Notre Dame College Fall Student Art Show to Feature Formidable Works

Notre Dame College Fall Student Art Show to Feature Formidable Works

Notre Dame College’s new and upcoming artists will display their original works─including 12 to 16-foot graffiti panels, large-scale photographs and oversized charcoal drawings─in the “NDC Art: Best Show Yet of 2013” student art exhibit beginning Sept. 19 on campus.

Entitled the best show yet, partially because it features art that is formidable in dimension as well as inspiration, the exhibit starts with a reception, which is free and open to the public, from 6-9 p.m. Sept. 19 in the College’s Performing Arts Center.

Notre Dame senior art majors will showcase their works at the opening event, meet and talk with community members and sell their creations as they begin their careers.

Each emerging artist has a different academic interest, unique style and intriguing presentation. Daniel Tyler Cowart, a graphic design major, will present 12-16 foot graffiti panels. Roy Passalacqua, a studio art major, will show a series of large scale, black and white photographs, while art education major Eric Head will offer oversized charcoal drawings of famous sports figures.

The exhibit is open Monday through Friday from noon to 6 p.m.

The College’s Performing Arts Center is located on the ground floor of the Administration Building, 4545 College Road. Enter campus from South Green Road.

For additional information, contact Rachel Morris, associate professor of fine arts, Notre Dame Art Department, at rmorris@ndc.edu or call 216.373.5320.



Dan Cowart is a graffiti artist originally from Atlanta and now based in Cleveland. He has been pursuing graffiti art in Northeast Ohio for the past year, along with completing his studies in graphic design. Cowart’s work includes vibrant colors and cartoon-style characters, along with balanced compositions. His pieces also reflect the different genres of the graffiti style, including “Old Skool,” 3-D and mural. Cowart’s work has been described as a unique approach to traditional graffiti art.

Eric Head artEric Head plans to teach art to middle school children. His work is a direct reflection of his interest in sports. He is a football player and a huge football fan. Many of his drawings feature close-up “hyper-realistic” portraits of legendary sports figures. His intent is to overwhelm the viewer, not only with details but scale and facial expression, creating an eerie or intense feeling. His strength is charcoal. He is most comfortable with that medium because he feels he can cover the most artistic ground with it and enjoys the high contrast effect the material allows.

Roy Passalacqua is originally from Cleveland, but his photographic odyssey has taken him across the world to Italy, where he not only studied but also taught photography at the Florence University of the Arts. His style evolves from studio fashion photography to street style photography. In this exhibition, Passalacqua displays a new photojournalistic approach, producing large format (16- by 22-inch) black and white prints that engage viewers in the journey of his wife’s pregnancy through his personal lens.



For 90 years, Notre Dame College has educated a diverse population in the liberal arts for personal, professional and global responsibility. Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1922, the College has grown strategically to keep pace with the rapidly changing needs of students and the dramatic changes in higher education. But it has never lost sight of its emphasis on teaching students not only how to make a good living but also how to live a good life.

Today, the College offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 disciplines plus a variety of master's degrees, certification programs and continuing and professional development programs for adult learners on campus and online. Notre Dame College offers 22 NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic programs for men and women and is located in a picturesque residential neighborhood just 25 minutes from the heart of Cleveland. Hallmarks of the Notre Dame experience include stimulating academics, personalized attention of dedicated faculty and staff, and small class sizes.