“Graphic Voices” lecture series set for October

The McDonough Museum of Art at Youngstown State University is hosting three lectures in October by artists whose work is part of the ““Graphic Advocacy: International Posters for the Digital Age 2001-2012” exhibit at the museum.

The Graphic Voices Lecture Series is sponsored by the Earle & Ida Cliffe Fund, in support of the YSU College of Creative Arts and Communication, the YSU Department of Art, the McDonough Museum, AIGA Pittsburgh and YSU.

All lectures are free and will take place in the museum’s auditorium:

Wednesday, Oct. 2, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Lanny Sommese, distinguished professor of Graphic Design and faculty member, Penn State University. A graduate of the University of Florida and the University of Illinois, Sommese was selected as the 2010 fellow by the AIGA/Philadelphia, is a fellow of Penn State’s Institute for Arts and Humanities and, since 1998, has been a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale. Sommese’s posters have won Gold Medals at the Triennial of the Stage Poster, Sofia, the Colorado and Bolivian Poster Biennials, the Golden Bee in Moscow, the Biennial of the Poster in Mexico (where he won the Jose Guadalupe Posada Medal for best poster in show) and the “To Be Human” poster competition at the Danish Poster Museum. Feature articles about Sommese have appeared in Graphis, Communication Arts, Step Inside Design, Gebrauchsgraphik and Idea. His work is the subject of two books, Lanny Sommese: World Master and Lanny Sommese: X-Ray Vision. Sommese has written extensively about graphic design and has been a Correspondent for Novum, a German design periodical, since 1976. The exhibition at the McDonough features three posters by Sommese.

Thursday, Oct. 10, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Michael Thompson aka FREESTYLEE, Artist Without Borders, graphic design consultant, creative activist and poster designer.

Wednesday, Oct. 30, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Marlena Buczek Smith, noted international artist who moved to the United States from Poland in the early 1990s.

The “Graphic Advocacy” exhibition will be on display through Nov. 8.  The exhibit features posters from Japan, Colombia, the United States and South Africa. The images are used to make political statements, aid humanitarian efforts and bring awareness to a variety of causes.

The museum at 525 Wick Avenue in Youngstown is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. For more information, call 330-941-1400 or visit www.mcdonoughmuseum.ysu.edu.