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Date: November 23, 1999

Woodrow Wilson School Art Exhibit Features Evocative "Dreamscapes"

PRINCETON, N.J. -- "Dreamscapes," an exhibit of paintings by Woodrow Wilson School alumna Alexandra Isaievych, will be on display at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, in Robertson Hall's Bernstein Gallery, from Monday, December 13, through Friday, January 14.

Isaievych, a resident of Summit, NJ, is an accomplished artist who earned her master of public affairs degree from the Woodrow Wilson School in 1995. She works primarily in oil and acrylics, and describes her paintings as explorations of "the hidden mysteries of life--a diverse, dynamic, and colorful array of different worlds in which people, nature, thoughts, spirits, and emotions interact." A native of Lviv, Ukraine, who holds a bachelor's of fine arts degree from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and Tufts University, Isaievych often includes in her paintings icon-like figures that reflect a strong Byzantine influence, portrayed in a minimalist style that "raises many questions about who these figures really are," Isaievych said, "including their genders, their origins, and even their dreams." Isaievych added that this purposeful ambiguity encourages viewers to imagine themselves in the positions of the characters in the abstract works, providing a "powerful channel for raising similar questions in our own lives."

Combining her passion for art with an interest in public policy and economics, Isaievych has worked on several economic assistance programs in Ukraine, an experience which has strengthened her conviction that "art which provides inspiration for reclaiming the dignity of the human spirit is as essential as good economic advice."

Her work has previously been exhibited at the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute in Cambridge, MA, the Ukrainian Museum in New York City, and the New Jersey Center for Visual Arts in Summit, NJ.

There will be a reception for the artist on Sunday, January 9, at 2:00 p.m. The Bernstein Gallery in Robertson Hall is open daily from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. weekdays and from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekends. There is no charge for admission.

Selected paintings and other works by the artist can be seen on the internet at