College of Communication and the Arts

Galleries & Events

Toledo Vitality Exhibit April 14 through May 5 at Parkwood Gallery

toledo vitality
a social documentary exhibit

Opening Reception: April 14, 5:30-730 p.m.

Exhibit Dates: April 14-May 5 2016
Parkwood Gallery, 1838 Parkwood Avenue (Professional Building)

This semester, UT Art students in Deborah Orloff’s Social Documentary Photography class have been working in partnership with the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo and AmeriCorp to help further Toledo’s Strategic Plan for Arts and Culture. The city’s plan is designed to “support cultural vibrancy, economic revitalization, and to connect and grow the rich network of creative life that exists in Toledo.”

Working with the Arts Commission, Professor Orloff and her students have volunteered their talents to help capture the stories of Toledo’s creatives and community leaders. Students have been interviewing people in the community and capturing the essence of their work through photographs. The students’ images will be featured on the Arts Commission’s new website, print materials, and in an exhibition at the Parkwood Gallery (housed in the Professional Building at 1838 Parkwood Ave.) The exhibition, “Toledo Vitality,” will run from April 14 through May 5. An opening reception will be held at the gallery 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 14.

The Department of Art’s innovative class was designed to expose students to the rich history of social documentary photography and allow students to experiment within the genre, while simultaneously working within the community in a professional capacity. The service-learning component of the course provides students with practical, hands-on experience working with regional agencies to support and enhance the local community. The class will also serve UT’s new Peace Studies program and become a regular offering in the Department of Art. A second photography exhibition is currently on view at the Clement Gallery, located in the basement of UT’s Center for Visual Arts (adjacent to the Toledo Museum of Art). This exhibition features examples of the photo students’ personal projects, also created in the social documentary class.

Both exhibitions will run through May 5 and the galleries will remain open until 7:30 p.m. on April 21 for the next Art Loop. All events are free and open to the public.


Deborah Orloff, Professor of Art and Associate Chair, University of Toledo Department of Art: 419.530.8314 or
Lindsay Akens, Community Engagement Specialist & AmeriCorp volunteer: 419.254.2787 or
Kim Sanchez, Community Engagement Specialist: 419-254-ARTS (2787) or
Natalie Tranelli-Jacobs, Volunteer and Event Coordinator: 419-254-ARTS (2787) or
The Arts Commission: 419-254-ARTS (2787) or info@theartscommission.or


Main lobby of Carlson Library April 20 through May 5

Opening reception and artists’ presentations: Wednesday, April 20, 4:30 to 5:30 pm

For the Bachelor of Arts in Visual Art thesis exhibition, graduating students engage in an intensive topic-based project culminating in a published body of artwork (portfolio, bookwork, etc.) relating to each student's major area of focus and cultural interest. 



Wearable Conditions, April 28CoCA UNBOXED: Art As Fashion - wearable conditions

Thursday, April 28, 7 p.m.
Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion

Truly the most unusual fashion show you're likely to see! Art Department students have been inspired by, of all things, diseases, viruses and other ailments to create wearable works of art - Wearable Conditions! (Pictured: Ebola)

Immediately after Wearable Conditions the party moves to the CVA Main Gallery for a reception honoring the student artists in our BFA program whose work will be on display in the gallery.

Student Quentin Babcock works on mural at the Frederick Douglass CenterArts Diplomacy Mural 

Now on view |  1001 Indiana Ave, Toledo

Students in the Arts Diplomacy class at The University of Toledo worked with members of the Toledo community during fall semester 2015 to create a public mural under the direction of artist Dave Loewenstein. The mural is at the entrance to the James B. Simmons, Jr. Neighborhood Facilities Building.

The subject of the mural was determined through a collaborative process involving University of Toledo students and Frederick Douglass Community Association members and stakeholders.


2015-2016 SCHEDULE

    April 28 - May 3, 2016
    Reception: Apr. 28 (after Wearable Conditions)
  • 2015-2016 SCHEDULE

      April 20 through May 5
      Opening reception and artists’ presentations: Wednesday, April 20, 4:30 to 5:30 pm
      Thursday, April 28, 2016 
      7 p.m. (TMA GlasSalon)

    2015-2016 Schedule

    • Student Exhibition
      April 4-May 2, 2016


    • CVA Main Gallery
      Mon. - Sat. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
      Sun. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
    • CVA Clement Gallery
      Daily 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Carlson Library
      Mon. - Fri. 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
      Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
      Sun. 12 Noon to 8 p.m.
    • Sullivan Hall
      Mon. - Fri. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Last Updated: 6/9/16