Campus Art Exhibit Celebrates YSU Alum

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — The work of Youngstown State University alumna, Marlene Aron, is featured in an exhibit in the Judith Rae Solomon Gallery in Bliss Hall on Youngstown State University campus.

Entitled Marlene Aron: An Artist’s Path, the artwork of the Youngstown native will be on display through July 13. A reception that day from 1 to 3 p.m. will be free and open to the public, coinciding with the YSU Summer Festival of the Arts.

Born in in Youngstown in 1943, Aron earned a bachelor’s degree in Painting from YSU in 1966. She studied in The Hague, Netherlands, in the late 1960s and went on to receive a Master of Fine Arts in Painting/Drawing from California College of the Arts in 1992.

Marlene Aron

In addition to her art, Aron was a published poet, social activist and expert on postimpressionism, lecturing widely on the life and art of Vincent van Gogh. Among other awards, she was a two-time grant recipient from the Ohio Arts Council. Her work has been exhibited widely and can be found in the permanent collection of The Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, as well as private collections in the United States and abroad.

Aron was struck and killed while crossing a street in San Francisco last fall.

The Judith Rae Solomon Gallery is open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The gallery will also be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the weekend of the YSU Summer Festival of the Arts on Saturday, July 13.

Pictured above: “Keep On Moving Forward” by Marlene Aron

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