College of Communication and the Arts

Stories from Toledo

Artist Statements & Locations/Dates (alphabetical order)


ARTIST    
Clinton Bales Thumbnail of image, artist Clinton Bales When I was creating the billboard, I wanted to create something that would make people wonder what is going on. I wanted them to question what might be coming out of the can and take it in their own way. That is why I left it very ambiguous with just a light and smoke coming out, that way their imaginations can go whatever way they want with it. 
Location 11/29-12/25 Reynolds & Glendale
Alyssa Brown Thumbnail of image, artist Alyssa Brown

My piece is a vector drawing. I hand drew each color to create the picture using Adobe Indesign. The passenger is supposed to represent a spiritual being taking over the wheel for the distressed driver. The piece represents issues of loneliness and depression.

 
Location 11/29-12/25

Anthony Wayne Trail at City Park

Kasia Gacek Thumbnail of image, artist Kasia Gacek I was trying to give the idea that something was coming, or about to happen. The guy is peering out his windshield through his sunglasses, looking up at the city in front of him, which is reflected in the windshield. His gaping mouth also gives a clue as to how he might be feeling shocked or in awe, and his hands gripping the steering wheel indicate either a fear or a readiness to drive away quickly. 
Location 11/29-12/25

Broadway at the High Level Bridge

Yang Gao Thumbnail of image, artist Yang Gao I took photos from downtown Toledo. The skylines and light at night show the beauty of this city. I made them in vintage color to help present the history of the city. I hope to use the images to send the message “Welcome to Toledo." 
Location 11/29-12/25

Alexis at Lewis

Morgan Hayward Thumbnail of image, artist Morgan Hayward My goal is to portray an image of hope through the use of color and atmosphere. I chose to photograph after a rainy day when the sun was just breaking through the clouds. I used the light from the emerging sun to shine on the subject’s face, along with the image of downtown Toledo by the river to compose an image of hope and inspiration.  
Location 11/29-12/25

Monroe & Laskey

Phillip Herman Thumbnail of image, artist Phillip Herman

My piece for the Billboard project started with the idea of a modern day traveler taking photos of Toledo with his cell phone.  I explored multiple areas of Toledo including the Maumee River, the University and downtown.  After taking the photos of Toledo, I took a photograph of my hands holding my cell phone.  I was able to combine the photo of my hands with each photo of the city using Photoshop.   The final product represents a film still of a man traveling through Toledo and capturing the amazing sites.

Location 11/29-12/25

Byrne & Airport Hywy

Jason Hinkle Thumbnail of image, artist Jason Hinkle Both of my "screen shots" are from two different movies however they are to live in the same world. The world is a place of magic and wonder. However there is a dark side to all magic and sometimes it fights back. 
Location 11/29-12/25

 

Thomas Johnson Thumbnail of image, artist Thomas Johnson My images depict two separate movie stills in which derive from two separate movies that do not exist.  The first image is about an alien invasion that is taking place and is taken as the first of many ships enter into our atmosphere. The second image depicts what could be a monster movie, where the monster is coming from the sewers and the making of this monster has caused this strange green glow up from the sewer. 
Location 11/29-12/25

Alexis at Lewis

Marko Milliken Thumbnail of image, artist Marko Milliken  
Location 11/29-12/25

Byrne & Airport Hywy

Halah Mohamed Thumbnail of image, artist Halah Mohamed When I heard that these billboards would be posted in November/December I knew I wanted some snow.  It always seems to appear unexpectedly, which is part of emotion displayed on the characters.  As a graphic novelist and animator, I looked to other animations for inspiration for this world.  There is something universal, and intimate, about the animated characters, which is why I chose them as my subjects.
Location 11/29-12/25

Reynolds & Glendale

Jessica Ostrander Thumbnail of image, artist Jessica Ostrander

In my photographic series, Daddy's Little Girl, I make a visual journey back through the years to revisit the homes, rooms, and moments where memories run deep with the photographs of my father and I. The vivid, colorful snapshots, many taken by my mother, represent a time when my family was whole and my memories were the happy, carefree days of innocence.  I blend past and present together by physically bringing those precious moments frozen in time back to their origins.

 
Location 11/29-12/25

Monroe & Laskey

Jeremy Pellington Thumbnail of image, artist Jeremy Pellington

This image is depicting a social scene in which individuals are shown at a table. This photo was taken through the window of a restaurant while passing by, and the fleeting moment is heightened by the reflected lights. The atmosphere created by the mid-gestures of the subjects and the dim lighting of the restaurant builds a subtle tension that gives the image its open narrative quality. 

 
Location 11/29-12/25

Monroe & Douglas

Noah Roszczipka Thumbnail of image, artist Noah Roszcipka

These photographs are about sprawl.  Sprawl effects our interactions with the planet and eachother.  As we spread further from the center of a city we put space between ourselves both physically and emotionally, harming ourselves and the planet with an increasing web of isolation.

 
Location 11/29-12/25

Alexis at Lewis

Austin Tuttle Thumbnail of image, artist Austin Tuttle  
Location 11/29-12/25

Monroe & Douglas

April VanSlambrouck Thumbnail of image, artist April VanSlambrouck These images are generated film stills meant to depict the bizarre normalcy of an individual's life. They are light-hearted, humorous, and perhaps absurd. My idea was to show the peculiar obsession of wearing a monkey mask in the every day life of fictional characters from the Toledo area. Overall, my intent was to comically scorn the rules and regulations of what society tells us is normal, and push the boundaries of acceptance.  
Location 11/29-12/25

Broadway at the High Level Bridge

Jon Wittes Thumbnail of image, artist Jon Wittes

All 3 of my images were inspired by scenes from the Bourne Trilogy. The city in the rear view mirror was inspired by the numerous car chase scenes. The woman on the park bench reading the newspaper represented an undercover agent. The silhouetted person walking down the alley referenced a good/bad guy in pursuit of someone on foot.

 
Location 11/29-12/25

Anthony Wayne Trail at City Park

Mark Yappueying Thumbnail of image, artist Mark Yappueying

The working class man struggles with the hardship of work, attacks on the working class, and the overwhelming pressures of society.The hardship of man is ever changing. It is unjust to categorize a working class man. He is defined by his individuality, his work, his story. His response to the hardship changes his nature, his individuality.

Location 11/29-12/25

Reynolds & Glendale

Last Updated: 6/26/15