Exhibitions & Events Schedule



Excavations; The Prints of Julie Mehretu
is organized by Highpoint Editions, Minneapolis

August 23 – October 26, 2019
Public Reception, Friday, August 23, 5-7pm

Excavations; The Prints of Julie Mehretu is a spectacular collection of Mehretu’s work in the medium of printmaking. Best known for her large-scale paintings and drawings, Mehretu layers maps, urban planning grids and architectural renderings with whorls of abstract markings and bright, colorful shapes. Mehretu has completed collaborative projects at professional printmaking studios across the country, among them Highpoint Editions, where she produced Entropia and Entropia: Construction. Today, printmaking is a vital part of Mehretu’s creative process. Julie Mehretu is the recipient of numerous awards including the MacArthur Fellowship and the US Department of State Medal of Arts.

Dana Oldfather: Out of the Woods Into the Weeds

August 23 – October 26, 2019
Public Reception, Friday, August 23, 5-7pm

Dana Oldfather celebrates paint and the oddity of human experience with a focus on femininity and motherhood. Her large, abstract paintings reveal fantastical spaces and intertwined figures in a chaotic, yet whimsical arrangement. They underscore the inherent emotional conflict of parenting young children, and the fragility of comfort and happiness in America today. Dana Oldfather has twice received the Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award and her paintings are part of numerous public and corporate collections.

Whitney Tressel: America Still

August 23 – October 26, 2019
Public Reception, Friday, August 23, 5-7pm

Our inaugural Emerging Artist Exhibition. Whitney Tressel is a travel photographer whose photographic talents have impacted such organizations as Google, National Geographic, New York Times Student Journeys, Budget Travel Magazine and Esquire Magazine. For the past two years she has traversed North America, solo, in her 1985 Toyota Dolphin truck camper capturing a sense of place amongst our diverse sets of American landscape

Whitney Tressel, Department of Art Lecture Series

August 26, 2019, 5:10pm

Dick Von Kiel: aleatoric composition for programmed audio files

September 11, 2019, 5:30pm

24th Annual MAD About the Arts Benefit

Friday, September 27, 2019, 7-10pm
Tickets $50/$75

The McDonough Museum of Art and WYSU would like you to join us for the new fall MAD About the Arts. We are celebrating the 50th Anniversary of WYSU with an evening of contemporary art, music, dancing, wine/beer tasting and food sampling. An expanded dance floor on the tented McDonough patio will create more space for seating, mingling and viewing artwork in the Museum's interior. In addition, the galleries will feature a small jazz ensemble along with new food and beverage vendors. In an effort to make the evening more affordable we have lowered the ticket prices to $50 & $75. Please consider supporting WYSU or the McDonough Museum of Art for an additional ticket discount.

Emmai Alaquiva, Department of Art Lecture Series

October 2, 2019, 5:10pm
(Co-Sponsored by YSU’s Department of Communication)

Jeremy Raymer, Department of Art Lecture Series

October 10, 2019, 5:10pm

Dana Oldfather, Artist Lecture

October 17, 2019, 5:10pm

Maria Elena VERsari, Department of Art Lecture Series

October 22, 2019, 5:10pm

Uno Lady, Emerging Performance Artist

November 6, 2019, 5:30pm

Open Projector Night

November 13, 2019, 5:30pm

Open Projector is an open mic style event featuring short film and video projects by regional artists that run the gamut of styles and themes.


November 14, 2019, 7:30pm


November 22 – December 14, 2019
Public Reception, Friday, November 22, 5-7pm

An exhibition of work by students graduating in the fall semester from the Department of Art at YSU.

Dana FACULTY & STUDENT chamber music showcase

December 2, 2019, 5pm