McDonough displays YSU art students’ exhibition

YOUNGSTOWN — Two exhibitions featuring the work of Youngstown State University art students open Friday at the McDonough Museum of Art.

The Spring Graduating BFA Exhibition features the work of students who will receive their Bachelor of Fine Arts degree next month from YSU.

It will include the work of 14 students in the areas of digital media, graphic + interactive design, photography and interdisciplinary studio: Chris Andrews, Anthony Angelilli, Kasey Badgley, Mandy Bell, Rachel DiCioccio-Holmes, Jennifer Hovis, Katie Jones, Jake Kohler, Craig Miller, Cassie Roth, Lydia Tarleton, Anastasia Truby, Ashley Vaughan and Vincent Village.

The MFA Thesis Exhibition will feature the work of David Belgrad and Kathleen Gallagher, the first students graduating from YSU’s new MFA Interdisciplinary Visual Arts program.

Time and process are integral in Belgrad’s “The Story of Re-creation.” He uses charcoal and eraser interchangeably to create large complex drawings that are photographed frame by frame and edited with sound. The end result is an animated, narrative video that portrays the evolution of the natural world to the current digital, mechatronic environment.

Also included in the exhibition is a large, longitudinal charcoal drawing reading from left to right that follows the manipulation of a ball of clay. As the clay transforms into hands, the drawings oscillate from foreground to background, depicting the human role in the inevitable synthesis of nature and technology.

Gallagher’s work investigates the paradox of anxiety. She explores the manifestation of global and personal anxiety as seen through the process of emergence found in biological and psychological systems. The large-scale installations are based on the growth and expansion of simple components that organize into a complex extraordinary whole.

Both exhibitions run through May 11 at the McDonough, 525 Wick Ave., Youngstown, with an opening reception 5 to 7 p.m. Friday.

Admission is free. For more information, call 330-941-1400.