News — #NAASRVartanGregorianBuilding

NAASR Events Postponed, Building Closed to Public through April 2020

NAASR Events Postponed, Building Closed to Public through April 2020

In line with the recommendations of public health and medical experts relating to the coronavirus, NAASR has made the difficult decision to postpone all public events through the end of April 2020. The health and safety of the entire community are primary concerns. Every effort will be made to reschedule the many events affected by this decision. In due course, we will let you know about events in May and beyond. Similarly, the NAASR Vartan Gregorian Building will be closed to the public until the end of April, at which time we will reassess the situation. If you are interested in buying a book,...

Read more →


Become a Lasting Part of NAASR's Spectacular New Building

Become a Lasting Part of NAASR's Spectacular New Building

Sponsor an Assembly Hall Chair. Add a name to NAASR's hand-painted manuscript as an Illuminator of the Future of Armenian Studies. Or do both! It’s not too late to become a lasting part of NAASR’s elegant Vartan Gregorian Building. In recognition of a $1,000 contribution, you can have a name (yours or someone special) written in calligraphy on NAASR’s beautiful lluminators of the Future of Armenian Studies manuscript, hand-painted by Knar Hovakimyan and Laura Zarougian. Or you can have your name (or that of someone special) placed on an assembly hall chair. Start the process here. Other naming opportunities at every level still remain, as well. Contact...

Read more →


NAASR's Front Door ~ Created by Master Craftsman Mels Yeghiazaryan

NAASR's Front Door ~ Created by Master Craftsman Mels Yeghiazaryan

Hand carved in high relief, in dark walnut from Yeghegnadzor, Armenia and standing just over 8 feet in height, NAASR's exterior front door features artist Mels Yeghiazaryan's interpretations of traditional Armenian decorative motifs in meticulous detail. This stunning work of art, gift of K. George and Carolann S. Najarian, MD, invites one to open the door to learning and community. Mels Yeghiazaryan explains that the ornamentation and designs incorporated in NAASR's front door are derived from biological and geometrical elements that have inspired the development and blossoming of the old Armenian miniature art that reached its peak in the 13th and 14th...

Read more →


The ETERNITY Sculpture ~ Created and Donated by Acclaimed Artist Michael Aram

The ETERNITY Sculpture ~ Created and Donated by Acclaimed Artist Michael Aram

Have you wondered about the meaning of the exquisite Eternity sculpture created by acclaimed artist Michael Aram and featured in the Eternity Garden in front of NAASR's new building? Cast and fabricated in bronze, this site specific 7 foot by 7 foot sculpture was a gift of the artist on the occasion of the opening of the NAASR Vartan Gregorian Building in November 2019. The Eternity sculpture is Michael Aram's interpretation of a traditional Armenian symbol of eternity as manifested in ancient Armenian architecture, sculpture, and manuscripts. The "Arevakhatch," or "solar cross" has been prevalent in Armenian culture since medieval times, and...

Read more →