(Curriculum Vitae)


ICON WORKSHOP with Rev. Damian Higgins at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, Edmonton, AB,November 2001

ICON WORKSHOP at the Iconography Institute at Mount Angel Benedictine Monastary, Portland, Oregon, USA, July, 2001  

ICON WRITING WORKSHOP at University of British Columbia with Iconographer Vladislav Andreyev May, 1996; Nov. 1998 

ICONOGRAPHY - ongoing studies with Master Iconographer Fr. J. Mokrytsky.  Woodstock, Ontario. 1990 to present 

ICONOGRAPHY at the Sacred Arts Academy - Ligonier, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.       

1989 Bachelor of Education - Queen’s University, Kingston, Ont.                                               

1985 Bachelor of Arts - Honours Degree University of Toronto                                                 

1984 Diploma of Fine Arts - Sheridan College, Oakville, Ont.                                                   

1983 Ontario College of Art -

Summer courses 1981-82


St. Thomas Moore College, University of Saskatoon   2000 

Feast of Jordan, Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village   1999

Group show, Star of the North Retreat House  1991, 1995  & 1998 

Group show, Onyx Gallery, Edmonton 1991 

Group show, St. Josaphat’s - Verchovyna, Edmonton 1991 

Pointsetta Tea, St. Michael’s Extended Care Centre, 1991 

Edmonton Group Show, St. Demetrius Auditorium, Westin, Ont. 1990 

Group Show, Kingston Public Library, Ont. 1985


Group Show, Oakville Centennial Gallery, Ont.1984 

Group Show, Erindale College, Art Gallery 1983 

University of Toronto - Travelling Show 1982


St. Paul’s Chapel, Dauphin, Manitoba, Trinity, Deesis, & Nativity, 2000-2001 

St. Joseph’s  Ukrainian Catholic Church, Winnipeg, Manitoba,  Entombment of Christ, 1999 

Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God Ukrainian Catholic Church, Edmonton, Alberta, Entombment of Christ, 1998 

Welcome House, (Chapel) Winnipeg, Manitoba – Christ the Redeemer, 1997 

St. Vladimir Ukrainian Catholic Church, Red Deer, Alberta, Iconostasis  - 25 icons , 1997.  

Civilization of Man Museum - Hull, Quebec, Angel with Golden Hair , 1994

Willingdon Hospital, Alberta, Vyzhorodska, 1994  

St. Michael Byzantine Ukrainian Catholic Church, Mishawaka IN, Archangel Michael, 1990


“Study Days” presented iconography lectures at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Red Deer, Alberta, March 2002 Queen’s House – Presentation of icons and lecture about iconography for the second year students of the Lay Formation Program, Feb. 5, 2000. 

“Windows to the East” - Guest speaker at the lecture series, St. Thomas Moore College, University of Saskatoon.  Feb. 3 & 4, 2000.

Saskatoon Public Library – Lecture for the public, Feb. 1, 2000.

St. Steven’s College -  Doctor of Ministry Program – Major Supervised Project – supervising as an adjunct to the faculty a doctor in ministry student in iconography – 1999-2000, 2000-2001. 

Artists in Schools Residency Program – was awarded a grant by The Alberta Foundation for the Arts to conduct an iconography workshop with the students of St. Martin and paint an icon for St. Martin’s School - 1999. 

Workshops in Iconography:“Star of The North Retreat House” presented iconography workshop, November, 2001-    

Queen’s Retreat House – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan 2001-    

Cross Cancer Clinic – Arts and Wellness Program 2000 -                     

 Delwood Public School 1999 Grades 5 & 6.     -    

Summers of 1994 & 1998 for Plast Ukrainian Youth Association, and 1998 for The Ukrainian Eparchy of Western Canada

– Acolyte camp.  There were 45, 40 & 27 children respectively at the camps between the ages of 6 - 16.  Each child made an icon of Archangel Michael or Theotokos over a period of a week.         

Five Greeting Cards - produced by Marianna for the Edmonton Catholic Schools Ukrainian Bilingual Parents Advisory Society.  These five icon images; Nativity, Annunciation, Vyzhorod, Zarvanytsia and the Archangel Michael were donated on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Ukrainian Bilingual program in Alberta, 1994.  Some 15,000 cards were produced and sold with all proceeds going to the program.



Windows to the East, Eastern Christians in a Dialogue of Charity, Edited by Jaroslav Z. Skira & Myroslaw I. Tataryn, 2001, Novalis, Saint Paul University, Ottawa, Canada (Chapter 13, Iconography, Marianna Savaryn) Kazka Productions Ltd. - Sing-A-Long Treasures 1989 (CanadianBest seller),contributing illustrator                           

Icon Works have appeared in various newspapers, journals, magazines and publications, as well as greeting cards


The Medici Art Foundation J. B. Taylor Award Finalist, 1993 competition

2 Responses to “About”

  1. stephanie Says:

    I am a student of Icon writing–currently in Toronto. Under the guidance of Olexa Mesentzev.
    Do you hold regular classes in your studio? What medium do you use?
    How do you apply the gilding?
    Kindly reply.
    Your works appeal to me very much.

  2. Tania Lemay Says:

    Hello Marianna,
    I heard you speak at St Mary`s university in Calgary a couple years ago. Are you doing any icon writing retreats?
    Best regards,

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