YSU faculty show opens at McDonough

The work of Youngstown State University art faculty will be shown in an exhibition opening Friday at the McDonough Museum of Art.

“Immersion” is described as an exploration of innovation and tradition. This biennial exhibition of current work by the art department faculty imparts new vision and re-investigates long standing practices in the fields of Art and Design.

The show will include the work of Robert Twomey, Johnathan Farris and Jennifer Kirkpatrick, recent additions to the art department.

An assistant professor in digital media, Twomey is an interdisciplinary artist exploring the poetic intersection of human and machine. Trained as a painter and engineer, he integrates traditional forms with advanced technologies to create hybrid interactive artworks.

He is completing his dissertation at the Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media at the University of Washington. Twomey received his master’s degree in visual arts from the University of California, San Diego.

Farris is an assistant professor of art history. His recent research has focused on the artistic and architectural products of cultural exchange between Asia and the West from the 17th through the early 20th centuries. Before coming to YSU, Farris lived and taught in Hong Kong for seven years. He has numerous publications and book reviews. Farris received his Ph.D. from Cornell University.

Kirkpatrick, the department’s new studio art support specialist, completed her master’s work at Penn State University in 2015. Her work has been in exhibited nationally and she has a permanent installation at the Penn State Center of Pittsburgh.

“Immersion” run through March 2 with an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the McDonough, 525 Wick Ave., Youngstown.

Participating artists will be giving talks throughout the run of the exhibition. The schedule includes:

l Feb. 12 — Dragana Crnjak, Missy McCormick and Robert Twomey

l Feb. 14 — Claudia Berlinski, Joy Christiansen Erb and Chris McCullough at noon

lFeb. 21 — RJ Thompson at noon

For more information, call 330-941-1400.

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