Talley Gallery to Showcase Nikolay Aleksiev’s Modern Illustration Paintings

BSU students observing the paintings of Nikolay Aleksiev in the opening of the showcase.

BSU students observing the paintings of Nikolay Aleksiev in the opening of the showcase.

From Feb. 25 – March 27, Bemidji State University’s Talley Gallery will present the paintings of Nikolay Aleksiev, associate professor of books and printed graphics at the National Academy of Art in Sofia, Bulgaria. The exhibition, titled “The Flight of Imagination,” is a collection of works that reflect Aleksiev’s career as an international artist.

Aleksiev’s works are owned by The National Art Gallery, as well as by galleries and private collectors in Bulgaria and abroad. His work has been exhibited in Bulgaria, Switzerland, Luxembourg, France, Greece, Cyprus and more.

BSU Professor of Technology, Art and Design Natalia Himmirska gave a gallery talk at an opening reception held on Feb. 25. Himmirska,born and raised in Moscow, Russia, graduated with an MFA from the Moscow Technology Institute and has taught in universities in Bulgaria and across the United States.

About the Talley Gallery

Bemidji State University’s Talley Gallery was dedicated to the memory of Ila Mae Talley on Sept. 27, 1975. Talley joined the Bemidji State Teachers College faculty in 1946 and taught at the college until her death in 1963. During her tenure, she organized the Bemidji Creative Arts Center and the Minnesota Art Education Exchange, now known as the Art Educators of Minnesota. At BSC, she taught a variety of students in elementary art, techniques of weaving, introduction to art and methods of teaching art.

The Talley Gallery’s exhibits, collections and programs have supplemented BSU art education and cultivated a greater understanding of and appreciation for creative expression in the Bemidji region. Each year, the gallery hosts six visiting professional artists and juries three BSU student shows – two senior art shows and one scholarship show. All Talley Gallery activities are supported by the Bemidji State student activity fee.

Located in Bridgeman Hall room 140 on the campus of Bemidji State University, the Talley Gallery is barrier-free and open at no charge to the public. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.



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