Department of Art



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The University of Toledo will host the 2019 International Human Trafficking and Social Justice Conference in the Lancelot Thompson Student Union, September 19-20. The UToledo Department of Art is helping raise awareness.


September 19 – December 6
Conceived by Professor Barbara Miner, and photographed by Robert Cummerow, FACES OF TRAFFICKING: THE PILLARS features portraits of members of the greater Toledo community who are either advocates, direct service providers, members of the legal community or victims. The portraits will be on display on the first floor of the Center for the Visual Arts. Additionaly, six current and former UToledo Art students will have artworks in response to stories and news articles about trafficking displayed on the first floor nearest the TMA Library.


September 19-20 
This multimedia exhibit is a creative, collaborative effort uniting visual art, poetry, music and song created and performed all by women as a vehicle to bring awareness, empowerment and a voice to those that have been rendered silent and hopeless by their experience in human sex trafficking. This exhibit will be in the UToledo Center for the Visual Arts on the third floor.

THURSDAY, September 19 (6-8pm)
There will be a public reception in the CVA lobby in connection with both our Momentum and Human Trafficking Conference related events in the lobby of the CVA. Admission to these exhibits and events - FREE



We hope you get down to Momentum 2019, a 3-day festival of art and music. The University is a major sponsor of this important community event and will be involved in the festival in lots of ways!


THURSDAY 6-8PM | Reception

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INTERSECTION/Momentum Glass Exhibition | UToledo Center for the Visual Arts (CVA), Main Gallery
With the support of Pilkington Glass North America part of Nippon Sheet Glass Co., Ltd., the Arts Commission is pleased to debut new works by Alibi Studio (Detroit, MI), Sean Merchant (Brunswick, OH), and Zac Weinberg (Maumee, OH). Through new collaborations between applications of glass as an artistic medium and manufacturing processes, each project exemplifies new approaches to float glass. This exhibit will be on display at the CVA through October 10.

The UToledo Department of Art will also be downtown throughout the festival - with faculty and students with INTER/ACTIVE exhibits at the Mini-Maker Faire, including the winners of the UToledo Biodesign Challenge - btilix and PlastiGrow. See their winning projects combining art and environmental science to battle antibiotic-resistant superbugs and create a biodegradable material that could replace plastic.

THURSDAY 9/19 - 5:30-7:30pm 

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SUPERNOVA Goes Viral! Film Screenings | ParkVision Screen in Promenade Park
Art professor, Barry Whitaker has curated a dynamite selection of works by artists from the Great Lakes Region, presented as an inspiration and wonderful introduction to an art movement that is rapidly spreading across the world. Find out the artists behind the all Supernova programs by attending the live presentations on Toledo's enormous public LED screen located at the heart of Momentum.


The UToledo Advantage

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 wood shop 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 skill set

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: 9/10/19