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Color Up! Paintings by Nils P. Johnson

Color Up! Paintings by Nils P. Johnson

The Cliffe College of Creative Arts welcomes Artist Nils Johnson to the YSU Judith Rae Solomon Gallery in Bliss Hall. Mr. Johnson’s exhibit, Color Up! Paintings by Nils P. Johnson, opens on April 3 and runs through April 20. An artist reception will occur on Wednesday, April 12, from 4:30-6:30 PM in the Gallery. 

University Theatre presents "Antigone"  

University Theatre presents Antigone  

YSU’s University Theatre concludes its 59th season with Antigone, opening for two weekends on Friday, March 31, at 7:30 PM in YSU's Ford Theater at Bliss Hall. Directed by Todd Dicken, Antigone, written by Jean Anouilh, is based on the original play by Sophocles. 

Pipino Performing Art Series continues with jazz singer & pianist Kate Reid

Pipino Performing Art Series continues with jazz singer & pianist Kate Reid 

YSU's Donald P. Pipino Performing Arts Series continues with international jazz singer and pianist Kate Reid on Friday, March 3, 2023, at 7:30 PM at YSU Ford Theater in Bliss Hall, Cliffe College of Creative Arts. A Northeast Ohio native, Reid will perform songs from The Great American Songbook and other audience favorites is there a G +ID intern, or possibly Jordan, who ge can proof our pages for things like this. 

Women’s History Month art exhibition

Women’s History Month art exhibition 

A Women’s History Month exhibition titled, “Space Swim,” will feature the work of Pittsburgh artist, Carolina Alamilla. It will be open to the public February 27 - March 30, 2023, in the Judith Rae Solomon Gallery on the 2nd floor of Bliss Hall. Gallery hours are 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday – Friday. Admission is free. 

Dana School of Music hosts Wind & Percussion Invitational

Dana School of Music hosts Wind & Percussion Invitational 

On Thursday, February 23, the Cuyahoga Falls High School Symphonic Band and the North Olmsted Falls High School Wind Symphony will join YSU’s Wind and Percussion Ensembles at the 16th annual Wind and Percussion Invitational. A day master classes and workshops with Dana School of Music faculty will culminate that evening with a joint concert, that will begin at 7:30 PM. 

Art professor wins Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award

Art professor wins Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award 

Dragana Crnjak, Professor of Art, was one of 75 Ohio artists to be awarded a 2023 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Awards. These awards are recognition of artists’ bodies of work that exemplify specific disciplines and advance the larger creative community. Individual Excellence Award funding recommendations are made through an anonymous, open panel review process focused on the basis of exceptional merit of artists’ past work. 

YSU University Theatre presents The Last Five Years

YSU University Theatre presents The Last Five Years 

YSU University Theatre returns to Spotlight Theater in Bliss Hall with The Last Five Years opening on Thursday, February 16, at 7:30 PM. Jason Robert Brown's Drama Desk winner, The Last Five Years, has been translated into a handful of languages and was named one of TIME Magazine's ten best shows of 2001. Cast members include John Bearss, Rootstown, OH; Lacey Farina, Schenectady, NY; Lauren Ladd, Hubbard, OH; and Mitchell Sharp, Beloit, OH. 

 

Beloved music professor passes away

Beloved music professor passes away 

Dr. Stephen L. Gage, Professor Emeritus and former Director of Bands and Orchestra at YSU for 28 years, passed away on Sunday, February 5, 2023. While in Youngstown, he also conducted the Youngstown State University Youth Orchestra and the W.D. Packard Concert Band. He was deeply loved and respected throughout our community and beyond. His passion for music and dedication to his students and profession made a positive and lasting impression that cannot be understated. Dr. Gage made the world a better place.

YSU Cliffe College of Creative Arts announces 16th Annual African American History Month Art Show

YSU Cliffe College of Creative Arts announces 16th Annual African American History Month Art Show 

The 16th Annual African American History Month Art Show will begin Wednesday, February 1, in the Judith Rae Solomon Gallery in Bliss Hall, Cliffe College of Creative Arts. The exhibition, "Makonde Sculptures," showcases the collection of Tazim & Dr. Nazim Jaffer. An opening reception will be held on Wednesday, February 1, 2023, at 5:00 PM in the Gallery, followed by an artist presentation and discussion at 6:00 PM in the McDonough Museum of Art, Lecture Hall 3000.

Wind Ensemble at Severance Hall

Wind Ensemble at Severance Hall

The YSU Wind Ensemble is excited to perform at Severance Hall, home of the Cleveland Orchestra, for the annual Northeast Ohio Band Invitational on January 29 at 5:00 pm. Each year, select high school programs and one collegiate ensemble are invited to perform in this legendary and historical space with arguably the best acoustics any hall in North America has to offer. 

diderot quartet

Pipino Performing Art Series presents Diderot Quartet

The Donald P. Pipino Performing Arts Series at Youngstown State University presents the Diderot Quartet on Sunday, January 29, 2023, at 3:00 PM at Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church on Oak Hill Avenue in Youngstown. Diderot String Quartet performance is co-sponsored by 88.5 WYSU-FM. Named after the eighteenth-century French philosopher and Boccherini enthusiast Denis Diderot—brings a fresh approach to works of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Oscillation Drills

Spring 2023 exhibitions at the McDonough Museum of Art

The McDonough Museum of Art’s Spring 2023 exhibitions opens on January 20 and features works by Yvette Granata, Marie-Eve Levasseur, Amy M. Youngs, Taryn McMahon, Lori Kella, Amanda King, and Mark Keffer. The exhibits run through March 4. The museum is open 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM Tuesdays through Saturdays. Admission is free. An opening reception for all of the exhibits will be 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20.

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2023 Northeastern Ohio Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition

YSU's Department of Art at Cliffe College of Creative Arts is pleased to host the 2023 Northeastern Ohio Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition! Showcasing artwork from students in Mahoning, Trumbull, Columbiana, and Ashtabula Counties in grades 7-12, the exhibition is open January 5 through January 28 in Bliss Hall’s second floor Judith Rae Solomon Gallery.

Dana School of Music Carols & Cocoa scheduled for December 7

Dana School of Music Carols & Cocoa scheduled for December 7

Nothing says “the holidays” like a good mug of hot cocoa, a brightly decorated cookie, and some good old Christmas tunes! That’s exactly what the Dana School of Music is offering at the annual YSU Carols & Cocoa and Dana Holiday Concert, Wednesday, December 7 at 7:00 PM, in Stambaugh Auditorium. The event, which dates back more than 40 years, begins with carols in the ballroom, continues with cookies and cocoa in the lobby, and concludes in the concert hall with the Dana Holiday Concert.

McDonough ends season with two student exhibits

McDonough ends season with two student exhibits

Two exhibits of YSU student artwork open Friday, December 2 in the McDonough Museum of Art and run through December 17. The Fall 2022 Graduating B.F.A. Exhibition features students graduating in December, and the second show, "Arts of Death Poster Exhibition," includes students enrolled in an Art History course taught by Associate Professor Johnathan Farris. Opening reception is 5:00 PM, Friday, December 2. The Museum is open 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM Tuesdays through Saturdays and admission is free. The “Arts of Death” course engages students in the study of arts about one of the most profound aspects of life - its end. “It promises to be a very compelling and enlightening final project,” said Claudia Berlinski, Museum Director.

“Godspell” opens this week on campus

Godspell opens this week on campus

The 2022-23 University Theatre season continues this week with the musical Godspell running Nov. 11 to 20 in YSU’s Ford Theater, Bliss Hall, on the YSU campus. Performances are Friday, Saturday and Sundays, Nov. 11, 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:30 PM, and the Sunday matinee performances are at 2:00 PM. "Each production of Godspell is idiosyncratic and personal,” said Adam Day Howard, YSU Lecturer of Acting and Director of the production. “I feel this mirrors the many ways people feel about its main character, who, despite being a basis for the world’s largest religion, was also a man, a historical figure, a political figure, and a philosophical one as well. In our production, one can’t help but notice he was also particularly creative and funny.”

U.S. Army Field Band Performance

U.S. Army Field Band Performance

Michael Butler, Associate Professor and Director of Bands, was the guest conductor of the U.S. Army Field band. The Concert Band is the oldest and largest of the Field Band’s four performing components. The elite 65-member instrumental ensemble, founded in 1946, has performed in all 50 states and 25 foreign countries for audiences totaling more than 100 million. Tours include formal public concerts, school assemblies, educational outreach programs, festivals, and radio and television appearances.

Presentations and Publications

Presentations and Publications

Daniel J. Keown, Associate Professor of Vocal Music Education, made two presentations at the National Association for Music Education National Conference in Maryland   “Discovering the Lost Ark of Possibilities: Bringing Visibility to the Invisible Art Form of Film Music in Your Music Classroom” and “Influence of Workshop Training on Preservice Music Educators’ Self-Reported Abilities and Level of Support for Using DAW Technology to Teach Music.” Keown most recently published research in the Psychology of Music, Psychomusicology: Music, Mind, and Brain, Journal of Music Teacher Education, Music Educators Journal, Frontiers of Medicine, and Missouri Journal of Research in Music Education

Artist lectures, demos this week on campus

Artist lectures, demos this week on campus

Painter and printmaker Kyla Zoe Rafert will lecture and give a demonstration as part of the YSU Department of Art Lecture Series. The lecture on mixed-media techniques is 5:10 PM Monday, October 17, in the McDonough Museum Lecture Hall (Room 3000), with a demonstration at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, in Room 4025 of Bliss Hall, Cliffe College of Creative Arts, YSU. Rafert creates detailed ahistorical tableaus that feature young women and girls in surrealistic, psychologically potent scenes. The events are free and open to the public.

Alvin Ailey dance ensemble performs on campus Oct. 17

Alvin Ailey dance ensemble performs on campus Oct. 17

Next up in the Pipino Performing Art Series is the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble, one of the world’s most popular dance companies, performing 7:00 PM, Monday, October 17, at YSU’s Ford Theater, Bliss Hall. "We are beyond thrilled to bring Ailey II to our community,” said Phyllis Paul, dean of the YSU Cliffe College of Creative Arts. “Their performances are nothing short of riveting. The dancers are spectacular artists with flawless technique who interpret cutting-edge choreography with extraordinary beauty. We anticipate an inspiring and exhilarating evening of dance, history and community, and invite you to join us for a most memorable experience." 

YSU Symphony explores The Planets

YSU Symphony explores "The Planets"

From Mars to Jupiter, Saturn to Neptune, the YSU Dana Symphony Orchestra will perform "The Planets" on Wednesday, October 12, 7:30 PM at the DeYor Performing Arts Center in downtown Youngstown. 

The Revolutionists opens University Theatre 2022-23 Season

The Revolutionists opens University Theatre 2022-23 Season

University Theatres opens it 2022-23 Season with "The Revolutionists" by Lauren Gunderson, on Friday, September 30, 2022. Directed by Matthew Mazuroski, Associate Professor of Acting & Directing, "The Revolutionists" is set in Paris 1793 during the social and political angst of the French Revolution. 

Fall Semester Music at Noon concerts 

Fall Semester Music at Noon concerts 

Shake off those “hump day” blues and take in a free Music at Noon concert by the YSU Dana School of Music. Concerts are 12:15 PM Wednesdays in The Butler Institute of American Art on campus.

Cliffe College Calendar

Cliffe College Fall Calendar of Events

The YSU Cliffe College of Creative Arts presents almost 100 events this Fall semester, including the Pipino Performing Art Series, concerts, art exhibits, lectures, musical theater and theater production, recitals, masterclasses and more. 

Museum opens Fall 2022 exhibition

Museum opens Fall 2022 exhibition

The work of five diverse artists opens the Fall 2022 exhibition schedule at Youngstown State University’s McDonough Museum of Art on Tuesday, September 6. The exhibitions, which run through Saturday, October 29, are free and open to the public. A free opening reception will be held 5:00 to 7:00 PM, Friday, September 9, in the museum. “These artists present a diversity of cultures, genders, ages and artistic approaches, all with complex and intricate ideas,” said Claudia Berlinski, Museum Director.  

New faculty – Adam Howard

New faculty – Adam Howard

Adam Howard has joined the Dana School of Music & University Theatre faculty as a Musical Theatre Lecturer. Adam is an American-born and British-trained performer, playwright, and music director whose research focuses on Panto and musical theatre voice pedagogy. He has performed and taught in half a dozen countries on three continents and is thrilled to make YSU his home.

Pipino Performing Arts Series 2022-23 Season

Pipino Performing Arts Series 2022-23 Season

Cliffe College of Creative Arts announces the 2022-23 Pipino Performing Arts Series Season. The Series opens with a return of marionette artist Phillip Huber, who was the first performer in the Series’ inaugural 2018-19 Season. Other artists include Ailey II, the Vijay Iyer Trio, the Diderot Quartet, and more.

Meistersinger Competition Winner

Meistersinger Competition Winner

Marlina Karimi (B.M., ’22), a former student of Dr. Misook Yun, won third place in the Meistersinger Competition at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria.

Spectrum Brass Seminar

Spectrum Brass Seminar

Congratulations to Dana School of Music students Joseph Lasher and Connor Remington, who were selected as participants for this summer's Spectrum Brass Seminar, as part of the Bay View Music Festival!

McDonough wins Ohio Arts Council grant

McDonough wins Ohio Arts Council grant

YSU’s McDonough Museum of Art has received an Ohio Arts Council (OAC) grant for $11,625 for fiscal year 2023. The award is part of the McDonough’s four-year Sustainability Grant through the OAC, and the funding supports programs such as the Emerging Artist Series.

Alum appointed Cliffe College Coordinator of Strategic Communications

Alum appointed Cliffe College Coordinator of Strategic Communications

Samantha Nan (B.F.A., ’22) has recently been appointed as Cliffe College Coordinator of Strategic Communications.

24th Annual Summer Festival of the Arts

24th Annual Summer Festival of the Arts

A weekend of arts, culture, and music is planned for July 7-10 as the YSU Summer Festival of the Arts celebrates its 24th anniversary. Organizers from Youngstown State University’s Cliffe College of Creative Arts, JAC Management, the City of Youngstown, Mahoning County Convention & Visitors Bureau and St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church announce a variety of events planned for that weekend.

Alumni Spotlights – Patty Flauto (6-26)

Alumni Spotlights – Patty Flauto

Abstract painter Patty Flauto (B.F.A., ’76) is featured in the Alumni Lecture Series that is produced by the YSU Office of Alumni Engagement. Patty’s wide-ranging career includes her previous ownership of a design consulting firm, serving as Creative Director at American Greetings, and running her own interior design business. 

Alumni Spotlights – Dan Wegendt (6-23)

Alumni Spotlights – Dan Wegendt 

Emmy Award-winner Dan Wegendt (B.F.A., ’07) is the focus of the newest YSU Alumni Lecture Series. Wegendt is senior graphic designer at the Insurance Institute for Business Home and Safety. He previously worked for The Weather Channel, where he was part of a team that won an Emmy Award for “Immersive Mixed Reality Storytelling: Outstanding Science, Medical or Environmental Report." 

Alum “Smashes” way to the top (6-17)

Alum “Smashes” way to the top 

The Stephen Philip Harvey Jazz Orchestra, led by Harvey (M.M., ’16) and featuring 11 additional Dana School of Music alumni, recently released a new album titled Smash. The album includes nine comic book-inspired pieces by Harvey, who’s also an Adjunct Professor of Music at YSU. 

Museum announces Summer 2022 Exhibition Artists

Museum announces Summer 2022 Exhibition Artists

Four diverse exhibitions will open the summer exhibition schedule at the McDonough Museum of Art on Friday, June 3 through Saturday, July 16. An opening reception will be held on Friday, June 3, 5:00-7:00 PM at the museum. The exhibitions and reception are free and open to the public. The McDonough Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 AM–4:00 PM, with the exception of Saturday, July 2 in observance of the holiday. 

Large-scale mural in East Liverpool (5-24)

Large-scale mural in East Liverpool 

East Liverpool Mayor and YSU alumnus Greg Bricker, commissioned Art Professor Dragana Crnjak and three YSU former and current art students—Rachel Hritz (B.F.A., ’22), Mia Mondora (B.F.A., ’22), and junior B.F.A student Lindsay DeLullo—to complete the first mural in the town.

University Theatre announces 2022-23 Season

University Theatre announces 2022-23 Season 

A story about French revolutionists, a play originally produced under Nazi censorship, a chronicle of marriage, and a popular musical about the parables of Jesus are featured in the 2022-23 season of Youngstown State University Theatre announced earlier this month.

McDonough holds poetry, collage workshop

McDonough holds poetry, collage workshop

On Saturday, May 7, 2:00-4:00 PM, the McDonough Museum of Art will present a free Cut-out Poetry and Collage Workshop for teens and adults at the Museum on YSU’s campus.

YSU President Jim Tressel narrates Peter & the Wolf and Carnival of the Animals

YSU President Jim Tressel narrates "Peter & the Wolf" and "Carnival of the Animals"

YSU President Jim Tressel will narrate Sergei Prokofiev’s "Peter & the Wolf" and Camille Saint- Saëns’ "Carnival of the Animals" at a children’s concert performed by the Dana Ensemble on Sunday, May 1, at 3:00 PM at Stambaugh Auditorium.

Handel’s CEO donates $100K to McDonough Museum

Handel’s CEO donates $100K to McDonough Museum

Leonard Fisher, chief executive of Handel’s Ice Cream, will be honored 7:30 PM Wednesday, April 27, at Youngstown State University’s McDonough Museum of Art for his $100,000 gift to the museum. In recognition of the donation, the museum’s main gallery balcony will be named the Leonard J. Fisher Balcony. 

Who's Who in America

Who's Who in America 

Michael Butler, Director of Bands in the Dana School of Music, was recently elected to Marquis Who's Who in America. Butler's recent accomplishments include commissioning Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Julia Wolfe to write a new piece for wind ensemble and presenting at multiple music conferences. 

Jazz Area Announces Harold Danko Residency

Jazz Area Announces Harold Danko Residency

Harold Danko, critically acclaimed jazz pianist, composer, recording artist, and faculty emeritus from the Eastman School of Music, is In Residence at the Dana School of Music Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, April 12-14. Danko, a Dana graduate, performs two concerts – 7:30 PM Tuesday and 7:30 PM Thursday in YSU’s Ford Theater, Bliss Hall – and gives a talk titled “From Youngstown and YSU to NYC and Beyond” at 4:00 PM Thursday, also in YSU’s Ford Theater. All events are free and open to the public.

New exhibit features student mural concepts

New exhibit features student mural concepts 

Mural posters created by students of Professor Dragana Crnjak will be featured in a new exhibit in Bliss Hall’s Judith Rae Solomon Gallery, April 11 through April 22. The gallery is open 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday. “The main objective of the exhibition is to share the exciting range of students' ideas for public art that can play a crucial role in visually transforming and enriching the city of Youngstown,” said Crnjak, who teaches Mural and Site-Specific Painting classes.

YSU Jazz Ensemble with Harold Danko

YSU Jazz Ensemble with Harold Danko 

The Dana School of Music announces a concert by the YSU Jazz Ensemble, directed by Kent Engelhardt, and the Contemporary Ensemble, directed by John Anthony, on Monday, April 11, 7:30 PM, in Kilcawley Center’s Chestnut Room. The concert is free and open to the public. The Jazz Ensemble will feature two pieces by alumnus Harold Danko and four pieces by graduate student guitarist/composer Chandler Carpenter. Danko will perform with the Jazz Ensemble 

Poetry at the McDonough (4-7-22)

Poetry at the McDonough 

In the echoey depths of the first-floor gallery, poets and lovers of poetry alike gathered at the McDonough Museum of Art in celebration of National Poetry Month Thursday, April 7. In an intimate gathering, writers had a space to share their thoughts, emotions, and observations without fear of judgment. Student artwork added to the creative ambience. Museum Director Claudia Berlinksi said the McDonough has a history of merging both visual and literary arts. 

Red Press Collaborative (April 4, 22)

Red Press Collaborative 

Chicago-based stone lithographer, educator, and artist Richard Repasky is the guest artist for this year’s Red Press Collaborative this week at Youngstown State University. Repasky and YSU art students will participate in printing sessions 10:00 AM to noon and 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday, April 4 to 8, in Room 4025 of Bliss Hall.  

Harry Potter and friends come to campus . . . just for laughs (4-1-22)

Harry Potter and friends come to campus . . . just for laughs 

Fans of Harry Potter are sure to get a hoot out of University Theatre’s final show of the 2021-22 season - "Puffs, Or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic." The comedic retelling of J.K. Rowling’s world-famous book series will be directed by Theatre faculty member Todd Dicken and runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 1, 2 and 3, 8, 9, and 10, in Ford Theater in Bliss Hall on the YSU campus. “After a global pandemic and recent world events, we deserve a chance to unwind, an opportunity to laugh alongside others as we see the humor in ourselves,” Dicken said.  

Current Clay exhibit opens in Judith Rae Solomon Gallery

Current Clay exhibit opens in Judith Rae Solomon Gallery

“Current Clay,” curated by Associate Professor Missy McCormick, opens in Bliss Hall’s Judith Rae Solomon Gallery, March 28 through April 7. The exhibit will feature ceramic art by YSU alumnae and current students. 
 

Gaming lecture

Gaming lecture

Paolo Pedercini, game developer, artist, and educator, will present a free virtual lecture on Monday, March 28 at 1:00 PM. Pedercini, who teaches at Carnegie Mellon University, has lectured and exhibited worldwide.