Via Francigena in 10 Photographs

Via Francigena in 10 Photographs


  • The hat symbolizes the man, the human presence, and the work

  • It highlights the relationship between human beings and earth (Landscapes, culture, and human connections) 

  • The last picture is the rest. The Man is done with his work


My Secret Geneva, Museum

My Secret Geneva, Museum

My Secret Geneva

Museums have always been active in shaping our views and perceptions. They help us gain knowledge about past practices yet manage to make the process of learning fresh. We chose museums as “A secret Geneva midterm project” because it is our belief that they provide the most effective way of learning. Since we are university students, we find the idea of time-saving resources essential. Furthermore, a single visit to the museum can assist in exploring in-depth information on a particular subject. Both of us are genuinely interested in nature and its history, as well as in art and archeology. Therefore, we chose to explore the “Museum of Natural History” and “Musée d’Art et d’Histoire” in Geneva.

Let us kick off with the “Museum of Natural History” (Figure 1). To begin with, the museum is located on Route de Malagnou 1. Webster University students can take a train from the Genthod-Bellevue train station to Genève-Eaux-Vives, gare, which is 10 minutes away from the learning center. The museum itself is open every day from 10 am to 5 pm, except Monday when it is closed the whole day. We came there on Saturday at approximately 4 pm. It was not crowded since we witnessed only a few families and students around. What is more, the entrance and Wi are entirely free. Nevertheless, an essential part is bringing the negative PCR / Rapid Antigen test / COVID certificate and an identity document that the staff members check at the entrance. We came to the museum with negative tests, which had to be confirmed with a passport / ID. We had only pictures of passports, and unlike in most restaurants and shopping malls in Geneva, the workers did not accept the photos. We had to go back to the university to get the identity documents and bring them to the museum.

Right after the entrance to the museum, we were surprised to see the real conserved species. Figure 2 below reveals how it looked to us. There were crocodiles, turtles, snakes, and the descriptions of them. Then, when we ascended to the first floor, we saw a cozy cafe, which was, unfortunately, closed because of COVID-19. However, on the same floor, we got a chance to explore an extensive collection of stuffed and preserved animals. For example, the tropical part exhibited camels, donkeys, and leopards. For the record, did you know that the last wild Bactrian camels live in the Gobi desert, where they face an arid climate? In order to resist the drought, such a camel can drink up to 100 liters of water in one go. That is an astonishing fact that we read in the tropical section of the exhibition. Besides, the descriptions of animals and facts about them are written down in both French and English languages. Furthermore, what we have valued on this floor was the contrast between exhibitions. As we have already mentioned, there was a tropical one. Yet, the exhibitions of various species of birds and the Antarctic were present too (Figure 3). Thereupon we checked out the second floor, which manifested such stuffed animals as jellyfish, sharks, and just fish. You can see the demonstration of jellyfish in Figure 4. We found it an exciting idea for the inventors to use glass and metal since they connected biology with art. The last but not the least floor exhibition is dedicated to geosciences, astronomy, and the evolution of man. It may seem boring to some, but the museum practically enlivens the presentation by offering biology-linked games and fun activities (Figure 5). For instance, there is a computer that helps us gain knowledge on the parasite ecology and the parasite of the day. By clicking on each concept, profound information on the topic is provided. We think that it is a great idea to come up with such activities since this exact way the younger generation can be attracted to the museums as much as the older one. Overall, the “Museum of Natural History” is a considerable place to visit for those who want to learn more about animals and geosciences yet make the observations fun and absorbing. Our personal museum experience is absolutely positive. We have enjoyed it and definitely recommend everyone to check out the exceptional quality of the museum.

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After spending quite some time exploring flora and fauna, we decided to visit the “Musée d’Art et d’Histoire” (Figure 6 and 7), which is located on Rue Charles-Galland 2 and, for the record, is 8 minutes away by walking from the “Museum of Natural History.” It is open on Thursday from 12 pm to 9 pm; Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday from 11 am until 6 pm; closed on Monday. First things first, we were impressed by the dimensions of the museum. It seemed vast and eventually emerged to be so. Besides, built in 1910, the building is pretty ancient. When entering, the negative PCR / Rapid Antigen test / COVID certificate was required as well as the original identity documents. We came there at about 5 pm, and it was crowded. The entrance and Wi-Fi are free. We decided to start our visit with the exhibition on antique fashion. At the outset, not only were we impressed by the ancient dresses, costumes, and shoes, but we got a chance to look at how these clothes were produced. Near one of the 18th century pink dresses, there was a TV where visitors observed how and which materials were being used to make the dress (Figure 8). It is a fun arrangement that is certain to amuse a regular visit to the museum. As well as a great idea to manifest the contrast between the technology (in this case the TV) and the historical stuff in the present-day time. Then we came across a small shop, where guests buy such souvenirs, as postcards (2 franks), bags (10-15 franks), etc. (Figure 9). Thereupon we have entered the room of ancient military and hunting supplies. It looked fascinating to Misha since he is a fan of earlier special forces. As for Angelina, she loves cooking, and therefore it was interesting to explore the food that middle- and high-class people prepared before (Figure 10). Later, we decided to check out the art exhibition (Figure 11). We believe this part of being our favorite since art is our common interest. The pictures of the museum exhibits are all quite big and of various artists from different times. We carefully surveyed portraits, as well as religious illustrations. Above all, we were fond of landscape drawings. Have a look at figure 12, which is the drawing called “La Montagna.” We liked it a lot due to the direct rays of sunshine on one of the mountains in Geneva. Closer to the end, we surveyed the Japanese culture. There was a broad exposition of Fans in Japan, made of paper on a bamboo frame. As a matter of fact, fans are an integral part of Japanese rituals and an essential accessory in theatres, shows, and traditional dances. They are highly successful products that were sold out from the very beginning. Eventually, we have concluded our visit with a quick glance at the archeology exhibition since the museum was about to close. Besides, there is a café that does not work because of COVID-19. Yet, it provides a beautiful garden where visitors can get some fresh air (Figure 13). An overall, the “Musée d’Art et d’Histoire” is a great learning center that offers various exhibitions and lots of historical artifacts. In such museums, visitors learn actively when they reflect on their own impressions and construct personal interpretations. It is highly recommended by us, especially for those genuinely interested in plunging into the past of art, fashion, and archeology with the help of such a good-quality museum.

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Suppose we compare the “Museum of Natural History” and “Musée d’Art et d’Histoire,” then a few points need to be mentioned. First of all, the first museum focuses on exhibitions of stuffed animals, whereas the second one on art, history, and archeology. These are exciting fields that are very distinct yet, so significant for common knowledge. Second of all, the first museum has more fun activities than the second one in general. Unfortunately, today mostly the older generation visits museums and contributes to the development of communities. However, the promotion of education needs to be taken into consideration by the younger generation too. By doing fun activities in the museums, we can attract students and thus influence the value of knowledge in present-day societies. What’s more, as for us, Misha is a fan of animals and therefore liked the first museum more. Although his major at Webster university is management, he spends his free time gaining knowledge on creatures. However, it is his belief that the second museum is way bigger. He would prefer surveying more animals of different categories and read more various facts in the first museum. As for Angelina, she enjoyed the second museum more since her university major is international relations, and thus she is a fan of history. She found particularly interesting the exhibition of archeology due to the fact that she could observe the tangible evidence of our ancestors. Despite that, we enjoyed visiting the museums, and we think that the beauty of art is what these two have in common. We believe that these museums are community centers that offer various interpretations of illumination. The expositions of stuffed animals, links between fashion and history, religious drawings, and cultural illustrations establish art.

All in all, we visited two precious community centers, which are the “Museum of Natural History” and “Musée d’Art et d’Histoire.” We strongly believe that museums provide an effective way of learning and are not time-consuming at all. They inspire us to study, give us an opportunity to develop culturally and are a great way to spend time with friends or family. When visiting a museum, we recommend you take notes of the information or facts that are usually written under exhibitions. Taking photos is also a great way to capture the moment. As for these two secret places in Geneva, they are highly recommended by us for anyone who wants to spend time educationally yet amusingly.

By: Anhelina Tkachenko 

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Portfolio – Ashli

Portfolio – Ashli

Shooting with a digital camera and doing studio photography is my cup of tea. There is something about having control of the whole entire frame that sparks creativity and joy in me. I have always been a fan of Chiaroscuro and the use of only one light source to illuminate the figures. Throughout these years of study, I have had the wonderful opportunity to explore several themes and styles through different artists from different cultures yet, the most influential artist I aspire to is Caravaggio. Caravaggio is known to be one of the most influential people to master light and discovering Chiaroscuro. When first learning how to use the lights in the studio, I automatically saw myself replicating his paintings and create more of a dramatic effect by illuminating only part of the figure. I then began to experiment with different backgrounds and different lighting which was a completely different world but one of which I could still control. The belief is that everyone has their preferred side to be photographed and details that they prefer not to see in photographs. I ask them to trust in the photographer and allow me, with their consent, to unveil their beauty in a way that they have never seen before This is what I live for, because everyone is unique and beautiful in their own way, however, it’s the photographer’s job to transmit that to the viewer.

Black and white photography works very well with Chiaroscuro and studio lighting in general, yet the intensity and feelings it can bring to a viewer are incomparable to color photographs. It creates curiosity and mystery while leaving an abundant amount of space for imagination and the interpretation of each individual.

The series of images represented show the human body, there is a various mix of people in these images where the youngest individual is a 9-year-old and goes up to a 60-year-old while moving behind the lens to photograph the artist herself. In the series, there is a range of portraits, unidentifiable bodies, and small details photographed in an unusual way. A few years ago when I was just introduced to photography I moved into a different type of mentality where I wanted to make the usual look unusual; for example, in this series, there is an image of an arm and a wrist. I did not want to make this image immediately recognizable but make the viewer take a second look at the image to understand what they are looking at. For this reason, there is no detail of the fingers or of the elbow.

Studio photography is my passion and where I feel most at ease. There are so many different ways to view the world yet everything changes even more when seen through a lens. I look forward to continuing to look for new ideas and inspiration as I pursue a photography career.





A practice, behavior, or habit generally considered wrong or taboo in a society.

A fault, negative character trait, or bad and unhealthy habits.

            For my vices project I decided to portray common and often overlooked vices in everyday life. The series follows what could be considered “a day in the life” of anyone, rather than a specific person. Some of the vices apply to me, some do not, but they are all devices or activities that are considered socially acceptable and yet they have negative effects.

The photos go from bed to bed, from waking up to falling asleep. Each photo has a linking element to the photo prior to show that they are happening in order and one vice often leads to others. The linking element changes in each photo but it’s everything from a phone, to wine glasses, and lipstick on the cigarette. They are hopefully noticeable but not where the eye goes first and maybe even require a second look.

Most of the vices are self explanatory, but religion slightly less so. From my perspective religion is meant to be a good thing but people often miss-interpret and miss-quote scripture to justify bad behaviors such as homophobia.

Beyond the Frame

Beyond the Frame

Beyond the Frame:

An Interview with Lina Bessonova


Polina Bessonova is a Russian born analog photographer working in her own lab in Florence, Italy. Analog is a method that combines photography with chemistry to develop and process the film that you shoot photographs on as well as to create physical prints. She is a graduate of Webster Geneva and continued her studies by getting a photography masters at Studio Arts College International. Her focus is on film photography and she teaches workshops in her lab as well as showing her work in exhibitions and in her newly published book “At Home.”


  1. How did you end up at Webster?

Before Webster, back in Russia, I was working as a radio presenter so I went to Webster to get a Media Communications degree with an emphasis on Radio Production. But then I discovered analog photography and never took a single radio class!

  1. When did you start photography?

I have always had the urge of documenting my life, so I started blogging and doing digital travel photos when I was 16. I was also doing some paid digital photoshoots, as I really liked showing people their own beauty. However, the medium didn’t satisfy me much, as it was way too easy, and I was spending too much time in front of the laptop. I consider the real date of starting photography to be September 2010, when I processed my first roll of film and fell in love. Another important date would be the summer of 2011, when I made the commitment to stick with analog no matter what.

  1. Who are your mentors? Both in and outside of Webster? 

I would not be where I am now without Francesco Arese Visconti, who back in 2010 was just teaching the Photo program. It was so important to see that analog photography can actually be a real job. You can teach, do documentaries and art, travel with a large format camera, and get published. Witnessing him do all of that made me believe that I could too. Since then I just did it.

  1. Why do you think your photography is important?

I don’t think it is. The world wouldn’t notice if I never photographed at all. However, since I started being more active on social media, I got hundreds of messages from people who watched my videos, read my posts and got inspired to set up darkrooms or buy film cameras.

  1. What type of photography do you work with most? Do you have creative freedom or are you pressured by demand?

I have zero pressure about any kind of specific subjects, because my actual work is on the teaching side. I’m researching, reading, testing and learning every day, but the images themselves can be anything I wish. It’s such a nice and rare setup. I can go from portraits to reportage to still life to landscape; whatever I feel like on this specific day. I generally like metaphoric images of random objects.

  1. What kind of clients are attracted to film and how do you find work?

There is an increasing amount of people wanting to learn analog photography and darkroom printing. They make time and money investments, come to workshops or take individual courses. I mainly encounter film lovers with engineering/IT backgrounds, but there are also artists willing to learn a new medium of self-expression, doctors who have a hobby darkroom in their basement, or digital photographers wanting to get their hands into chemistry.

  1. Why did you decide to create a book of your prints?

It was a big shift from taking random photographs to making a series. It’s like you’ve always been rhyming two words, and suddenly you have to put together an entire poem. It’s a challenge, and I love challenges. And you can certainly express yourself more in a poem. The book’s title was “At Home” I would love to make a second one, or do another edition with extra images.

  1. What advice would you give to people who are into film photography as a career?  

Good luck, and keep a backup second job, at least in the beginning. And make sure you aren’t allergic to chemistry.

Portraits to Inspire

Portraits to Inspire

Between September 27th and December 20th, 2018, an exhibition of one hundred portraits of women who changed the world was installed in the Student Lounge and several office spaces on campus. The portraits were painted by Norwegian artist Sema Jönsson, who set herself the goal of painting one portrait every day until she reached 400 paintings. Jönsson hopes that the stories of the women she has portrayed will encourage viewers towards their voyage of self-discovery. To read more about Jönsson’s project, please visit Commissioned by Dr. Clementina Acedo, the exhibition was the first of a year-long sequence of events celebrating the university’s 40th year in Geneva. Dr. Julianna Sandholm-Bark curated it with the help of undergraduate students Saba Ghezili, Grisha Loginov, Pierre-Antoine Belin, Martina Castiglioni and the students of First Year Seminar, who helped select portraits for the Student Lounge. The show was installed with the assistance of Francesco Arese Visconti and students Elisa Honegger, Puja Schroth, Fernanda Faria Zagato, and Claire Vasiloglou. Dr. Claude Chaudet generated QR codes for the portraits. Ron Banks, Will McDonald, and Tim Young helped promote the event. Celia Joachim, Kristina Shimkus, and Jose Lima provided invaluable support. The photo essay below documents a side project involving a few of these portraits, which were particularly inspirational to members of the Webster community. Each portrait appears with the person who chose it.
Julianna Sandholm-Bark on Irena Sendler: I first learned about Irena Sendler during a recent visit to the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, the city where I was born 40 years ago. Sendler was head of the children’s bureau of “Zegota,” an underground organization set up to save Jews after the Nazis invaded Poland in September 1939. She rescued about 2,500 Jewish children by smuggling them out of the Warsaw ghetto, which had been created by the Nazis soon after their invasion of Poland. Sender’s portrait is a powerful tribute to the human capacity for moral courage, and also to the scarred legacy of the city of my birth.

Ron Banks on Twiggy:  For me, Twiggy represents what was happening at the time – the changes in music, the mod style, the hipness and the subtle rebellion of the youth. She was only three years older than I, and what impressed me was how she became an icon and a trendsetter at such a young age as a model. She gave confidence to many young people to be different. Thank you, Lesley Hornby-Lawson.

Francesco Arese Visconti on Elisabeth Windsor, Queen of England: Queen Elizabeth turned 93 last April. She has lived almost a century. She is an icon and has fully experienced the 20th century, one of the most controversial and diverse centuries in the history of humanity. When I think about the Queen, I cannot avoid thinking about portraits of queens and kings and how artists have created them with different styles. The final goal was always to represent their aura. When I saw her name on the list, I immediately recalled her photographic portrait taken by Annie Leibovitz. Portraiture is part of my identity as a researcher and as an artist, and photographic portraiture is a key element in the PhD I am working on at the University of Westminster. Lastly, I just realized she was born in 1926… It might seem to be by chance – though nothing happens by chance – but Fiorentina was founded in 1926 in Florence. (This happens to be Francesco’s favorite football club)

Claude Chaudet on Grace Hopper Women in computer science have always been under-represented, even if this line is slowly changing. Grace Hopper (born Murray) is therefore a particularly notable person since she was a mathematician, a woman in the military (US navy) and a visionary for computer science. She defended in the 1950s the idea of a high-level programming language, easier to understand that machine language, paving the way for modern computer programming.

Vlad Glaveanu on Frida Khalo: Frida is an inspiration for many reasons but what inspires me most from her story is her resilience and the way in which she managed to turn suffering into creativity. Her unique style is, at once, deeply embedded into culture and her life experience and, at the same time, deeply unique. This, for me, is one of the main lessons of creativity: that it connects us to our world in the most personal and unique ways!

Oreste Foppiani on Nadine Gordimer: I chose Nadine Gordimer’s portrait because she is a multifaceted Anglophone writer, and Nobel Prize winner for literature. She is both a key figure in South African literature and a political activist who played a major role in her fight against apartheid.

Kristina Shimkus on Helena Rubinstein:  There are so few female role models from Eastern Europe who have accomplished as much as Helena. Known for her global cosmetic empire, Helena was also a savvy entrepreneur, arts patron and philanthropist who supported women in science. On a more personal note, I remember discovering Helena Rubinstein’s beauty products as a teenager in my mom’s beauty cabinet. My wonderful mom, who is now is in her 70s, still believes in the importance of beautiful skin, hair and nails and has been a true inspiration for me.

Celia Joachim on Billie Holiday:  Choosing Billie Holiday’s portrait to be in my office was an easy choice. I grew up in a house where Jazz music was always playing. From Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong to Nina Simone, John Coltrane and many more, Billie Holiday is an artist that I’ve listen to for years. She has a delicate yet powerful voice, a dramatic intensity that makes each and every of her songs more meaningful. Billie had no formal vocal training but a natural talent and ability to move anyone who would listen to her.

Sharon Hitchcock on Amelia Earhart: I chose the portrait of Amelia Earhart (1897-1937?) to hang in my office. She was an intrepid aviator who dared to break records in the new field of aviation at a time when women had little access to any jobs. Already a role model, her disappearance from the skies and supposed death by accident – or possibly as a war prisoner – made her story sad and unforgettable. An example of her lasting impression is contained in the song lyrics by Joni Mitchell, a musician I admire.

Teny Pirri-Simonian on Zainab Salbi.   Zainab Salbi gives hope. Out of her compassion for Bosnian women used as weapons of war, at 23, and newly married, she founded the organization Women For Women International, a worldwide network that aids women who have survived war. I feel especially close to her because, although we have never met and are a generation apart, we are from the same geographic region and are working on the same issues. Her 20 years of untiring work for women in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Colombia, Rwanda, Sudan, and beyond are inspiring.

Amanda Callendrier on Tarana Burke: I chose Tarana Burke as my portrait in support of the #metoo movement of 2017. I confess that I didn’t know her face, and I chose from the list of names. I tried to learn a little more about her, since she would be living with me at work for a while. I found out that her “me too” movement started over a decade before Alyssa Milano made it popular again, and I learned of her civil rights activism, her Bronx upbringing, her time spent in Alabama. I think I most liked the fact that people who visited my office wouldn’t necessarily recognize her from the portrait, and many not even by name. I liked that I would have to explain it and that it meant that the beliefs were on display as much as the person. I could say that Tarana Burke was one of the “silence breakers,”” with her watching over me.

Peter Carson on Zaha Hadid: I first became aware of Zaha Hadid and her work in 2003.  She designed a new building for the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, where I was living, and it was a very big deal. Not only was she a famous, edgy and hip, but her building was sublime. I spent many happy hours there admiring the building, as well as the art. It was her first project in the United States and she, of course, went on to design bridges, opera houses and dozens of major buildings all over the world before her untimely death in 2016. She was a giant.

Axel Dormans on Hedy Lamarr: The first time I discovered the face of Hedy in the list of the 100 Women who Inspire from S.J. I knew that I would choose her representation to be sitting in my office for the next coming months. Along with her incredible beauty, she brings a sophisticated mix of serenity and assertiveness that brings the certainty that she is a great woman. A lot of passion is coming through the depth of her intense blue eyes and it leaves me at once puzzled and dreamy. In fact she inspires me a lot … and I will miss her energy when she returns back to S.J.

Beatrice von Mach on Marie Curie: The first woman to win a Nobel Prize, to date the sole winner of two Nobel Prizes in two different disciplines (physics and chemistry), Marie Curie embodies genius, courage and selflessness, working tirelessly in the face of sexism. One of her most inspiring stories must be her dedication to x-ray  thousands of WW1 wounded soldiers at the battlefront using the small mobile X-ray units she had developed. Her work caused her to be exposed to high levels of radiation which led to her early death. Her ashes were enshrined in the Pantheon in 1996.

Will McDonald on Josephine Baker: I was proud to have my photo with the portrait of Josephine Baker, whom I knew as an entertainer and an outspoken civil rights activist.  Originally a world-renowned jazz and dance icon based in Paris, France, she was a supporter of the French Resistance in WWII, and eventually became a vocal civil rights activist against segregation in America (and even renounced her American citizenship in defiance).  Her impact was partly because she left her native country and could raise a voice more freely abroad.  Her controversial advocacy during the Civil Rights movement in the U.S. continued from afar—yet she was invited to make an official speech at the March on Washington. Because of her successful entertainment career, she engaged among the highest circles of European society.  She apparently once said about her activism, “I have walked into the palaces of kings and queens and into the houses of presidents. And much more. But I could not walk into a hotel in America and get a cup of coffee, and that made me mad.” I wanted to more about her, after seeing this portrait, and I discovered two additional and uncanny connections, besides the common link that we’re both Americans who chose a francophone city as our home:  she was originally born under the name Josephine McDonald (my own last name, but no direct relation as far as I know) and she was from St. Louis, Missouri–our home campus of Webster University)!

Elizabeth Gebre Michael on Oprah Winfrey: Oprah is very inspiring to me because the obstacles she faced early in her career did not stop her from pursuing her dreams. She is also a great philanthropist who is generous in both her willingness to share her life experiences and her ability to feel empathy for others.

Elisa Honegger on J.K. Rowling:  I chose J.K. Rowling because she inspired me to read. As a child, I could not stand reading, I did not see the point, and my parents were worried… rightfully so. But then, one day, my mother was reading the latest Harry Potter book, and I was bored, so I was reading over her shoulder. I asked my mother what was going on and she would not tell me. All she said was to read the book. So, I picked up her copy of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and I started reading. I could not stop. Once I was finished, I had to read the next, but it hadn’t come out yet, so I had to go back and read the previous five. As I got older, I would read these books when I was dealing with a lot of stress. Her books helped me escape for a while, and I would be able to relax. I am pretty sure that I am not the only person who she inspired and that is why I chose her.

Saba Ghezili on Malala Yousafzai: I admire Malala’s efforts and accomplishments and consider her a true role model for my generation. As the youngest Nobel Prize laureate and an activist for female education, she has faced many difficulties in her path to remind the world of the significance of education as a fundamental human right. It is thanks to people like her, who stand with exemplary courage and devotion, that this world will become a better place.

Martina Castiglioni on Valentina Vezzali:  Valentina Vezzali is one of the most celebrated Italian athletes in the world; with six Olympic gold medals and over twenty wins in the World and European Fencing Championships. Valentina is not only an icon in the history of foil fencing, but also a symbol of determination, passion, and commitment. What I find particularly inspiring about this woman is her natural ability to engage in sport, family life and social work with equal dedication and positive energy. She is also involved in several UN initiatives, tackling climate change and food scarcity, which proves that she is not only a role model because of her career achievements, but also as an active global citizen.

Valentina Churina on Natalia Vodianova:  Born in my home country, Russia, Natalia Vodianova always inspired me with her philanthropic work. The Naked Heart Foundation, founded in 2004, has achieved immense success. It built more than 100 playgrounds all over Russia to allow as many children as possible to play outside. The foundation also made 18 support centers for children suffering from autism and illnesses such as cerebral palsy.

The “100 Portraits of Women Who Inspire” exhibition was connected to the Meet the Artist Lecture Series, a platform for discussing the visual arts and reaching out to the local community. The series was created to enhance the potential of students to think in critical, creative, and cross-disciplinary ways. Presentations serve an essential co-curricular function where course topics, such as creativity, human rights, and sustainability, are explored through the lens of art. The series forms an integral part of courses such as First Year Seminar, Art Appreciation, Introduction to Sustainability, and Current Art, amongst other courses. Artists who are invited this season will be speaking about the use of digital technology in their work, covering computer graphics, electronics, time-based media and holography, a new generation of smart objects for home spaces, and virtual reality technology. This series of lectures is hosted by Webster University’s Global Citizenship Program in collaboration with the Media Communications Department and the Webster Center of Creativity and Innovation (WCCI). The program of the upcoming Meet the Artist Lecture Series can be found at