Assist. Prof. Adriana Lubenova, PhD


Phone: 032/261317
E-mail: alubenova@yahoo.com
Address: 24 Tsar Assen Str, fl. 2, 203, Plovdiv 4000
Visiting hours: every Thursday 13.00-14.00

Field of the scientific qualification

Christian art, art history, theology, archaeology, restoration and conservation

Education

PhD:

2009 – 2014 PhD, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Institute for Art Studies, Sofia, Bulgaria

"Mosaic pavements of Philipoppolis ІV-VІ c. AD"

Master:

2010 – 2012 M.S., Shumen University "Episkop Konstantin Preslavski", Shumen Bulgaria

Archaeology - Conservation and restoration

Restoration of historical monuments and archaeological objects

  2009 -2010 Th.M. – M.S.W. The "Paisij Hilendarski" University of Plovdiv, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

 Theology- Social worker

Orthodox Christianity

2005 – 2007 MFA. Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Art, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Orthodox Painting

Icon painting, fresco, mosaics etc.

Bachelor:

1998 – 2004 BFA. George Mason University, VA, USA

Sculpture

Sculpture, painting and art history

Professional experience

Occupied lecturer's duties at this stage:

 

2014 - Present - "Assistant Professor" –teach courses  "Introduction to Theology", "Christian art", "Non-Christian religious beliefs", "Heterodox religions", "Theology of the icon" etc. in the Department of Theology  at The "Paisij Hilendarski" University of Plovdiv, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

2013 -2014 - lecturer – teach courses  "Introduction to Theology", "Christian art", "Non-Christian religious beliefs", "Heterodox religions", "Theology of the icon" etc. in the Department of Theology at The "Paisij Hilendarski" University of Plovdiv, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

 

2010-2013 - Director of orthodox painting studio "Iconography"

Make the study programs of the students, Organize exhibits, competitions, summer camps etc. Teach icon and wall painting, mosaics, glass painting and iconography. Manage the budget, supplies etc. The Holly Metropolitan Church of Plovdiv, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

2007-2010 – Lecturer -Teach icon painting at the Orthodox painting Department , Academy of   Music, Dance and Fine Art, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

2000-2004 - Teacher assistant to Prof. Tom Ashcraft

Supervise the art studio, and work with students from the lower levels. George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, USA

 

      Administrative-management experience:

2014 – present - Foundation "My Museum"  – coordinator

2004 – 2005 - McLean Children Center, McLean, VA, USA -Teacher

1995 – 1999 - Greenpeace National,  Wash. DC, USA   - office manager/ coordinator

Memberships

Memberships:

Scientific secretary of the "University Center for Christian Art and Culture "at the University of Plovdiv.
 Member of the board of directors of the "Association of the Bulgarian Schools Abroad"

Member of the board of directors of the "Association of Orthodox theologians St. Paisii Hilendarski"

Member of the International Committee for Restoration and Conservation of Mosaics (ICCM).

Have a command of languages

English, Russian

Publications

Monographs:

                Слово и образ (видимото и невидимото в православната иконография), 2013, ISBN: 978-619-7034-14-1

 

Studies:

Християнството и особености на религиозния живот във Филипопол през ІV- VІ век – In: „Приноси към християнското културно-историческо наследство", Plovdiv, volume 2, 2013, p. 29 -71, ISBN: 978-954-8812-73-3

 

Scientific papers and reports:

  1. Към символиката на мозаичната украса на т. нар. Малка базилика в Пловдив - In the proceedings of:  „Изкуство и контекст", Sofia, 2008, p. 250- 257. ISSN: 1313-7379
  2. Християнският Храм и Неговата сакралност - In: Годишник на АМТИИ, 2008, p. 138-143, ISBN: 1313-6526
  3. Светата Троица - In: Годишник на АМТИИ, 2008, p. 144-147, ISBN: 1313-6526
  4. Моите лични етнически конфликти – In: www.emigrant-bg.barrydoor.nl 2009
  5. Neue Überlegungenzum hexakonchalen Martyrium von Philippopolis (Plovdiv, Bulgarien) – Mitteilungen zur Christlichen Archäologie 16, 2010 (mit I. Topalilov),  p. 59-70, ISBN: 978-3-7001-6884-3
  6. Символиката на „хляба" в мозаичното изкуство във Филипопол през ІV – VІ век – In the proceedings of : „Изкуствоведски четения" – Sofia, 2010, p. 146 -155, ISSN 1313-2342
  7. Православната иконография чрез образа на Свети Райко Шуменски - In: „Приноси към християнското културно-историческо", Plovdiv, volume 1, 2011, р. 96-117,
  8. Икона или идол (същността на Православния естетически мироглед) – In: „Докторантски бюлетин" volume 1 (1) April 2012, Sofia, р. 52-57
  9. Предизвикателства пред съвременната църковна живопис - In the proceedings of:– „Изкуствата, пазарът, публиките", БАН, Sofia 2013, р. 214-221.  ISBN: 978-954-8594-44-8
  10.  Некоторые аспекты русского влияния на современную болгарскую иконографию – In the proceedings of: «Россия в Болгарии, Болгария в России:  перспективы сотрудничества в начале XXI века» 2012, р. 132 -139 (with Б. Петкова) ISBN: 978-5-7777-0539-6
  11. Изображенията на птици върху горната мозайка на Епископската базилика във Филипопол, In the proceedings of : „Изкуствоведски четения" – Sofia, 2012, (in print)
  12. Някои аспекти от благотворителността на Българската Православна Църква в Пловдив в началото на 20 век. In the proceedings of:  „Благотворителността в Пловдив 19 – 20 век"2012, (in print)
  13. Болгарская икона – In the proceedings of : VIII Международый форум „Задонские Свято-Тихоновские образовательные чтения", Lipetsk, 2013, р. 174-175,  ISBN: 978-5-906269-03-04
  14. Научно-образовательный центр болгарской культуры, церковной живописи и дизайна - In the proceedings of: - IX Международый форум „Задонские Свято-Тихоновские образовательные чтения", Lipetsk, 2014, р. 211-213 (with Сергей Тонковид). ISBN: 978-5-906269-09-6
  15.  Литургиката и символиката на изображенията в раннохристиянските подови мозайки от Филипопол IV-VI век.-  In the proceedings of: Сборник доклади „Антични мозайки и кариери" (in print)
  16.  Символы духовного единства православных народов России и Болгарии  - In the proceedings of: - IX Международый форум „Задонские Свято-Тихоновские образовательные чтения", Lipetsk, 2014 (in print)
  17.   Some aspects of the symbolism of the mosaic pavement from the "Small basilica" in Philippopolis, Lodz, Poland, 2015 (in print)

 

Activities

Scientific projects:

International Museum Day – 2015

International Museum Day – 2014

Night of the Museums – 2014

Documentary film „The contemporary Bulgarian Iconography"2013-

Documentary film "Balkan Summer School on Religion and Public Life (BSSPL)" 2013 -2015

"The Christian cultural-historical heritage as a leading factor for establishing and preserving        the national identity".  National Scientific Fund Ministry of Education and Science 2009 -2013

Ddocumentary film „The iconography of St. Paisii Hilendarski- tradition and modernity"2012 -2013

International Museum Day – 2013

Night of the Museums– 2013

 

Participation in scientific forums:

International conference of the "Association of the Bulgarian Schools Abroad" Sofia 2015

Archaeological and restoration summer field school – Istanbul, Turkey, 2015 –lecturer

Text versus a piece of art the First International Conference on Arts, Literature and Humanities to be held in Lodz, Poland in May 18-20 2015.

Iconography work shop – London, England, 2015 – lecturer

Regional Course on the Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites with Mosaics, Herculaneum, Italy, 2015

International conference 11th –" Задонские Свято-Тихоновские образовательные чтения" Lipetsk, Russia 2015

International conference "Социально-нравственный и правовой аспект противодействия алкоголизму, наркомании и другим антиобщественным явлениям" Lipetsk, Russia 2015

Nish and Byzantium XIII – Nish, Serbia, 2014

Public lecture „Early Christianity in Philippopolis"– Lipetsk, Russia, 2014

Archaeological and restoration summer field school – Istanbul, Turkey, 2014 –lecturer

"Penetration and establishment of Christianity in Philippopolis „ Regional Archaeological Museum, Plovdiv, 2014 - lecturer

International conference 10th –" Задонские Свято-Тихоновские образовательные чтения" Lipetsk, Russia 2014

12th Conference of the International Committee for the Conservation of Mosaics (ICCM), Sardinia, Italy 2014.

International conference of the "Association of the Bulgarian Schools Abroad" Sofia 2014

Iconographic gathering – Oreshaka, 2014

Regional Course on the Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites with Mosaics, Paphos, Cyprus,  2014

Art Studies Reading - Sofia 2013

Balkan Summer School on Religion and Public Life (BSSPL) – 2013

Iconographic gathering – Oreshaka, 2013

"The Christian cultural-historical heritage as a leading factor for establishing and preserving        the national identity".  Plovdiv, 2013

International conference 9th "Задонские Свято-Тихоновские образовательные чтения" - Lipetsk, Russia, 2013

International conference „Bulgarian humanities in the context of European scientific inquiry " – Sofia, 2013

International conference of the "Association of the Bulgarian Schools Abroad" Sofia 2013

International conference „Antique mosaics and quarries"-Sofia, 2013

Art Studies Reading – Sofia, 2012

Iconographic gathering – Oreshaka, 2012

"The arts, the market, the audiences" -  Sofia, 2012

International conference of the "Association of the Bulgarian Schools Abroad" Sofia 2012

"The charity in Plovdiv 19-20 century"– Plovdiv, 2012

Россия в Болгарии, Болгария в России: перспективы сотрудничества в начале XXI века –Plovdiv, 2012

Iconographic gathering – Tsarevo, 2011

International conference of the "Association of the Bulgarian Schools Abroad" Sofia 2011

International Summer School on Religion and Public Life (ISSRPL), 2011

11th Conference of the International Committee for the Conservation of Mosaics (ICCM), "Managing archaeological sites with mosaics: from real problems to practical solutions", Meknes (Morocco), 2011.

Art Studies Reading – Sofia, 2010

International conference of the "Association of the Bulgarian Schools Abroad" Sofia 2010

              Iconographic gathering – Tsarevo, 2010

10th Conference of the International Committee for the Conservation of Mosaics (ICCM), Палермо, Италия, 2009

"Art and context" - Sofia, 2008

 

Participation in scientific councils and scientific expert commissions:

Member of the editorial board of - Гласника Завода за заштиту споменика културе Ниш „СТУБОВИ БАШТИНЕ".

Memberships in professional scientific associations, federations, commissions, societies and others:

Scientific secretary of the "University Center for Christian Art and Culture "at the University of Plovdiv.
 Member of the board of directors of the "Association of the Bulgarian Schools Abroad"

Member of the board of directors of the "Association of Orthodox theologians St. Paisii Hilendarski"

Member of the International Committee for Restoration and Conservation of Mosaics (ICCM).

Prizes, scholarship, specializations, guest professorships, scientific exchange:

 

Certificate for: Regional Course on the Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites with Mosaics 2014 - 2015

Grant of the Getty Foundation/MOSAICON - Regional Course on the Conservation and

Management of Archaeological Sites with Mosaics, Herculaneum, Italy, 2015

Grant of the Getty Foundation/MOSAICON - Regional Course on the Conservation and
Management of Archaeological Sites with Mosaics, Paphos, Cyprus, 2014

Grant of the Getty Foundation - (ICCM) Sardinia, Italy, 2014

Certificate of summer course in Russian language – Institute „A. S. Pushkin"Moscow, Russia - 2012

Certificate of - International Summer School on Religion and Public Life (ISSRPL), 2011

Grant of the Getty Foundation - (ICCM) Meknes, Morocco, 2011.

Post-Graduate Study in Technique and Technology in Orthodox art, Academy of Music Dance                         and Fine Arts, Plovdiv – 2009

 

  Post-Graduate Study in Iconography, Academy of Music Dance and Fine Arts, Plovdiv – 2009

  Post-Graduate Study in Theology and Symbolism, Academy of Music Dance and Fine Arts, Plovdiv - 2008

  Post-Graduate Study in Drawing, Academy of Music Dance and Fine Arts, Plovdiv – 2008

  Restoration and conservation internship for UNESCO, Plovdiv, 6-9, 2007

  Restoration and conservation internship for UNESCO, Plovdiv, 6-9, 2006

Graduates and PhD

Georgy Merdzhianov – Iconography of the Orthodox Feast Days

Other Activities

One-man shows:George Mason University, VA, USA– 2001

George Mason University, VA, USA – 2003

Moscow, Russia- 2009

Yaroslavl, Russia- 2009

Uglich, Russia - 2009

 

Nizhni Novgorog, Russia - 2009

Samara, Russia - 2009

Saratov, Russia, - 2009

Astrakhan, Russia - 2009

Cheboksari, Russia - 2009

Tolyatti, Russia - 2009

Kazan, Russia – 2009

Volgograd, Russia – 2009

Syzran, Russia - 2009

Sofia University, Bulgaria - 2010

 

Collective art exhibits:

George Mason University, VA, USA – 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003

Icon exposition, Plovdiv , Bulgaria „Night of the galleries" – 2006

Galleria „Heros", Plovdiv, Bulgaria – 2006

Galleria „Heros", Plovdiv, Bulgaria „Night of the galleries" – 2007

Annual Christmas exhibit at the Art Academy, Plovdiv, Bulgaria – 2005, 2006, 2008

Annual Easter exhibit at the Art Academy Plovdiv, Bulgaria - 2006, 2007, 2008

Galleria "Tеrаart" Plovdiv, Bulgaria – 2008

Biennale of the Christian arts,Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria – 2009

Icon exposition, Plovdiv,  Bulgaria – 2010

Galleria Serdica, Sofia, Bulgaria -2010

Eparchial hall, Plovdiv, Bulgaria – 2010

Eparchial hall, Plovdiv, Bulgaria – 2010

Sofia – 2011

Pomorie -2011

Monumental paintings:

 

Church of „St. George", Plovdiv, Bulgaria– 2007

Church of „St. Theodor", Shiroka Luka, Bulgaria - 2007

Church of the Holly Mother, Pazardzik, Bulgaria - 2008