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The Department of Art at YSU prepares students for careers in the visual arts and art education.
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The artwork created by our students is all around Bliss Hall! Here are just a few works-in-progress and finished pieces from our students this semester. We’re so excited to see more stunning art from our students very soon!! 😍
We are thrilled to announce that both Trek and Vallourec murals created by our YSU Art students received Beautification Awards from Youngstown CityScape!
The Site-Specific Painting Class collaborations with Trek and Vallourec is one of the many ways Cliffe College of Creative Arts enhances our community through the arts. We are honored to be recognized for these exciting projects, and we look forward to more opportunities to enrich our city!
Here’s a throwback from our Ceramics classroom a few semesters ago! In our ceramics classes, art students explore ceramic processes, surfacing techniques, and glaze and firing technology while strengthening their craft and conceptual skills. We’re very excited to see the projects our ceramics classrooms create this semester!!
Throughout July 2023, YSU Art students studied abroad in Glasgow, Scotland.
During the month-long program, students worked under the instruction of Professor Joseph D’Uva at the Glasgow Print Studio, located in the Glasgow’s City Centre. Students also participated in an on-site, immersion style Art and Architectural History course with Associate Professor Dr. Johnathan Farris. Both professors led weekly class excursions throughout the region, visiting museums, exhibitions, and many significant landmarks. Pictured here are just a few of the many experiences our students had while on this trip.
To see more of our student’s Study Abroad experience in Scotland, check out the new exhibition inside Solomon Gallery, located inside Bliss Hall.
The mural at Trek Coffee House is now complete! YSU Art students enrolled in our Site-Specific Painting class completed this mural covering the west side of the new coffee shop, located on Mahoning Ave. in Youngstown.
Led by Dragana Crnjak, Professor of art, the mural involved 16 art students in a dynamic, collaborative process of research, design and painting the large – 50 x 15 feet - mural. This mural brings life into the community by incorporating their love of adventure, the outdoors, and travel as well as visually brightening the entrance into the city!
There's just one more week to view three exciting exhibitions: Collective, Shona Macdonald, and the Short Shorts Festival! The last day to view these exhibitions is November 4th. The McDonough Museum of Art is open Tuesday-Saturday from 11am-4pm.
Don’t forget that tomorrow, October 25th, is the Short Shorts Festival viewing party inside the McDonough Museum of Art! The viewing party begins at 5:30pm, and artist Michael Schmidt will be in attendance.
The work of Michael Schmidt, Ilena Finocchi, and Illya Mousavijad will be featured during the Short Shorts Festival viewing party, and they will also be available to view until November 4th.
Today Prof. Farris’s 19th Century Art class had splendid fall weather for a landscape and iconography tour of Oak Hill, Youngstown’s outstanding examplar of the Rural Cemetery Movement.
Beginning October 24th, the McDonough Museum of Art will feature the Short Shorts Festival, highlighting the work of Ilena Finocchi, Illya Mousavijad, and Michael Schmidt.
“Creatures in my House”, Ilena Finocchi’s stop-motion animated short is a “horrifyingly delightful” nod to film noir and German expressionism. The animation tells the story of a quirky household full of frenetic energy set off by a morning alarm.
Michael Schmidt’s two-stop animations, “Passages” and “Collapse”, features the story of employees in a coal-fired power plant outside of Coshocton County, Ohio from 1957-2020. The animations pay tribute to generations of coal-energy the plant produced.
“Between a Lost Home and a Losing Destination” is a computer animation film/video piece created by Illya Mousavijad. This animation was created using 3D scanning and Photogrammetry.
This festival will take place until November 4th. Join us for our Short Shorts Festival viewing party on October 25th at 5:30pm inside the McDonough Museum of Art. We hope to see you there!
The Department of Art Lecture Series (DALS) continues with interdisciplinary artist Hyla Willis!
Hyla Willis is a co-founding member of SubRosa, an art collective that focuses on how women are affected by quickly-evolving biological and communications technologies. She has traveled around the world to perform, exhibit, and give workshops. Additionally, she is a Professor of Media Arts at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, PA.
This lecture will take place on October 23rd at 3:00pm inside the McDonough Museum of Art!
It’s not too late to register for the YSU Cliffe College Open House! Our Open House gives prospective Art, Music, & Theatre students and their families a chance to view our beautiful campus, meet our faculty, explore our learning environments, and join our students in their classes.
People who attend this Open House can see for themselves why YSU is the place to sharpen your skills, gain knowledge from our faculty, and prepare for a creative career you will love.
To register, visit ysu.edu/cccaoh.
Betsy Stirratt’s "Embedded Histories" exhibition will be inside McDonough Museum of Art for one more week! The last day to view this history & nature-inspired exhibition is October 20th. Museum hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 11am-4pm.
At YSU, art students have the opportunity to explore a variety of art mediums, including painting! Inside the Department of Art painting classroom, students learn hands-on painting processes, color theory, painting techniques, and many other painting fundamentals. During these classes, students can focus on their artwork, collaborate with peers, and learn from our skilled art faculty.
If you're a prospective student interested in learning more about our Art Department, we encourage you to register for our Open House on October 18th! To register, visit ysu.edu/cccaoh!
Over the past two days, ceramic artist & educator Emily Nickel held multiple workshops for YSU’s Department of Art students! During these workshops, she explained her sculpting techniques and artistic processes while creating two unique pieces of art. Students had the opportunity to learn about the inspiration for her work, see her techniques in action, and ask questions. In addition to holding workshops for students, she also gave a DALS lecture yesterday at McDonough Museum of Art!
A degree from YSU's Cliffe College can open the door to a variety of exciting careers, including Art Education! Our Open House gives prospective art students an opportunity to meet our talented faculty and explore the many resources and facilities that allow students to thrive as artists. This event is free and open to all prospective students considering a degree in Art, Music, or Theatre. To register, visit ysu.edu/cccaoh!
This acrylic painting by Lindsay DeLullo is one of many pieces of artwork inside YSU’s Solomon Gallery! Lit Youngstown and YSU's Student Art Association collaborated on the exhibition “Interwoven Visions: A Collaborative Approach To Ekphrasis”. Art students selected a poem or short story featured in the Fall 2023 Literary Festival and created a work of art illustrating, inspired by, or reminiscent of the literary work.
This exhibition will be available to view until October 26th, and is open 8am-5pm Monday-Friday. Join us for the public reception on October 6th from 5pm-7pm inside Solomon Gallery, where light refreshments will be provided.
The YSU Department of Art welcomes Emily Nickel, the DALS lecturer for October 9th!
Emily is a ceramic figure sculptor from Saint Louis, Missouri. She earned her BFA from Truman State University in Missouri, and an MFA from Indiana UNiversity Bloomington. Her work is exhibited throughout the US and internationally, and she has received a number of artis’s grants and awards. Emily is an engaged arts educator with ten years of teaching experience and is a current Artist in Residence at Red Lodge Clay Center.
Emily Nickel’s lecture will take place inside McDonough Museum of Art at 5:30pm!
Our Mural and Site-Specific Painting class creates murals all across the Youngstown area. This semester, these art students are creating a mural for Trek Coffee House! This past month, students brainstormed ideas, sketched concepts, and began tracing the mural. We’re so excited to see the finished results!
The Department of Art Lecture Series (DALS) continues with artist Betsy Stirratt, who currently has an exhibition inside McDonough Museum of Art.
Betsy Stirratt is a New Orleans native, and has exhibited her paintings, installations, books, and objects since 1983. She has solo exhibitions in many galleries and museums in the US and Ireland, and her work is also included in many group exhibits. Betsy is the founding director of the Grunwald Gallery of Art at Indiana University in Bloomington. She is also the recipient of a Visual Artist Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and awards from the Indiana Arts Commission and the American Craft Council.
Betsy’s lecture will take place on October 4th, 2023 from 5:30pm-7:30pm inside McDonough Museum of Art.
Our Graphic & Interactive Design program provides students with a foundation of critical and creative design processes and prepares them for a variety of career paths— including package design, illustration, publication design, creative direction, and web design. Students also have the opportunity to learn from knowledgeable faculty and collaborate with other students for a variety of projects!
Missy McCormick and Dragana Crnjak, two of our Interdisciplinary Studio Arts faculty, explain why they recommend YSU’s Department of Art to prospective students:
“The Department of Art and Cliffe College of Creative Arts is a great place for students to discover their passions in the arts and explore how to visually communicate in their own unique, personal and powerful ways. Our students develop an individual aesthetic language that will guide them throughout life.” - Missy McCormick, Associate Professor of Art
“What makes our BFA program unique is its interdisciplinarity. Students here truly own their education. They are encouraged and challenged to learn a wide range of professional skills, including strong technical and conceptual skills, while crafting and defining their own individual visual languages of communication and professional directions.” - Dragana Crnjak, Professor of Art
Our Open House on October 18th gives prospective Art, Music, and Theatre students the opportunity to see for themselves why our faculty recommends Cliffe College of Creative Arts. Prospective students and their families will be able to view our beautiful campus, meet our distinguished faculty, explore our inspiring learning environments, and join our students in their classes. To register, visit ysu.edu/cccaoh.
Our Art programs allow students to immerse themselves in a variety of artistic mediums, including drawing. Students who enroll in our drawing classes learn many methods and techniques that allow them to refine their artistic abilities. With the guidance of our talented faculty, art students gain valuable skills that allow them to excel in their artistic career.
An art degree can open the door to a variety of exciting careers, including Product Design! Our Open House gives prospective art students an opportunity to meet our talented faculty and explore the many resources and facilities that allow students to thrive as artists. This event is free and open to all prospective students considering a degree in Art, Music, or Theatre. To register, visit ysu.edu/cccaoh!
After learning about the ways YSU prepares students for a successful career, Alaina Peccon decided the Department of Art was the right choice for her. Alaina is pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic + Interactive Design, and thanks to the opportunities YSU provided within her field, she discovered her passion. She values how our faculty give extra resources to students and how they promote a variety of opportunities for students to further their experience and build their portfolio.
Our Open House on October 18th gives prospective Art, Music, and Theatre students the opportunity to see for themselves why students chose Cliffe College of Creative Arts. Prospective students and their families will be able to view our beautiful campus, meet our distinguished faculty, explore our inspiring learning environments, and join our students in their classes.
This event is free and open to all prospective students considering a degree in Art, Music, or Theatre. To register, visit ysu.edu/cccaoh.
Recently, alum Lydia Tarleton brought downtown Girard to life with her exciting mural for Past Times Arcade! With a few days of design and a week to paint, Lydia created a bright, youthful piece of art that generated excitement and support within the community. She put a substantial amount of work into this project, from concept design to completing the mural with a UV/anti-graffiti coat. This unique addition to downtown will bring attention to the new arcade and bring a smile to people who drive by.
During her time at YSU, Lydia bonded with faculty members Michelle Nelson and Claudia Berlinski, who helped her prepare for a successful career in Graphic Design.
“Michelle always gave real world advice and knew how to push my designs further in order for them to be successful. Claudia understood that I was passionate about both fine arts and graphic design and became an advocate for me to incorporate both into my career path.” -Lydia Tarleton
We are so proud of Lydia for using her artistic abilities to both support local business and enrich our community! 🎨
Cliffe College of Creative Arts welcomes Sebastian Giraldo to our Art Department as the new Graphic & Interactive Design Assistant Professor!
Sebastian is a seasoned design professional with comprehensive international experience ranging from fashion to web design. Now a UI/UX consultant working for startups, he combines his knowledge and creativity to create intuitive interfaces. In addition to his consulting work, he has enriched the design industry over the years by dedicating his time to teaching, mentoring the next generation of designers. When asked why he is excited to be a faculty member at YSU Cliffe College, this is what he said:
“I'm thrilled to be a faculty member at YSU Cliffe College for the rich diversity of its students, its commitment to academic excellence, the opportunity to share my extensive design experience, and its efforts for practical learning. The chance to shape future design industry leaders and influence their career paths is truly exciting for me.” -Sebastian Giraldo
We are so excited to see the impact Sebastian will have on our Art students both now and in the future!
Today, artist Shona Macdonald visited YSU’s Art Department to speak with our art students! Macdonald taught the students about her artistic processes, and then students applied these techniques into their own work!
Shona Macdonald currently has an exhibition inside the McDonough Museum of Art , which is available to view until November 4th. She will also have a gallery talk during the Fall Exhibition reception tomorrow at 5:30pm!
The Fall 2023 Exhibitions at the McDonough Museum of Art are now open to view! Here is a list of exciting events we're having this season.
Don’t forget to join us on September 8th from 5pm-7pm for the Fall Exhibition reception. You also won’t want to miss Shona MacDonald’s artist talk at 5:30 during the reception. We are so excited for you to see these incredible exhibitions!
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