With great pleasure I accepted membership into the St. Petersburg chapter of the Artists' Union of Russia. This institution has for almost a century been a champion of public art, a defender of artists' rights and a fantastic venue for large and small exhibitions. It manages an impressive portfolio of artists' studios, which members "rent" can rent for life at reasonable rates. My Russian colleagues, my mentors and their mentors all are members of the Artists' Union.
As a result, Daud Akhriev and I are planning our first exhibition together in Russia at the Artists' Union headquarters off Nevsky Prospect. The opening will be Christmas Day, 2018.