Tuesday October 4, 2005

New Director Takes Helm at Art Street

Artist and arts administrator Susan Byrnes will lead University of Dayton's new living and learning arts complex.

Susan Byrnes has worked at a bronze foundry in Tucumcari, N.M.; a modern dance company in Ann Arbor, Mich.; and a university in New York — all while traveling throughout the United States. Still, she has never seen anything like ArtStreet.

Yet Byrnes will be seeing a lot of the place starting Oct. 5, when she begins her position as director of ArtStreet, the University of Dayton's living and learning arts complex located in the south student neighborhood that includes student housing, a café, the campus radio station, artists' studios and more.

"I love everything at ArtStreet," Byrnes said. "I'll be able to work with people from all backgrounds, not just the arts, and get involved in being creative and a part of the community. I haven't seen anything like what UD is trying to do, and I really can't wait to start."

Byrnes wants to develop more collaboration between the University and the local arts community through such projects as workshops and bringing visiting artists to campus.

Originally from Rome, N.Y., Byrnes comes to UD from Alfred University in Alfred, N.Y., where she created career development events and other resources for arts students. She has taught at various community colleges throughout the United States, served as a grants administrator and was executive director of a modern dance company. Byrnes also is a working artist: Shortly before arriving at UD, she traveled to the Harwood Art Center in Albuquerque, N.M., to install an exhibition of her sculptures.

Byrnes completed a bachelor of fine arts in photography at Syracuse University in Syracuse, N.Y., and a master of fine arts in sculpture at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti.

For media interviews, contact Susan Byrnes at (937) 229-5101. For more information on ArtStreet, go to http://artstreet.udayton.edu.