In Support of Glass Art in Ukraine

Rago is honored to present Unbreakable Ukraine, a selection of contemporary glasswork from Ukrainian artists. This collection was organized by Jeff Hillam, who visited Lviv in September of 2022, and aims to bring awareness and support to the hot shop at the Glass Museum in Lviv shared by the Lviv National Academy of Arts. 

All proceeds will support the hot shop and the artists in their efforts to thrive and create in spite of war. 

"Though Lviv was safe at the time of our visit, the signs of wartime preparation were everywhere. Blockade equipment littered the roadways, ready to be used at a moment's notice. We encountered military checkpoints and public displays of national solidarity along the way. Old churches had metal sheets installed over their stained glass windows to ensure that bombings would not shatter their beauty. Statues were covered and shielded with canvas and rope, to protect the city's cultural heritage. But what stood out brightly in contrast to the darkness of these visuals, was the steadfast Ukrainian determination to maintain normalcy, optimism and hope."
Jeff Hillam

Alisha Hillam, Jeff Hillam (holding a work by Andriy Bokotey) and Mykhaylo (Mike) Bokotey at the Lviv Glass Museum, 2022. Photo courtesy of Jeff Hillam.

Learn more about the Glass Museum in Lviv and the Lviv National Academy of Arts.

Ostap Ivanyshyn

Born in 1985 in Lviv, Ostap Prynada studied at the I. Trush Lviv State College of Applied and Decorative Arts (2004) and the Lviv National Academy of Arts (2010) at Professor Andriy Bokotey's studio. He has been a lecturer in the Glass Art Department of the Lviv National Academy of Arts since 2016. Prynada has participated in regional and international exhibitions, symposiums, and works plein air in both painting and glass as well as wood. He has been working with a fusing technique since 2008, experimenting with the texture and plastic features of the material. This gives him some mobility, dynamics and free expression of his own ideas. The material itself, glass, suggests to him the course of action and figurative solution of the idea.