John J. McDonough Museum of Art
The McDonough opens 2024 with five dynamic exhibitions on January 19!
The John J. McDonough Museum of Art, Youngstown State University's Center of Contemporary Art, is excited to announce it will open 2024 with five dynamic exhibitions. Roberley Bell's Always, and the lake; Jonathon Brewer's Quemar Las Naves; Lauren Semivan's A Map Both Distant and Concrete; Posters Without Borders and Emerging Artist, Morgan Bukovec's are you on the menu will be on display January 19 through March 2. An opening reception for all the exhibitions will be held on Friday, January 19 from 5-7pm.
Roberley Bell's, Always and the lake
Roberley Bell is the recipient of several fellowships including awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts, a Pollock Krasner Fellowship, and a Fulbright to Turkey. She has had numerous residencies from Paris to Austria to Utica, NY to Sweden. Bell’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including, Alan Istanbul, The Brattleboro Museum of Art, The deCordova Museum, The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, amongst others. She has completed public projects in numerous cities, including, Istanbul, Turkey, Kaliningrad, Russia, Chicago, Pittsburgh, and Cambridge. Bell lives in Western Massachusetts, maintaining a studio in the historic canal city of Holyoke, MA.
Of her work Bell states, "Straddling the space between representation and abstraction, my sculptures are a conglomeration of contrasting elements. The dominant features of color, form, and material push against one another expanding the potential for disparate materials to come together into new ways, creating hybridized forms."
Jonathon Brewer's Quemar Las Naves
"My work focuses on improvisation, meditation, and empathetic communication and their increasing importance in our contemporary society of commodification of attention, the breakdown of reasonable discourse, and the villainizing of those we disagree with."
Jonathon Brewer is an electroacoustic musician, audio engineer, and composer living in Ohio. His work draws inspiration from quantum physics, consciousness, chaos theory, and sociology to build on the vision of a music which is self-evident without relying on overused formulas. This entails the use of generative systems and processes for music making. He received his bachelor’s in classical and jazz guitar performance at Eastern Kentucky University and master’s in classical guitar performance from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee.
Lauren Semivan's A Map Both Distant and Concrete
Lauren Semivan received a BA in studio art from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin and an MFA in photography from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Her work has been exhibited at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Cranbrook Art Museum, Blue Sky Gallery, Silver Eye Center for Photography, Paris Photo, The Griffin Museum of Photography, The Hunterdon Art Museum, and Museum of Wisconsin Art among others. Semivan’s work is part of several permanent collections and she is represented by Benrubi Gallery in New York and David Klein Gallery in Detroit, MI.
Of her work Semivan states, "Color is an emotional descriptor, creating depth within a two-dimensional space. The marks on the surface suggest topographies; roads, rivers, passageways, or impressions from suggested movement; scratches on glass, stains."
Posters Without Borders began in 2013 as an international invitational poster exhibition on the subject of immigration, organized by Erin Wright, Professor of Art at the University of Alabama at Birmingham; Antonio Castro H., Professor of Art at the University of Texas at El Paso, and Eric Boelts of Brain Bolts Design in Boulder Colorado.
Building on its success, the organizers decided to mount new exhibitions under the name Posters Without Borders on other important social subjects every two years. The exhibitions include, 2015’s Right to Decide (voting rights and fair elections), 2017’s Action/Reaction/Interaction (social and political events), and 2019’s Future Now! (joined forces with the United Nations - posters based on one of the 17 goals for sustainable development). Civilitas, is the most recent exhibition and a select group of international designers were invited to create posters that addressed the need for more civility in our world.
Emerging Artist, Morgan Bukovecare you on the menu
Morgan Bukovec is a mixed media artist, educator, and collector of things from Cleveland, Ohio. In 2018, she was awarded bachelors degrees in both Fine Arts and Arts Education from the University of Dayton and since has worked with several community art spaces in Cleveland including moCa Cleveland, Spaces, Community Arts Center, Kaiser Gallery and Headspace Gallery, providing art engagement and workshops. Bukovec is interested in how art builds empathy through storytelling, which inspires her interdisciplinary art practice.
are you on the menu... "This series of work is the result of the past decade of my work in the service industry.... Each remark, command, and question are quotes taken from my experiences as a server, with male customers. This series is a personal release, and a way to gain ownership over the words said to me by men."
Bukovec describes her work
• McDonough Artist Talk: January 31, 5:30pm
• Artist Performance, share your story:
February 28, 5:30pm
JANUARY 19 - MARCH 2
Roberley Bell's Always, and the lake Jonathon Brewer's Quemar Las Naves
Lauren Semivan's Posters Without Borders A Map Both Distant and Concrete
Emerging Artist, Morgan Bukovec's are you on the menu
• Reception: Friday, January 19, 5-7pm
JANUARY 31, 5:30pm• McDonough Artist Talk: Morgan Bukovec
FEBRUARY 5, 6pm
• Black History Month Lecture: Lauren Pearce
FEBRUARY 28, 5:30pmMorgan Bukovec,
• Artist Performance: share your story
MARCH 20, 5:30pm• Film Screening: Lost and Unmade: The Films of Bruce Checefsky
MARCH 22 – APRIL 6 87th Annual Juried Student Art & Design Exhibition• Reception: Friday, March 22, 5-7pm
APRIL 19-MAY 4Spring 2024 Graduating BFA Exhibition• Reception: Friday, April 19, 5-7pm
Gallery Hours-see the shows!
The McDonough Museum of Art galleries are open Tuesday-Saturday from 11am-4pm. The exhibitions are free and open to the public.
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These exhibitions are made possible in part by state tax dollars allocated by the Ohio Legislature to the Ohio Arts Council (OAC). The OAC is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically.
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