Wednesday, May 13, 2009


Companion post at Greater Youngstown 2.0. For here, the full press release:

McDonough Museum of Art
RUST FEST digital arts and new media festival
June 13 - July 24, 2009
Opening Reception, Saturday, June 13, 6:00-8:00pm
A selection of digital arts and new media from MFA programs within the United States.

Beginning June 13th the McDonough Museum of Art on the campus of Youngstown State University will open the exhibition Rust Fest, featuring the work of graduate students enrolled in MFA programs in digital arts and new media from eight universities across the United States.

Each institution was asked to submit seven examples of notable work from students currently enrolled in their graduate programs. Rust Fest will feature a presentation of screen based work in all forms - from animation to computer games and novel visualization environments - to works in 2nd life. This exhibition will provide an unparalleled opportunity for visitors to the Museum to encounter compelling new media and digital art works from several progressive MFA programs.

The schools participating in this exhibition include, Rhode Island School of Design, the University of California at Berkley, Alfred University, New York University, the University of Texas at San Antonio, the University of California at Santa Cruz, Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Minnesota.

The opening of the festival on Saturday, June 13 will include an exciting performance piece by Leslie Raymond and Jason Jay Stevens, professors in New Media at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Potter-Belmar Labs presents a live mix of music and video projection. Both artists perform from laptop computers augmented by external digital devices used to manipulate their palette of images and sounds. The duo carries the audience through an improvised collage experience in sound and image. They build as they go, weaving field recordings with threads sampled from pop culture and their own rich sound and image compositions. The performance begins at 7:00pm and will take place in the McDonough auditorium.

The McDonough Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00am until 4:00pm with extended hours on Wednesday evenings until 8:00pm. The exhibition and all related programming are free and open to the public. For further information please call 330.941.1400

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