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SPRING 2020 UToledo Art EVENTS


Faculty Art Exhibition

2020 UToledo Faculty Art Exhibit on display January 21 to February 21

Exhibit Dates - Jan. 21 - Feb. 21
Reception - Friday, Jan. 31 (6-8 p.m.)

Location: Center for the Visual Arts Main Gallery These events are free and open to all.

A guided conversation with faculty and their works of art will take place in the gallery at 6:30 p.m.  This tour will be moderated by Thor Mednick who will facilitate questions to faculty about their work.

"The biannual faculty exhibition affords us the opportunity to, as [Gallery Director] Brian Carpenter says: 'Play it out.' We take this show as a gauntlet tossed, a time to model for our students, and for one another, what it is to be deeply engaged in the practice of researching and making. This show represents a challenge to push for the 'next' - the next piece that needs to be made AFTER the grading and the syllabus reconfiguration, the budget alignment and the recruiting report. These are works produced by artist-scholars who live in our fields of study, who carve out precious time to keep our hands in the process. We offer our inner dialogues as part of this exhibition and invite our students and our audience to converse with us about our work."

- Barbara Miner, Chair

Guide to the UToledo 2020 Faculty Art ExhibitionGuide to the Faculty Exhibit

The guide pictured here shows a layout of the CVA Main Gallery and is numbered according to the artist whose work is shown in that area. The faculty are numbered and listed below.

Faculty Artists/Artist Statements

1) Jason Cox, Ph.D. - Head of the UToledo Art Education Program, Assistant Professor of Art Education

Dr. Cox and his creative partner Dr. Lillian Lewis of Youngstown State University created a game, Mantles in the Museum, as a tool for exploring and understanding artworks through several different perspectives. It encourages players to recognize that they have something to share when engaging with a work, and to entice them into wanting to hear what other people have to say as well. Pick up a badge, be someone else for a bit, and see through a different set of eyes!

Jason Cox, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of art education and the head of the art education program at The University of Toledo. He completed his Ph.D. (2015) in Arts Administration, Education, and Policy at The Ohio State University, and his B.F.A. (1998) and M.A.T. (2006) at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Though Dr. Cox is a traditionally educated fine artist, his research focus is on arts-based research that is performed through roleplaying. The games he writes represent his interest in exploring productive tensions between individuals, ideals, and communities.

2 Linda Meyer - Art Instructor

Wild Iris Serenade (Oil)

Artist Statement - I use oils, acrylics, and watercolors to combine the serenity of nature with the beauty of imagination. Gardening and painting offer me a quiet respite from the complexities of life and my paintings attempt to offer the viewer similar calming effects. In 2019 I set a goal to place some of my artwork before the public; of course I waited until December until I took the leap!

As an art history teacher I must offer you one wonderful quote by Georgia O’Keeffe:

"A flower is relatively small. Everyone has many associations with a flower, the idea of flowers. You put out your hand to touch the flower - lean forward to smell it - maybe touch it with your lips almost without thinking - or give it to someone to please them. Still - in a way - nobody sees a flower - really - it is so small - we haven't time - and to see takes time like to have a friend takes time. If I could paint the flower exactly as I see it no one would see what I see because I would paint it small like the flower is small…When you took time to really notice my flower, you hung all your own associations with flowers on my flower…as if I think and see what you think and see of the flower—and I don’t."

Georgia O’Keeffe Exhibition of Oils and Pastels, January 1939

Meyer, a late bloomer in most aspects of life, loves to learn and teach. After 25 years of teaching music, she now enjoys teaching art history and promoting students’ awareness of the connections between the arts and the world at large. Her paintings focus on the quieter aspects of the world around us.

3) Mysoon Rizk - Head of Art History, Professor of Art History, Modern and Contemporary Art

Artist Statement - I have been mending fruit: reattaching skin, recreating shells, patching cuts and tears I inflicted on once intact specimens, then suspending these forced accretions of lost smells, tastes, and feelings.

Fruit Mend Series (2015 - 2019, fruit skin and thread)

  • Fruit Mend #3 (2015)
  • Fruit Mend #6
  • Kiwi (#7)
  • Avocado (#12)
  • Banana (#15) (2015-16)
  • Grapefruit (#16) (2016)
  • Two Oranges (#24)
  • Toledo (#42)
  • Navel Orange (Costco Old, #45)
  • Mango (Tommy Atkins, Mexico, Toledo, #55) (28 June)
  • Meyer Lemon (#58)
  • Grapefruit (Florida Pomelo Noble Starburst, Code 3120/3129, #59)
  • Clementine (Yoga, #60) (14 December)
  • Clementine (DO, #63) (21 December)
  • Clementine (WGST, AB, #65) (24 April 2017)
  • Persimmon (Fresh Market, JAN, #68) (2 July)
  • Dragonfruit (Fresh Market, #69) (30 September)
  • Fuyu Persimmon (Fresh Market, #73) (December)
  • Cara Cara Pink Navel Orange (BEC, #74) (2 February 2018)
  • Yellow Dragonfruit (Fresh Market, GDM, #77) (5 March)
  • Navel Orange (Cranbrook Academy Refectory, BEC, #78) (11 March)
  • Navel Orange (Ward Churchill, Perrysburg, JAR, #79) (11 March 2018)
  • Navel Gold Nugget, Inedible (Last Meeting Period, #91) (3 May 2019)
  • Southern Peaches, One Contained (Amazing Race, #92) (22 May)
  • Ataulfo Mango (Heavy Color, Go Rounds, Talking Heads, GDM, #93) (9 June)
  • Cara Cara Navel, Inside-Out (Hodges Subaru, Ferndale, Michigan, C/G/J, #94) (12 June)
  • Cara Cara Navel, Outside-In (HSFMCGJ#95) (12 June)
  • Lychee (New York Chinatown, EZ, #97) (1 July)

Rizk is a professor and head of art history in the Department of Art at The University of Toledo. She was five when she took her first art class, in Champaign, Illinois (while her father was pursuing a doctoral degree in Comparative Literature), and has been making things ever since. She received a B.A. in Studio Art from Oberlin College, a B.S. in Architecture from the University of Illinois, and a master’s as well as a Ph.D. in Art History from the same institution. Her most recent bodies of work involve the process of reconstituting found debris and their attendant sensations.

4) Eric Zeigler - Head of the UToledo Art Print Center, Assistant Professor of Art

PROJECT: underlying
PIECE: Spruce Pine, NC: 99.998%
SiO2 NC4AF, maximum 2.9ppm non-SiO2, excluding Al 35° 54’ 57.024” N 82° 4’ 22.728” W 8/1/19, 7:54 PM EST
Nikon D800e, 24–70mm, 42mm, f/5.6, 1/250/sec 4728K, Tint +12, Exposure +0.67, Highlights +94, Whites +17, Contrast +9
Name and Motive: Unknown

Zeigler is an artist, designer, and researcher whose current work involves photography and unconventional transformation of images. He received an M.F.A. in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute, and exhibits his work nationally and internationally. Recently his work has been exhibited at the CICA Museum in Seoul, South Korea, and at the NIDA International Photography Symposium in Nida, Lithuania. Zeigler is an assistant professor of art in the Department of Art at The University of Toledo. He created and runs the Art Print Center which serves as a hub for all digital artwork production by university students, faculty and local artists.

5) Brian Carpenter - Gallery Director, Assistant Professor of Art

INSTITUTIONAL OBJECT #10146CW133 (2020, archival inkjet pigment photograph on dibond with wood frame)

Utilizing a range of media through 2D and 3D methods, his work explores the pathological constructs of affliction and its relationship to history and cultural identity. His current research involves inquiries into tools and institutional objects as extensions of organisms and their role in the organization of a species.

Carpenter is an artist, curator and assistant professor of art at UToledo. Carpenter attended The University of Toledo where he received a B.A. through the University College individualized program concentrating in sculpture, photography, and architecture. Later he earned his M.F.A. at Cranbrook Academy of Art and was the recipient of the Cranbrook Merit Award in photography. Carpenter is the co-founder and director of curation of Contemporary Art Toledo, a non-profit organization dedicated to the production, presentation, and promotion of ideas from visual artists from around the Great Lakes regions and the world.

6) Yusuf Lateef - Adjunct Professor of Art

As an artist, Lateef utilizes performance, installation, and painting as the main vehicles for his practice. Realizing the potential for art in our everyday lives, he looks to the common experience as something transformative.

"Trust no Future, howe’er pleasant! Let the dead Past bury its dead! Act,— act in the living Present! Heart within, and God o’erhead!” - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

THE ARTIST AS A MOVEMENT The artist is moving. Being in the present moment of life acts as a filter for which to view the world. A moving history that brings importance to my material and social environment. Following signposts that are words, a conversation or falling leaves. The notion that simple realities speak to larger ideas. The question of art seems to be everywhere that I am. I can’t escape it or unlearn it even if I earnestly tried.

THE ARTIST AS A SIGNPOST Acting in accordance with a drive to be present and acknowledge my existence. The question of art allows for a shifting between dimensions of language but anchored in meaning that fulfills a need. The purpose of the artist is to bridge ideas with resources and give reason to space. An artist is a moving point of connection. In order to produce art, there must be a recognition of what is missing. What void can be filled? The question of art is the actualization of a thought that reveals a connection, or allows for recognition of a disconnect.

THE ARTIST AS AMBASSADOR OF POTENTIAL Art making is actively witnessing the growth of an idea and finding ways to use what is in proximity to help it along. As I make objects, the question of where do these things belong come to mind. When I see an empty space, a hunger to want to occupy it with something comes over me. The empty corners come alive with potential. The bare wall takes on it’s on aesthetic and finds a place in my art experience. The quiet light that bounces unhindered along the floor invites us in like an open door to a lit room. The artist as ambassador of potential. Consistently moving the “zero.”

Lateef received his B.F.A. from Columbus College of Art and Design and an M.F.A. from Bowling Green State University. He is a co-founder of Radiant City Arts, a for profit collective focused on bringing quality programming to communities and institutions for the enhancement of lives through the creative process. He teaches intro to foundations in visual arts at The Toledo School for the Arts and serves as an adjunct professor of art with The University of Toledo, Department of Art.

7) Karen Roderick-Lingeman - Senior Lecturer of 2D Studies and Ceramics, Coordinator of the Ceramics Program

PRAIRIE (hand dyed wool)

Artist Statement - My artwork is a gestural record of personal thoughts, memories, and experiences related to my travels. These moments in time not only related to specific environments and atmospheric conditions but are also related to my reason for being at that specific location, at that specific time, with that specific person. These fragmented impressions and stories that inspire my artwork, are as much a part of the artwork as the physical piece itself.

Roderick-Lingeman is a senior lecturer and coordinator of the ceramics program at The University of Toledo. She holds an M.F.A. from The University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND, and a Bachelor of Education in Art from The University of Toledo. Karen’s artwork has been exhibited in international, national and regional exhibitions.

8) Arturo Rodriguez - Head of Studio Art and Co-Chair of the B.F.A. Program, Associate Professor of Art

Artist Statement - Rodriguez’ work deals with the particular issues that arise from a separation thru exile. “I make paintings, prints, and mixed media works that are rooted in my experience as someone who finds it difficult to identify with a cultural group.” As a native Cuban, he has lived most of his life in the United States. Most recently he has been awarded a 2006-07 Individual Artist Excellence Award from The Ohio Arts Council.

He is currently the Head of Studio in the Department of Art at the University of Toledo, Ohio USA. Mr. Rodriguez has had numerous exhibitions nationally and abroad. He holds a Bachelors Degree of Fine Arts in painting and printmaking from the Kansas City Art Institute, and a Masters Degree in Fine Arts from Indiana University, Bloomington.

9) Barbara WF Miner - Chair of the Department of Art, Professor of Art, 2D/3D Studies and Interdisciplinary Art

At 65 (Birch, oak, pearls, sequin pins, silver leaf)

Artist Statement - My work is a form of self-portraiture. It is born out of a need for solace in a sometimes-painful world. Rather than obsess over things I cannot control, I obsessively control the surfaces of my objects and build relationships between unlike materials. My pieces emerge from time spent with the materials I collect: beads, nails, wood, paper. I design the pieces as I walk our woods and fields and observe the land and organisms around me. I do not strive to reproduce what I see. Rather I strive to reproduce the feelings of closeness I have to the land through rich and complex colors and textures.

Miner is a tenured professor of art and chair of the Department of Art at The University of Toledo. Her mixed media sculptures and installation works, informed by the nexus of human/nature interaction, and the practice of meditative repetition, have been exhibited nationally (Maine to California) and internationally (Sweden and Poland) in over 50 exhibitions. She has curated three events, including a lecture/workshop with the photographer, Rosamond Purcell. Miner has participated in numerous national and international artists’ residencies. She has presented at national and international conferences and contributed articles to Ceramics Monthly, Dialogue/Arts in the Midwest, and the journal published for the International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability. Miner has received both internal and external grants in support of her research and art practice, as well as numerous awards for excellence/merit.

10) Deb A. Davis - Professor of New Media

Umbra – Penumbra Series: We Are But Dust and Shadow (oil on canvas 48” X 48”, 2019)

Artist Statement - Working photographically for many years, I continue to explore and record my surroundings and environs today, mostly with an iPhone. In the past, I would re-interpret my photographs through mixed media works and installations. Currently, I am translating light, shadow, and movement, properties so basic to photography, through oils on canvas. My daily photographs serve as a starting point for the Umbra – Penumbra compositional diptychs, which are translated through painting. The meaning from one visual language (the source medium) to another visual language is changed by the action of painting. The viewer adds the third aspect of the visual communication process, interpretation.

Davis received her photography M.F.A. in 1991, from the University of Colorado, Boulder and an M.S. Ed., in instructional technology, media production from Northern Illinois University in 1984. She is the former director of the School of Visual and Performing Arts, 2016-2018, and served as dean for the former College of Visual and Performing Arts at The University of Toledo, from 2010-2016. She has received various awards throughout her career for her works and her professional service. Davis exhibits traditional and photographically based artworks both nationally and internationally. Her most recent international exhibit was in collaboration with Michael Petry, titled “Golden Rain.” Davis’ work titled “essence,” was incorporated into Petry’s “On the Edge,” at the Eigeroya Lighthouse in Egersundin, Norway. The work is in the collection of the Palm Springs Art Museum. Davis also served as the principal grants investigator and co-curator for the international art exhibition and cultural programming, “Cultural Domestication - Instinctual Desire.” "First trained as a studio artist, I came to photography in my master’s program at CU, Boulder. Never honoring the purity of photography, I have always mixed, combined and blended my work with traditional, artistic approaches, as well as video installation, printmaking, encaustics, and painting. I am interested in reinterpreting the photographic image, rendering or embedding my conceptual ideation and multimedia approaches – pushing the boundaries of the image."

11 Deborah Orloff - Associate Chair of the Department of Art, Photography Coordinator, Professor of Art, New Media Studies and Photography

In Search of Memory (2020) 25 color photographs/ pigment prints mounted on aluminum (wall installation: variable dimensions – approximately 9-12 feet tall x 8 feet wide overall)

Artist Statement - Do you really remember your past, or have you simply seen the photographs so many times, you’ve fabricated selective memories? I have always been fascinated with family photos and collected them most of my life. Recently, I’ve been drawn to pictures discovered in my parents’ basement that were neglected and forgotten. My new work utilizes these severely damaged pictures as subject matter in a meditation on the enigmatic nature of vernacular photography. In their final representation, banal objects become simulacra of loss and speak to the ephemeral nature of memory.

Orloff, professor of art, is the associate chair of the Department of Art. She teaches all levels of photographic art and oversees the Photography area at The University of Toledo’s Center for the Visual Arts. Originally from New York City, Orloff received her M.F.A. from Syracuse University and her B.F.A. from Clark University. Although her primary medium is photography, she has also worked in video and installation. Her artwork has been included in numerous exhibitions at national and international venues including: the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City; the Toyohashi Museum of Art & History in Toyohashi, Japan; and the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh, Scotland. Her current series, "Elusive Memory," was included at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Photography as part of their Midwest Photographers Project. Orloff has been the recipient of dozens of grants and awards including corporate sponsorship by Hahnemühle Paper and the Ohio Arts Council’s 2019 Individual Excellence Award. Samples of her work can be seen at

12) Barry Whittaker - Associate Professor of Art, New Media Design Practices

In All Probability (2019) Generative Animation Software

Artist Statement - In this generative work, forms and sounds weave together endlessly, leaving behind a constant flow of new compositions. Whittaker is a multi-media artist who explores mythology, language, and miscommunication through a variety of technology and collaboration-based projects.

Whittaker’s work has exhibited extensively across the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Recent exhibitions include: Throwing Things at the Sky, which opened at 3331 Arts Chiyoda, Tokyo; #TAGGING ART#, an exhibition and print project through Vision Magazine, Shanghai, China; Friday Flash #10: Digital Animation Now, Denver, CO; STROBE Network, at FLUX Factory, Long Island City, NY; and Playpublik at FORUM, Krakow, Poland. A native Texan, he received a B.F.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.F.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Whittaker has taught in the U.S., France, China, and Japan and continues to exhibit artwork internationally. He is currently an associate professor in the Department of Art at The University of Toledo.

13) Dan Hernandez - Co-Chair of the B.F.A. Program, Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Art and Foundations

Artist Statement - The themes in my work are generally boyish and playful. They present a naive and skewed understanding of violence, religion, and mythology, enlightened by movies, television and video games. The works enjoyably play at violence within empty narrative shells exhibiting action with little purpose and without consequence. They also mix and match religion, mythology and pop culture, blurring boundaries, rearranging hierarchies, and calling into question notions of iconography, collectables, and devotion.

Hernandez received a B.F.A. in 2000 from Northwest Missouri State (Maryville, MO) and an M.F.A. in 2002 from American University (Washington, DC). His paintings explore the visual dialog between religion, mythology, and pop culture. He is represented at Kim Foster Gallery in New York City. His work is exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions and has been written about and reproduced in a number of publications including ARTnews, HyperAllergic, Artillery Magazine, Arte Fuse, Gizmodo, and Der Spiegel. He was awarded Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellency Awards in 2011 and in 2015. Dan is currently an associate professor in the Art Department at The University of Toledo.

14) Julia LaBay Darrah - Adjunct Professor of Art


Julia LaBay Darrah is currently an instructor and technical assistant at The University of Toledo Department of Art. She is also the curator/director for the Blair Museum of Lithophanes. She received her B.F.A. in Sculpture at The University of Toledo in 2012 and her M.F.A. from Bowling Green State University in 2015. She also manages her own sign company. Her work has been shown regionally as well as nationally at galleries and museums including the Toledo Museum of Art, Northern Kentucky University and Mary Grove College Detroit, MI. LaBay has won several awards and grants for her artistic creations. Most recently she was awarded a grant to collaboratively create a body of work for the Interactive Art Festival for the Toledo Art Commission.

15) Thomas Lingeman - Professor of Art, 3D Studies and Sculpture

Artist Statement - I have always been enthralled and inspired by ritual icons, funerary vessels and the mystery embodied in monumental sculptural objects, which, like ‘standing stones’, by their very permanence on the landscape, mark time and space for us. Almost all of my previous work in cast and fabricated metal is, at least in part, inspired by this interest. Within the past few years I have generated a body of vertical freestanding sculpture that is an extension of this work, reflecting my personal and long-held interest in the monuments of the American rural cemetery.

Lingeman, works primarily in cast bronze and welded steel. He is also a draughtsman who uses drawing and painting as a means of designing and planning sculpture as well as an end in itself. His work can be found in numerous public and private collections including “Every Generation” at the Lucas County Juvenile Justice Center, “A Collection of Forces” at The University of Findlay and "Time Traveler," a memorial for the late Milford Romanoff at The University of Toledo.

He has produced exhibitions and has lectured numerous times at the Glasgow School of Art in Glasgow, Scotland. Lingeman has also shown at La Camara De Comercio in Toledo, Spain,The Vesprem County Art Association in Balatonalmadi, Hungary, and the Centre for Art and Culture at the University of Honduras, Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

Lingeman received his Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education from Ball State University in 1973 and an M.F.A. from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1979 where he specialized in lost wax investment casting. He joined the faculty of The University of Toledo to teach sculpture at the Toledo Museum of Art in 1979 and continues today as a sculptor and professor of art.

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: 1/23/20