Department of Art

Art at UToledo!

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. The Department of Art, part of the University of Toledo School of Visual and Performing Arts, 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. In addition to a BA in Art History, there are two accredited studio degree options - the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) and the Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts (BAVA). 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...


Women & Philanthropy Awards Grant for Art Studio

Women & 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...

Biodesign Challenge Summit 2020

Photos of the 4 students on the UToledo team competing in the Biodesign Challenge Summit 2020

Four University of Toledo students have teamed up to critically investigate the behaviors of human consumption. Their project, Wastr: Reassessing Our Trash, competed in the international Biodesign Challenge Summit 2020, held virtually this year due to the COVID-19 crisis.

The competition was held online June 15-19, but the video presentations are available for view anytime. Visit the Biodesign Challenge Summit website. Read more...


Pencil drawing of Summer Daze by Alaina Coote.University of Toledo Department of Art student’s work receives local and national recognition and exposure

Alaina Coote, a sophomore studying graphic and interactive design with The University of Toledo Department of Art has received some important recognition and exposure for her work locally and nationally. Three of her color pencil drawings were chosen by a local hospital for display, and one, which also appeared locally on digital billboards, has been chosen to be published in a national calendar. Coote’s teacher, Barry Whittaker, associate professor of graphic and interactive design, said, “Alaina is putting her work out there, just as we discussed in class. I'm glad she is getting recognition for all her hard work.”

“Summer Daze,” was chosen to be in the upcoming 2020 CURE® calendar, a national calendar created by CURE magazine, a national cancer information publication serving nearly 1 million readers among cancer patients, cancer centers, and advocacy groups. The CURE webpage announcing the calendar winners states that “Selected by a panel of judges, the artwork of the 12 winners exemplifies the beauty and creativity that can arise from the challenges of the cancer experience. Created using a variety of media, the pieces served as a therapeutic outlet for the artists and will inspire all those who view them.”

“Summer Daze” is from a collection of Coote’s drawings, which all feature women. The collection was inspired by her own personal life, having witnessed the experiences of her mother and grandmother who both battled cancer. “I saw how cancer had the ability to shape and change a women's self-esteem and femininity. Cancer shaped their ideas about themselves and gave me a mature perspective about the psychological impact of the disease…This work is to serve as an encouragement to the women as they are battling cancer, portraying the power, beauty, femininity, and strength that each woman has within themselves.”

“Summer Daze” is also among three of Coote’s drawings that will soon be hanging in the Women’s Specialty Center of Wooster Community Hospital in Wooster, Ohio. Michelle Quisenberry, director of marketing and public relations at WCH Health System, said she was impressed with Coote’s work and style. She felt that the pieces fit well with the center’s mission of serving the women of their community. Quisenberry added that the statewide shutdown to contain the spread of the coronavirus has delayed the framing and hanging of the pieces. The hospital will install the artworks when they are returned from the framer.

Additionally, Coote’s work, “Summer Daze,” appeared in the UToledo Art Department’s annual Toledo area Digital Billboard Exhibition. The exhibition featured 21 pieces that were displayed on area digital billboards in January and February. more...


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.

 

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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.

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

Last Updated: 8/27/20