Department of Art

Galleries & Events

2019 BFA Exhibition

Center for the Visual Arts Main Gallery

Exhibit Dates - April 8-30

Opening Reception April 26 (6-8pm)

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.

2019 BAVA Thesis Exhibition

Center for the Visual Arts Main Gallery

Exhibit Dates - April 8-30

Opening Reception April 26 (6-8pm)

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 graduate's work can be found @

Photo of the BioDesign Challenge prize, a glass sculpture2019 BioDesign Challenge Presentations/Reception

Thursday, April 17

Toledo Museum of Art - Glass Pavilion (GlasSalon)

Event Schedule
  • 6 - 7 p.m. Pre-Opening Judging (judges meet face to face with teams before the public arrives)
  • 7 - 8 p.m. Opening Remarks and Presentations by Teams
  • 8 - 8:30 p.m.  Reception (with hors d’oeuvres and drinks) while jurors deliberate
  • 8:30 pm  Announcement of winning team

Following the student presentations, enjoy a reception while the judges make their decision! This event is free and open to the public.

Presented by the University of Toledo in partnership with the Toledo Museum of Art, the BioDesign Challenge offers art and design, bioengineering, and earth, ecology and environmental sciences students the opportunity to envision future applications of biotechnology and biomaterials that address complex global challenges. Students are connected with community experts to develop innovative solutions through interdisciplinary research and iterative prototyping. The winning UT team will move on to the international BioDesign challenge summit in New York City this June 2019.

This course, taught by UT faculty, Eric Zeigler and Brian Carpenter, is part of an international cohort of universities working to promote a multidisciplinary approach to real world problems.


Graphic for the 2019 JSE which includes a photo of Marc Folk from the Arts Commission2019 Juried Student Exhibition

The Juried Student Exhibition is a juried exhibition open to all students of the University of Toledo regardless of major. There is no cost to enter. Artists may enter up to three works. Works must be installation-ready and any digital/projection based entries must include the equipment needed for display. Forms are available at the Department of Art office at the UT Center for the Visual Arts next to the Toledo Museum of Art. Submit artwork on the drop-off date only. You will be contacted via email about whether or not your work was accepted.

Important Dates

  • February 19 (9am-5pm) Drop off artwork entry(ies)
  • February 20 (9am-5pm) Pick up non-accepted work
  • MARCH 1-21 Exhibition Dates
  • MARCH 15 (6-8pm) Opening and Awards
  • March 22 (9am-5pm) Pick up of exhibition work

2018-2019 UT Digital Billboard Exhibition

The creations of University of Toledo art students will be on display throughout the Toledo area during January and February, appearing on electronic billboards as part of an annual exhibition. Each fall, Barry Whittaker, an associate professor of art at UT, organizes the work of UT students to appear in the exhibition. The digital billboard space was donated by Lamar of Toledo.

Locations include: Reynolds at Airport, Glendale at Byrne, Tremainsville at Laskey, Washington at Huron, Woodville at East Broadway, the Anthony Wayne Trail at Western, I-75 at Berdan and I-75 at Monroe.



The student artists featured are

  • Austin Baker
  • Donna Beauregard
  • Taylor Carey
  • Colin Chalmers
  • Jason Chappuies
  • Alaina Coote
  • McKenzie Dunwald
  • Chen Gao
  • Lindsay Haynes
  • Alexa McLaughlin
  • Tyler Saner
  • Ashley Simmons
  • Valerie White
  • Lydia Yant

Together but Separate, a reclaimed image of self by artist Rowan ReneeNo Honor No Heart

An Exhibition by Guest Artist
Rowan Renee

Exhibit Dates: January 14 - February 14

Lecture and Opening Reception - February 1 (6-8 p.m.)

(Image: "Together but Separate") In 2013, I was in a legal dispute with a former partner and collaborator, a copyright lawyer, over ownership and access to nude images of my own body that we co-authored. [This] is an installation that reclaims these lost images, asserting the transformative power of artistic labor for experiences of sexual abjection.

About Rowan Renee 


I use photography to interrogate how sexual bodies are gendered, victimized, policed and punished. Through photographic, printmaking and sculptural techniques, I produce and appropriate images that intervene on issues of authorship, the representation of queer and feminine bodies within the art-historical canon, and the intersection of homophobia and misogyny in sex law and copyright law. Abjection, as a queer concept and aesthetic framework, informs my manipulation of images. Through jouissance, the hard-won pleasure found in the labor of making, I see a means to construct transformative meaning from experiences of violence, persecution and erasure that threaten queer and feminine subjects. 


Rowan Renee is a genderqueer artist currently working between Brooklyn, NY and Ann Arbor, Michigan. Their career began as a street artist in 2006, when they joined The Miss Rockaway Armada, a collaborative flotilla of junk rafts founded by the artist SWOON. In the past they have travelled across 10,000 miles of the US taking tintype portraits of people living off the grid, worked to rebuild a Sandy-flooded bungalow in the Rockaways as a live-work artist space, and founded a small photography business called Brooklyn Tintype. Recently, they have received awards from The Aaron Siskind Foundation, The Rema Hort Mann Foundation and The Anchorage Museum of Art, as well as fellowships from The Jerome Foundation, The McColl Center for Visual Art and Ossian Arts at the Jain Family Institute. In 2018 they were named an Elsie Choy Lee Scholar by the University of Michigan. Their solo exhibitions include Z at Pioneer Works Center for Art and Innovation (2015) and Bodies of Wood at The Aperture Foundation (2017) and Saint Joseph's University (2018). Their work has been profiled on NPR, in The New York Times, VICE, Hyperallergic, Huffington Post, American Photo Magazine and Guernica, among many other publications. They are currently planning upcoming solo exhibitions at the Center for Visual Arts: Toledo (2019) and The Anchorage Museum of Art (2020).

Last Updated: 7/12/19