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Faces of Trafficking

September 19-December 6

The University of Toledo is hosting the 2019 International Human Trafficking and Social Justice Conference, Thursday and Friday, September 19-20 on main campus in the Lancelot Thompson Student Union. The Department of Art is participating by creating and hosting this important exhibit in the UToledo Center for the Visual Arts. We hope you plan to attend the conference and invite you to come see our exhibit. The exhibit will be available through December 6.

The Issue

Human Trafficking, a form of “modern day slavery”, is where victims are forced and coerced to engage in commercial sex or labor for the profit and benefit of others. There are an estimated 40 million slaves in the world today (International Labor Organization 2017) with 17,500 victims being brought into the U.S. each year.  

These victims have been brutalized, raped, sold and suffer chronic trauma from their abuse. Many have post-traumatic-stress disorder, suffer chronic health conditions, and some leave with a traumatic brain injury or other disability. Up to 70% of our child victims that don’t receive help go into adult prostitution where the probability that they suffer violence, drug addiction, poverty, and HIV is high. Because of increased awareness, through the efforts of the Lucas County Human Trafficking Coalition and the UT Human Trafficking and Social Justice Institute, our community has diligently called in tips to the FBI Innocence Lost Task Force located here in NW Ohio. This led to over 260 rescues of local youth and 100 convictions of traffickers in our community. Awareness works. Awareness translates into freedom.

The Project

The link between art and social justice has always been strong. Every year at the International Human Trafficking and Social Justice Institute, art from local artists, youth, members of the mental health community and trafficking survivors are displayed. A new work, Faces of Trafficking, conceived by Professor Barbara Miner, and photographed by Robert Cummerow, features portraits of members of the greater Toledo community who are either advocates, direct service providers, members of the legal community or victims. It is an opportunity to bring to life all the different people who this issue impacts and encourages attendees to join the fight. The portraits will be on display through December 6 at the UToledo Center for the Visual Arts.

Momentum Festival concertUToledo at Momentum Festival


We hope you get down to Momentum 2019, a 3-day festival of art and music! The UToledo Department of Art will be there too - with faculty and students with INTER/ACTIVE exhibits at the Mini-Maker Faire, including the winners of the UToledo Biodesign Challenge - btilix and PlastiGrow. See their winning projects combining art and environmental science to battle antibiotic-resistant superbugs and create a biodegradable material that could replace plastic.

Plus, art professor, Barry Whitaker has curated a dynamite selection of works by artists from the Great Lakes Region, presented as an inspiration and wonderful introduction to an art movement that is rapidly spreading across the world. Find out the artists behind the all Supernova programs by attending the live presentations on Toledo's enormous public LED screen located at the heart of Momentum. See a sample of it in the video below!

Momentum GL - Great Lakes Region Artists preview from Denver Digerati on Vimeo

2 glass artworks on display in the UToledo main gallery as part of the Momentum Glass ExhibitionA glass artwork on display in the UToledo Center for the Visual Arts as part of the Momentum Glass ExhibitionMake sure you also check out the Momentum Glass Exhibition on display now through October 10 in the UToledo Center for the Visual Arts main gallery. With the support of Pilkington Glass North America part of Nippon Sheet Glass Co., Ltd., the Arts Commission is pleased to debut new works by Alibi Studio (Detroit, MI), Sean Merchant (Brunswick, OH), and Zac Weinberg (Maumee, OH). Through new collaborations between applications of glass as an artistic medium and manufacturing processes, each project exemplifies new approaches to float glass. The exhibit is in connection with the Momentum Festival (September 19-21) in downtown Toledo and will be part of the Arts Commission Art Loop events on Sept. 19.

SculptureX: The Material Condition of an Immaterial State, Symposium 2019

October 4-5

Tickets $15; $10 Students

“Materiality” is a loaded term within the space of sculpture.  Historically, we’ve used it to specify our medium and media, but over the last six decades the field  has expanded in such a way that the idea of materiality has been redefined and moved beyond the traditional boundaries of “medium”. In the vernacular, “material” and “medium” continue to speak about the built, the made, and the artist’s interaction between the hand and material.  The contemporary meaning of materiality, however, overlays the space of sculpture and now expands the role of “medium” by binding it to an ontology of things, objects, interactive conditions, and   ephemeral states mediated by layered technologies.

Materiality offers inexhaustible avenues of exploration into the immaterial creating shifting states that slip from materializing to dematerializing and back again. The results:  a disciplinary discourse that encompasses the use of materials of every quality and quantity, extending our understanding of the physical,  and opening sculpture to the immersive, performative, virtual, generative, environmental, and social.




Spring 2020 Events

UToledo Faculty EXHIBITION


EXHIBIT DATES - January 21 - February 21

RECEPTION - FRIDAY, January 31 (6-8pm)

Come see the work of our UToledo Department of Art faculty! 

2020 Juried Student EXHIBITION


EXHIBIT DATES - March 6-27

Awards/RECEPTION - Friday, March 27 (6-8pm)

The JSE - Juried Student Exhibition is a competitive exhibition open to all UToledo students regardless of major. All media welcome (2D, 3D, digital). Your ready-to-display artwork must be submitted at the UToledo Center for the Visual Arts (next to the Toledo Museum of Art) on Tuesday, February 25 between 9am-5pm. Submission forms are in the Art Department main office in the CVA. If your work is accepted to the exhibition, you will be informed via email. 





The BFA Exhibition is an annual celebratory exhibit of the finest work of UT students graduating this semester with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Art.





The Bachelor of Arts program in Visual Art provides students with a solid foundation in art through introductory courses in drawing, design and the history of art, and it offers study in three areas of studio art as well as advanced work in art history. These department offerings are integrated with the core curriculum with the purpose of using visual art as a special instrument for cognitive growth, knowledge, discovery, and cultural engagement. The B.A. in Visual Art is a special kind of liberal arts degree based in studio art. Though there is no concentration offered, students may choose from 2D studies (drawing, printmaking, painting), 3D studies (sculpture, ceramics), and/or digital and photographic art (photography, digital arts) for their advanced studio coursework.

The BAVA Thesis students choose  a project and concept to explore, in depth, under the  direction of the BAVA Coordinator. The 2019 graduates' work can be found @

Last Updated: 9/25/19