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Image of multicolored squares with faces superimposed, text states Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt Exhibit

NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt Project Exhibit and Events

Throughout its history, The Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt has been used as a tool to fight prejudice, raise awareness as a means to link hands with the global community in the fight against AIDS, and as an effective tool in HIV/AIDS prevention education. In recognition of World AIDS Day 2019, the Ann Wayson Locher Memorial Fund for HIV Care presents: The Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt Exhibit.  Ryan White's mother, Jeanne White-Ginder is the keynote speaker for the opening ceremony. Admission to all of these events is free.

Schedule of events

NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt Exhibit - November 15 - December 6 (daily)

The UToledo Department of Art will host an exhibit that features up to 15 panels of the AIDS Memorial Quilt. The quilt was created by the friends, family and loved ones of people with AIDS. The quilt panels will be displayed in the CVA Main Gallery, where some will be mounted on the walls and others suspended from the ceiling. The exhibit is open daily any time the building is open, 9am-9pm.
UToledo Center for the Visual Arts, next to the Toledo Museum of Art

Speakers – Friday, November 15 (6-8pm)

Robert Sember - "When did you last talk about AIDS in this space?"
Jeanne White-Ginder - "The Legacy of Ryan White" 
TMA Peristyle

Exhibit Reception – Friday, November 15 (8-10pm)

Center for the Visual Arts, next to the TMA

World AIDS Day – Sunday, December 1 (12 Noon - 1pm)

Visual AIDS Screening

The seven short videos range in subject from anti-stigma work in New Orleans to public sex culture in Chicago, highlighting pioneering AIDS activism and staging intergenerational conversations. Recalling Gregg Bordowitz’s reminder that “THE AIDS CRISIS IS STILL BEGINNING,” the video program resists narratives of resolution or conclusion, considering the continued urgency of HIV/AIDS in the contemporary moment while revisiting resonant cultural histories from the past three decades. Learn more about Visual AIDS at
UToledo CVA, Haigh Auditorium

Closing Ceremony – Friday, December 6 (6pm)

HIV in the Rust Belt (documentary/presentation)
Toledo Museum of Art Little Theater
Closing Reception
UToledo Center for the Visual Arts

We conclude our series of events honoring World AIDS Day with a look to the future and a project-in-progress. Filmmaker and UToledo film professor, Holly Hey and assistant professor of disability studies, Ally Day, will present excerpts from Hey's upcoming documentary, HIV in the Rust Belt. The work profiles several local HIV survivors and their struggles for treatment and understanding. The documentary also highlights the important work done by community organizations such as David's House of Compassion, which connected many people with HIV to resources, treatment and support, and the University of Toledo Medical Center's Ryan White Center, where thousands of HIV sufferers have received medical treatment.

Allegory of Spring by the Italian Renaissance painter Sandro Botticelli

An Inspired Age: Selections of 18th-Century European Art From the Collection

November 2 - January 5, 2020 - Toledo Museum of Art

“An Inspired Age”  came together through the collaboration of students from the University of Toledo’ s Art Museum Practices (AMP) and New Media Design Practices (NMDP) Programs.  The AMP class, taught by Thor J. Mednick, was given the topic of Art of the 18th century on which to build an exhibition, articulate themes, and choose relevant works, along with the responsibility of researching and writing accompanying texts. The NMDP class, taught by Barry Whittaker, took on the task of creating exhibition graphics for print and web interfaces, all within guidelines provided by the Toledo Museum of Art.

The temporary exhibition, running through Jan. 5, features 13 paintings and three sculptures.  “The Toledo Museum of Art has a vast collection, and this allows visitors to see some of the art that has been off view while providing students real-life experience in many aspects of curating an exhibition,” Nichols said. “It has been rewarding to see the next generation of museum professionals use their education to develop this exhibition.”  

The opportunity has been invaluable for the students, Mednick explained. “Working with a world-class, private museum is a rare opportunity in museum studies courses,” Mednick said. “And to have the thoughtful and generous help of a senior curator is extraordinary.” More...

Admission to the Toledo Museum of Art is free. The museum is open Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.; and is closed Monday and major holidays.

The museum is located at 2445 Monroe St. at Scottwood Avenue. It is by the Center for the Visual Arts on the University’s Toledo Museum of Art Campus.

Photo of Dr. Celia Williamson, part of the Faces of Trafficking exhibit by Barbara Miner and Robert CummerowFaces of Trafficking

Through December 6

The University of Toledo is hosting the 2019 International Human Trafficking and Social Justice Conference, Thursday and Friday, September 19-20 on main campus in the Lancelot Thompson Student Union. The Department of Art is participating by creating and hosting this important exhibit in the UToledo Center for the Visual Arts. We hope you plan to attend the conference and invite you to come see our exhibit. The exhibit will be available through December 6.

The Issue

Human Trafficking, a form of “modern day slavery”, is where victims are forced and coerced to engage in commercial sex or labor for the profit and benefit of others. There are an estimated 40 million slaves in the world today (International Labor Organization 2017) with 17,500 victims being brought into the U.S. each year.  

These victims have been brutalized, raped, sold and suffer chronic trauma from their abuse. Many have post-traumatic-stress disorder, suffer chronic health conditions, and some leave with a traumatic brain injury or other disability. Up to 70% of our child victims that don’t receive help go into adult prostitution where the probability that they suffer violence, drug addiction, poverty, and HIV is high. Because of increased awareness, through the efforts of the Lucas County Human Trafficking Coalition and the UT Human Trafficking and Social Justice Institute, our community has diligently called in tips to the FBI Innocence Lost Task Force located here in NW Ohio. This led to over 260 rescues of local youth and 100 convictions of traffickers in our community. Awareness works. Awareness translates into freedom.Photo of student artists who created work for the Faces of Trafficking exhibit, Robert Cummerow, Faith Goodman, Reem Barakat, Caroline Jardine, Rose Mansell-Pleydel, Tara Yarzand

The Project

The link between art and social justice has always been strong. Every year at the International Human Trafficking and Social Justice Institute, art from local artists, youth, members of the mental health community and trafficking survivors are displayed. A new work, Faces of Trafficking, conceived by Professor Barbara Miner, and photographed by Robert Cummerow, features portraits of members of the greater Toledo community who are either advocates, direct service providers, members of the legal community or victims. It is an opportunity to bring to life all the different people who this issue impacts and encourages attendees to join the fight. The portraits will be on display through December 6 at the UToledo Center for the Visual Arts.

Spring 2020 Events

UToledo Faculty EXHIBITION


EXHIBIT DATES - January 21 - February 21

RECEPTION - FRIDAY, January 31 (6-8pm)

Come see the work of our UToledo Department of Art faculty! 

2020 Juried Student EXHIBITION


EXHIBIT DATES - March 6-27

Awards/RECEPTION - Friday, March 27 (6-8pm)

The JSE - Juried Student Exhibition is a competitive exhibition open to all UToledo students regardless of major. All media welcome (2D, 3D, digital). Your ready-to-display artwork must be submitted at the UToledo Center for the Visual Arts (next to the Toledo Museum of Art) on Tuesday, February 25 between 9am-5pm. Submission forms are in the Art Department main office in the CVA. If your work is accepted to the exhibition, you will be informed via email. 





The BFA Exhibition is an annual celebratory exhibit of the finest work of UT students graduating this semester with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Art.





The Bachelor of Arts program in Visual Art provides students with a solid foundation in art through introductory courses in drawing, design and the history of art, and it offers study in three areas of studio art as well as advanced work in art history. These department offerings are integrated with the core curriculum with the purpose of using visual art as a special instrument for cognitive growth, knowledge, discovery, and cultural engagement. The B.A. in Visual Art is a special kind of liberal arts degree based in studio art. Though there is no concentration offered, students may choose from 2D studies (drawing, printmaking, painting), 3D studies (sculpture, ceramics), and/or digital and photographic art (photography, digital arts) for their advanced studio coursework.

The BAVA Thesis students choose  a project and concept to explore, in depth, under the  direction of the BAVA Coordinator. The 2019 graduates' work can be found @

Last Updated: 11/25/19