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‘Wearable Conditions’ event scheduled for April 28

There will be fashionable art and more at the “Wearable Conditions” exhibition Thursday, April 28, at 7 p.m. at the Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion.  

The event will include lectures by Dr. Brian Kennedy, president, director an CEO of the Toledo Museum of Art, and Brian Carpenter, UT gallery director and lecturer in the Art Department.  

TemplateAnd there will be an original soundtrack featuring music played and created by Marc Folk, executive director of the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo.  

Ten student wearable works of art will be exhibited in a fashion show.

The concept of wearable art was developed last year, according to Carpenter.

“Students select and research a disease, virus or disorder, and then conceptualize and create a wearable work of art inspired by it,” he said. “This allows for individual student works to join together and present as a cohesive body of work and ultimately a performance.  

“The act of conceptualizing an internal virus, disease or disorder by externalizing that focus into new forms reinforces student recognition of fundamental art-making processes. Art is essentially an internal concept manifested into an external object or performance.”

Students also benefit from the research experience.

“Through research, students are exposed to characteristics of a virus, disease or disorder they may never have considered,” Carpenter said. “This exposure brings about an awareness of not only the physical structure of these conditions, but also the treatments, policies, social constructs and politics that surround them as well.”

For more information on the free, public event, contact Carpenter at brian.carpenter@utoledo.edu.

2016 Student Filmmakers Showcase set for March 19

The UT Department of Theatre and Film will host its annual Student Filmmakers Showcase Saturday, March 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for Performing Arts Center Theatre.

This event will publicly present competitively selected works by student filmmakers within the Department of Theatre and Film.

This still is from Josh Lowry's “Droplets,” which will be shown in the 2016 Student Filmmakers Showcase.

This still is from Josh Lowry’s “Droplets,” which will be shown in the 2016 Student Filmmakers Showcase.

The Student Filmmakers Showcase will feature a broad range of stories that have been created by UT students. The screenings will include comedies, dramas, documentaries, alternative cinema and animations. Not all film content is appropriate for young children.

Following the movies, there will be an after party with music, free food, door prizes and music open to all showcase goers.

The event is co-sponsored by the Department of Theatre and Film and The University of Toledo Film Video Society.

This still is from James Aponte's “Pursuit,” which also will be shown during the 2016 Student Filmmakers Showcase.

This still is from James Aponte’s “Pursuit,” which also will be shown during the 2016 Student Filmmakers Showcase.

“It’s exciting to see everyone come together to celebrate their hard work,” Crista Constantine, student showcase organizer, said. “This year, we’ve gathered a number of judges from alumni to people in the community. We received donations from places in the community as door prizes and food for the after party.”

“This is the film and video majors’ night to shine. The old adage, ‘work is love made visible’ is all about this night,” Holly Hey, associate professor of film and faculty adviser for the showcase, said. “Putting the showcase together is no easy task, but the amount of work and resolve that these students put into their own projects and into each other’s projects is beyond comprehension sometimes. Our annual gala celebrates the love they have for filmmaking, their classmates, and the film and video program at The University of Toledo.”

The screening typically lasts until around 10 p.m. and includes a 10- to 15-minute intermission. The after party usually ends around midnight.

Ticket prices are $10 general admission and $5 for all UT employees and students, members of the military, children and seniors 60 and older. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the UT Center for Performing Arts Box Office by calling 419.530.ARTS (2787) or by visiting utoledo.tix.com.

Science of saving artwork subject of lectures March 18, 19

The science of saving works of art will be the subject of two free lectures to be given by Gregory Smith, the Otto N. Frenzel III Senior Conservation Scientist at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

The lectures are sponsored by The University of Toledo’s College of Communication and the Arts and the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and the Toledo Museum of Art.

Friday, March 18, Smith will give a talk titled “Disappearing Ink! Unraveling the Fading of a Modern Design Object” at 6 p.m. in the Toledo Museum of Art Little Theater.

He will examine a contemporary vase from the design collection that faded badly during its first year after entering the Indianapolis Museum of Art collection. This led to Smith’s exploration of its continuing lightfastness issues, an interview with the artist, and a scientific analysis of the materials of its creation.

In addition, he will talk about Untitled #1176, a contemporary work by artist Petah Coyne in the Toledo Museum of Art’s collection.

"Undergrowth With Two Figures" by Vincent van Gogh

“Undergrowth With Two Figures” by Vincent van Gogh

Saturday, March 19, Smith’s talk is titled “Goghing, Goghing, Gone! The Analysis of Color Fading in Masterpieces by Vincent van Gogh.” The lecture will take place at 9:30 a.m. in Wolfe Hall Room 1205 on UT’s Main Campus.

The lecture will highlight a recent collaborative project investigating color fading in Vincent van Gogh’s 1890 masterpiece, “Undergrowth With Two Figures.” The artist’s use of a modern fugitive dye, present as the pigment Geranium Lake, has resulted in significant color change in the picture and a shift in the aesthetics of the artwork. A brief history of the synthesis of eosin and of its importance in artworks of the late 1800s will be given.

Smith will show how a virtual restoration of the painting using realistic colored layers determined by micro-colorimetry of cross-sections of the painting gives a better “impression” of this post-Impressionist’s artistic efforts.

Part of the Saturday Morning Science program, this talk is presented by the UT Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Vocal performances scheduled this week

The University of Toledo Department of Music will present two student vocal performances. One will spotlight several UT choirs, and the other will feature the UT Opera Ensemble.

The UT Concert Chorale will take the stage of Doermann Theater Thursday, March 17.

The UT Concert Chorale will take the stage of Doermann Theater Thursday, March 17.

On Thursday, March 17, the UT Concert Chorale, the Women’s Chamber Ensemble and the University Chorus will perform a program titled “The Drumsound Rises” at 7 p.m. in Doermann Theater. The concert will showcase works by composers Daniel Elder, Sydney Guillaume, Moira Smiley and Arturs Maskats.

On Sunday, March 20, the UT Opera Ensemble will perform a variety of selections from favorite operas at 3 p.m. in the Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall. From Mozart to Bernstein, the program will include an eclectic mix of scenes from popular Italian, French and German operas, as well as selections from operettas.

Members of the UT Opera Ensemble, shown here in “The Magic Flute” last fall, will perform Sunday, March 20, in the Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall.

Members of the UT Opera Ensemble, shown here in “The Magic Flute” last fall, will perform Sunday, March 20, in the Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall.

Both concerts require tickets that can be purchased through the UT Center for Performing Arts Box Office by calling 419.530.ARTS (2787) or by visiting utoledo.tix.com.

Ticket prices for “The Drumsound Rises” are $8 general admission and $4 for students and seniors 60 and older.

For the UT Opera Ensemble, tickets are $12 general admission; $10 for faculty, staff, alumni and seniors 60 and older; and $7 for students.

Juried Student Exhibition reception to take place March 17

Check out artwork on display this month in the 2016 Juried Student Exhibition in the Center for the Visual Arts Gallery on the University’s Toledo Museum of Art Campus.

A reception and awards ceremony will take place Thursday, March 17, from 6 to 8 p.m.

See the best creations in the 2016 Juried Student Exhibition in the Center for the Visual Arts Gallery through Wednesday, March 23.

See the best creations in the 2016 Juried Student Exhibition in the Center for the Visual Arts Gallery through Wednesday, March 23.

UT students of all ages and areas of study were permitted to submit up to three pieces of original artwork for the annual competitive event.

This year’s juror is Paula Baldoni, gallery director and owner of River House Arts Gallery in Perrysburg, Ohio.

The awards ceremony will coincide with the Arts Commission 3rd Thursday Loop as the Center for the Visual Arts is one of the galleries on the route.

The free, public exhibit can be seen through Wednesday, March 23. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

UT pianist teams up with baritone for afternoon of art songs

The Toledo Museum of Art Great Performances in the Great Gallery Series will include a concert featuring a University of Toledo faculty member and an internationally acclaimed baritone this weekend.

Boyd

Boyd

Dr. Michael Boyd, UT professor of music, and Ryan De Ryke will perform a free, public program of art song Sunday, Feb. 21, at 3 p.m.

Highlights will include Schumann’s “Dichterliebe” and a cycle of songs by The Smiths arranged by De Ryke.

Boyd received his undergraduate degree from the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the Eastman School of Music. Over the years, the pianist has given solo recitals around the globe.

De Ryke

De Ryke

De Ryke has studied at the Peabody Conservatory, the Royal Academy of Music and the National Conservatory of Luxembourg. Aside from his recital career, De Ryke also is a regularly traveling soloist in various oratorios. He has sung numerous operatic roles and has worked with several groups, including the Haymarket Opera, El Paso Symphony Orchestra and the Chamber of Chicago.

Enter if you dare: UT to present Sartre’s ‘No Exit’

The University of Toledo Department of Theatre and Film will present its production of Jean-Paul Sartre’s existentialist play, “No Exit,” this month.

Performances will take place Friday through Sunday, Feb. 19-21 and Feb. 26-28. Curtain time will be 7:30 p.m., except for Sunday shows, which will be at 2 p.m.

Andrés Medina, a theatre student shown here in a scene from the 2015 UT production of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” is directing “No  Exit.”

Andrés Medina, a theatre student shown here in a scene from the 2015 UT production of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” is directing “No Exit.”

Andrés Medina, a UT senior majoring in theatre, will direct the play.

“No Exit” takes place in hell, where three souls are mysteriously placed in the same room. There, they are trapped together for eternity and begin to realize the binding force keeping them in the room is one from within.

During the course of the play, the characters reflect on their past and share all of the unforgivable things they have done throughout their lives. The classic theme, “Hell is other people,” is presented as the story unfolds.

Medina said he is excited to explore the play’s theme of life after death and intrigued by Sartre’s philosophy.

“Everybody wonders about death and the meaning of life. I was also interested in Sartre’s philosophy that human beings supply meaning to the big questions of life and death out of their own experience of each,” he said.

The set will be minimalist, according to Medina. “Especially with this kind of play, I prefer to rely on movement, on the actors and their characters, to captivate the audience and hold their interest.”

While “No Exit” is Medina’s directorial debut, he assisted directing the UT productions of “Cabaret” and “The Adding Machine.” “The Adding Machine” was invited to be performed at the 2015 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Region 2. He also was the assistant stage manager for UT’s production of “Orpheus.”

Professionally, Medina served as the stage manager for the Glacity Theatre Collective’s production of “House of Vinyl.”


On stage, Medina has played roles in various UT plays, including “Twelfth Night,” “Miss Julie,” “Cabaret,” “Out to Lunch,” “Ghost Light,” “Three Sisters,” “Metamorphoses” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” His professional acting credits include a role in Glacity Theatre Collective’s “Nightmares Come in Threes.”

The cast for “No Exit” features Davion T. Brown, a senior majoring in theatre and communication, as Garcin; Olivia M. Pierce, a junior majoring in theatre and minoring in art, as Inez; Christina M. Pinciotti, a junior majoring in theatre and minoring in communication, as Estelle; and Reshi Phillips, a sophomore majoring in theatre and film, as the valet.

Tickets are $8 for students and children; $10 for seniors 60 and older, for military members, and for UT faculty, staff and alumni; and $15 for the general public. To purchase tickets or for more information on this event, visit utoledo.tix.com or call 419.530.ARTS (2787).

UT assistant professor lights up NBA All-Star Game

If we’ve learned anything from the blackout at Super Bowl XLVII, it’s that lighting has a critical role in live entertainment.

Going into the NBA All-Star Game, a University of Toledo faculty member has accepted the responsibility as part of the team in charge of lighting the stage for halftime performer Sting, the former frontman of The Police, the pre-game performance by Cirque du Soleil, and other All-Star Game events.

Sakowski

Sakowski

Stephen Sakowski, UT assistant professor of lighting and sound design in the Department of Theatre and Film, will work closely with Otis Howard, an Emmy Award-winning lighting designer who runs Otis Howard Design Inc., a company that has lit the stage for TV shows on BET, VH1, MTV, HSN and more. Howard has been in charge of lighting the NBA All-Star events for the last five years.

Sakowski first began working alongside Howard during an internship in college.

“I really like working with Otis,” Sakowski said. “He’s been a mentor of mine in the industry since I met him.”

After graduating from college at Otterbein University, Sakowski freelanced in New York City for several years before getting his master’s degree from the University of California at San Diego. He joined UT’s faculty last year.

“Teaching lighting design, there’s theories and approaches, but so much of this job is real-world experience and application,” Sakowski said.

He added that doing these projects provides a sense of accreditation for his students, because they can see the experience he has in the field and the work he does. He also is exposed to some of the best technologies and techniques in the industry, and he then can teach these to his students.

Sakowski routinely does production coordinating remotely for Otis Howard Design by working on technical drawings and lighting plots. But for this large national event, he will travel to Toronto to ensure it goes off without a hitch.

“It’s nice to be a part of something on this scale because it’s reaffirming that I’ve made good choices along the way,” Sakowski said.

NBA All-Star events will take place from Thursday, Feb. 11, through Sunday, Feb. 14. The NBA All-Star game tips off at 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, at Air Canada Centre. It will be televised on TNT.

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.