The works of three new members of the art faculty at Youngstown State University will be featured in the Biennial Faculty Exhibit at the McDonough Museum of Art starting Saturday, Feb. 18.
The exhibition, which runs through March 16, will display selected works in various media by Charmaine Banach, Stephen Chalmers and Richard Helfrich. The museum is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Admission is free.
Banach earned a master’s in fine arts in Design from the University of Iowa. She also attended the Savannah College of Art and Design with an Artist Scholarship and earned a master’s in Interactive Media Design. Before coming to YSU, Banach was an Instructor at the University of Iowa and taught web and graphic design classes. In February and March of 2010, one of her interface designs for an iPhone App called Memorize Words was ranked in the top four selling applications.
Chalmers earned a master’s in fine arts in Cinema and Photography from Southern Illinois University. He was the Northwest Regional Chair for the Society for Photographic Education for two terms and was professor of Photography and Digital Media in the state of Washington for eight years before joining YSU as a professor of Photography. His work is in several collections including the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Light Work, Polaroid, and the Getty Research Institute. Chalmers has also been a contributor to five books, and has been in group and solo exhibitions throughout the United States, Australia, Ireland, British Columbia, Thailand, England, South Africa and China.
A practicing graphic designer, Richard Helfrich graduated with a master’s in fine art and master of arts in Graphic Design from Savannah College of Art and Design. Prior to joining the YSU faculty, Helfrich was an assistant professor in the Department of Graphic & Communication Design at La Roche College, where he served as department chair. He currently operates a branding and web design company in conjunction with Echo Strategies and Zola Design in Pittsburgh. He is also a member of AIGA, the professional association for design, and served as a board member for the Pittsburgh chapter from 2009 to 2011.