YSU Art Students Showcase Their Work

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — Some Youngstown State University art students display their work at a gallery on campus.

The work will be presented at the Judith Rae Solomon Gallery on campus.

The Junior Portfolio Review exhibition is an important step in a student’s artistic education. YSU juniors on a visual arts track are required to create a gallery for their major.

The head of the visual and dramatic arts department says that’s no small feat.

About two to three students work together to mount the exhibit of their work. Students are hands-on from start to finish. They not only create the art, but also decide how to present each piece.

“That’s when they can start to work independently and think of their work as a body of work, as opposed to, maybe, how they thought of it when they were creating works in class. But, they go from project to project,” said Dr. Stephanie Smith, Chair of Visual and Dramatic Arts.

This is the start of a much bigger project as seniors. Prior to graduation, students hold galleries in a much larger venue.

All the artists exhibited are from the valley.

Starting this week, there will be three students with work on display. Three other students will present their work the following week at the beginning of May.

The public can see the work on display from Monday.

The gallery is located on the first floor of Bliss Hall on campus. Visitors are welcome Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.