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Undergraduate students design exhibition featured at Toledo Museum of Art

The best way to prepare for life after college is to get hands-on experience. That’s the philosophy of a UT class working with the Toledo Museum of Art.

Featuring numerous print pieces depicting cities — grand views from famous boulevards to glimpses of anonymous corners — the Toledo Museum of Art’s exhibition “The City” is filled with unique prints of bustling metropolises. What’s more, the exhibition was curated by the UT Art Museum Practices class.

Crystal Hand, left, and Alyx Smith, both students in the Art Museum Practices class, and Dr. Thor Mednick, assistant professor of art history, checked out the Toledo Museum of Art Hitchcock Gallery.

Crystal Hand, left, and Alyx Smith, both students in the Art Museum Practices class, and Dr. Thor Mednick, assistant professor of art history, checked out the Toledo Museum of Art Hitchcock Gallery.

Students were responsible for creating the themes for the exhibit and choosing relevant work to display from the museum’s permanent collection of prints, in collaboration with staff members from the museum. They then wrote labels for the works, and the copy was reviewed by the museum’s managing editor. Finally, they planned the sequence of the pieces in the gallery.

“I think we did really well,” said Alyx Smith, a fourth-year art history student in the class. “There’s a lot of work in a small space, but it doesn’t look too busy. I wouldn’t change anything. I really like how it looks.”

Working with the Art Museum Practices class was a New Media Design Practices course, which was responsible for creating exhibition graphics for print and web interfaces.

“The City” was curated by students in the UT Art Museum Practices class, with assistance from their peers in a New Media Design Practices course.

“The City” was curated by students in the UT Art Museum Practices class, with assistance from their peers in a New Media Design Practices course.

“I really liked being able to work directly with the art museum,” said Emily Rose, a fourth-year new media design student. “I was able to take pictures of the installation of the show, which was really neat because usually you never get to see that process.”

The exhibition implementation course is the third in a series of four classes that comprise the art museum practices concentration, a self-selected area of study for students who want a career in an art museum. Throughout the series, students have the opportunity to meet museum professionals and learn the various responsibilities of a museum worker.

“Rather than a primarily theoretical or speculative approach, we attempt to prepare the students for the actual working life of a museum professional,” said Dr. Thor Mednick, assistant professor of art history, who taught the Art Museum Practices course.

The City sign by Emily RoseRose said her experience working on the exhibition will help her grow her wedding photography business: “It also looks good on a resumé saying that you were able to work with a major art museum.”

“The whole reason I picked this University is because of this concentration,” Smith said. “I want to go into exhibition design, so this was perfect. Having the opportunity to design an exhibition and do a whole show is something not a lot of people have the chance to do, especially as an undergraduate.”

The free, public exhibition is on display in the Toledo Museum of Art Hitchcock Gallery through Sunday, Feb. 14.

In association with the exhibit, the films “Chinatown” and “Blade Runner” will be featured in the Toledo Museum of Art Little Theater in January. Students will introduce the films and discuss their relationship to the city theme.

For more information, visit toledomuseum.org/exhibitions/the-city.

Creative wellness to be discussed at opening of Health Science Campus Artist Showcase

Laura Miller shared her story about how picking up a paintbrush and putting bold, eye-catching colors on canvas helped her cope with cancer in U.S. News & World Report in 2014.

The former oncology nurse will visit The University of Toledo to talk about “Art and Creative Wellness” at the opening of the 2016 Health Science Campus Artist Showcase Friday, Jan. 29.

Laura Miller and her painting, “Healing Meadow,” acrylic

Laura Miller and her painting, “Healing Meadow,” acrylic

Her talk will be at 4 p.m. in the Mulford Library iCare Room 028/029. A reception with the artists will take place from 5 to 6 p.m. on the fourth floor of the library, where more than 60 pieces are on display.

“I started painting a few months after my diagnosis,” Miller said. “I found that while painting, I lose myself to the process and moment, giving me a mental break not otherwise possible. It gave me a good distraction during a difficult time. I like to say I ‘self-medicated’ with art.”

That self-medication with art helps one’s health, too.

“Research now shows that creativity can ease pain, decrease blood pressure, help overall mental health, among other benefits,” Miller said. “The creative process helps patients heal by giving them a break from their worries, even if for a brief time, relax and express themselves.

“My creative outlet was painting, but there are many other creative outlets such as visual arts, music, writing, cooking and gardening, to name a few.”

“Marley Turner,” oil, by Jennifer Diaz Warner Giovannucci, technician in the Department of Neurosciences is included in the 2016 Health Science Campus Artist Showcase.

“Marley Turner,” oil, by Jennifer Diaz Warner Giovannucci, technician in the Department of Neurosciences, is included in the 2016 Health Science Campus Artist Showcase.

The Monclova, Ohio, resident will discuss the importance of scheduling time to use your imagination.

“We need to think about creative wellness just as we think about diet and exercise,” Miller said. “We all know that it’s important to eat right and be active. So if we know creativity is good for us, we should try to include that as part of our overall wellness plan, too.”

A total of 26 artists will share their inspiring talents in the 2016 Health Science Campus Artist Showcase. Works in several 2- and 3-dimensional media by students, faculty and staff affiliated with the health sciences on Health Science and Main campuses will be on display during the 11th annual event.

“The artist showcase is very popular with our students, faculty and staff,” Jodi Jameson, instructor in the College of Nursing, librarian in Mulford Library, and member of the artist showcase committee, said. “It’s always fun to see the creative side of those that you work or study with on a daily basis.”

The free, public exhibition will be on display through Friday, March 18.

For more information on Miller, go to lauramillerartist.com; for more information on the showcase, visit libguides.utoledo.edu/hscart or call 419.383.4218.

“Dewdrop Flower Closeup,” photography, by Dr. Rick Francis, director of research and sponsored programs

“Dewdrop Flower Closeup,” photography, by Dr. Rick Francis, director of research and sponsored programs, is among 60 pieces on display in this year’s Health Science Campus Artist Showcase on the fourth floor of Mulford Library.

UT Arts Diplomacy class to help develop collaborative community mural

Students in the Arts Diplomacy class at The University of Toledo will work with members of the community to create a public mural under the direction of artist David Loewenstein.

The mural will be placed at the entrance to the Frederick Douglass Community Association’s James B. Simmons Jr. Neighborhood Facilities Building, located at 1001 Indiana Ave. in Toledo.

the Frederick Douglass Community Association’s James B. Simmons Jr. Neighborhood Facilities Building

the Frederick Douglass Community Association’s James B. Simmons Jr. Neighborhood Facilities Building

Painting is scheduled to take place from Friday to Tuesday, Oct. 2-6, during daylight hours, weather permitting. The public is invited to watch and even pick up a paintbrush and help.

The subject of the mural will be determined through a collaborative process involving UT students and Frederick Douglass Community Association members and stakeholders.

The free, public panel discussion will take place Monday, Sept. 28, at 5:30 p.m. in the UT Center for the Visual Arts Haigh Auditorium on UT’s Toledo Museum of Art Campus.

UT Assistant Professor of Art History Thor J. Mednick, who teaches the Arts Diplomacy course, will moderate the panel discussion featuring Loewenstein, community artist and founder of the Mid-America Mural Project; Dr. Brian Kennedy, director of the Toledo Museum of Art and director and eminent professor at the University; and Rachel Richardson, director and mural coordinator for Art Corner Toledo.

This mural by David Loewenstein is in Lawrence, Kan.

This mural by David Loewenstein is in Lawrence, Kan.

The panel will discuss the arts as a mode of economic, political and cultural intervention in the Toledo community. The underlying question to be discussed is what form such intervention could take and how it could be marshaled to create change, development and empowerment in and for the community.

Loewenstein is a muralist, writer and printmaker based in Lawrence, Kan. In addition to his more than 20 public works in Kansas, examples of his dynamic and richly colored community-based murals can be found across the United States in Chicago, New Orleans and New York City, as well as in Missouri, Oklahoma, Arizona, Arkansas, Texas, South Dakota, Mississippi, and Iowa, as well as in Northern Ireland and South Korea. Loewenstein’s prints, which focus on current social and political issues, are exhibited nationally and are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Yale University, and the Center for the Study of Political Graphics in Los Angeles. See more about him here.

The project is funded by the UT offices of Debra Davis, dean of the College of Communication and the Arts, and Interim Provost John Barrett.

Artist explores dementia in works

In two intriguing works, artist Diane Ramos grapples with the feelings of loss and disconnection she experienced when her grandmother developed dementia.

“Atrophy” by Diane Ramos

“Atrophy” by Diane Ramos

Ramos shares how difficult it was to “process the loss of my grandmother while she was still physically present.”

She added, “This experience created an internally conflicting situation in which I felt both desperate to maintain the connection I had with my grandmother, but also a self-preserving need to detach myself from the circumstances.”

Her works, which are on display in the first-floor corridor of the Center for the Visual Arts on UT’s Toledo Museum of Art Campus, make that dichotomy visually evident.

Ramos is a visiting guest artist of the Concepts in Studio, Art and Theory course taught by Brian Carpenter, lecturer of art and gallery director.

Her work will be on display through fall semester.

The Center for the Visual Arts is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Artwork created with unconventional materials featured in exhibition

The exhibition titled “Ready to Hand/Present at Hand” was inspired by German philosopher Martin Heidegger’s description of various attitudes toward things and objects that exist in the world: “The nearest kind of association is not mere perceptual cognition, but, rather, a handling, using, and taking care of things which has its own kind of knowledge.”

Each artist included in this exhibition has developed a creative practice that privileges handmade, hand-constructed works and design over production by technology, according to Brian Carpenter, lecturer of art and gallery director.

Workers in the studio of artist Christopher Schanck used unconventional materials in his creations.

Workers in the studio of artist Christopher Schanck used unconventional materials in his creations.

By using unconventional materials in construction, the resulting artworks speak to knowledge of a specific material’s unique properties as well as to the idea of self and the maker’s intimate interaction with the creation of an object, he said.

Artists Taryn Cassella, Jack Craig, Mark Dineen, Christopher Schanck and Thing Thing have works on display.

The free, public exhibit can be seen through through Saturday, Oct. 3, in the Center for the Visual Arts Main Gallery on UT’s Toledo Museum of Art Campus.

Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

An opening reception for the exhibit will be held Thursday, Sept. 17, from 6 to 9 p.m. when the Center for the Visual Arts will be a stop on the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo 3rd Thursday Gallery Loop. For more information on the gallery loop, go to http://utole.do/loop.

For more information on the exhibit, contact Carpenter at brian.carpenter@utoledo.edu.

Illustration on UT’s Health Science Campus gets worldwide attention

A surgical illustration on The University of Toledo Health Science Campus is gaining some street cred.

The surgical wall project by UT medical illustrators Roy Schneider, Tonya Floyd-Bradstock and Joshua Klein is being featured on Street Anatomy, which is a website dedicated to showcasing how anatomy is visualized in art, design and pop culture.

The image, which is titled “Wall Repair” and is in Center for Creative Instruction Room 2130, has since been shared around the world on Facebook and Twitter with requests coming in for the UT medical illustrators to replicate the illustration for doctors’ offices.

“Wall Repair” by UT medical illustrators Roy Schneider, Tonya Floyd-Bradstock and Joshua Klein is featured on a website called Street Anatomy.

“We are really honored that our illustration is being seen by thousands because it is truly innovative and unique,” Schneider said. “Our idea was to give an office wall ‘some medical treatment’ by peeling back the wall and exposing the health problems underneath. The problems represented inside of the wall are a play of symbolic metaphors representing diseases or pathologies that may require surgical intervention and repair. The mouse was just an added bit of fun.”

The mural of a surgical wall repair stands 6 feet by 8 feet tall and was created in Trompe l’oeil technique, which is an art style that uses realistic imagery to create the optical illusion that the depicted objects exist in three dimensions, Schneider said.

The illustration was installed two years ago. In 2014, it won a first-place award from the Association of Medical Illustrators. The UT piece is in the running for the World Illustration Awards 2015.

The founder of Street Anatomy wrote a short story about UT’s illustration.

“I’ve always had a vision of surgical illustration as street art. Slicing open a wall and retracting the brick back to reveal anatomy underneath would be so striking (or horrifying) to someone walking down the street,” Vanessa Ruiz wrote. “This surgical wall project … comes close to that vision.”

Art faculty member to exhibit work at Secor Gallery

“Dan Hernandez: Recent Work” will be on display from Thursday, Sept. 3, to Thursday, Oct. 1, at the Secor Gallery, 425 Jefferson Ave. in Toledo.

The exhibition will feature a selection of new and recent artwork from the UT assistant professor of art’s “Genesis” project.

“Nocturne” by Dan Hernandez

“Nocturne” by Dan Hernandez

Hernandez produced several works that will be on display with the support of a grant from the University Research Awards and Fellowship, as well as an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award.

The work in this exhibition also will be on display at the Kim Foster Gallery in New York City in November. His first solo exhibit was held there in 2012.

“Genesis” refers to his visual dialogue between religion, mythology and pop culture. The word “genesis” can refer to the literal definition, the biblical book of the same name, as well as the video game system Sega Genesis. Hernandez incorporates these notions as well as other ideas into his work.

His art has been presented recently in solo exhibitions at the University of Kentucky and the University of Michigan. It also has been included in group shows in Tel-Aviv, Israel, as well as London, New York, Miami, Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

An opening reception for the Toledo exhibition will be held Thursday, Sept. 3, from 6 to 8 p.m.

The artist also will be in the Secor Gallery for a meet-and-greet event during the Third Thursday Art Walk Sept. 17.

The Secor Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. or by appointment.

For more information on the free, public exhibition or events, contact Hernandez at daniel.hernandez@utoledo.edu or 419.530.8321.

UT faculty film accepted to prominent international film festival

Holly Hey, a filmmaker and faculty member of The University of Toledo Department of Theatre and Film, will screen one of her films in the internationally recognized Aesthetica Short Film Festival in November.

The Aesthetica Film Festival, accredited by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, is a celebration of independent film and an outlet for championing and supporting short filmmaking. The festival includes a selection of films from around the world in genres including advertising, artists’ film, music video, drama and documentary.

These stills are from Holly Hey’s film, “the dum dum capitol of the world,” which will be shown at the Aesthetica Short Film Festival in November.

These stills are from Holly Hey’s film, “the dum dum capitol of the world,” which will be shown at the Aesthetica Short Film Festival in November.

Hey’s film, “the dum dum capitol of the world,” emerged successfully after two competitive rounds of selection review.

The UT associate professor of film said the first-person experimental documentary is a moving-image meditation that contemplates landscape, home, recollection, queerness and time.

“The project uses personal history to reflect on universal themes about home, life, love, parenting, memory and death,” she said.

Hey began the project in 2005 when she received funding from the LEF Moving Image Foundation. She later received funding from The University of Toledo in 2012 and completed the film in 2014.

To date, “the dum dum capitol of the world” has screened at several festivals, including the Ann Arbor Film Festival; the Athens Film Festival in Athens, Ohio; the Queens World Film Festival in New York; and the Moon Rise Film Festival in British Columbia.

Hey is head of the UT Film Program. She holds a master of fine arts degree in filmmaking from the Art Institute of Chicago.

She makes a broad range of work that can be seen in galleries, film festivals, live performances and on television. Her works have screened both nationally and internationally, and the National Educational Telecommunications Association distributed her last major release, “Rat Stories,” which aired on PBS affiliates in the United States, British Columbia and Puerto Rico.

Theatre auditions slated for Aug. 25-26

The University of Toledo Department of Theatre and Film will hold auditions for its fall plays Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 25 and 26, in the Center for Performing Arts Studio Theatre.

Auditions will be held from 6 to 10 p.m., and all actors are expected to stay the full time.

The department will be casting for:

• “Henry V,” Shakespeare’s story follows a young prince who becomes the king of England. The play will be performed Oct. 15-18, Oct. 20-21 and Oct. 23-25.

• “The Laramie Project,” a play written by Moises Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project about the Wyoming town where the 1998 beating death of Matthew Shepherd, a gay college student, occurred. It will be staged Nov. 20-22 and Dec. 1-2 and Dec. 4-6.

Auditions are open to all.

Those auditioning should have a brief monologue prepared and will be asked to do movement exercises. Actors should be familiar with the shows; script information is available from the Theatre and Film Department office.

Sign-up sheets are posted outside the Theatre and Film Department office, located in Center for Performing Arts Room 1030.

Audition preparation information can be found at http://utole.do/auditions.

Glacity Theatre Collective to premiere new musical ‘House of Vinyl’

The Glacity Theatre Collective will present an original musical theater piece, “House of Vinyl,” written and composed by company members Dr. Edmund B. Lingan, UT associate professor and chair of theatre and film, and Timothy Lake.

“House of Vinyl” was developed through Glacity’s Junkbox Theatre Initiative, which is focused on devising new works for the company.

Nolan Thomaswick and Victoria Zajac rehearsed for “House of Vinyl.”

Nolan Thomaswick and Victoria Zajac rehearsed for “House of Vinyl.”

“Junkbox describes Glacity Theatre Collective’s particular approach to devised or made-from-scratch theater,” Lingan, artistic director of the company, said. “Junkbox theater is created out of whatever materials the collaborative group of artists has lying around: old, unfinished portions of plays, ideas jotted on notebook paper and shoved in a drawer, whatever. The Junkbox process takes these various materials and converts them into a full and comprehensive work of theater with a fascinating story.”

Based on a story that Lingan has written and rewritten as a play, novel and screenplay, “House of Vinyl” focuses on Horton Stephen Wilder, who has an intense fear of open spaces, or agoraphobia. When Horton is forced out of his apartment and into the street because of a gas leak, he embarks on a strange and hallucinogenic journey involving lawyer-knights, psychic stingrays, a diaper fetishist, and yards and yards of vinyl. Will he ever make it back to his apartment and safety? Or will he be trapped in the “House of Vinyl” forever?

Company members featured in the work are Nolan Thomaswick as Horton, as well as Victoria Zajac, Jennifer Nagy-Lake, Emily Werner, Jeffery Albright, Phillipe Taylor, William Toth, John Toth, and Holly Monsos, UT associate dean of the College of Communication and the Arts.

Co-creators Lake and Lingan do appear onstage in wildly costumed bit roles, yet the two spend the duration of “House of Vinyl” playing in the pop-rock pit orchestra on guitar, bass, keys, and triggering custom-made electronica.

The production is directed by Lake, with Andrés Medina as stage manager. Costumes are designed by Lynnette Bates, lighting design is by Corey Sprinkles, and Rick Clever is the sound designer.

“House of Vinyl” will run two weekends, Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 20-22 and Aug. 27-29, at 8 p.m. in the Center for Performing Arts Center Theatre. The doors open 30 minutes prior to curtain.

Ticket prices are $15 at the door, or they can be purchased in advance online at http://glacity.tix.org. Student rush tickets for $10 are available at the door only on the night of the performance.

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