Introducing Hovak Najarian

Updated: June 6, 2017

Many of you know Hovak Najarian as a regular worshipper at St. Margaret’s. I am pleased to introduce you to (Dr.) Hovak Najarian. From 2011 Hovak has introduced us to artists, art techniques, and art history in an effort to keep us growing in the knowledge and love of the Lord.

After receiving his MA in Art at Columbia University Hovak and his wife, Margie, spent 3 years in Normal, IL on the art faculty of Illinois State University. In his own words, “We soon found that natives of Florida and California were no match for winters in Illinois.”

In 1966 Hovak and Margie relocated to Southern California when Hovak accepted a teaching position at College of the Desert in Palm Desert. He retired in 1994 and was honored with the title Professor Emeritus from College of the Desert. Again, Hovak: “During that time [1966-1994], I was Chair of the Art Department for many years, returned to Columbia University and completed my doctorate, and with Margie, raised three wonderful sons.”

In his retirement Hovak continues his own creative work, and, has been an active participant in the Sunday Morning Forum and a regular contributor to this blog. Hovak is active in St. Margaret’s and in the Armenian community in the desert which gives him a unique perspective to share. As we journey together I expect to learn more about art, art history, art as an expression of faith and art as a shaper of faith. Let us hear what the Spirit is saying. ~Fr. Dan