School of Visual and Performing Arts

Congratulations to CAL/SVPA faculty, Dan Hernandez, Thor Mednick, Denise Ritter-Bernardini, Stephen Sakowski, and Matt Yockey on being recognized as faculty making Outstanding Contributions in Scholarly and Creative Activity. President Sharon Gaber and Provost Andrew Hsu sponsor the special recognition and the arts faculty received 20% of the University-wide awards.

Dan Hernandez   Dan Hernandez, MFA, Art Studio

Daniel Hernandez is represented by Kim Foster Gallery in New York, New York. Dan’s work is also found in Private and gallery collections nationally and internationally, including: Private Collection, Beth Rudin DeWoody, New York, Florida; Coleccion SOLO, Madrid, Spain - Colección SOLO is a dynamic and passionate quest to champion contemporary art. It is a vibrant, international collection, driven by a genuine commitment to creativity and the desire to bring inspirational artworks to the widest possible audience; Private Collection, Pierre Donnersberg, Paris, France; Gary Snyder Fine Art, New York; Private Collection, Phillippe Escaravage and Charlotte Forbes, New Jersey; Private Collection, Richard and Nadine Woldenberg, Chicago; Private Collection, Eric & Staci Flatt, New York; and Private Collection, Joseph & Beth DiProspero, London.

Hernandez's paintings explore the visual dialog between religion, mythology, and pop culture. He is represented by Kim Foster Gallery in New York City. His work is exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions and has been written about in a number of publications including ARTnewsHyperAllergic, Artillery MagazineArte FuseGizmodoDer Spiegel. Dan was selected for an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellency Award in 2011 and in 2015.  Dan Hernandez creates intricate tableaux that blend religious iconography with the contemporary visual language of video games, two genres which somehow collapse seamlessly together in farcical send-ups of culture and society. 

 Thor Mednick   Thor Mednick, PhD, Art History


Thor Mednick specializes in the art of nineteenth-century Denmark, he has published on painters such as P.S. Krøyer and Vilhelm Hammershøi, and on the relationship of agricultural reform to nineteenth-century Danish landscape painting. He is the co-curator of From the Golden Age to the Modern Breakthrough: Danish Paintings from the Collection of Ambassador John L. Loeb, Jr. (New York, 2013) and Jorforbindelser: Dansk maleri 1780-1920 og det antropocene landskab (Denmark, 2017-2019).
He is a former Fellow of the American-Scandinavian Foundation, the Ambassador John L Loeb, Jr Foundation, and the American Philosophical Society, and a legatee of the Danish Ministry of Culture. He has been a Visiting Scholar at the University of Copenhagen and the University of California at Los Angeles, and a Visiting Professor at Fuglsang Museum and Faaborg Museum, in Denmark.

 

 In 2017, Mednick was invited by Dr. Karina Lykke Grand, Assistant Professor of Art History at Aarhus University, to be the international consultant on a major research project on art and national identity in nineteenth-century Denmark. The project has been given a grant of more than $1,000,000 (US) to support Dr. Grand, a doctoral student, a post-doc, and travel and research expenses for Mednick and another scholar from the University of Copenhagen. The grant comes from The Independent Research Fund, within the Danish Ministry for Higher Education and Science.  

Denise Ritter-Bernardini Denise Ritter Bernardini, PhD, Voice

Stephen Sakowski    Stephen Sakowski, MFA, Theatrical Lighting

Denise appears on both the concert and opera stage in music of many periods.  She is known for her ability to sing a variety of styles, her brilliant high notes, pure tone, communicative warmth and musical intelligence.  She has been a performer throughout the US with extensive Oratorio experience under the batons of world renowned conductors such as Robert Shaw and John Rutter. Her recent oratorio performances have included Verdi’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Pergolesi’s Magnificat, Bach’s Missa in A Major, Dvorak’s Te Deum, and Mozart’s Requiem

In addition, she has performed with orchestras such as Fort Worth SymphonyTulsa SymphonyFort Wayne Philharmonic, the Symphony of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, Oklahoma City Symphony as well as many other symphonic organizations. Denise’s operatic roles include her recently performed  Mother in Amahl and The Night VisitorsLa Traviata in Charlottesville Virginia as Violetta as well as with Master Works Festival.

Denise has been a soloist in prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops as well as the Actor’s Club in New York. A recent performance of her one-woman classical cabaret show took her to Leibnitz, Austria where she performed for the International University of Global Theater to an audience representing thirty-two different countries.

Stephen Sakowski has worked as the Lighting Director or Assistant Lighting Director for the major entertainment/arts events listed above. His event and television lighting work, recognized at the highest level of production, is transferred to his university productions as well.  

Stephen has served as the Lighting Director/Assistant Director for the NBA All-Star Games. The National Basketball Association, (NBA) is a leading sports organization with an All-Star Game viewing audience of 7.175M in 2015, 7.614M in 2016 and 7.751M in 2017, respectively. Lighting for these half-time performances have been for some of the most internationally-known performers, including: Cirque du Soleil, Sting, The Roots, and John Legend.  

Stephen has also won awards for his lighting design associated with The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, (KCACTF). KCACTF is a national theater program involving 20,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide annually. For 47 years, the organization has served as a catalyst in improving the quality of college theater in the United States. KCACTF has grown into a network of more than 700 academic institutions throughout the country. The regional groups are funded and administratively support by the Kennedy Center.
Matt Yockey    Matt Yockey, PhD, Film Studies

Yockey's research focus is on Hollywood genres and fan studies. His essays on these topics have appeared in journals such as The Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies, The Velvet Light Trap, CineAction, Transformative Works and Cultures, Journal of Fandom Studies, The European Journal of American Studies, and Studies in Comics, as well as the anthologies Critical Approaches to the Films of M. Night Shyamalan (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), Superhero Synergies: Comic Book Characters Go Digital (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014), and The X-Men Films: A Cultural Analysis (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016). His monograph on the 1960s Batman television series was published by Wayne State University Press in 2014. He is the editor of the anthology Make Ours Marvel: Media Convergence and a Comics Universe (University of Texas Press, 2017). 

Matt's writngs on culture and film can be found journals such as, the European Journal of American Studies and the Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies, and in book chapters published by such notable presses as, the University of Texas Press, Wiley Blackwell, Rowman & Littlefied, and Palgrave Macmillan. Matt also has an extensive listing of professional paper presentations.

Estar Cohen Congratulations to UT Music and Jazz alumna, Estar Cohen!

Estar is one of 15 recipients of The ASCAP Foundation's 2018 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards. The program, which was established in 2002 to encourage young gifted jazz composers up to the age of 30, is named in honor of trumpeter/composer/bandleader Herb Alpert in recognition of The Herb Alpert Foundation’s multi-year financial commitment to support this program.

Additional funding for this program is provided by The ASCAP Foundation Bart Howard Fund. The recipients, who receive cash awards, range in age from 14 to 29, and are selected through a juried national competition. The ASCAP composer/judges for the 2018 competition were: Sylvie Courvoisier, Wycliffe Gordon, and Sachal Vasandani. In addition, one of the recipients of the Herb Alpert Awards will be featured during the 2018 Newport Jazz Festival in August.
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American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers - ASCAP

“‘I Got a Lust for Life’: The Unique Words and Sounds of Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan provides a series of panel discussions, poetry readings, and musical performances that reflect the impact of the African American Great Migration on literary and musical expression in the region.

Events begin in Detroit at 10 am, with a panel discussion/musical performance at Wayne State University, then move down to Toledo: for a 2:30 pm poetry reading at the TLCPL Main Library downtown; and a 6:00 pm panel discussion/musical performance at the Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion.

To find out more about our award-winning line-up of panelists and participants, please visit our website here: http://www.utoledo.edu/al/humanities_institute/

To sign up for free bus transportation between Toledo and Detroit, please sign up on our Facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1937574709894416/


2018 SVPA Arts Symposium: Multi-Sensory Literacy and Learning

The February 19th symposium will be held in the Lancelot Thompson Student Union, on the main campus of the University of Toledo. Panel and Group Presentations will focus on multi-sensory learning and literacy. Our Featured Speaker will be Dr. Sara Diamond, President of OCAD University and Lance Gharavi, Associate Professor and Artistic Director of Theatre in the School of Film, Dance & Theatre in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University will deliver our Highlighted Speaker address.

The School of Visual and Performing Arts - Fall 2017

A. Mitchell and Dean Appel at the Undergraduate RRESEARCH - Alexandria Mitchell discusses her photography project, The Blue Box Narrative with Honors Dean, Heidi Appel at the Undergraduate Research Showcase.

UT Symphonic OrchestraPERFORMANCE - Under the baton of Dr. Matthew Forte, the UT Symphonic Orchestra performs Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8 in G Major Op. 88.

EXHIBITION - The Concepts of Art Studio and Theory class displayed their artworks in a Pop-Up Exhibition at the Secor Building in downtown Toledo.

Performance Religion and Spirituality journalSCHOLARLY ACTIVITY - Dr. Edmund Lingan together with colleagues from Denmark, the UK, and South Korea have launched the PRS online journal. The journal is published in affiliation with the Religion and Theatre focus group of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education and also the Performance and Religion working group of the International Federation of Theatre Research.

 

Students and faculty continue to perform, create, write and research about the arts. The SVPA continues to be an ACTIVE place where students, faculty, and staff express themselves and engage with others. We are proud to be a safe place where openness of thought and being are honored and respected. Please join us for an exhibition, musical or theatrical performance, or catch one of the Film Fridays screenings.

 

Last Updated: 4/19/18