Igor Babalilov Elected Into Roster Of Academicians Of Russian Academy Of Arts

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Igor Babailov, Hon. RAA, world-renowned American artist, was invited to Russia, where, in an official ceremony in Moscow he was bestowed the world’s highest honor in the arts. The historically acclaimed Russian Academy of Arts (est.1757) elected Mr. Babailov into its roster of Academicians. In recent years, previous recipients of this honor included designer Pierre Cardin, HRH Princess Chantal of France and the great American artist, Andrew Wyeth. 

About the Russian Academy of Arts

Peter the Great's plan to create a Russian art school came to fruition on Nov. 6, 1757, when the Russian Academy of Arts was established under the reign of Empress Elizabeth. In 1764, Catherine the Great proclaimed it the Imperial Academy of Arts and rendered it special privilege. Since its inception, the Academy taught and gave the world some of the most famous names in the history of art such as F. Bruni, A. Ivanov, K. Bryullov, J.A. Whistler, I. Kramskoy, I. Repin, V. Serov and many other artists. In compliance with the RAA Charter, membership in the Russian Academy of Arts consists of: full members (academicians), corresponding members and honorary members (honorary academicians). Members are elected by the Academy Assembly.

About Igor Babailov 

Mr. Babailov has painted the official portraits of world leaders including two popes and patriarch, presidents, prime ministers, ambassadors, generals, judges, Nobel peace prize laureates, celebrities and some of the most distinguished families and individuals around the world. In 2010, the Vatican curator acknowledged Mr. Babailov as ‘Maestro,’ when his official portrait of Pope Benedict XVI was selected by the Pope for the Vatican Splendors museum tour and he was the only living artist to exhibit alongside the works of Michelangelo, Giotto, Bernini and other Masters of the Renaissance. 

Mr. Babailov is a member of the National Arts Club of New York and numerous other organizations. His distinguished awards include the Pontifical Medal of John Paul II, The U.S. Military Commander's Medal for Excellence, the Order ‘Service to Art’ of the International Academy of Culture and Art and other such prestigious awards and state honors. His official website is www.Babailov.com.


Desmond Doss Commemorative Event Draws Large Audience

A commemorative event scheduled on the 11th anniversary of Medal of Honor recipient Desmond T. Doss’s death drew a large crowd, many who had known the quiet hero and many who had been inspired by the biographical movie, Hacksaw Ridge.  The ceremony, conducted graveside at the Chattanooga National Cemetery, combined solemn and sacred elements sprinkled with moments of joyful ... (click for more)

Cleveland Recycle Run To Be Held May 27

The City of Cleveland will be hosting its third annual Cleveland Recycles 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk on Saturday, May 27. "The goal of this event is to educate about the benefits of recycling and reducing litter in our community. This year, the selected course takes you downtown and offers a scenic route through the heart of our city," officials said. There is no cost to participate ... (click for more)

Motorcyclist Killed In Wreck On E. 34th Street

Brandon Tuders, 21, was killed in a motorcycle accident Friday afternoon.   Chattanooga Police Officers responded to a single vehicle motorcycle crash in the 1900 block of East 34th Street.   The accident occurred at approximately  12 p.m.  Witnesses said the motorcycle was traveling east on 34th Street on the wrong side of the road in a curve. ... (click for more)

Firefighters Respond To House Fire Friday Afternoon On Cameron Lane

The  Chattanooga Fire Department responded to 4921 Cameron Lane on a residential house fire on Friday around  12:30 p.m. The homeowner said that he returned home to see smoke coming from his roof top vents. He did not open the door; instead, he called 911.  The fire department arrived on the scene and quickly extinguished the fire. ... (click for more)

Slaxxon Regret

Back in the seventies my three oldest brothers had a buddy named Steve Slack. “Slack” was a star soccer player at Baylor and he grew up on Lookout Mountain, which is where I grew up. He and Jimmy, Henry and Bill went to the University of Virginia where they were roommates in an old, beat up house that was painted pink. Naturally, the place became known as the “Pink Palace” but lest ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Geno: Our ‘Me’ Culture

By almost every measure, Geno Auriemma is the best basketball coach in America. His University of Connecticut women are riding a record 109-game winning streak that dates to Nov. 17, 2016. Stanford barely beat them in overtime 3 years ago, but, before that, they won 41 straight. That means UConn is 153-1 and, in the current 109 streak, they have double-figure wins over the opponents ... (click for more)