Artists exhibit their work on campus, schedule lectures

Keith Schmiedlin's "Pirahna."

Keith Schmiedlin’s “Pirahna.”

Youngstown State University’s Department of Art sponsors lectures and exhibitions by two artists this month.

Keith Schmiedlin, a Pittsburgh-based artist, presents an exhibit titled “Wild Life” in the Judith Rae Solomon Gallery on the second floor of Bliss Hall on the YSU campus, opening Thursday, March 17. Schmiedlin will lecture 2 p.m. March 17 in the McDonough Museum of Art. Both the exhibit and the lecture are free and open to the public. Schmiedlin is known for using bold solid colors and gestural line to paint subject matter ranging from flower motifs to WWII fighter war birds. Schmiedlin attended Creative and Performing Arts High School and then earned a bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design at LaRoche College in 1999. He currently works fulltime as a fine artist and runs his own business, Schmiedlin Designs. His paintings are in many private collections throughout the country. He currently has paintings on display at Children’s Hospital, Animal Friends, Vanilla Pastry Studio, MauraMori Cafe’, The Sewickley Gallery & Frame shop, and the Pittsburgh Zoo.

Angie Zielinski's "Spectacle Spectacular"

Angie Zielinski’s “Spectacle Spectacular”

Angie Zielinski, a cross-disciplinary artist, presents an exhibit in the Judith Rae Solomon Gallery on the second floor of Bliss Hall on the YSU campus, opening March 21 and running through March 31. Zielinski will lecture 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 21 in the McDonough Museum of Art on campus. Both the exhibit and the lecture are free and open to the public. Zielinski is a cross-disciplinary artist working within painting, drawing and installation. Her work investigates events that are interpreted as celebratory or violent, depending on personal and cultural experiences. Carnivals, fireworks, and war zones consist of moments of fragility, stability, danger and awe; Zielinski explores the underlying fears and excitement found in such events. Originally from St. Louis, Zielinski earned a bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Millikin University (Illinois), and a master of Fine Art degree from Bowling Green State University (Ohio). Zielinski’s work has been shown nationally, including solo exhibitions in Oregon and Ohio, and recent group shows in Chicago, Tucson and Brooklyn. After teaching for five years at Idaho State University as an assistant professor of Painting and Drawing, Zielinski moved to Tucson, Ariz., in 2012 to teach at the University of Arizona, where she is currently an assistant professor in 2D.

Parking for both exhibits is available in the Wick Avenue deck for a nominal fee. For more information call 330-941-2307.