McDonough offers two summer exhibitions

Two exhibitions open Saturday at the McDonough Museum of Art.

“Studio Conversations in Art Education” highlights artwork by 12 women art educators in higher education from the U.S. and Canada who maintain an active studio practice.

Co-curated by Youngstown State University art department faculty members Claudia Berlinski and Dr. Lillian Lewis, the show coincides with and was inspired by the publication of volume 45, issue 1 of the journal Visual Art Research entitled “Women Art Educators in Higher Education: Conversations on Studio Practice,” which was edited by Lewis.

Guest editorship of Visual Arts Research sowed seeds of collaboration and the resulting conversations explored such topics as what constitutes studio practice, the role of studio practice as a form of scholarship and a necessary element informing and responding to teaching art educators and graduate students as well as the complications and barriers that impact studio practices in relation to teaching art education in higher education.

The exhibition shares works of art that are the product of these conversations begun in the journal. Participating artists Fiona Blaikie, Leslie Gates, Patricia Morchel, Laura K. Reeder, Jennifer Eisenhauer Richardson, Allison Rowe, Stacey Salazar, Pauline Sameshima, Shari L. Savage, Alison Shields, Leslie C. Sotomayor and Dr. Gloria Wilson.

The McDonough also will help its neighbor, the Butler Institute of American Art, celebrate its 100th anniversary with “Centennial Impressions: A Celebration of Prints,” which highlights masterworks of modern and contemporary printmaking from the Butler’s permanent collection.

The prints selected from the Butler collection have been produced by world famous artists from Romare Bearden and Robert Rauschenburg to Andy Warhol and Lynda Benglis. The work demonstrates an exploration of varied techniques and wide-ranging approaches found within contemporary art. It includes a multitude of printmaking techniques — woodcut, etching, lithography and silkscreen.

One of the great benefits of printmaking is that multiple impressions of the same design can be printed from a single source; however, each print produced is considered an original as each differs because of variables intrinsic to the printmaking process.

Both exhibitions run through July 20 at the McDonough, 525 Wick Ave., Youngstown. An opening reception runs from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday.

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

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