Double Feature Opening Reception Emphasizes Women in Education and Printmaking

Sat 6/8 @ 5-7PM

Youngstown University houses the John J. McDonough Museum of Art, showcasing free and public exhibitions all summer long, often curated in collaboration with various Youngstown University departments and students. On Sat 6/8, the museum will kick off the summer with the opening reception of two exhibitions: Studio Conversations in Art Educations and Centennial Impressions: A Celebration of Prints. Come from 5-7pm to view these two collections.

Studio Conversations in Art Education presents the works of 12 women who are arts educators in higher education while also maintaining a studio practice. It was co-curated by YSU Department of Art faculty members Claudia Berlinski and Dr. Lillian Lewis and was inspired by the publication of volume 45, issue 1 of the journal Visual Art Research entitled: “Women art educators in higher education: Conversations on studio practice,” edited by Dr. Lewis. This research has paved way for a more in-depth dialogue regarding studio practice as a necessary element of arts education, as well as the challenges it presents. The art on display is the product of these conversations among women, artists and educators.

Artists in this exhibition include, Fiona Blaikie, Leslie Gates, Ph.D., Patricia Morchel, Dr. Laura K. Reeder, Dr. Jennifer Eisenhauer Richardson, Allison Rowe, Stacey Salazar, Ed.D., Dr. Pauline Sameshima, Dr. Shari L. Savage, Alison Shields, Leslie C. Sotomayor and Dr. Gloria Wilson.

Centennial Impressions: A Celebration of Prints is presented in collaboration with Butler Institute of American Art, in celebration of their 100th anniversary. The prints selected from the Butler collection have been produced by world famous artists from Romare Bearden and Robert Rauschenburg to Andy Warhol and Lynda Benglis. The work demonstrates an exploration of varied techniques and wide-ranging approaches found within contemporary art. It’s a chance to see well-known artists working in a multitude of printmaking techniques including woodcut, etching, lithography and silkscreen. Printmaking as a process allows for expression, because although a single subject or outline can be repeated, the technique and manner of printmaking can yield widely varied results.

The two exhibitions will continue to be on display through July 20, Tuesday through Saturday, 11am-4pm.

[Written by Jenna Thomas]

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