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.


Monday, Feb. 5, 9:00 am-11:30 & 1:00 pm-3:30
Ceramics Lab- rm 1062, Bliss Hall

Monday, Feb. 5, 6:00 pm

McDonough Museum of Art

Monday Feb. 5, 5:00 – 6:00 pm
“THICKNESS” Solomon Gallery – Bliss Hall 2nd floor

Malcolm Mobutu Smith, Associate professor of Ceramic Art at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. He earned his MFA degree from the New York College of ceramics at Alfred University and studied at Kansas City Art Institute and Penn State University for his BFA in ceramics. His works are represented in numerous private and public collections including FuLed International Ceramic

Art Museum, Beijing, China, the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, The Haan Museum and Indiana State Museum.

Smith’s research and lecture interests include the study and collecting comic books well and the study and practice of graffiti art. He is guided by improvisations that merge the graphic with form in the round. His work relies on wheel-thrown and hand-built forms, most commonly presented as abstractions of cup, bottles, and vases. His studio interests concern drawing and 3D printing as well. The clay work is inspired by the intersections of graffiti art, comic book illustrations and jazz.


This an opportunity to have your work in a juried exhibition and a chance to win cash prizes and gift certificates!

Who is eligible?

Any student who has taken an art course during 2017-18 academic year.

When? Submission drop-off is Thursday, March 16 & Friday, March 17 from 10am-4pm

Where? The McDonough Museum of Art

How to enter?

Pick up guidelines and entry forms at the Department of Art Office, the McDonough

Museum Office or in the 3D studies area

Entry Fee?

$5 for single entry | $10 for a series

Accepted works and awards revealed at the opening on March 23!

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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