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Center for the Visual Arts

UT Department of Art
Center for the Visual Arts

CVA 1290, MS 214
620 Art Museum Dr.
Toledo OH 43620
419.530.8349 - Fax

Chair, Department of Art
Barbara Miner

Lisa Edwards

Our Outstanding Alumni

Ani Avanian
Ani Avanian

BFA, Drawing and New Media, University of Toledo '06 - MFA Tufts University in conjunction with the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, '11
Ani is Creative Director & Head of UX/UI at Wanderu - greater Boston area. After graduation she worked as a web designer at the Center for Creative Education at UT, where she received further training in the field of web and user experience design. Her work has been featured in Mashable, TechCrunch, USA Today, Time Magazine, Forbes, The New York Times, BuzzFeed, Thrillist, Boston Magazine, Improper Bostonian...

Laura B. Gibson-Rimer
Laura b. gibson-Rimer

BFA, Digital Media, Drawing and Biology, University of Toledo '02 - MS University of Illinois, Biomedical Visualization, '04

Laura is an experienced Digital Project Manager, Instructional Designer, eLearning Developer - Education and Healthcare – She currently works for the Department of Citywide Administration Services, NYC, and is a former Director of 3D Production at the Department of Scientific Visualization at The Visual MD, New York, NY.

Courtney Macklin
Courtney MAcklin

BFA New Media,'09, BA Art History,'09 University of Toledo

Courtney is currently a Works on Paper, Curatorial Assistant for The Toledo Museum of Art (TMA). She is the former Retail Assistant Manager for the TMA.
Courtney is very active in local political movements working for the betterment of the Old West End and Toledo.
"With a golden heart comes a rebel fist.

as one stand together.
revolution's got to come."

Kevin Hatch

BA, Art History, University of Toledo, 0X
MA, University of Delaware and PhD, Princeton University '11

Assistant Professor of Art History and Director of Undergraduate Studies at Binghamton University SUNY. His teaching and research traverses the twentieth century, with particular attention paid to the intersections of art, cinema, and new media in the postwar period. His book Looking for Bruce Conner investigates Conner’s influential but insufficiently understood work while exploring the artist’s position on the geographical, cultural, and critical margins.

Morgan Hayward
Morgan Hayward

BFA, New Media, University of Toledo, '13 and MEd, University of Toledo '17

Morgan is a Multimedia Designer for the University of Michigan Medical School's Office of Research. She is a former Media Design and Animation Specialist in the creation of full-dome digital animations for UT's Ritter Planetarium, Toledo, OH.

As the Multimedia Designer for the University of Michigan Medical School Office of Research, she works within the marketing department, creating digital graphics and communications directly supporting biomedical researchers across the Medical School.

Danielle Rante
DAnielle Rante

BFA, Drawing and Printmaking, University of Toledo, '03 – MFA, Printmaking, University of Iowa, '06

Danielle is currently an Associate Professor at Wright State University in Dayton, OH. Danielle Rante works primarily with paper to create large installations as well as delicate drawings and prints. Danielle has been actively exhibiting her work at national and international venues, including the International Print Center New York, China Sanbao Printmaking Exhibition, and  the Hartnett Gallery at the University of Rochester, NY.  She has received an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award, and an OAC domestic residency at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Mass. Learn more

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    Sheree Hovsepian

    Class of 1998 · BFA Photography · BA Art History · Toledo, Ohio

    Class of 2002 · MFA Studio Art · Chicago, Illinois
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    Content after: select and edit or delete Sheree Hovsepian (BFA Photo/Digital Art)
    MFA Photo, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; professional artist and art instructor in NYC; Has gallery representation and has spoken at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Chad Rimer (BFA Sculpture)
    Studio Manager for sculptor Tom Otterness, New York, NY
  • Jules Webster (BFA Ceramics)
    Entrepreneur, Professional Artist, Owner of the Art Supply Depo, Toledo, OH
  • Carly Dahl (BA, drawing/painting)
    Executive director of Batesville Area Arts Council, Batesville, Ark.
  • Nicholas Ziems (BA, new media)
    Clay sculptor, General Motors. Clay sculptors are responsible for the construction and live development of design language.
  • Meg Sciarini Smith (BA, new media)
    Production Specialist at Barco, a global technology company. Former lighting technician for Cirque du Soleil
  • Michael Chorey (BA, new media)
    Scrum Master, Victoria Secret
  • Colleen Lyons Oyler (BA, photography and art education)
    Education Coordinator at The Walters Art Museum

Helen Grubb

Helen Grubb

Helen Grubb, a graduate of our BFA program, along with fellow artist Adam Goldberg recently completed a work of art for the Cleveland Synagogue Sha'arey Tikvah. The piece was commissioned for the synagogue's 75th anniversary. The piece was installed October 18th and now on view. Congrats Helen!

Sheree Hovsepian

Sheree Hovsepian, a 1999 graduate of our BFA program. Through the month of May and into June, Sheree along with artist, Konrad Wyrebek will display their work (The Whole Other ) in London's Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery.

Ani Avanian

Ani Avanian

Ani Avanian is a 2006 graduate of our New Media BFA program. Ani has had many successes thus far in her career as a graphic designer including working for EF/Go Ahead Tours as an Interactive Art Director and most recently as the Creative Director at a Boston-based startup called Wanderu, which is like but for ground transportation. The company today has over 50 travel partners covering around 90% of ground travel in the U.S. and southern Canada and is expanding into Mexico this year. Ani is instrumental in creating a fun brand centralized around good user experience. Ani says, “Every day I go to work with an incredible amount of excitement, because I can envision the potential of this brand. The team has the work ethics, the brainpower, entrepreneurial spirit, and the right mind set, and I'm very proud to be a part of it.”

Eichenberg UT alumni in TAA

David Eichenberg in TAA @ TMA

David Eichenberg (’97) was awarded first place for his portrait “Doug” at the Toledo Area Artists’ exhibition in November. Eichenberg has a studio in a 19th-century building near the High Level Bridge in Toledo. He has been a finalist in such prestigious contests at the Boochever Portrait Competition at the Smithsonian Institution and the BP Award Exhibition in the National Portrait Gallery in London. Portfolios

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Last Updated: 8/8/17