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Art Galleries at WSU: Thematic Stories and Experiences

Robert and Elaine Stein Galleries | Photo by Arden Reimer | The Wright State Guardian

Wright State students interested in contemporary art can visit the Robert and Elaine Stein Galleries located in the Creative Arts Center on the Dayton campus.

The Stein Galleries

There are six different spaces in the two-floor gallery. The Stein collection is located on the lower floor and features a contemporary collection of over 450 pieces by artists, including Cindy Sherman, Chuck Close and Jeff Koons, among others.

Glen Cebulash, chair of the department of art and art history at WSU from 2009 to 2022, explained the significance of the Stein Galleries.

“Its permanent collections are truly gems of the Miami Valley. We have hosted many major exhibitions over the years and collected very valuable and important works of painting, sculpture, printmaking and photography. The space is widely recognized throughout the United States as a premier exhibition venue,” Cebulash said.

In addition to the permanent collections, the Stein Galleries feature rotating exhibits throughout the year. The gallery is currently featuring artist Ashley Jude Jonas’ exhibit “Endings and Eternities” on the second floor. 

According to the gallery, Jonas’ freestanding sculptures and wall works reflect immediate and personal environment while also mirroring shared experiences and longings of others, especially in light of the past two years of loss, isolation and limitations. 

 This exhibit runs through March 19.

ArtsGala and senior thesis exhibit

On April 1, 2023, the Stein Galleries will host the annual ArtsGala at Wright State. This event will feature performances of Wright State students in the art, music, theater, dance and motion pictures.

Rebecca Foley, art gallery and events coordinator at Wright State, talked about the event.

“[The arts gala] is a fundraising event for scholarships for students in the School of Fine and Performing Arts. It’s a gala experience where the students do entertainment and performances,” Foley said.  

The ArtsGala coincides with the senior thesis exhibit. Running from March 28 to April 21, Wright State seniors will display various works of art on the second story of the Stein Galleries.

Visiting the gallery

During the fall and spring semesters, the Stein Galleries are open to the public and free of charge. The hours are Tuesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday and Friday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Foley encouraged any WSU students with an interest in art to visit the gallery. 

“It’s great for our art students in my opinion. So, they can come in and see some amazing pieces by professionals. But you know, for anybody on campus, I think it’s just like a nice place to come take a break around and get some culture,” Foley said.

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