MYTOWN photo exhibit opens at McDonough

This is a photo from the new MYTOWN art exhibit, to be featured at the McDonough Museum of Art in Youngstown.

This is one of the photographs in the MYTOWN exhibit at the McDonough Museum of Art.

An exhibit featuring photos taken by area middle and high school students opens Aug. 11 in the McDonough Museum of Art on the campus of Youngstown State University.

“MYTOWN: Understanding how place matters to local youth, a photo project” opens with a reception, 2 to 4 p.m., Aug. 11 at the museum, 525 Wick Ave., Youngstown. The exhibit runs through Aug. 25.

The exhibit is a joint project of the museum and 13 students from an Ursuline Sisters program. The students worked with an experienced photographer, youth educators and community members to visit 14 locations and shoot photographs. The exhibit features more than 70 examples of work from the more than 2,000 images captured.

The exhibit will travel to various locations in Youngstown and Warren and will be featured on four billboards on South Avenue in Youngstown to expand awareness of what youth care about in the community. Billboards will be up from Aug. 27 through Sept. 21.

The project was supported by a grant from the Raymond John Wean Foundation. The exhibit is the first in a number of projects that are part of the “Living As Form – Youngstown Projects” that will run through fall 2012.

The McDonough Museum of Art is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays. Admission is free.