Andrea Wenglowskyj shares how setting intentional –if not daunting and difficult– goals can allow for serendipitous moments to illuminate life.

Andrea Wenglowskyj shares her story of a year-long trip to Ukraine and the discomforts and discoveries about the place where her parents were born. Through photography, she comes to better understand the differences between homeland and diaspora. During her trip she sought the home where her mom was born in a small Ukrainian village, and this proved that setting specific goals helps serendipitous moments cross her path.

About the speaker

Andrea Wenglowskyj is a visual artist and commercial photographer based in Buffalo by way of Rochester, New Paltz, Boston, Paris, Kyiv and Brooklyn. She also co-founded DELVE, an educational and coaching platform that helps artists and creatives tell their unique stories and establish a clear, genuine and powerful presence in the world. Her photography-based art work explores ideas of home and belonging, collectivity, and the responsibility to maintain or break tradition, rule, and ritual—especially to understand the power and motivations of a collective group. Each of her projects is sparked by a personal connection to a location or event, often part of her past or Ukrainian-American heritage. She has worked with Storefront for Art and Architecture, the UBS Art Collection, and is a Fulbright grant recipient. She has her Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and Tufts University, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from the State University of New York at New Paltz.

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I just marvel, everyday, at the fact that each individual has so much power. I marvel at the fact that one person can make you feel so much better or so much worse. That on person can really change your life. — Andrea Wenglowskyj

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