“Other Dimensions” is Natalia Himmirska’s retrospective exhibition, representing works executed during her “Minnesota Period” at Bemidji State University beginning in 2003 until this spring, when she will retire as a full professor.
The paintings and prints on display reflect her research into new media, which she introduced into the art curriculum at BSU to enhance her students’ scope in the painting and graphics disciplines. That research is reflected in her own works, where she combines materials and techniques –wax, oil and acrylic paints, paint drips, and heavy impasto to achieve the desired effect. Working in many new materials, she branched out into new visual territory as she investigated the character of the media.
Natalia Klyova (Himmirska) was born in Moscow and later moved to Europe before coming to Bemidji. Her themes of fantasy and metaphor, weaving visions from multiple eras, were carried forward in her years here. And the purified winter air and light of Northern Minnesota seemed to carry her full circle back to her childhood in Russia.
Her artworks are in museums, permanent collections and galleries such as the National Gallery of Art in Bulgaria, Library of Congress Photographs and Prints Collection U.S.; Stichting International Museum Voor Exlibris en Kleingrafiek , Netherlands; Cheboksary Art Museum, Russia; Seoul University of Technology Prints Collection in South Korea and others.
Himmirska has exhibited in numerous countries including the Soviet Union, Russia, China, Netherlands, Brazil, South Korea, Indonesia, Bulgaria, Serbia, Macedonia, Cyprus and the United States.. She holds numerous awards, and is a member of Soviet/Russian and Bulgarian Artist Unions, as well as of American Print Council. She has enjoyed residencies in Russia, Macedonia, Bulgaria, and the United States.
She holds an MFA from Moscow Technology Institute. She furthered her studies at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C., and Maryland Institute College of Art.