Wearable Conditions Lecturer Brian Carpenter's 3D Mixed Media class presented Wearable Conditions. Using a variety of mediums and technologies, students within the class (Spring 2015) designed and created wearable art based on diseases, viruses and disorders. The exhibition was April 9th in the Toledo Museum of Art Green Room.
UT at SPE National Conference
The University of Toledo’s Department of Art was well represented at the 2015 Society for Photographic Education’s National Conference in New Orleans over the Spring Break. Faculty members Chris Burnett, Deborah Orloff, and Eric Zeigler attended the conference along with Department of Art students: Kayla Dopfer, Sarah Emch, Crystal Hand, Victor Lewis, Brandy Save. Chris Burnett presented an engaging talk entitled “Projecting the sky: Photography and the Planetarium/ Atmospherium.” As part of his presentation, he discussed the connection between photography and planetarium imagery and showed examples of UT student work done in Deborah Orloff’s Intro Photo class, "Faux Space" (See Below).
Faux Space Opening Reception
On exhibit at the Ritter Planetarium are photographs made by students in the Department of Art’s introductory photo course, ART 2030: Photography taught by Professor Deborah Orloff, last semester. Students were challenged to create photos that invoke a sense of space - in the extraterrestrial sense. They used a diverse range of materials to create their images including food, toys, pots, glitter, fire, lasers, smoke, and oils. All images were made with a DSLR camera; they are not computer generated or shot above the surface of the planet! The exhibit is on display at Ritter throughout the summer whenever the planetarium is open.
CoCA Multi-Disciplinary Project
The departments of Art, Communication, Film, and Theatre within the College of Communication & The Arts are teaming up this semester to create a pilot episode for a local tv station. Tilly the Time Traveling Earthworm is an educational children's program that will raise awareness about our evolving agricultural practices and how that effects the food we eat. Barry Whittaker's Motion Graphics class is currently working in groups to come up with an effective title sequence.
Immediately following the Wearable Conditions Fashion Show, The Center for Visual Arts Gallery hosted the outstanding artwork of graduating BFA students Veronica Bialecki, Matthew Dangler, Khrystyne Dewey, Kayla Dopfer, Sarah Emch, Jared Geisman, Nathan Perez and Courtney Stahl.
Guest Artists Lecture: Tavel & Johnson
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 in the Haigh Auditorium of the Center for Visual Arts, Michael Tavel – architect and alumnus of the UT Department of Art, and his wife, Tsehai Johnson, a ceramic installation artist, presented a free visiting lecture, discussing their celebrated work.
Visiting Artist Workshop: Johnson
Monday March 30th in the Ceramics Studio of the Glass Crafts Building, Tsehai Johnson presented a public workshop at UT, as a guest of the Department of Art. Her work was featured at the 2014 NCECA National Conference and Exhibited in the Milwaukee Art Museum. Her performative events and installations encourage reflection on the tension between order and function, as expressed through the objects that populate our lives.Art and Engineering Meet Over 158' The Wall of Blue
Students from the Department of Art, the Toledo School for the Arts and the College of Engineering recently unveiled the finished product of its large-scale mural project for the College of Engineering, which began last spring (2014). Under the direction of Arturo Rodriguez, the project progressed from ideation to concept to execution. The final phases of production were completed this spring semester, with students screenprinting the 158' wall art, followed by the installation process. The wall was designed through the generous sponsorship of UT donors, Tom and Betsy Brady. The Brady's have played an active role in the project, bringing their ideas to fruition through the wall mural, as students researched the linkage between art and engineering/engineering and art.
The CoCA Digital Billboard Art Exhibition has been featured on Toledo's 13ABC. All students from The College of Communication and the Arts were welcome to submit work to this juried exhibition that is available to view on digital Lamar billboards around the city.
Seelio Online Portfolio
Students in the College of Communication and the Arts capture their class projects and extracurricular endeavors with Seelio, an online portfolio program. Seelio allows for a visual and narrative presentation of one's experience. Check out some of the inspiring portfolios of students in the Department of Art. Learn more about Seelio.
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 kayak.com 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.”
David Eichenberg in Toledo Area Artists Show at 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.