• Ph.D., Brandeis University (Modern Jewish History), 2001
  • Ph.D., Moscow State University, MGU (Comparative Literature), 1988
  • M.A., Kiev University, KDU (Philology of German and Romance Languages), 1984


  • Informal, extra-mural, distant-learning studies with Maria Prymachenko, El Lissitzky, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Kitagawa Utamaro, Rembrandt van Rejn, Hans Holbein the Elder, Lucas Cranach, Peter Breughel the Elder, Matthias Grunewald, 1967 - present
  • David Miretsky's Studio, Kyiv, Ukraine, 1972-1973


  • Visiting Professor at Ukrainian Catholic University (Lviv), Ostroh National Academy, Chernivtsi National University, Kharkiv Politechncal University, Tkuma Holocaust Institute (Dnipro), Kyiv National University, National University Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (Kyiv), Spertus College (Chicago), Free Ukrainian University in Munich, Ludwig Maximilian University (Munich), Jagiellonian University (Krakow), University of Wroclaw, University of Warsaw, Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Hebrew College (Boston), Tufts University, Harvard University.
  • The Crown Family Professor of Jewish Studies, Department of History, and the Crown Family Center for Jewish and Israel Studies, Northwestern University, 2011 - present
  • Associate Fellow, Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute, 2010 - present
  • Ordinary Professor, Department of Philosophy, Ukrainian Free University in Munich, 2018 - present
  • Fellow, Israel Institute for Advanced Studies, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel (2008, 2011, 2020)
  • Recurrent Visiting Professor, Ukrainian Catholic University, Lviv, Ukraine (since 2018)
  • Doctor honoris causa, National University "Kyiv Mohyla Academy", Kyiv, Ukraine (2014)
  • The Kosciuszko Foundation Visiting Professor at the University of Warsaw, 2015


  • "Prefiguration", Zorya Fine Art Gallery, Greenwich, CT, January-June 2020
  • "Legends and Parables", Ukrainian Institute of America, New York, October, October-November 2019
  • "Je ne regrette rien", French Institute, Kyiv, July, 2019
  • Show at Zorya Fine Art Gallery, Greenwich, CT, June-September, 2019
  • No shows at MOMA, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, d'Orsay Museum, New Tate, and several others
  • "Eros courteous and ironic" (with Igor Shchurov), Voznitsky Art Gallery, Lviv, 2018
  • "Folkways and Fantasies" solo Show, Ukrainian Institute of America, New York, 2015
  • "Tales and Myths" solo show, Ukrainian Museum of New York, New York, 2014
  • "Survival, Spirit, Dreams, Nightmares," group show, Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago, 2013
  • "Myths and Nightmares" solo Show, The Spertus Museum Gallery, Chicago, 2012


  • Interview with John Varoli, "Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern - ARTIST", Arts Illustrated, January 26, 2020
  • Alexander Motyl, "Historian and Artist Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern", The Ukrainian Weekly, September 9, 2019
  • Alexander Motyl, "Istoryk i mytets' Yohanan Petrovs'ky-Shtern" KRYTYKA, Kyiv, August, 2019 (in Ukrainian).
  • Dr. Andrei Puchkov, "Non-cliche-esque anti-applique", ANTIKVAR, no. 5 (113) (2019): 9-13 (in Russian).
  • Vasyl Makhno, "The Tales and Myths of Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern,"
  • Jerome Chanes, "Reimagined Jewish Folk Art At The Ukrainian Institute," The New York Jewish Week, March 8, 2016
  • Andrew Horodysky, "Folkways and Fantasies: Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern at the Ukrainian Institute of America," Ukrainian Weekly
  • Betsy Gomberg, "'Tales, Myths, and Nightmares' symbolizes struggle and strengths of Jewish people," JUF News
  • Lisa Stein, "A Tale of Two Artists," Crosscurrents: The Magazine of Arts and Sciences, Fall 2012/Winter 2013, pp. 6-8
  • Ivan Dudych, "Eros in Art as a Source of Vitality" (Ukrainian), preface to catalogue


  • "Making Art in an Uncertain Time," presentation at the Jewish Art Salon, April 12, 2021
  • Interview to Svitlana Ivanyshyn-Ugryna, Mach 2014, available at "Ukraina Modna:"
  • "Discovering Ukraine (in Ukrainian)," doctor honoris causa lecture at the National University Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, February 18, 2014
  • "Tales, Myths, and Nightmares: the making of East European Jewish Art," presentation at Spertus Museum Gallery, December 9, 2012
  • Interview for Rabbi Doug Chicago TV show during my Art Show at the Spertus Institute Museum Gallery, December 16, 2012
  • Ukrainian Museum in East Village


  • Private collection of Ronald Winston (New York)
  • Private collection of Lester Crown (Chicago)
  • Private collection of James Temerty (Toronto)
  • Private collection of Roman and Carmen Gurko (Toronto)
  • Private collection of Sara Sofiya Petrovsky (Chicago)
  • Permanent collection, the Voznitsky National Art Gallery (Lviv)
  • Permanent collection, the Ukrainian Institute of America (New York)