Church Architecture Doesn’t have to have the Same Objectives as Secular Architecture; An Interview with the Director of the Moscow Architectural Institute, Dimitry Shvidkovsky by Dinara Gracheva - Editor's note: This article is reposted from  It describes the current process by which church architects are trained in Russia, and the prevailing attitudes towards style, tradition, and innovation, in this field. A fascinating read for anyone interested in the contemporary rebirth of Russian church architecture. - A. Gould Since 2016, the leading Russian ... Continue reading »

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Iconography of Ann Margitich A Surpassing Gentleness: An Interview with Iconographer Ann Margitich by Andrew Gould - It is my pleasure today to present the work of Matushka Ann Margitich, iconographer based in Santa Rosa, CA. Her work has a special place in my heart, my favorite among the many icon painters I am privileged to know. She paints the most kindly and gentle figures, with a delicate beauty of color and ... Continue reading »

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Heaven and Earth: The Psalm 103 Project Comes to Life by Richard Barrett - It has been over five years since The Saint John of Damascus Society commissioned The Psalm 103 Project, a big idea that brought together the work of six great composers, Matthew Arndt, John Michael Boyer, Alexander Khalil, Kurt Sander, Richard Toensing (+2014), and Tikey Zes, to create a unique, collaborative choral work that would be a model of ... Continue reading »

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Minor Arts

An American Shrine to Honor the Russian Royal Martyrs by Andrew Gould - It has been my particular honor to create a magnificent shrine and reliquary for the Russian Royal Martyrs. The shrine was commissioned by an American convert to Orthodoxy as a gift to the Hermitage of the Holy Cross, a Russian Orthodox monastery in West Virginia, USA. It was installed in time to commemorate the centenary ... Continue reading »

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Sacred Art in Secular Terms by Jonathan Pageau - Last year I was invited to speak at the Northwest Catholic Family Education Conference.  The event was going to be quite open to the public and was dealing with the notion of Truth, the truth seen in different walks of life.  I was asked to speak about the truth in art and discuss my own ... Continue reading »

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Sacred Choral Treasures of the Russian Emigration Premiered at the Moscow Conservatory Marking the Centenary of the Revolution: 1917–2017 - In late 2016, as the tragic centenary of the Russian revolutions was approaching, conversations began among musicians in Russia and the U. S. regarding an appropriately solemn and musically significant way to pay homage to the memory of those who had been affected by these events—in particular, composers, choirmasters, and church singers—both those who suffered ... Continue reading »
Release of Becoming Truly Human Film - Aspiration Studios Announces 2017 Premiere Date for Documentary BECOMING TRULY HUMAN Aspiration Studios has announced the newest title they will bring exclusively to churches and various non-theatrical venues late this summer. BECOMING TRULY HUMAN, the first feature film about America’s religiously unaffiliated, will be programmed in venues beginning August 22, 2017. BECOMING TRULY HUMAN is ... Continue reading »

Artist Features

Towards a Great Pictorial Synthesis: Interview with Ioan Popa - The following is an interview with Romanian master iconographer Ioan Popa. He’s one of the leading representatives of the contemporary icon revival in Romania, focusing in both panel and monumental fresco painting. Our conversation touches on his artistic development, aspects of the professional training of iconographers in Romania and the challenge of creative engagement with the Tradition. We would like to express our gratitude to Fr. Dragos Giulea, rector of St. Benoît de Nursie Church, Montréal, QC, for his work as translator of this interview.     *** Fr. Silouan: First of all, thank you Ioan for giving OAJ the opportunity to interview you. The idea passed through my mind a while back but the language barrier prevented it. So I’m pleased we’ve found a way to get around it to make it happen. Let me begin by asking you about your training as an iconographer. Did you study painting prior to your involvement with iconography? Ioan Popa: I would like to thank you, too, for your interest and curiosity shown to an iconographer belonging to the Romanian sphere. My beginnings in the amazing world of the icon are due to the spiritual background in which I ... Continue reading »

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Orthodox Illustration Project

The purpose of this project is to make available online a collection of graphic illustrations of the highest quality. The collection will focus on iconographic drawings and related graphic ornaments stylistically suited to the illumination of printed Orthodox publications. The project will address the needs of Orthodox book designers, graphic artists, and many others, who desire excellent imagery for their publications.

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