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...

Our Students are Amazing!

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.




Graphic with text Biodesign Online Symposium BDC Midwest Hub Hosted by Biodesign Challenge, the University of Cincinnati and the University of Toledo2021 Biodesign Online Symposium 

Join us on April 21 to hear from biodesign practitioners, research institutions, and students across the Midwest, and be part of the conversation.

Biodesign is finding its way into education institutions all over the world. It bridges art, design, and biotech to reimagine a more sustainable and thoughtful future.

Biodesign Challenge (BDC), the University of Cincinnati, and the University of Toledo are hosting an online symposium to bring together the biodesign community across the Midwestern United States. The event will kickoff a regional Hub for biodesign practitioners, research institutions, and students to share resources, collaborate on projects, and develop new teaching practices.



March 22, April 5, April 19

Games and Artistry Series guest artis Davionne Gooden, Paloma Dawkins, and Banana Chan

The UToledo Department of Art is hosting a series of 3 virtual talks with artists from the video gaming world. The Games and Artistry Series will feature gaming artists Davionne Gooden, Paloma Dawkins and Banana Chan. The free series was organized by Art faculty Dr. Jason Cox, assistant professor of art education, and Barry Whittaker, associate professor of art and new media design practices. Visit our Events and Exhibitions page for details.


Untitled abstract pencil drawing by UToledo art student Jane Sullivan, the work appears in the 2021 UToledo Digital Billboard Exhibition

2021 Digital Billboard Exhibition

A total of 19 works created by ten UToledo student artists were recently on display throughout the Toledo metro area in this year's exhibition. View all the works virtually on our Exhibits and Events webpage.

Fresh Looks 2021 Exhibition imageUToledo Art Students' and Alums' Work Part of Fresh Looks Exhibition

This exhibition is designed to celebrate the creative accomplishments of emerging undergraduate art majors in the region, and showcase the diverse approaches to art making found within neighboring institutions in Michigan and Ohio. All media and approaches are welcome! Those selected to participate represent student excellence and highlight the unique voice of a new class of young artists as they prepare to transition into their professional careers or an advanced degree program. 

Congratulations to our student/alumni artists

  • Lindsay Haynes, B.A.V.A. 2020 (Abstraction/Pattern, Design)
  • Rose Mansel-Pleydell, B.F.A. 2D 2020 (Abstraction/Pattern, Objects/Still)
  • Jane Sullivan, senior, B.F.A. (Figure/Representation)
  • Tara Yarzand, senior, B.F.A. (Abstraction/Pattern)

CAST artworks fall 2020

C.A.S.T. Virtual Exhibition

Concepts in Art Studio Technology - Fall 2020

Undeterred by a global pandemic, the students of the CAST course forged ahead with art making. Exploring traditional and non-traditional concepts, materials and forms of expression, the artists prove there is no boundary to imagination and creativity. The exhibition was installed in our main gallery in the Center for the Visual Arts. See it virtually in our online gallery space.

Vase created through 3D printing technologyAXON Lab Update

Coming to the University of Toledo Center for the Visual Arts Fall 2021!

Women and Philanthropy, a volunteer organization that promotes The University of Toledo through grants to UToledo, has given its 2020 grant in the amount of $65,000 to Barbara Miner, professor, and chair of the Art Department.

The grant will assist in the creation of the University’s Axon Lab/Studio, which will be the first dedicated digital design and fabrication studio on campus. More...

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



Faculty News

Remembering Uncle Phillip part of the body of work Elusive Memory by UToledo art professor Deborah OrloffProfessor Deborah Orloff's Work Featured in - Toledo Jewish News.

Deborah Orloff's photographic work is part of a virtual exhibition that came about as the result of a Budapest Residency. Impacted by COVID 19 the residency and the resulting exhibition became virtual offerings. The exhibition can be seen at the  CREATE2Gether Gallery | P2G Western Galilee

Orloff presented her work in a live/recorded Facebook Event, including a tour of the exhibition and Artist's Talks from each of the exhibitors.



Portrait of Eric Zeigler

75 Ohio artists received recognition through the OAC’s Individual Excellence Awards program for state fiscal year 2021. According to the  OAC website, "Individual Excellence Awards are peer recognition of a creative artist’s body of work that exemplifies their specific discipline and advances the larger artistic community. These awards support artists' growth and development and recognize their work in Ohio and beyond."  The review of chosen artists is a multi-step process, which also involves a review phase that is open to the public.

Eric Zeigler, UToledo assistant professor of art, is among the recipients for his current photographic and technology-based artworks. "It is an honor to be recognized for my work through this award, and to have the support of my community," Zeigler said. Visit his website, to find an array of his artworks that he says investigate the visual links between imaging devices (which allow us to conceptualize our world) and the actual mysterious components of and occurrences in our universe.

“Individual Excellence Awards represent investment in imagination, artistry, and talent by giving artists the resources to innovate, explore their art forms, develop skills, and advance their careers,” said OAC Executive Director Donna S. Collins. “These awards honor the outstanding accomplishments of Ohio artists, who we are proud to support as they continue to shape creative conversations in our state through their work in and mastery of their chosen disciplines and crafts.” Read more - ArtsOhio Blog

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

art tee shirtFundamental 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.


students with visiting artist

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.

students in courtyard

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: 4/2/21