In the begging of 1990′s Art Academy of Latvia founded a branch office in Rezekne (region of Latgale) with aim to educate local textile artists and art pedagogues. At the moment it is possible to receive BA diploma in specialities of painting, graphic art, textile art and sculpture. It is planned to develop also department of restoration as it is strategically important for the region.
Students come from the entire region, usually after BA diploma they continue studies in MA programme at the head office of the Academy in Riga. Usually after Ma studies in Riga or abroad artists are returning to Latgale ensure regions′ art activities.
Students from the branch are also participating in ERASMUS programme.
The students are taking active participation in local art activities. Since 2002 they are participating in international exhibition-contests ART SESSION receiving awards every year.
Each year students are going to summer studies in cooperation with local catholic priests and artists.
Head of the Branch - Ilma Rapsa