Athens, Ohio (September 24, 2012) – The Ohio University School of Art’s annual group exhibition organized by Second Year Graduate Students will open on Tuesday, October 16 and run until Thursday, November 1. Graduate Student work from the departments of Ceramics, Graphic Design, Painting, Photography, Printmaking and Sculpture will be on display. This will be the students’ second exhibition as a group. Graduate students in the School of Art have the opportunity for a group exhibition in their first and second years, in preparation for solo thesis exhibitions in the third year. The Second Year Graduate Student Exhibition, titled “Merges and Dissolves,” will be exhibited in Ohio University Art Gallery, located at 536 Seigfred Hall. “Merges and Dissolves” refers to a point in time, a moment at the crux of what came before and the unknown future. Printmaking major Shaina Davis comments on this idea, “The title is rather perfect for our last show together. We are merging together for the last time to present our progress over the past year.” The artists look forward to seeing their peers and colleagues at the exhibition as well as reintroducing members of the greater Athens community to their work. In regards to making art in the area for a little more than a year, Joey Behrens notes, “Living in Athens has definitely influenced my work; the piece in this show was directly inspired by the ways the architecture here reflects the history of its use through the accumulation of reconfigurations and growth of the spaces.” The exhibition itself will emulate the physical center of a multi-directional crossroads. As a Graphic Designer, Michelle Ensch focuses her attention on a piece where, “The viewer is invited to enter the surface and explore the details hidden within the layers to face nostalgia with a hint of kitsch.” A major in the painting program, Mateo Galvano, reflects on his own influences as he prepares for the show: “In my work, I'm dealing with issues of loss and absence, as well as notions concerning the mysterious realms between life and death.” The scope of the exhibition is an accumulation of the literal and ethereal connections between a community of Ohio University artists living and working in the Athens area. There will be an OPENING RECEPTION on Tuesday, October 16 from 6 PM – 8 PM. Light snacks and refreshments will be served. In addition to the opening, an ARTIST DISCUSSION PANEL will be held at 4pm on Friday, October 19at the gallery. In depth and informal discussions of the artists’ ideas, research and processes will be conducted and everyone is welcome. Both events are free of charge and open to the public. Regular gallery hours are Monday through Saturday 12pm – 5pm.