world.
KissPál's video presentation, as well as a Q&A moderated by Christian Viveros-Fauné, Curator-at-Large, USFCAM, is available on Vimeo.

Victoria Lomasko
The first featured artist was muralist and graphic reporter Victoria Lomasko, whose 2017 book Other Russias attracted widespread reviews and attention, including coverage in the New Yorker,  the LA Review of Books, and The Calvert Journal. Other Russias also won the 2018 Pushkin House Prize for the best book in translation.   In 2019, Vika visited the Melikian Center and the Havighurst Center, where she created the mural Atlases for Miami's King library. 
Her video and follow-up Q&A are accessible here.

Vladimir Tsesler 
Vladimir Tsesler is a well-known Belarussian artist who is in self-exile from his home country due to political persecution.

Videos of a Question/Answer event with the artist, as well as an in-depth interview, are now available online.