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Tatiana Nikolova-Houston, BS, MS, MLIS, PhD

2100 Rio Grande St, Austin TX 78705-5513, USA

512/619-5186, [email protected]

 "Sacred Illuminations." Solo art exhibit, based on Slavic manuscript decorative patterns, Eastern Orthodox prayers, Biblical and other inspirational and motivational quotes.

Participation in thirty seven exhibits (2009-2012), including juried, and solo exhibits, in Austin, TX, Colorado Springs and Denver, CO, New York, Pittsburgh, PA, Michigan, Springfield, Ill, and Holland, Bulgaria, Lebanon. 


Ad Imaginem Arboris Vitae - BEST OF THEME AWARD - Wesley Art Contest, John Wesley United Methodist Church, Houston, TX. April 29, 2014.

Come Holy Spirit - Accepted in Liturgical and Sacred Arts Festival juried contest "Come Creative Spirit," Springfield Art Association, Springfield, Il. May 3-24, 2014.

Transfiguration - Accepted in IMAGO "Blessed" juried 2014 Holy Week Art Show, Houston, TX.

I AM the Way, Love Mercy - Accepted in Mercy and Justice PCPC Festival juried competition, out of nearly 400 pieces. November 2013.

I AM the Light, Tree of Life-Infinity, Come Holy Spirit - Accepted in the "Art for God's Sake" juried show, St. Anastasia Catholic Church, Troy, Michigan. Exhibit, May 3-5, 2013. Tree of Life - Infinity SOLD.

The Star of Bethlehem, The Burning Bush, The Tree of Life - Holy Spirit - Special Recognition for the Sacred Time - Sacred Space" online exhibition, Still Point Art Gallery. November 6, 2012.

The Tree of Life - Infinity - Special Recognition Award. Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery. Curator: John Math.

"Come Holy Spirit" - Scribes of Hope II, Christians in the Visual Arts. Illumination selected for the traveling exhibit by Prof. Timothy Butts, College of DuPage.

Special Recognition, Upstream People Gallery, The 14th Judeo-Christian Exhibit. Juried online exhibit by Prof. Lawrence Bradshaw, University of Omaha.

I AM the Light - First Prize (cash award). "A Journey of Faith." First Evangelical Lutheran Church. Juried exhibit by Prof. Tim High, UT. 


"Come Creative Spirit," Sacred and Liturgical Art Exhibit. Springfield Art Association, Springfield, Ill. Juried show. May 3-30, 2014. "Come Holy Spirit" selected.

Psalm 1:3 - Art Contest. Wesley United Methodist Church. Houston, TX. BEST OF THEME AWARD for Ad Imaginem Arboris Vitae. Out of 51 works.

IMAGO "Blessed" juried exhibit. Houston, TX. April 5-30. "Transfiguration" selected.

Art City Austin juried art festival. Austin, TX. April, 2014.

"Sacred Illuminations" at North Hills Gallery, North Hills Methodist Church, Austin, TX. March 5-30, 2014. Solo exhibit of 60 originals. Two originals sold: "Ecclesiastes" and "Tree of Life - Holy Spirit."

Spring Women Artist's Exhibit. Gabrovo, Bulgaria. March-April 2014. Three pieces selected: "Maria the radiant woman," "Belt Buckles," and "Bread Offering."

"Faith and Arts Celebration," Texas Council of Churches February 7, 2014.

"Sacred Illuminations" at Antiques of River Oaks Gallery, Houston, TX. November-December 2014. Solo exhibit of 33 original works.

"Georgetown Art in the Square" - Juried art festival, October 26-27, 2013.

"Justice and Mercy" PCPC Festival (based on Micah 6:8), Park Cities Presbyterian Church, Dallas, TX. November 2013. Juried art competition. Two pieces selected through two rounds of jury of nearly 400 pieces: "I Am the Way," and "Love Mercy."

"Out on a Limb: The Tree as Art and Metaphor," Dell Jewish Cultural Center. Aug.29-Nov.11, 2013. Tree of Life - Infinity and Tree of Life - Seven Birds (sold) selected for the joint juried exhibit.

Antiochian Heritage Museum, Ligonier, PA. March 2013-2014. Curator: Julia Ritter. 7 pieces selected: I AM the Water of Life, I AM the Beginning and the End - Alef to Tav, Cross mosaic, Cross blue jewels, Byzantine I, Prayer Shawl, Trust in the Lord.

Laity Lodge Cody Center Gallery, Kerville, TX. November 14-February 28, 2013. Exhibit planned.

First Presbyterian Church, Austin, TX. November 11-December 31, 2012. Artist's talk, presentation and exhibit planned.

Christ Church Anglican, Austin, TX. October 19, 2012. Artist's talk and presentation

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery. "Tree of Life - Infinity" received Special Recognition Award. Judge and curator: John Math.

Visual Arts Ministry VAM Gallery, First Evangelical Free Church, Austin: Solo exhibit "IKON and WORD", curator Prof. Tim High, UT School of Fine Arts, August-September 16-November 17, 2012. 90 works featured. Artist's talk - October 30, 2012.

First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Austin: Solo exhibit, curator Fred Woody. May-August, 2012. 16 originals. Artist's talk.

Sacralni miniaturi II, Holy Trinity Church, Gabrovo, Bulgaria. Exhibit and discussion. July 2012.

National Gallery, Bulgaria, joint exhibit with the Bulgarian Artists Abroad. June 27-July 8, 2012 - with "Maria the Radiant Woman" and "Eucharist - Bread Offering."

"Beyond Borders VI" - Daley Center, Chicago - June 4-15, 2012 - Joint Exhibit with Bulgarian Artists Abroad, "Maria the Radiant Woman" and "Bread Offering."

Parish Life Conference, Antiochian Orthodox Church. Houston, TX, June 6-9, 2012.

Kent State University, Ohio State University - Hilandar Research Center "Increasing the Visibility of the Slavic Medieval Manuscripts" - paper and exhibit of manuscript illuminations.

St. Thomas Bulgarian Orthodox Church, Ohio - exhibit. June 2012.

Upstream People Gallery, 14th Judeo-Christian Exhibit, Juried online exhibit by Prof. Lawrence Bradshaw, University of Omaha. All 7 pieces selected and won Special Recognition out of 170 artists from around the world: Theotokos in vines icon, Come Holy Spirit, Tree of Life- Holy Spirit, Tree of Life - Eye of God, Tree of Life - Cosmic, I Am the Light, I Am the Bread of Life.

“A Journey of Faith,” First Lutheran Evangelical Church, juried exhibit by Prof. Tim High, UT (February-April, 2011). Two works chosen among twenty works: I Am the Light, I AM the Bread of Life. First Prize for I am the Light and cash award

St. Mary Cathedral (December, 2011). La Posada: Art exhibit and sale.

St. David Episcopal Church (December, 2011) Solo art exhibit, presentation and art sale.

E.A.S.T. – East Austin Art Tour – Real Gallery “Wall to Wall” exhibit (November, 2011). Eight originals works displayed, including a metal piece.

The Gallery of Sacred Arts with Catholic Diocese of Austin (February-August, 2010). Juried exhibit. Selected pieces: Theotokos icon, Labyrinth, Prayer shawl, Prayer to the Holy Spirit, Prayer to the Holy Cross.

Real Gallery juried exhibit (September, 2011). Works chosen: The Tree of Life, Dandelions’ explosion, Flowers in glory.

St. David Episcopal Church (May, 2011). Solo exhibit and art sale.

CANA Gallery Exhibit “Christ is Risen” Recovery (April-May, 2011). Juried exhibit. Three works selected: I am the Light, I am the Bread of Life, I am the Resurrection

Real Gallery @I Love Art Congress 101 (March, 2011). Featuring originals and prints.

The Gallery of Sacred Arts with Catholic Diocese of Austin (March-August, 2011). Juried exhibit. Selected pieces: Tree of life – Holy Spirit, Tree of Life – Eye of God, Theotokos in vines, Archangel Michael prayer.

Real Gallery @ I Love Art Congress 101 (February, 2011). Featuring originals and prints.

St. David Episcopal Church (December, 2010, 2011, 2012). Solo exhibit and presentation - November 25, 2012 (planned)

CANA Gallery Exhibit (November– December, 2010). Juried exhibit, six works accepted: Theotokos and Emmanuel icons, Tree of Life – Holy Spirit, Tree of Life – Eye of God, Come Holy Spirit, Holy Spirit Orthodox prayer. 

Sakralni miniaturi (Sacred Illuminations) (June-August, 2010) at Sveta Troica Church, Gabrovo, Bulgaria. Presentation of 50 originals.

Austin Graduate School of Theology (April, 2010). Solo exhibit and presentation.

Union Theological Seminary, New York, NY (March, 2010). Bulgarian Madonna chosen for exhibit, presented by Judith Scott.

Sacred Illuminations at 300 West 6th Street (March-May, 2010). Solo art exhibit and presentation.

Sacred Illuminations at Scarbrough (January-February, 2010) with Real Gallery. Solo art exhibit, Featuring 60 originals.

First Night Austin art tour with Real Gallery (December, 2009).

East Austin Art Tour with Real Gallery (November, 2009). Featuring 26 originals and prints.

Texas Capital Rotunda with Creative Art Society (April, 2009).

Austin Museum of Modern Art (AMOA) with Creative Arts Society (April, 2009).

University of Phoenix with Creative Arts Society (March-June, 2009. 


Participation in twenty-nine festivals and bazaars (2009-2012) 

St. Elias Orthodox Church Mediterranean Festival (October, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)

St. John Newmann Catholic Church Christmas Arts and Crafts Bazaar (December 2012)

Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church Christmas bazaar (November, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)

St. Austin's Christmas Bazaar (December, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012). .

Central Texas Catholic Charities Gala (April, 2010, 2011, 2012).

Austin Interfaith Festival (October, 2010, 2011)

Hillcrest Baptist Church Christmas Bazaar (October, 2010).

Central Christian church Christmas Bazaar (December, 2010, 2011).

Bulgarians in Texas Inc Festival of Bulgarian Literacy, Alphabet and Culture (San Antonio, May 3, 2011)

Pittsburgh Folk Life Festival (Pittsburgh, PA, May, 2011)

Global Fair Trade Market Festival at All Saints Episcopal Church (October, 2011)

Austin Celtic Festival (November, 2011)

St. Albert’s Catholic Church Christmas Bazaar (November, 2011, 2012)

CANA Gallery Christmas Art bazaar (December, 2010, 2011)


Presentations at 14 international scholarly conferences and congresses in the U.S., England, Norway, and Bulgaria, and 25 publications (articles, book chapters, websites) about Bulgarian libraries, medieval manuscripts, marginalia, and preservation and conservation of medieval manuscripts, published in the U.S., England, Norway, Poland, and Bulgaria.

VAM Gallery, First Evangelical Free Church, Austin, TX, October 30, 2012.

First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Austin, TX (June 3, 2012).

Regents Christian Private School (October 28, 2011). Presentation and art exhibit.

The Bread House (Hlebna kushta), (July, 2011), Gabrovo, Bulgaria. Exhibit, presentation, and discussion.

Antiochian Orthodox Church Conference Center (April 7-10, 2011). Antiochian Village Retreat, Pittsburgh, PA. Solo exhibit and presentation.

Agia Sophia Coffee House. Colorado Springs, CO (November, 2009). Lecture on Slavic medieval manuscript preservation and historical value.

Holy Theophany Orthodox Church, Colorado Springs, CO (November, 2009). Lecture on the practices of Slavic manuscript illuminations and preserving the legacy today


"Feeding of the 4000" published in online Lectio Bible reading program, Center for Biblical and Theological Education at Seattle Pacific University. January, 25, 2014.

"Tree of Life - Holy Sprit" published in L-Magazine, online magazine of the Lutheran Church. May 2013 issue.

"Tree of Life - Holy Spirit" published in Behold, May, 2013.

"Tree of Life - Infinity" published on the poster, brochures, CD-cover, website of Kamerkor Kwintenssens, The Hague, Netherlands, for their performance of "Adam's Lament" (Arvo Part), April 6-13, 2013. The piece given as a gift to Arvo Part.

"Come Holy Spirit" illuminated prayer, published in Christian Century, "Art" section, December 12, 2012, p.47.


Naturalized U.S. Citizen, married, with children