College of Communication and the Arts

In the News: Spring 2016
Department of Art
The 2016 Juried Student Exhibition is coming up March 1 and all UT students – regardless of major are invited to compete!
Entries will be accepted for judging February 18-19. All media are eligible for entry, but must be display-ready. Limit 3 pieces of artwork per artist. For additional details visit the Galleries web page on the Art Department web site. Download an application here.

Our very own Dan Hernandez is being featured at the Toledo Art Museum for his work which blends video games and medieval forces. Check it out here, or see his installation for the Video Games Live event at on the Peristyle Terrace at the Toledo Museum of Art.

UT Department of Art and Lamar Outdoor Advertising Billboard Project, 2016
“There are so many talented students included in this project. Toledo has a really strong art community to begin with, but not many people seek it out aside from the summer art walks so to keep that fire going through the winter months is important.” See what the new billboard project is all about and why it's important to keep art flowing even in the coldest of months.

We are featuring two guest artists from Jan. 11 to Feb. 20 at the Center for the Visual Arts!

THE CITY -Toledo Museum of Art | ENDS SUNDAY, February 14th!  | Admission – FREE! This exhibition came together through the collaboration of students from the University of Toledo’s Art Museum Practices (AMP) and New Media Design Practices (NMDP) Programs. The AMP class, taught by Thor J. Mednick, was given the topic of The City on which to build an exhibition, articulate themes, and choose relevant works, along with the responsibility of researching and writing accompanying texts. The NMDP class, taught by Barry Whittaker, took on the task of creating exhibition graphics for print and web interfaces, all within guidelines provided by the Toledo Museum of Art.

BLACK NOISE works by Holly Branster, January 11 - February 14, in the CVA Gallery
The works focus on a series of moody and abstracted depictions and less obvious visions that begin with what remains of the industrial landscapes of Detroit’s River Rouge and the periphery of Toledo.

Photographer Daniel McInnis in the Clement Gallery on the lower level of the Center for the Visual Arts, January 11 - February 20.
His work entitled "Heidi and Lily, Ohio, 2014" was selected as a finalist and shortlisted piece for the prestigious 2016 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition at the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. This same work was chosen for Third Prize in the 2015 Photo Review competition, juried by Lawrence Miller.

Department of Communication
ESPN3 is in full swing, Executive Producer, John Eidemiller and Technical Director, Jonathan Mondelli are living the experiential learning model. Students are producing live, event streaming sports productions. You can catch them on ESPN3 on your computer or download the app on your phone or tablet to find them in action. Check it out here.

Department of Music
 Join us for the Art Tatum Memorial Jazz Scholarship Concert! Click here to check out the poster and click here to find out more information on the event. RSVP to the event here.

Voice professor Denise Ritter-Bernardini underwent Mandibular Tori removal surgery earlier this month. Professor Ritter-Bernardini will be working with her OSU physician researching the effects of this type of surgery on vocal performance.

Check out the Music Department's instructor Gunnar Mossblad project CrossCurrents page here.

Check out some performances from our Latin Jazz Ensemble here.

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Department of Theatre and Film
ACTING OPPORTUNITY! Spread the word!
Dear University of Toledo Theater Students,
"My name is Semih Bedir and I am a MFA Film student at Ohio University. Currently I am producing two short films directed by my fellow film students. We are having an audition for several roles. Since we are doing audition in Athens, Ohio and it is hard to travel and conduct live in front of camera auditions, I would like to ask the actors to submit their auditions electronically.
If you selected for any roles, we will provide you accommodation in Athens, Ohio during production dates and we will help you for the cost of transportation. We might need you in Athens one day before the production starts to have rehearsals.
Please find details about projects down below. If you are interested for any role or more than one role, please contact me and I will send you details and sides.
My email address:"

The first of our Spring Production's is No Exit by Jean-Paul Sartre and directed by Andrés Medina (UT student). In No Exit, three people are trapped in a room together for all eternity. Yet what is holding them there is not an outside force but one from within. Run time: approximately 1.5 hours. This production is special to us at the University of Toledo because it is being directed, performed, designed, and worked on entirely by current UT students! To find performance dates and times, click here, and to read a summary on the show, click here.

COCA Welcomes to the team!
Kevin O'Korn, joined the Department of Communication as the Broadcasting Technical Producer in January. Before joining us, Kevin worked at WKMG Local 6 in Orlando, FL as an editor, producer, and on the assignment desk for Local 6 Morning News, Weekend Morning News, and Noon News.

Issac Pletcher, joins CoCA as a Visiting Assistant Professor teaching audio production, television production, and serving as the faculty adviser to WXUT.  Isaac Pletcher is an award-winning director of photography and producer from Denver, Colorado. He holds degrees in Shakespeare and film and writes about the intersection of visual art with the written word. He has worked on a wide variety of productions, from music videos to feature films and has taught at Asbury University, Liberty University, and Houston Baptist University.

Kelly McBane, MFA, was recently hired as a Lecturer, in Costume Technology and head of costuming technology within the theatre department. Kelly has worked on numerous theatrical and entertainment productions. She has worked as a costume and wardrobe manager with Bellucious Productions, Las Vegas NV; as a Costume Coordinator with TransAlta Grandstand Show, Calgary CA; as a Costume Technician with Star Costumes, Las Vegas, NV, and with the lllinois Shakespeare Festival, Normal, IL, and the Pittsburgh Public Theater, Pittsburgh PA.

Nathaniel White, MFA, joined the Department of Theatre and Film in January 2015, as a Lecturer of Technical Direction and serves as head of theatre technology. Since 2013, Nate has served as the Technical Director at the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theater, the oldest regional theater in Missouri. Nate's other professional theater experiences include the Santa Fe Opera in Santa Fe, New Mexico and the Monomoy Theater in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Bradley Pierson, PHD, is our new Choral Director in the music department. Bradley joins us from Western Illinois University, where he was an Assistant Professor of Music Education. Bradley is the founder and Artistic Director of whateverandeveramen., whateverandeveramen. is a project-based choral ensemble that he founded in June of 2012. This group seeks to break down traditional performer/audience paradigms through the presentation of high quality choral music in non-traditional settings. Dr. Pierson is a recipient of the Sprout 8 Grant for – whateverandeveramen and received the Boeing Endowed Fellowship for Excellence in Music, 2013-2014, at the University of Washington.

Jason Cox, PHD, Art Education, who recently received his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. Dr. Cox is the recipient of the 2015 Manuel Barkan Dissertation Award for his presentation on "Educational Communities, Arts-Based Inquiry, & Role-Playing. Jason was recently elected to the position of Chair of Higher Education for the Ohio Art Education Association at the annual conference in Dayton. Jason also presented at the conference. In addition to his service with art education professional organizations, he recently published an article in the online journal Analog Game Studies.

Stephen Sakowski, MFA, Assistant Professor of Lighting and Sound in the Department of Theatre and Film. Stephen came to UT from Illinois Wesleyan University, where he was a Visiting Professor of Theatre Arts - Lighting Design. " Stephen Sakowski's credits include: BET Network, Turner Studios, Atlanta GA, NBA All-Star Game Halftime Show 2012 -2015, Madison Square Gardens, New York City NY, and The LaJolla Playhouse, Forum Theater, in California, to name a few. Stephen will be working with Otis Howard Designs, Inc., on the NBA All Star Game, where he will serves as the Assistant Lighting Director and Spot Light Caller for the half time show that airs on February 14th.

The College has received a 2015 grant from Women and Philanthropy. The $21,000 grant will allow the CoCA and the entire University to feature up-coming events on an electronic message board. The board will be installed near The Driscoll Center. The messaging will include university-wide information on special events, and CoCA performances, exhibitions and speakers.

Debra A. Davis

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