Events

MFA Thesis Exhibition: Venise Abell’s Black Still will be on display April 24 – May 9, 2020 at the McDonough Museum of Art. There will be an opening reception Friday, April 24, 5-7pm. The exhibition features works by students graduating with a Master of Fine Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Visual Arts.

The Spring Graduating BFA Exhibition will be held April 24–May 9, 2020 at the McDonough Museum of Art. There will be an opening reception on Friday, April 24, from 5-7pm. The exhibition of work is by students graduating in the spring semester from the Department of Art at Youngstown State University.

Ekmeles, praised for their “extraordinary sense of pitch” (NY Times), is a vocal ensemble dedicated to the performance of new and rarely-heard works and gems of the historical avant garde. Described by The New Yorker as a “brilliant young ensemble … defining a fresh and virtuosic American sound,” Ekmeles presents Marc Sabat’s Seeds of Skies Alibis, an oratorio for six voices and electronics. The work takes as its text an original libretto by Berlin-based poet Uljana Wolf, based on Ovid. The poet writes a multi-lingual hash of polyphonic lines split between the six singers which echo the sound and sense of the classical Latin original. Sabat’s microtonal harmonies ring out, supported by an electronic tambura, moving meditatively through spirals of hallucinatory harmony.

Part of the MUSE series featuring innovative expressions of contemporary culture.

Jackie Sumell will speak as part of the Department of Art Lecture Series on Wednesday, April 15 in the McDonough Museum of Art lecture hall.

Jackie Sumell is a multidisciplinary artist inspired most by the lives of everyday people. Her work speaks to both traditional artist communities and those historically marginalized by structural racism. Ms. Sumell’s work has been exhibited extensively throughout the US and Europe. She has been the recipient of several residencies and awards including, 2016 Robert Rauschenberg Artist-As-Activist Fellowship, 2015 Eyebeam Project Fellowship, and 2008 Akademie Solitude Fellowship. An ardent public speaker and prison abolitionist, Sumell has lectured in Colleges and Universities around the US including UC Berkeley (BAMPFA), RISD, ZKM Karlsruhe, and as keynote for the National Prisoner Advocacy Conference 2014. Her collaborative work with Herman Wallace, The House That Herman Built, is the subject of the Emmy Award Winning documentary Herman’s House, screened to a national audience on PBS in 2013. sumell’s work explores the intersection of creative practices, mindfulness studies, social sculpture, and the principles of The Black Panther Party for Self Defense. Her path has been greatly shaped by the wisdom and compassion of Herman Wallace, Albert Woodfox, Robert King, Mwalimu Johnson, Malik Rahim, Norris Henderson, Geronimo jijaga & all those who continue to struggle against an unjust and oppressive prison system.

Ekphrasis is one art made from another; for example, a poem inspired by a painting or ballet, or a sculpture inspired by a novel or film. Join Lit Youngstown writers for an evening of writing inspired by the work of YSU Department of Art students from the 84th Annual Juried Student Art & Design Exhibition. Part of the Scribe literary collaborative.

Open mic style event featuring regional video work on April 7, at 5:30pm in the McDonough Museum of Art lecture hall.

The LIT Youngstown Ekphrastic Poetry Workshop will be held on Saturday, March 28, from 10:00am to 12:00pm at the McDonough Museum of Art galleries. Ekphrasis is one art made from another; for example, a poem inspired by a painting or ballet, or a sculpture inspired by a novel or film. Join Lit Youngstown for a workshop on writing inspired by artwork in the McDonough Museum galleries. Part of the Scribe literary collaborative.

World premieres by Dana School of Music Student Composers on Wednesday, April 1, at 7:30pm at the McDonough Museum of Art galleries.

The LIT Youngstown Ekphrastic Poetry Workshop will be held on Saturday, March 28, from 10:00am to 12:00pm at the McDonough Museum of Art galleries. Ekphrasis is one art made from another; for example, a poem inspired by a painting or ballet, or a sculpture inspired by a novel or film. Join Lit Youngstown for a workshop on writing inspired by artwork in the McDonough Museum galleries. Part of the Scribe literary collaborative.

The 84th Annual Juried Student Art & Design Exhibition will be held at the McDonough Museum of Art, March 27 – April 10, 2020. A public reception will be held on Friday, March 27, from 5-7pm. The annual juried exhibition of work is by students currently enrolled in the Department of Art at Youngstown State University.