“William Saroyan and Art” international conference commenced at the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia
The two-day international conference, “William Saroyan and Art,” commenced today at the National Academy of Sciences in Armenia. The event is jointly organized by the Art Institute of the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia and the “William Saroyan” Foundation based in San Francisco.
The opening session of this unprecedented conference in Saroyan studies was attended by Deputy Minister of Education, Science, Culture, and Sports Daniel Danielyan. Distinguished scholars and emerging researchers from Armenia, Russia, the USA, Great Britain, Iceland, and Serbia actively participated in the conference.
According to Anna Asatryan, the Director of the Art Institute of the NAS RA, the “William Saroyan and Art” conference aims to illuminate various facets of Saroyan’s artistic endeavors, encompassing his songwriting, painting, and other talents. Asatryan further emphasized that Saroyan’s works have significantly influenced the evolution of Armenian art. Notably, the conference is anticipated to shed light on the Saroyan’s characters inspired by Saryan and Siravyan, among other revelations.
Mrs. Asatryan also highlighted the profound impact of Saroyan’s plays, which were staged in theaters across Armenia and the diaspora, playing a pivotal role in shaping the creative destinies of Armenian directors and actors. Numerous presentations during the conference will delve into this aspect as well.
With a total of thirty-five scheduled reports over the two-day period, the international conference on “William Saroyan and Art” is poised to mark a significant milestone in the realms of both art studies and Saroyan studies. The outcomes of this gathering are anticipated to contribute substantially to the scholarly discourse surrounding Saroyan’s multifaceted artistic legacy.