Envision a creative future

Expand your creative capabilities

Engage with creative individuals

 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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The Department of Art at YSU prepares students to become artists, designers, art educators or art historians. As part of a cultural milieu, students will witness a wide variety of styles, philosophies and histories. They will be exposed to various techniques, processes and experiences in the development of a commitment to their work, their community and to the outside world. Expanded visual horizons as well as exposure to various histories will enable students to look both within themselves and outside in a broader cultural context.


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 North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools 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.

YSU CCAC and Department of Art

Art Exhibition – Soundscape

DeYor – Eleanor Beecher Flad Pavilion Lobby
Downtown Youngstown

The College of Creative Arts and Communication and the Department of Art at Youngstown State University announce an exhibition by mixed media and painting students in the Eleanor Beecher Flad Pavilion Lobby (260 West Federal Street, Youngstown.) An opening reception will be held on Friday, November 3rd from 6-8pm during Youngstown’s First Friday Art Walk. The exhibition will be on display through November 17th.

The artworks reflect students’ approaches to visualization of sounds as materially invisible but visceral and emotional. They responded to a wide range of sounds, from classical music compositions, heavy metal, everyday noises, voices and specific instruments, through mark-making, visual movement and materials used.

November 3-17, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, November 3rd, 6-8pm
(free and open to the public)

DeYor Performing Arts Center
260 W Federal Street
Youngstown, OH 44503

Ingrid Schaffner

Department of Art Lecture Series

Ingrid Schaffner is an American curator, art critic, writer, and educator, specializing in art history. She is currently at work on the 57th Carnegie International (Ci18), which will open at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, in fall 2018.

October 19, 2017 

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

McDonough Museum of Art

For more info, please e-mail Dr. Lillian Lewis

City of You Campaign

Wins Marketing Award


A multifaceted marketing campaign for the city of created by Youngstown State University faculty member R.J. Thompson, has been named best in its category by the Ohio Economic Development Association.

Thompson, an assistant professor of graphic and interactive design, said the campaign replaces Youngstown’s Rust Belt reputation with a positive, inclusive public image as a city “where anyone can build a future for themselves.”

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