Akian Gallery Opens New Exhibit from Dr. Haroutune Armenian, President Emeritus of AUA

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YEREVAN, Armenia –On October 9, 2014, The Akian Art Gallery at the American University of Armenia (AUA) held a new exhibition by Dr. Haroutune Armenian, titled “Colors from Armenia and Beyond.”

Dr. Armenian is President Emeritus of the American University of Armenia, where he served as President for 14 years. He is Professor Emeritus of Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University and Professor in Residence at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has also served as Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the American University of Beirut.

Present at the opening was the Minister of Healthcare, Armen Muradyan, and his wife, AUA founding member Mihran Agbabian, and many members of AUA’s alumni community and guests. AUA President Dr. Armen Der Kiureghian gave a welcoming speech. Mosses Zirani Herkelian, owner of Noah’s Ark Art Gallery in Zalka, Lebanon, where Dr. Armenian has previously held exhibitions, spoke about Dr. Armenian as an artist.

Dr. Armenian’s exhibit at AUA seeks to showcase his unique perspective and tell the story of his many journeys through countries such as the United States, Armenia, Japan, Kuwait, Ukraine, Peru and many more. “In all of these paintings we glimpse the world through their creator’s eyes, but most of all we witness the serene wonder of his own interior landscape,” says Dr. Ann Van Dijk of the Northern Illinois University School of Art.

His artwork has been published in three books: “Colors and Words: From Armenia and Beyond” (2002), “Past Does Not Yet Melt Here” (2007), and most recently, “Life with Watercolors,” which was published in 2014 by Noah’s Ark Art Gallery.

Proceeds from the sale of artwork will be donated to AUA, namely to benefit the graduate students of the AUA School of Public Health. The exhibition will remain open until November 7, 2014.

AUA’s Akian Art Gallery serves as a venue for artists who wish to show their artwork to the general public. For more information on the Akian Art Gallery, please visit

Founded in 1991, the American University of Armenia (AUA) is a private, independent university located in Yerevan, Armenia and affiliated with the University of California. AUA provides a global education in Armenia and the region, offering high-quality, graduate and undergraduate studies, encouraging civic engagement, and promoting public service and democratic values.


AUA President Dr. Armen Der Kiureghian welcomes Dr. Haroutune Armenian (far right)


Dr. Haroutune Armenian welcomes his guests with a speech.