Department of Art

A Few of 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 Gibson
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 City-wide Administration Services, NYC, and is a former Director of 3D Production at the Department of Scientific Visualization at The Visual MD, New York,

David Eichenberg
David Eichenberg

BFA New Media,'98 Painting and Sculpture

David was awarded first place in the   9th FIGURATIVE PAINTING CONTEST 2017 in Barcelona, Spain for his oil painting, Rubber One. Read more...
David has participate in numerous exhibitions and has received many awards. He has also 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. Visit David's website at

Kevin Hatch
Kevin Hatch

BA, Art History, University of Toledo, '99
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, Massachusetts.

  • Michael Tavel

    BA Sculpture and BS Interdepartmental Studies '85 University of Toledo, Master of Architecture, UC, Berkeley, '89
    Michael Tavel AIA, of SUN Studio in Denver, is a nationally recognized designer of sustainable urban neighborhoods and architecture. Michael was the Outstanding Alumnus for the College of Communication and the Arts at UT in 2015. His firm’s work emphasizes passive design strategies within urban development patterns to reduce resource demands, and how urban architecture can be designed to best support a culture of sustainability.

    Chad Rimer
    Chad rimer
    BFA Sculpture  '03, University of Toledo

    Chad is Studio Manager for sculptor Tom Otterness, New York, NY. Born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, Chad Rimer worked for nine years in the industrial fabrication field during high school summers and while in college. After graduating in 2003 with a BFA in sculpture and a minor in metalsmithing from The University of Toledo, Chad now lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. 

    Julie Webster
    Julie Webster
    BFA Ceramics and a BA Law and Social thought,  '07, University of Toledo

    Julie, 'Jules' Webster is a entrepreneur, professional artist, and owner of the Art Supply Depo, Toledo. "Julie (Jules) Webster doesn’t fit your typical image of a successful business owner. The Toledo native opened The Art Supply Depo in July of 2011 and has been defying stereotypes ever since, maintaining economic growth and pursuing community development over personal profit." excerpt from the Toledo City Paper


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Last Updated: 10/30/19