McDonough 2019 Alumni Exhibition opens Jan. 26

oil canvas work on display at the McDonough Museum

The John J. McDonough Museum of Art on the campus of Youngstown State University presents the 2019 Alumni Exhibition, Jan. 26 - March 7.

An opening reception will be held 5-7 p.m. Saturday, January 26. Featuring remarks by YSU President James P. Tressel and Dean Phyllis Paul, dean of the Cliffe College of Creative Arts and Communication, the reception will also feature a craft beer tasting, provided by Noble Creature Cask House.

The 2019 Alumni Exhibition honors department of Art graduates and celebrates over seventy years of arts education in the Cliffe College of Creative Arts and Communication at YSU. The exhibition features art in a variety of media by alumni from across the country. Of the 200 plus works entered, 88 pieces by 86 alumni artists were accepted. Participating alumni include professional artists, art educators and representatives from a broad range of fields.

Louis A. Zona of the Butler Institute of American Art serves as juror for the exhibit. Executive director since 1981, Zona was instrumental in the dramatic expansion of the Butler physical plant and its collection. The Butler's exhibition programming has brought to Youngstown some of the most significant artists in American history such as, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Louise Nevelson, Robert Motherwell, Andy Warhol, and Andrew Wyeth. Dr. Zona has received numerous awards including, the Gary Melcher's Medal from the Artist's Fellowship of New York City for his "contributions to American art and culture," the OK Harris Medal in New York for service to the art community and the Leadership in the Arts Award from the National Portrait Society. He has also written extensively on art and has composed essays for exhibitions held at the Nancy Hoffman Gallery NYC, Eaton Fine Arts of West Palm Beach, and numerous individual artists exhibitions across the United States.

The McDonough Museum of Art is open 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The Museum is open to the public and admission is free. For additional information please call 330-941-1400 or visit