Visual and Performing Arts Symposium • January 26-28, 2023

“Beauty will save the world.” – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Carthage College will hold an arts symposium Jan. 26-28 to showcase its new collection of Soviet-era artwork, generously donated by collectors Samuel and Berry Shoen.

The $3.8 million collection includes oil paintings and drawings from Armenia, Byelorussia, Russia, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan when the areas were under Soviet rule in the 20th Century. See the pieces on display and enjoy other special events.

“There’s a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” – Leonard Cohen


Schedule of Events

All events are free and open to the public.

Milestones: Soviet-Era Art Exhibition

January 17-29,H. F. Johnson Gallery of Art
Gallery hours: Noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, noon-8 p.m. Thursday, and 1-4 p.m. Saturday

“Milestones” is the first exhibition of works in the Carthage College Sam and Berry Shoen Collection of Soviet Art. The exhibition includes works by artists such as Tkachev, Krylov, Nechitailo, and Semenyuk. The exhibition is guest curated by Dr. Masha Zavialova.

Special event: Curator’s Talk
3 p.m., Friday, Jan. 27, Recital Hall

Special event: Reception
4-6 p.m., Friday, Jan. 27, H. F. Johnson Gallery of Art
Let us know that you will be joining us! Reserve your spot

A Man With A Movie Camera

7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 26, Campbell Student Union Auditorium
Professors Eric Hahn and Jojin Van Winkle will host a screening of the Soviet documentary film “A Man With A Movie Camera” (1929). Famous for both its cinematic techniques and the portrayal of Soviet life, the film is considered one of the greatest films of all time. Carthage welcomes guest speaker Jeremy Workman, an Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker, for this special event.

Shostakovich Cello Sonata

1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 28, Recital Hall
Acclaimed artist and Carthage cello instructor Peter Thomas, along with pianist Matthew Bergey, will perform Shostakovich’s cello sonata. Associate professor of music Dimitri Shapovalov will introduce the history and context of the work.

A Conversation with a Collector

3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 28, Johnson Recital Hall
Carthage’s own Gregory Berg interviews Carthage Distinguished Alumnus Ray Johnson, owner of Overland Gallery. Ray will share stories about his journey from a young Carthage undergraduate who became a pastor to an internationally recognized collector and holder of one of the largest collections of Soviet art in the world.

Special Event: Reception
4-5:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 28, H. F. Johnson Gallery of Art
Let us know that you will be joining us! Reserve your spot


Artworks from Carthage’s Sam and Berry Shoen Soviet Art Collection


Download the gallery floorplan and read more about artwork and artists who painted them