The Golding-Yang Art Gallery opened its doors for their annual faculty exhibition.

The exhibition was hosted by the faculty of Morehead State’s Department of Art and Design to show existing or prospective MSU students the many forms of art they can make with enough time and dedication.

It will run until September 21, with a faculty forum at 10 a.m. to answer any questions students may have.

Gary Mesa-Gaido, an MSU art professor, exhibited some of his work among his fellow faculty that included his “Lunar Cycles Series 1-9.” For Mesa-Gaido, education in the arts is incredibly important.

“It’s an extension of yourself - like knowing more about your own capabilities,” said Mesa-Gaido.

Mesa-Gaido has seen the arts less as a specialized, elitist branch of education, but more as a form of expression that even non-art majors should consider trying. He wanted students to know the professors in the art department are ready to take them in, regardless of their prior experience.

“There’s nothing that can replace the drive, the desire and hard work you put into your art,” said Mesa-Gaido.

 Just like the art within the faculty exhibition, Mesa-Gaido said any form of art will certainly take many hours of determination and work in your own time to make progress in, but that should not be a discouraging thing for students. To succeed at even the most fundamental levels of your classes though, Gary has one word of advice.

“Be prepared and be aware,” said Mesa-Gaido. “Just be a good student”

 Mesa-Gaido hopes to see a continued interest in the arts from students.

Anyone interested in the exhibition pieces or even the art program itself are welcome to attend the faculty forum on Wednesday to interact with the faculty.