School of Visual and Performing Arts

About the SVPA

Photo of Dr. Jason Stumbo, director of the UToledo School of Visual and Performing ArtsWelcome!

As the Director of the University of Toledo School of Visual and Performing Arts, I welcome your interest in the ARTS at UT!  The UToledo School of Visual and Performing Arts (SVPA) is housed within the College of Arts and Letters, and is comprised of the Departments of Art, Music, and Theatre and Film. Our arts departments and programs work collaboratively within the School to elevate, celebrate, and showcase the arts on campus and throughout our community.  Both faculty and students across the School are engaged and practicing artists, scholars and performers with national and international reputations.

We are located on two campuses: Main Campus – Center for Performing Arts, where you will find the Departments of Music and of Theatre & Film; and the Museum Campus – Center for the Visual Arts and Center for Sculptural Studies, which is home to our Department of Art. 

The Department of Art is physically adjacent to the internationally recognized Toledo Museum of Art. Museum exhibitions and programming are right next-door and are a value-added bonus for our Art students.  The campus includes two state of the art buildings which house studio and lecture classrooms, digital labs, photo labs, a newly created large format print center, 3D printers, a laser lab, a complete wood shop and an active foundry. 

The Department of Theatre and Film is housed in the Center for Performing Arts on our Main Campus.  The Department offers undergraduate programs in both live theatrical production and film, focusing on an interaction with emerging technologies, and engagement with work from the experimental to the mainstream.

The Department of Music shares the Center for Performing Arts with Theatre & Film, which allows for regular collaborations between the two departments.  UT Music students experience a comprehensive program, led by nationally recognized musicians and scholars, with a multitude of solo and ensemble performance opportunities in jazz, opera, orchestra, choir, and bands.

All three departments benefit from our location. The metro Toledo area is a culturally vibrant and growing community, which provides easily accessible opportunities to our faculty and students.  We share rewarding partnerships with the Toledo Museum of Art, The Toledo Symphony Orchestra, The Arts Commission, and the Glacity Theatre Collective.  The proximity and constant availability of live, professional arts events provide our students with a wealth of unique experiences and opportunities.

Throughout the year, the UT School of Visual and Performing Arts is staging exhibitions, lecture series, theatrical productions, film series, and concert performances.  A listing of all SVPA events can be found on our calendar.  You can also follow us on social media.  Whenever you are looking for Arts in Toledo, look for the UT School of Visual and Performing Arts.

See you at the show.

Jason Stumbo, PhD
Director – UT School of Visual and Performing Arts

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Last Updated: 10/31/22