College of Communication and the Arts

Student Successes

2014-2015 Outstanding Students

Departmental & College Honors Awarded

Sarah Emsch, BA in Art History & BFA in 2D Studies, Kristen Guerra, BE in Art Education, and Nathan Perez, BFA in 2D Studies were recognized for their hardwork throughout their time at The University of Toledo.

Sarah Emch is graduating cum laude in both her degrees - a BFA in 2D Art and a BA in Art History - and is receiving departmental honors with her BFA. She has been on the Dean’s list 5 of her semesters, and exhibits her work regularly. In addition to her BFA Thesis Exhibition and the Juried Student Exhibition, both at the Center for Visual Arts Gallery, Sarah’s work has been shown at Imagination Station, LeSo Gallery, The Main Event: Pop-Up Gallery, and the Toledo Museum of Aft Community Gallery. She will be pursuing her MFA in Studio at Maine College of Art next year.

Nominator: For Sarah, art history is a means to understanding more about the world and her place in it, and the more insight she gains the more generously she shares it.

Kristen Guerra graduated with a BE in Multi-Age Ed, concentration: Visual Arts. She was on either the Dean’s List or the President’s List every semester during her time at UT. Her own work has been seen in exhibitions including the Student Juried Show in the Center for Visual Arts Gallery, The Arts Commission’s Art Walk Exhibition, and the Showcase of Arts in conjunction with the Toledo Symphony in 2014. Kristen is already teaching Visual Art at The L. Hollingsworth School for the Talented and Gifted in Toledo.

Nominator: Of particular note is her remarkable understanding of technology and her ability to implement many advanced features in the classes she taught.

Nathan Perez, a magna cum laude graduate, is pursuing a BFA in 2D Art, and will also be receiving departmental honors. He has been on either the Dean’s list or the President’s List for the majority of his time at UT. In addition to this BFA Thesis Exhibition, the Nexus Exhibition, and the Juried Student Exhibition at the Center for Visual Arts Gallery, Nathan’s work has appeared in exhibitions locally and nationally, including at the Secor Gallery in Toledo, and as part of group exhibitions at the SCOPE art show in Miami, and at Artists Take Time Square in New York. He was a finalist in the category of “College Black & White Photographer” for Photographer’s Forum, and his work appeared in the accompanying exhibition and catalog. He has also devoted hundreds of hours of community service to Project Vote, the Boys and Girls Club, Tent City, and other organizations. He is planning to pursue an MFA, and to work as a multi-disciplinary artist in tandem with young adults in order to help transform inner city communities.

Nominator: We applaud Nate’s work and look forward to seeing his work in the future publications and exhibitions.

Eleven Outstanding Students from across the College of Communication and The Arts were recognized for their achievements. Of those eleven students, our very own Nathan Perez was named The Outstanding Student of the entire college of the academic year!

Congratulations Sarah, Kristen, and Nate along with all the 2015 graduating class!

Aaron Brandt recieves palmer scholarship and will attend BGSU for MFA

Aaron Brandt:

BA in Visual Arts Student

Aaron graduated in Spring 2015 with his BA in Visual Arts with a concentration in New Media and Photography

Aaron Brandt was awarded the prestigous Palmer Scholarship from the Toledo Museum of Art to embark on a month-long, cross-country trip to document landscapes, small towns and wildlife in photographs and illustrations that will inform a future artwork.

On top of receiving the Palmer Scholarship this summer, Aaron will be attending Bowling Green State University to pursue his MFA in Digital Art Fall 2015!

Congratulations, Aaron! We are very proud of your accomplishments and look forward to seeing what's next!

Kayla dopfer works part-time for pencheff photography

Kayla Dopfer:

BFA in Digital & Photographic Art Graduate

Kayla graduated in Spring 2015 with her BFA in Digital & Photographic Art, her primary medium being photography.

Kayla Dopfer will be working part time for Mary Pencheff Photography of Toledo, OH as a second shooter. Congrats, Kayla!

Shelly Trivisonno:

New Media BFA Student

Shelly is a New Media Design Practices BFA student that will graduate in Spring of 2016.

Our own AMAZING Shelly Trivisonno has been awarded the prestigious Clement Internship with the Toledo Museum of Art. This summer, she will be working with the Director of Communications on special projects.

Sarah Emch will attend Maine College of Art for her MFA

Sarah Emch:

2d studies BFA Graduate

Sarah graduated in Spring 2015 with her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2D studies

Sarah Emch will be attending the Maine College of Art to pursue her Master of Fine Arts Degree this Fall. We will be very sad to see another wonderful student leave but we are confident she will take Portland, Maine by storm!

Good luck, Sarah; we are very proud! 

Jared Robinson Attends Teen Vogue Fashion University!

jared Robinson-- CoCA, Communications student

Jared is a Communications Student with a Minor in Studio Art

Every year Vogue and Teen Vogue host "Fashion University" in which important people from the fashion world speak with students about their careers. They hold one-on-one classes and sessions with students who aspire to work in the fashion industry. According to Jared, “[I]t's like college and classes for fashion.” They have different departments that students apply to: fashion design, photography, styling, editorial writing, and business. Their selection process is highly competitive.  Applicants submit 10 pictures of their best work. 20-30 candidates from thousands of applicants are selected to participate. Once accepted, participants choose the classes they want to take; all are taught by professionals in the fashion world. Participants get personalized mentoring during one-on-one sessions. All of the photography classes/ sessions are taught by famous fashion photographers. This year Nigel Barker, Patrick Demarchelier were there, along with Jessica Simpson, Anna Wintour, and other famous people from the fashion world. The 3 day program is held at Conde Nast (where Vogue and Teen Vogue are housed). Jared participated in the program during Spring break.

 Jared is a Communications major who has been taking classes with Professor Deborah Orloff over the last 2 years including a summer internship at a fashion magazine in NYC. When asked about his experience at Teen Vogue he said:  “Overall it was a great experience to actually get to hear how established fashion photographers, editors, designers, etc. broke into the industry. It put everything into perspective and reaffirmed that I definitely want to be a fashion photographer in the fashion industry. We got to ask them personal questions and hear what it's like to work in the fashion industry. We also learned how they go about making work and what the "do and don'ts" are for making it.”
Congratulations Jared! We are very proud of your achievements!


Hannah Lehmann--Art Major,BA Studio Art

Hannah is a senior pursuing
a B.A. in Art

The UT Department of Art is proud to recognize student Hannah Lehmann, whose abstract submission, "Sickly Sweet: A Visual Commentary on the History of Sugar and the Implications of Its Use in Contemporary Society," was chosen from more than 3,500 submissions to be presented at this year's National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR 2011). Hannah will present her work at NCUR 2011, which will be held March 30 through April 2 at Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York.


David Folck--BFA Student

BFA student, David Folck, was awarded a 2011 Undergraduate Summer Research and Creativity Program grant to support full time work on his art project "Insects Invade" this summer.

Rachelle Raymer Gilbert

Rachelle Raymer Gilbert had work accepted into an international juried photo exhibit: The Plastic Fantastic II Camera Show at the Lightbox Photographic Gallery in Astoria, OR; She also had work competitively selected for exhibition at the Toledo Museum of Art’s Community Gallery; Reclaiming Toledo at the Secor Building, and participated in 2 other exhibitions at the Secor Gallery this year. She also taught a Cyanotype workshop for Women in the Outdoors in August.

Rachelle Raymer-Gilbert has the following upcoming exhibitions:

Solo Exhibition, The University of Toledo Honors College
David Hoch Gallery, Sullivan Hall, Toledo, OH

Main Gallery, Secor Building,
Toledo, OH
Invitational, Opening: May 10

You Are Here Toledo, Arts Commission of Greater Toledo and AIGA Public Art Project
Ashland Avenue Baptist Church/ Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church
Invitational, Launch: May 25

Rachelle Raymer-Gilbert also had her BFA thesis project featured in the ASMP (American Association of media Photographers) newsletter.

Rachelle Raymer-Gilbert, BFA New Media 2012, received the "2012 College of Visual and Performing Arts Outstanding Student Award"

Rachelle Raymer-Gilbert, Eric Broz and Morgan Hayward

Rachelle Raymer-Gilbert (BFA New Media 2012), Eric Broz (BFA Printmaking 2013) and Morgan Hayward (BFA New Media 2013) will be inducted into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi in Spring 2012.

Grace Engel

Grace Engel was awarded a TMA Palmer Scholarship to pursue a photography project in Europe during summer 2011.

Julia LaBay and Alyssa Brown

BFA students Julia LaBay and Alyssa Brown currently have work in a 4-person exhibition, Brown, LaBay, LaValley and Yager, at the Parkwood Gallery in Toledo, OH. The work was competitively selected from a national call for proposals and will be on display through February 24. (Read More..)

Trish Kohn

Had two pieces of work in the Eberly Center spring show and sold one of them. She also has a drawing being purchased for permanent installation down in Columbus, OH at a new COTA building being built.

Trisha Rons, Studio Art - New Media

Accepted full time Marketing/Advertising/Web position with Custom Heating and Plumbing in Michigan. Finalist in 2011 Photographer's Forum “Best of College Photography” contest. Her work will be exhibited in the Catharine S. Eberly Center's 2011 Spring Exhibition.

Worada Lehman, Studio Art

Her work will be exhibited in the Catherine S. Eberly Center's 2011 Spring Exhibition.

Madeline Jewell, Studio Art

Her work will be exhibited in the Catherine S. Eberly Center's 2011 Spring Exhibition.

Evaleigh Stroud, BFA Studio Art 2011

She has work currently on exhibit at the Parkwood Gallery in a juried 3-person show.

Johnny Vogel, Former Art Student

He had his first solo exhibition (Fall 2010) at the Ritz Theater in Tiffin, OH.

Elizabeth Herren, BFA Studio Art 2010

She has been accepted to three MFA programs: Bradley University, the University of Cincinnati, and Ohio University.

Courtney McManus, BFA Studio Art - New Media 2010

She has been accepted to the MFA program for Photography at Florida State University.

Brian Carpenter, BA University College in Interdisciplinary Studies 2010

He was accepted as a grad student in Photography at Cranbrook Academy of Art.

Kohne Camera Awards:

Henry Maldonado, “Untitled #2”

Noah Roszczipka, “ATM 3”

Qina Chen, “Untitled #1”

American Frame Awards (selected by Bill Goodyear of American Frame)

Joshua Klein, “The Last Frontier”

Eric Broz, “The Painter”

David Folck, “Bugged Outlaw”

Beverly Nathan, “Secrets”

Clifton Harvey and Beverly Norman

Clifton Harvey and Beverly Norman recently had their work exhibited as part of the "Now Wow" project at the Hudson Gallery in downtown Sylvania

David Folck

David Folck has received funding from the 2012 Undergraduate Summer Research and Creative Activity Program (USRCAP), for his project, “LANG LEBEN DIE INSEKTEN!” This is the second Undergraduate Summer Research award David Has received. David is a BFA candidate in the Department of Art.

Kristen Breitenbach

Kristen Breitenbach (double major in Film and Art History) presented at the WGST Student Research Showcase this past semester.

The Eberly Center for Women is featuring many current art students including: Alyssa Brown, Jessica Ostrander, Morgan Hayward, Ashley DeKay, Trish Kohn, and others.

Alyssa Brown

Alyssa Brown, current BFA student with a concentration in New Media, received a USRCAP research grant and will be working with the UT Press redesigning a pdf form of the published book The Irish in Toledo. She will also be interning with Grand Lubell Photography for the summer months, where she will be working with sales, assisting with shoots and editing photographs. She also just received news that 3 of her pieces will be published in the Aisthesis Honors Journal!

Rachelle Raymer-Gilbert

Rachelle Raymer-Gilbert, BFA New Media 2012, received the "2012 College of Visual and Performing Arts Outstanding Student Award"

Last Updated: 5/17/15