Springville Museum’s Russian Collection Draws Opera Star

On July 25, Martha Kostiouk Hollier, a former member of the Bolshoi Opera in Moscow, held a free concert at the Springville Museum of Art in Springville, Utah. Originally from Ukraine, Hollier recently moved to the US. 

She explained to the Daily Herald:

“My husband and I moved here at the end of April and I came across the exhibition of Russian paintings from the Soviet era online,” said Hollier. “I went to the Springville museum and was very impressed. It made me homesick and brought so many memories.”

The Springville Museum’s director, Vern Swanson, is a scholar and art-historian who became interested in Soviet art in the early 1990’s. He advised Raymond Johnson, whose collection later became the Museum of Russian Art in Minneapolis, on Russian Realist art and travelled to Russia on buying trips. In the process he also assembled his own collection, which can now be found at the Springville Museum. Parts of the collection can be viewed online.




Author: Barry O'Keefe

Artist/printmaker from Richmond, Va

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