Statement on the Arts


At COTS we are committed to the arts. We are also committed to the artistic community in South Bend, Indiana. For that reason we use the Atrium in our building as a gallery for fine art. We host around 10 shows per year, and our curator is Ramiro Rodriguez.

Current Exhibit Artist Statements

Vasilisa Kiselevich

Lisa (Vasilisa) Kiselevich is a professional photographer whose interests include Nature, Equestrian, and Macro photography. For a few years she was an official photographer for BCYF (Berrien County Youth Fair) equestrian shows, Ranch Horse Association of Michigan, and Arabian Spring Fest in Illinois. She had several personal exhibitions and participated in numerous art competitions and shows. Her work has won various awards, including Best of Show at Fernwood Photography Contest and two Best of Photography Awards at Box Factory MAAC exhibitions. Lisa was awarded a Merit Scholarship at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago.

Lisa also teaches photography. Her students are getting thousands of likes on Flicker, having their photographs published in a newspaper, and opening their own studios. Currently she offers classes at Buchanan Art Center. Before zeroing in on photography, Lisa has received a Bachelors in Biology, studied in Medical School in Moscow and worked as a Russian and French interpreter.

The current exhibition “Far and Near” is the first step in Lisa’s study of the therapeutic effect that nature images have on the viewer. This selection samples some of her projects like “Swan Lake” and “Wilderness Sessions” and intertwines photos from these projects with images of local scenery.

Some of the photographs in this exhibition were taken locally, and some as far away as Alaska, Montana, Canada, Singapore, Indonesia and Israel.



We cannot halt a fleeting moment,

But we can capture it as light,

Recall its essence in a sonnet,

Or write a fugue to voice its flight.

Vasilisa Kiselevich