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2 exhibits at McDonough Museum feature YSU students’ work

The exhibits will be on view in the museum’s galleries through Dec. 12.
McDonough Museum exhibit
“Tommie Harris Jr.” and “Steel Mill 1,” both by Venise Abell. (Contributed images)

YOUNGSTOWN — The John J. McDonough Museum of Art, on the campus of Youngstown State University, will highlight work from two programs in the Cliffe College of Creative Arts and the Department of Art with the Fall Graduating BFA Exhibition and MFA Thesis Exhibition.

The exhibits will be on view in the McDonough galleries through Dec. 12.

Fall Graduating BFA Exhibition

The Fall Graduating BFA Exhibition celebrates the work of 12 students in the areas of photography, graphic+ interactive design and interdisciplinary studio art. Students participating in the exhibition include Taylor Campy, Lexi Chismar, Elijah DuPonty, Ben Kerr, Brendon Lucas, Sulerach Rose Rivera, Hannah Roberts, Angela Rodino, Kim Schilling, Christian Steff, Taylor Valerio and Alaina Woofter.

Since the McDonough was unable to have a traditional onsite exhibition for the spring class, the work of two students who have chosen to participate — Michaela Best and Michelle Gabriel — also will be on display.

MFA Thesis Exhibition

Also in the museum galleries is Venise Abell’s MFA Thesis Exhibition, titled “Black Still.” In a news release, Abell said of her work: “Racism and inequality are influential factors in my narratives. My work educates the viewer on the insidious ways the government has, over the last 400 years, passed laws that degraded, devalued and murdered Black Americans. Many Blacks fled the south to the north with expectations of a better life, but soon painfully realized that there was no escape from racism. We are Black Still.”