Office/Department: Technology, Art & Design
Location: Bensen Hall 129
Phone: (218) 755-3740
Box #: 36
Natalia Himmirska was born and raised in Moscow and graduated with an MFA from Fine Art Faculty of the Moscow Technology Institute. Since then, she has taught in universities in Bulgaria and the United States while working on her own art, primarily in painting and printmaking.
In the U.S., Himmirska furthered her studies at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C., and Maryland Institute College of Art.
Himmirska has artworks in the permanent collections of national institutions such as the National Gallery of Art in Bulgaria, Library of Congress Photographs and Prints Collection U.S.; Stichting International Museum Voor Exlibris en Kleingrafiek, Netherlands; The Central House of the Creative Artists, Russia; Seoul University of Technology Prints Collection in South Korea, among others.
Her work has been exhibited in private galleries in many European nations and in the United States and in one-person shows in such capital cities as Moscow, Sofia, Washington and Jakarta. She was awarded membership in both the Soviet, Russian and Bulgarian Artist Unions. She is a member of the Mid America Print Council.
Himmirska was the 1991 winner of the Varna International Print Biennial in Varna, Bulgaria, and has enjoyed residencies in Russia, Macedonia, Bulgaria and the United States.
As an educator, Himmirska developed the initial art curriculum at the American College of Sofia in Bulgaria and has taught at American University in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria, Mitchell College, in New London, Connecticut, and Bemidji State University in Minnesota. She has lectured on Orthodox iconography at several East Coast colleges and universities. She is currently teaching painting all levels, foundations of drawing, and color theory at BSU.