Irena Popiashvili

Irena Popiashvili (ირენა პოპიაშვილი) is a Dean and founder of Visual Arts, Architecture & Design School, VA[A}DS, at the Free University of Tbilisi. 

She is a founder of contemporary art space Kunsthalle Tbilisi.

Previously she co-owned the Newman Popiashvili Gallery in New York (2005-2012), served as a director of the State Academy of Arts in Tbilisi in 2012. Ms. Popiashvili has curated exhibitions in the US and Europe (i.e. Georgian Pavilion in the Venice Biennale in 1999 and 2003). She received a BA from Tbilisi State University and University of Lodz, Poland and an MA in art history from University of Georgia in Athens, GA (USA).