Art faculty works featured in McDonough exhibit

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Works by faculty from the Department of Art at Youngstown State University are featured in the Biennial Faculty Exhibition, “Immersion,” Jan. 26 through March 2 in the John J. McDonough Museum of Art.

An opening reception is scheduled for 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26. 

Several of the participating artists will be giving talks throughout the run of the exhibition. The schedule includes: Dragana Crnjak, Missy McCormick and Robert Twomey at 1 p.m. Feb. 12; Claudia Berlinski, Joy Christiansen Erb and Chris McCullough at noon, Feb. 14; and RJ Thompson at noon, Feb. 21.

The exhibit includes works from recent additions to the Art faculty - Robert Twomey, Johnathan Farris and Jennifer Kirkpatrick. 

  • 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 currently completing his dissertation at the Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media at the University of Washington. Twomey received his MFA in Visual Arts from the University of California, San Diego. He has shown his work in the United States and abroad.
  • 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 PhD from Cornell University.  
  • The department’s new Studio Art Support Specialist, Kirkpatrick completed her MFA at Penn State University in 2015. She received a bachelor’s degree in Art Education and bachelor’s of Fine Arts from Northwest Missouri State University. Her work has been exhibited nationally and she has a permanent installation at the Penn State Center of Pittsburgh.

The Immersion exhibition is made possible in part by state tax dollars allocated by the Ohio Legislature to the Ohio Arts Council.

The museum on Wick Avenue is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. For more information, call 330-941-1400 or