Department of Art

Art at UToledo!

When you major in the Visual Arts at UToledo, our degrees equip you with skills critical for success as a creator, thinker, maker, teacher, and more. The Department of Art is located on the campus of the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) in beautiful facilities designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry. We offer 3 undergraduate art degrees: the Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts (B.A.V.A.)a B.A. in Art History, and the Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.). Near the end of your freshman year, you may apply to the BFA program with your choice of a concentration in 2D Studies, 3D Studies, Digital and Photographic Art, or New Media Design Practices. You can also pursue art education degrees at the undergraduate and master's levels. More...

Art Faculty Exhibition and Reception

Exhibition - Through Feb. 11

Reception - Friday, Feb. 4 (6-8 p.m.)

The Department of Art is showcasing artwork from its faculty members in a gallery exhibit at the UToledo Center for the Visual Arts.  The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

Photo of the CVA gallery with works from the Art Faculty Exhibition

The Department of Art’s exhibit of faculty artwork is open now  and runs through Feb. 11 at the UToledo Center for the Visual Arts.

“This exhibition is an opportunity for faculty to share recent artworks with students and the public. It’s also a wonderful chance for faculty to see and celebrate one another’s creative output,” said Barbara Miner, professor and chair of the Department of Art.

“The gallery installation design is harmonious, making for an engaging experience for visitors. The breadth of styles, forms, materials and concepts included in the show highlights the depth and strength of research and techniques, both traditional and cutting edge, represented by our faculty.”

Our Students are Amazing!

2021 B.F.A. Exhibition - Virtual and in-Person

The 2021 B.F.A. show, features some of the best work of our graduating Bachelor of Fine Arts students, is available to view anytime in our online gallery on our Events and Exhibits webpage.

Making Art Despite the Challenges of the Pandemic

Cover of the issue Hunger, Of Rust and Glass featuring Jane Sullivan's photo Reflections The eyes have it! The work of B.F.A. student, Jane Sullivan, was the cover image for the 5th edition of the eZine, Of Rust and Glass. The online magazine noted, "Reflections, this issue’s cover photo, precisely reflects January’s theme: Hunger. Jane and her grandson, Hollis, were taking photos for a class assignment. Hollis wanted her to take a photo of his cat. When she was editing, she noticed her own reflection in the cat’s eye."

Photo of the work Tissue by UToledo student artist Hope Elaasar."Tissue" by Hope Elaasar, a B.F.A. student, won 3rd place in an online exhibition, The Greatest Student Exhibition, presented by The In Art Gallery.

Hope says, "Being interested in the fragility of the anatomical and physiological aspects of the human body has inspired my work's direction. This work is an ongoing experiment that focuses on contorting and disfiguring various parts of the body while contributing different aspects of decay to it, such as bloating, skin darkening, and active decay."

Meet two of our outstanding students who share their experiences of pursuing their passion for art. Through the help of their faculty and their own ingenuity and perseverance, they have thrived! Further down the page, also view the virtual exhibition of work created by the students in our Concepts in Art Studio Technology (CAST) course.

Tara Yarzand, B.F.A.

University of Toledo Art Department Bachelor of Fine Arts student, Tara Yarzand, shares how her faculty helped make all the difference in her experience of creating artwork for her classes despite the restrictions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Heather Tarolli, B.A.

Donna Beauregard, B.F.A.

University of Toledo Art Department Bachelor of Fine Arts student, Donna Beauregard, shares her experiences and advice about staying focused and making work as an art student amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


Heather Tarolli, a UT art major, leads rage painting classes at H.O.O.V.E.S. in Swanton, Ohio, a nonprofit organization that offers emotional support for military veterans through an equine-assisted learning program. More...
ou can also read about Heather and her work with veterans in the Toledo Blade.



Alumni Supporting Inclusion and diversity

Portrait Andrea Price

Andrea Price
BFA '19

Andrea Price shares her insights and ideas with She Loves Magazine's, editor-in-chief Leah Abraham in a virtual video interview about her artwork, This Is Not My Art History
“I want to be part of the history that shows the true diversity and true beauty that exists in the world. So people can see themselves.” More...

Alicia Disantis has developed an entrepreneurial spirit and is the owner of 38th and Kip, a vibrant design, marketing, and illustration studio located in Denver, Colorado.

"38th & Kip is committed to a better tomorrow. We do not tolerate racism, bigotry, or injustice. In the words of the late Rep. John Lewis, 'When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have to speak up. You have to say something; you have to do something.'" More...

Alicia DiSanits
BA '08

Portrait of Jym Shipman

Jym Shipman
BFA '04

Diamond in the Rough is a family-friendly, LGBTQ comic strip written and drawn by Sylvania, Ohio artist Jym Shipman. Jym began publishing Diamond in the Rough in 2013.

Jym Shipman's Diamond in the Rough cartoon written for the Department of Art students.

It brings me joy knowing that the voices in my head that brought my comfort as a gay child and now as an adult are being viewed in physical form via "Diamond in the Rough" not just locally or in the United States, but all over the world." More...

Caroline Jardine is a tremendously active artist who also finds time to give back to the community. An alumna of the Young Artists at Work (YAAW) program herself, Caroline has guided other emerging artists in the YAAW program, helping develop community art murals throughout Toledo. More...

Portrait of Caroline Jardine

Caroline Jardine BAE '16 & BFA '17


Engaged faculty, Museum Access, Unique Opportunities, Leading-edge Labs and Studios

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Fundamental Focus

When you major in Art Education, Art History, or Studio Art at UToledo, our degrees equip you with skills critical for success as a creator, thinker, maker, teacher, and more.

World-class faculty members bring exciting, real-world experiences into the classroom by continuing to pursue their own research and creative work.

Award-winning advisors help you smoothly navigate your degree path.


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Career-Minded experiences

You'll learn to market yourself as a professional through hands-on exercises designed to elevate your career opportunities.

We encourage you to build your resume and portfolio by participating in exhibitions and community events and by pursuing internships as an undergraduate student.

Our engaged faculty members take time to get to know you and support your career goals long after graduation.

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Unique Offerings

Inventive, meaningful programs provide you lots of opportunities to create, experiment and collaborate. 

The Department of Art is located on the campus of the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) in beautiful facilities designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry.

Our museum and gallery practices courses allow you to curate and present exhibits in our galleries and at TMA.

We are a community-minded University and we and our students partner and collaborate with key local organizations such as the Toledo Symphony and the Arts Commission.

Location of opportunities

Strategically located in Northwest Ohio, the University of Toledo’s Department to 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 you as a student of the Department of Art.  Our students and their professors have made trips to Chicago, Detroit, Columbus, Cleveland, Washington, D.C. and New York. We highly encourage you to take advantage of the many study abroad opportunities available through the University.

Campus of possibilities

The UToledo Department of Art museum 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 woodshop, and a foundry. Additionally, you can use the Gehry Building courtyard and the sculpture building’s green space for temporary artistic interventions and explorations!

Reliable and portable skillset

When you graduate with an art degree, you haven’t just improved your drawing skills (although that happens too!) you have actually acquired a whole new set of skills that make you a much more versatile job candidate:

  • Great communication skills through oral and written presentation experience
  • Critical, analytical and divergent thinking ability
  • Problem finding as well as problem-solving skills
  • Increased self-awareness and maturity
  • Appreciation for other cultures
  • Flexibility and ability to anticipate “next steps”
  • Team project experience
  • Time and work-flow management skills
  • Research skills
  • Familiarity with a wide variety of tools and technology from table saws to laser etchers, from traditional wet-based enlargers to large format archival printers

Culture of support and excellence

The University offers a variety of services and programs designed to help you find ways to meet your educational expenses. The Department of Art offers generous scholarships for incoming freshmen who qualify, and, once you have declared Art Education, Art History, or Studio Art as your major, you can apply for even more departmental scholarships throughout your program.

NASAD logo National Association of Schools of Art and Design

The UT Department of Art is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. 

Last Updated: 6/21/22