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.

Orest Prynada

Born in 1965 in Lviv, Orest Prynada graduated from the I.Trush Lviv College of Decorative and Applied Arts in 1985. He trained in 1992 at Kent Institute of Art & Design, Maidstone, England and in 1993, he graduated from the Lviv Institute of Applied and Decorative Art (today Lviv National Academy of Arts) with a specialty in glass art. He is now a lecturer in the Glass Art Department of LNAA and member of the National Union of Artists of Ukraine. His works are included in museums and private collections in Ukraine, Poland, France, Holland, Germany, China and Great Britain. Prynada combines his active creative work with pedagogical activities and is an author of methodological sources, concepts of student projects, and exhibitions.