The College of Visual and Performing Arts of The University of Toledo provides students with a learning environment that fosters creative scholarship and exploration. We embrace both innovation and the traditions of our disciplines. Through collaborative learning and artistic practice we prepare new artists, scholars and arts educators who will lead, challenge, and inspire.
The College of Visual and Performing Arts defines itself as a distinguished leader
in collaborative, creative and scholarly arts education–regionally and nationally.
We will inspire our students to hold the arts in highest regard, to invest themselves
in their education, and to be actively involved in creative inquiry and risk-taking.
We will champion the arts as relevant, critical, and essential to our contemporary lives. We will uphold artistic tradition and embrace creative innovation as vehicles for human transformation and cultural betterment.
As Dean, it is my pleasure to welcome you, on behalf of the students, faculty, staff and alumni to the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA).
The College website is designed to assist you with information on our activities, events, and academic programs. The College proudly houses the Departments of Art, Music, and Theatre and Film. The CVPA Department of Art is accredited by the National Schools of Art and Design and the Department of Music, by the National Association of Schools of Music. We offer seven bachelor's degrees, a Bachelor and Master of Art Education and Music Education and a Master of Music Performance.
We are located on two campuses, the Main Campus where you will find the recently renovated Center for the Performing Arts and the museum campus, where the Frank Gehry designed, Center for the Visual Arts is adjacent to the Toledo Museum of Art. Both faculty and students in the college are practicing artists who regularly perform and exhibit locally, regionally, and nationally. Faculty scholars and artists are internationally active as well. A listing of a few recent noted faculty activities:
• Barry Whittaker, Assistant Professor-New Media, completed his summer University Research Award in
Japan and Indonesia;
• Daniel Hernandez, Assistant Professor-2D Interdisciplinary Studies, will be attending the opening of Bad For You in London, where his work will be on display with internationally-renown contemporary artists: Al Hansen, Andy Warhol, Edward Ruscha, Larry Clark, Marina Abramovic, Robert Longo, Cindy Sherman, Tony Oursler and others;
• Cornel Gabara, Associate Professor in Theatre, and Irene Alby, Lecturer in Theatre, recently returned from Seoul,South Korea where they were co-directing a production of William Shakespeare's, A Midsummer Night's Dream;
• Pamela Stover, Assistant Professor of Music Education has been very productive on the international scene this summer. She presented posters and lectures at the following conferences: 15th Early Childhood Music Education International seminar, Corfu, Greece and at the International Society for Music Education 2012 World Conference in Thessaloniki, Greece, at the Ludwigs Maximillius Universität in Munich, Germany and the Interdisciplinary Symposium at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich, Germany. She also lectured at Augsburg University in Augsburg, Germany and was the first guest lecturer in their new arts building.
The College shares rewarding partnerships with the Toledo Museum of Art, The Toledo Symphony Orchestra, The Arts Commission of Greater Toledo, and the Glacity Theatre Collective, as well as other colleges and departments throughout the University. For a second year, the College will co-sponsor an interdisciplinary arts and humanities series, Devil's Bargain, A Hero's Trial, Temptation and Redemption in collaboration with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra. The series will feature lectures, film screenings and performances by college faculty in the visual and performing arts, along with humanities faculty from the College of Languages, Literature and Social Sciences.
All departments in the College continue to sponsor internationally renowned visiting artists, scholars and performers. Ryan Behan will perform October 7; as a guest pianist in the Department of Music's Dorothy MacKenzie Price Piano Series. Mary Towse-Beck will also perform in the series in November. A Toledo built Jeep and the M12 art collective can be found in the Department of Art, CVA Gallery this fall. M12 is organized and operated by a collective of artists and creative professionals who have received funding from The Gates Family Foundation, the Anschutz Family Foundation, and The National Endowment for the Arts among others. Jessica Bonenfant, Creative Director of the New York-based Lola Lola Dance Theatre will guest direct Jean Cocteau's Orpheus in the UT Center for the Performing Arts.
The College will continue to offer many exciting and engaging arts activities and events throughout the academic year. We hope to see you at our upcoming CVPA sponsored offerings, whether you are looking for an exhibition, lecture series, theatrical production, film series or concert. Please join us.
CVPA 2012-2013 Events Brochure
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CVA 1290, MS 215
620 Grove Place, Toledo OH 43620
Phone 419.530.8353 or 8356
Dean Debra A. Davis
Associate Dean Holly Monsos
Phone 419. 530.8354
Secretary Ramona Henn
Arts Living and Learning Community (ALLC)
Ottawa East 1209B, MS 517
3030 Residence Dr, Toledo, OH 43606
Director Kate Abu-Absi
Student Services - Main Campus
Room 3000, MS 906
Center for the Visual Arts