YSU art collaboration continues

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) —  Art students at Youngstown State University got a unique opportunity to work with visiting professional.

YSU student Jenilee Daubenspeck was thrilled to work alongside professional printmaker Michael Barnes. She’s doing so  through part of a yearly collaboration that has been going on for five years. This year, Barnes spent a week at YSU.

“It was nice to see a different point of view because we only have one print making processor where as like in the other programs there are two or three that you can have a various opinion from but it was nice to have a different one coming in and giving you something new to go off of,” said Daubenspeck.

A professor at the University of Northern Illinois, Barnes sketches and collaborates with students to make a limited edition print.

“I can work with the students and they can see how I develop an image from start to finish from the sketch book to a finished piece,” said Barnes.

Assistant Professor of Art, Joe D’Uva, said each year he brings in artists that teach different styles and techniques.

“Because I don’t have in this area to work with me this is an opportunity for me once or twice a year even to have somebody here to speak print to my students,” said D’Uva.

Though YSU’s art program is smaller than others in Ohio, Daubenspeck said she uses that to her advantage.

“You have the ability to work here late at night if you need to or come in early in the morning and have that opportunity to be successful and do something different,” said Daubenspeck.

The students will use YSU’s press to copy the print, selling them as a fundraiser for the school.


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