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McDonough opens quintet of shows

YOUNGSTOWN — The McDonough Museum of Art will end 2021 with five exhibitions opening Friday.

Traditional year end shows, the Fall Graduating BFA and MFA Collaborative Project exhibitions for Youngstown State University students, will be joined by three additional shows — “Talking with Mascots,” work by Francesca Baldarelli, Alex Ferrante Jeremiah Ibarra and Rachel Sanders; “creating (a) space,” new work by Missy McCormick; and “Animation Hotline Shorts Exhibition” by Dustin Grella.

The Fall Graduating BFA Exhibition celebrates the work of five students in the areas of photography, graphic+interactive design and interdisciplinary studio art — Micheline Cleaves, Emily Fetsko, Anna Pugh, Bailee Rinestine and Holly Yarab.

MFA candidate Katherine Williamson and projects by BFA students Emily R. Eastlick and Lindsay N. DeLullo are highlighted in the MFA Collaborative Project Exhibition. The MFA in interdisciplinary visual arts 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 coursework.

“Talking with Mascots” is described as a buffet of texture and speaks to time, life and consumption.

McCormick, an associate professor at YSU, focuses on domestic objects that have been common in homes for centuries and carry out specific functions in daily life. In creating (a) space, these objects are examined and reimagined through a loose sense of Scandinavian and mid-century modern design and paired down with a focus on the practical, architectural, and essential elements.

Grella is an animation artist who works in the pastel on slate technique also known as chalkboard animation. The exhibition features animated short videos created from messages left by anonymous callers on his Animation Hotline.

All of the work will be on display through Dec. 18 at the McDonough, 525 Wick Ave., Youngstown. An opening reception runs from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. For more information go to mcdonoughmuseum.ysu.edu or call 330-941-1400.

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