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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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ANDREA MYERS – (McDonough Museum of Art, lecture hall) – Wednesday, February 8, 5:10pm

Andrea Myers explores the space between two and three dimensionality, hybridizing painting, sculpture and fiber arts. She received her BFA in Printmedia in 2002 and her MFA in Fiber and Material Studies in 2006 both from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Hyde Park Art Center, Evanston Art Center, Toledo Museum of Art, Art Prize, Art Miami, Steven Zevitas Gallery, Fiber Arts International, the Columbus Museum of Art, and coGalleries (Berlin, Germany). Recent exhibitions include her first solo museum exhibition, Neon Speed, at the Textil und Rennsport Museum, Hohenstein-Ernstthal, Germany and Pieced+Painted, a two-person exhibition with Galen Cheney at the Haggerty Gallery, University of Dallas. Upcoming exhibitions include a collaborative installation at the Akron Art Museum with Natalie Lanese, solo exhibition at Galerie C.O.A. in Montreal and a solo exhibition at the Springfield Museum of Art in 204.




AMY M YOUNGS – (virtual) – Monday, February 6, 1pm

Amy M Youngs creates biological art, interactive sculptures and digital media works that explore interdependencies between technology, plants and animals. Her practice-based research involves entanglements with the non-human, constructing ecosystems, and seeing through the eyes of machines. She has created installations that amplify the sounds and movements of living worms, indoor ecosystems that grow edible plants, a multi-channel interactive video sculpture for a science museum, and community-based, participatory video, social media and public web cam projects. Youngs has exhibited her works
nationally and internationally at venues such as the Te Papa Museum in New Zealand, the Trondheim Electronic Arts Centre in Norway, and the Biennale of Electronic Arts in Australia.

This lecture is in conjunction with the exhibition The Possible Actuals: World Building and the Landscape in Virtual Reality at the McDonough Museum of Art, January 20-March 4.

event link: https://ysu.webex.com/ysu/j.php?MTID=mf919a813ecc0af8a8506821d6a0987af
password: art2023 (2782023 from phones)

MARIE-EVE LEVASSEUR – (virtual) – Monday, February 20, 1pm

Marie-Eve Levasseur is a Canadian artist living between Tiohtà:ke / Montréal and Leipzig. Her work deals with intimacy, interactions, non-human ecosystems, mediating devices as extensions and perception of language or images through screens. Using diverse forms and techniques like video, installation, sculpture, prints, 3D animation and Augmented Reality, she questions the proximity of technological and organic surfaces in a posthuman context as well as our perception of device-mediated content, using feminist science fiction as inspiration. Her works have been shown in many group exhibitions in Montreal, Berlin, London, Paris, Hong Kong and Zurich. In 2020, she receives a research and creation grant from the KdFS (Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen), and in 2021, from the Canada Council for the Arts.

This lecture is in conjunction with the exhibition The Possible Actuals: World Building and the Landscape in Virtual Reality at the McDonough Museum of Art, January 20-March 4.

event link: https://ysu.webex.com/ysu/j.php?MTID=m54cf6971963b44822d64607429d0e003
password: art2023 (2782023 from phones)

YVETTE GRANATA – (McDonough Museum of Art, lecture hall) – Monday, February 27, 3pm

Yvette Granata is Assistant Professor of Digital Media at the University of Michigan in the Department of Film, Television, and Media and the Digital Studies Institute. She works across multiple media to create immersive installations, interactive environments, VR films, video art, and hypothetical technological systems. She writes about media theory, philosophy, and digital media culture. Her work has been exhibited at the Harvard Carpenter Center for the Arts, The Eye Film Institute in Amsterdam, The Kunsthalle of Media and Light Art in Detroit, Papy Gyro Nights in Norway and Hong Kong, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, and Squeaky Wheel Media Arts Center in Buffalo, among others. She has published in Ctrl-Z: New Media Philosophy, Trace Journal, NECSUS: European Journal of Media Studies, International Journal of Cultural Studies and AI & Society.  Her film design work has appeared on screens at the Sundance film festival, Tribeca film festival, Rotterdam, Berlinale, Rome International Film Fest, SXSW, and CPH:PIX. She also produced the hybrid documentary, City World (2012) which premiered internationally at CPH:DOX and won best documentary at Cinema on the Edge in LA. She holds a Phd in Media Study from SUNY Buffalo, a Masters from the University of Amsterdam, and a BA from University of Michigan. 

This lecture is in conjunction with the exhibition The Possible Actuals: World Building and the Landscape in Virtual Reality at the McDonough Museum of Art, January 20-March 4.



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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