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McDonough displays graduating, grad students’ work

Exhibitions featuring the work of graduating students and graduate students at Youngstown State University open Friday at the McDonough Museum of Art.

The Fall Graduating BFA Exhibition is the opportunity for students to share the original and innovative discoveries they have made in their artistic journeys communicating their creative expressions of human experience. BFA students in the art department work closely with faculty engaged in a broad range of art and design practices.

The exhibition features the work of 12 students in the areas of photography, graphic + interactive design and interdisciplinary studio — Manuel I. Esparra, Jayde Faustino, Sarah Gage, Mallory Goldner, Kayla Haywood, Haley Holt, Abigail Martin, Justine Mitcham, Nicholas Perry, Carly Redmond, Rachael Repko and Elizabeth Skeels.

The MFA First Year and Collaborative Project Exhibition features individual and collaborative works by Venise Abell, Karen Fisher, Kerrianne Ghinda, Chanda Weigel and Evie Zimmer. All are first and second year students in the department of art’s MFA interdisciplinary visual arts program.

The program is unique in that it requires students to examine and integrate the methods, theory, skills and insights from two or more traditional or non-traditional visual arts with non-art course work. The program is designed to cultivate the practice of interdisciplinarity — to promote different perspectives, methods, media and processes to encourage creative problem solving.

Both exhibits will be on display through Dec. 14 at the McDonough, 525 Wick Ave., Youngstown, and an opening reception is planned from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, call 330-941-1400.