Envision a creative future

Expand your creative capabilities

Engage with creative individuals

Evolve as a creative artist

Discover your potential and prepare for your creative future
at Youngstown State University.

YSU’s Department of Art in the College of Creative Arts and Communication recognizes that each student is unique with individual talents, goals and passions as artists and designers. Our program is designed with a focus on you and your future. Building a strong foundation is key. Faculty work with you personally as you progress through the program to help you translate your goals into reality. This personalized college experience helps you develop your niche and position yourself for the countless opportunities in today’s creative industries after graduation.

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Department Visual Arts Lecture Series

Elana Herzog – (virtual) – February 8, noon
Elana Herzog is an artist’s-artist with a devoted following among practitioners, curators, and independently minded collectors for her singular ability to marry soft materials with obdurate institutional walls, and her sixth sense for finding the beauty and ‘voice’ within mass-produced fabrics. For the last two decades, Herzog has been the subject of museum surveys and solo exhibitions in over 20 cities in the U.S. (including her native New York City) and numerous cities in Europe. Her installations are characterized by a mix of rigorous hard work and playful, context-sensitive experimentation, in which the labor-intensive “making” (literally hundreds of hours of sheet-rock building, pneumatic stapling, ripping, shredding, and un-weaving) is ultimately subsumed into a final product that is so light-on-its-feet that it almost seems to dissolve. Distinctions between support (walls, metal beams, wood panels) and gesture (chalk lines, pieces of fabric, staples) become unnecessary in these immersive environments in which nothing is what it once was, and yet everything is in full view. Whether they are unique works on paper made out of pulp and fabric, or single-wall panels, or whole rooms, Herzog’s output is honest, transformative, colorful, tactile, fun, serious, and inviting.

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Jason Urban & Leslie Mutchler – (virtual) – Feb. 10,
Jacob Hashimoto  – (virtual) – March 3, 2022
Rick Repasky – (McDonough lecture hall) – April 6, 5:10pm         
Ky Anderson – (virtual) – March 22, noon


McDonough Museum of Art Lecture series

Matthew Kolodziej – (gallery talk) – January 27, 5:10pm
Black History Month lecture – (McDonough lecture hall) – February 7, 6:00pm
Donald Black Jr – (gallery talk) – February 23, 5:10pm


Beecher Art && Technology Lecture Series
(dates and times TBD)

Grayson Cox
Yuehao Jiang
Don Orkoskey
Paolo Pedercini
Scott Turri


Education in the arts is paradoxical. Art making and the study of art require skills training as well as perceptual awareness. Participation in the process is the primary means of education. Students and faculty alike are immersed in the quest for knowledge and creative self-realization, whether it is in the form of computer graphics, printmaking or the study of art from the past.

The Higher Learning Commission accredits Youngstown State University in an accreditation that includes all undergraduate and graduate programs. In addition, the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), an organization whose membership includes 250 schools out of approximately 2,000 art departments nationally, accredits the Department of Art.

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