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Artist donates works to be sold to benefit alma mater

The University of Toledo College of Arts and Letters’ School of Visual and Performing Arts will hold an exhibition of selected artwork created by local artist and UT art alumna Nathine G. Smith.

The Benefit Exhibition for the Nathine G. Smith Fund for Artistic Achievement will be held on the first floor of Sullivan Hall on Main Campus from Friday, Nov. 17, through Friday, Jan. 5, during regular business hours.

Nathine G. Smith sat by a couple of her creations.

All pieces in the exhibit are for sale. Smith has graciously offered to donate the proceeds to benefit the UT Department of Art and its students.

The work will be introduced to potential buyers at an invitation-only reception Friday, Nov. 17. Remaining work will be on display through Jan. 5 or until it is sold.

Pieces are mixed-media on paper, collage, watercolor, pastel, colored pencil, and graphite.

“My work is created by experimentation with mixed-media on paper, exploring texture, form and color in two- and three-dimensional abstract forms. My inspiration comes from nature, music and literature,” Smith said.

“Enigma Variation XXII” by Nathine G. Smith

“Mainly I work with my hands. I like the feel of the textural surface, the piecing together — almost quilt-like — of paper creations. I work with layers and layers of art tissues, stacks of them, and I have to sort through those and cut and tear to size. It could take three weeks or sometimes a couple months. I couldn’t possibly duplicate a piece — the colors are always different.”

Smith and her husband, Willard Smith, former UT vice president for business affairs, are longtime Toledo arts supporters. Together, through years of volunteerism and financial assistance, they have supported a wide range of area arts and educational initiatives and institutions, including the Toledo Art Museum, Toledo Symphony, The University of Toledo, area hospitals, and the Rotary Club.

Nathine is a graduate of the UT/Toledo Museum of Art School of Design with a bachelor of arts degree in art. Afterward, she pursued an independent study program at UT. Previously, she received a bachelor of science degree in education from Miami University.

Her works were featured in a one-woman exhibit called “Exploring Texture” at the UT Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women.

Smith, who has numerous awards to her credit, is also a longtime member of the National Collage Society. In 2005, she was included in the society’s book, “Collage,” as a Signature Member. She is also a member of the Athena Art Society (since 1988) and the Toledo Artists’ Club (since 1997).

UT, BGSU sign foreign language course exchange agreement

The University of Toledo and Bowling Green State University have announced a collaboration in foreign language education that will expand opportunities for students at both universities, while saving resources by reducing duplicative academic programs.

The programs are among those identified by the Ohio Department of Higher Education in response to the Governor’s Task Force on Affordability and Efficiency’s recommendation that universities in the same region offering duplicative programs look for opportunities to collaborate.

BGSU President Mary Ellen Mazey, left, and UT President Sharon L. Gaber signed a memorandum of agreement supporting the foreign language course exchange.

On Nov. 15, UT President Sharon L. Gaber and BGSU President Mary Ellen Mazey led the signing of a memorandum of agreement supporting the foreign language course exchange in advance of the rivalry football game.

Also signing the agreement were Andrew Hsu, UT executive vice president and provost; Rodney Rogers, BGSU provost and senior vice president; Charlene Gilbert, dean of the UT College of Arts and Letters; and Raymond Craig, dean of the BGSU College of Arts and Sciences.

“This foreign language partnership builds on the existing culture of collaboration between UT and BGSU to better serve our students and the community in the most efficient ways possible,” Gaber said. “By sharing resources, we will be able to provide our students access to more foreign language education opportunities to better prepare them for success in the global marketplace.”

Posing for a photo after the signing ceremony were, from left, Raymond Craig, dean of the BGSU College of Arts and Sciences; Rodney Rogers, BGSU provost and senior vice president; BGSU President Mary Ellen Mazey; UT President Sharon L. Gaber; Andrew Hsu, UT executive vice president and provost; and Charlene Gilbert, dean of the UT College of Arts and Letters.

“We are pleased to enter into this partnership with The University of Toledo, which will provide exceptional educational experiences for both BGSU and UT students,” Mazey said. “As one of BGSU’s core values, we welcome opportunities to collaborate. This agreement combines the strengths of both universities, resulting in efficiencies that support students’ degree completion.”

The universities are already collaborating at the course level. This fall, UT students have been taking an online BGSU Italian course, and in the spring, BGSU students will be able to take a UT Arabic course. Sharing course offerings in French and German is also planned to begin as early as spring. Opportunities for collaboration in additional languages will be explored by a joint task force under the direction of the two college offices.

The universities have worked to ensure the process is as seamless as possible for students.

BGSU recently merged its romance and classical languages department with the German, Russian and East Asian languages department to better prepare undergraduate students to be engaged global citizens. The new Department of World Languages and Cultures promotes linguistic and cultural competence as a bridge to achieve intercultural understanding of global issues ideas and values.

UT also is in the process of renaming its foreign languages program to the Department of World Languages and Culture to better reflect the curriculum that also includes culture and literature instruction to prepare students to thrive in the global world.

UT Rocket Marching Band to perform in Valentine Theatre Nov. 18

The University of Toledo Rocket Marching Band will take its show on the road to an indoor venue: the historic Valentine Theatre, 410 Adams Street, Toledo.

The Sounds of the Stadium Concert will be held Saturday, Nov. 18, at 2 p.m.

The University of Toledo Rocket Marching Band will take its show on the road to an indoor venue: the historic Valentine Theatre, 410 Adams Street, Toledo.

The Sounds of the Stadium Concert will be held Saturday, Nov. 18, at 2 p.m.

The program will feature music from the band’s 2017 football season. Selections will range from ZZ Ward and Panic! At the Disco to The Beach Boys, Lee Greenwood and The Beatles.

Traditional UT favorites also will be performed.

Tickets — $7 each — are available through the UT Center for Performing Arts Box Office, 419.530.ARTS (2787) and online at utoledo.tix.com.

Tickets also are available through the Valentine Theatre Box Office at 419.242.ARTS (2787) and valentinetheatre.com.

For more information on the UT Rocket Marching Band, click here.

Open auditions for spring productions to take place Nov. 13-14

The University of Toledo Department of Theatre and Film will hold open auditions for its spring productions Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 13-14, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. in the Center for Performing Arts Center Theatre.

Auditions are open to anyone from the University or community; they are not limited to students only.

Roles will be cast for:

• “Proof” written by David Auburn, and directed by Matt Foss, assistant professor of theatre, with performance dates Feb. 2-11.

• “The Tempest” written by William Shakespeare and directed by Dr. Edmund Lingan, UT professor and chair of theatre and film, with production dates April 6-15.

If auditioning for “Proof,” preparation for the audition should include a one-minute monologue that can be from any play.

Those auditioning for “The Tempest” should prepare a one-minute monologue from any Shakespearean play.

Those auditioning for both shows need only prepare the one-minute Shakespeare monologue.

Sign-up forms are available in the Center for Performing Arts or by contacting Christopher Montpetit at 419.530.4776 or christopher.montpetit@utoledo.edu.

Details are also online here.

UT to hold All-Steinway Piano Gala Nov. 12

The University of Toledo Department of Music will present a piano concert featuring performances of masterpieces written for two, four and eight hands Sunday, Nov. 12, at 3 p.m. in the Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall.

Pianists will include guests, faculty, alumni and piano students of the University.

Dr. Michael Boyd, UT professor of music and Steinway artist, performed with the assistance of Nathanael Leonard, UT music alumnus.

Performances will feature Dukas’ “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” Bolcom’s “The Serpent’s Kiss,” selections from Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker,” and the music of Mozart, Piazzolla, Ellington and Sousa.

The All-Steinway Piano Gala is the second concert in this year’s Dorothy MacKenzie Price Piano Series.

All seats are $20 each. Proceeds will benefit UT’s effort to become an all-Steinway school.

A reception and cash bar will follow the event.

For more information, contact Dr. Michael Boyd, UT professor of piano, at michael.boyd@utoledo.edu or 419.530.2183.

UT Department of Art to host workshops on Main Campus

The UT Department of Art will host a series of Brown-Bag Lunchtime Art Workshops on Main Campus this month.

There will be four workshops, each consisting of two 45-minute sessions. They will be held in the first-floor conference room of Sullivan Hall from noon to 12:45 p.m.

Below are the topics and the dates. 

Listed by dates, the workshops will be:

• Monday and Wednesday, Nov. 13 and 15 — wood burning;

• Tuesday and Thursday, Nov. 14 and 16 — jewelry;

• Monday and Wednesday, Nov. 27and 29 — crocheting; and

• Tuesday and Thursday, Nov. 28 and 30 — holiday ornaments.

Alissa Cox, an independent artist since 2006, will present the workshops.

Coming from a family of artisans and artists, Cox grew up learning woodcrafts, stained glass, blacksmithing, jewelry craft, quilting and painting. She moved her business, Smoky Grove, to Ohio in 2012 and has exhibited at Columbus Winterfair, the Great Lakes Jazz Festival and the Black Swamp Arts Festival. Cox has taught several workshops in pyrography, sewing and painting.

Attendees do not need to be UT employees, but they must make their own parking arrangements.

The cost is $30 per workshop and includes both sessions. Seating is limited.

To register or for more information, click here

‘Portraits of Disability: Ordinary (and Extraordinary) Blind Women of Japan’ topic of Nov. 9 lecture

The Disability Studies and Asian Studies programs and the History and Foreign Language
departments will present “Portraits of Disability: Ordinary (and Extraordinary) Blind Women of Japan” Thursday, Nov. 9, at 4 p.m. in Carlson Library Room 1005.

The presentation will be led by Dr. Wei Yu Wayne Tan, assistant professor of history at Hope College in Holland, Mich.


Tan’s forthcoming book explores the history of the blind and representations of blindness in Japan in a comparative perspective. It will be published by the University of Michigan Press.

He earned his PhD in Japanese history at Harvard and was an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at Dartmouth College.

“This is an important topic that is relevant to many disciplines,” said Kathryn Shelley, graduate assistant for disability studies. “It looks at the history of disability and how disability is viewed in other cultures. In learning about the history of blindness and blind women in Japan, one can better comprehend and relate to how disability is viewed throughout the world today.”

For more information on the free, public lecture, contact the Disability Studies Program at 419.530.7244.

Leading Native-American singer-songwriter to perform Nov. 9

Joanne Shenandoah, a composer and vocalist from the Wolf Clan of the Iroquois Confederacy and Oneida Nation, will visit The University of Toledo this week.

She will perform a free, public concert Thursday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m. in the Center for Performing Arts Room 1025.


“We are honored to have acclaimed artist and activist Joanne Shenandoah come to the University in honor of Native American Heritage Month,” Dr. Barbara Alice Mann, professor in the Jesup Scott Honors College, said. “It is not often that we are able to bring in an indigenous Grammy winner.”

A Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, Shenandoah has 18 discs and has recorded her original folk music with Neil Young, Bruce Cockburn, Bill Miller and Mary Youngblood. She has won more than 40 awards, including 14 Native American Music Awards. And she has performed at five presidential inaugurations, as well as at Carnegie Hall, Madison Square Garden, the White House, and St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

Growing up on the Oneida Territory near Oneida, N.Y., Shenandoah learned to play several instruments, including guitar, piano and flute, and absorbed many traditional songs and music styles.

In addition to her music, Shenandoah is passionate about peace and earth justice.

“As I make this journey in life, I’ve found that most people around the world are compassionate about our Mother Earth and concerned about the environmental changes affecting all living things,” she wrote on her website, joanneshenandoah.com.

Shenandoah is a founding board member of the Hiawatha Institute for Indigenous Knowledge, a nonprofit educational facility based on Iroquois principles that operates in partnership with Syracuse University.

For her music and humanitarian efforts, Shenandoah received an honorary doctorate of music from Syracuse University in 2002.

Shenandoah’s UT appearance for Native American Heritage Month is sponsored by the College of Arts and Letters; Jesup Scott Honors College; Division of Student Affairs; Office of Diversity and Inclusion; and Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women.

For more information, contact the Office of Multicultural Student Success at 419.530.2261.

‘Pity, Fear and Being Nice: Implicit Bias and Disability’ topic of Nov. 7 talk

The Disability Studies Program and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at The University of Toledo will present “Pity, Fear and Being Nice: Implicit Bias and Disability” Tuesday, Nov. 7, at 4 p.m. in Carlson Library Room 1005.

The interactive presentation will be led by author and editor Dr. Elizabeth “Ibby” Grace, assistant professor of education at National Louis University in Chicago.


Grace is the author of a number of influential works on autism and disability studies, including essays in “Criptiques” and “Both Sides of the Table: Autoethnographies of Educators Learning and Teaching With/In [Dis]ability.” She was on the UT campus in spring as part of the Life on the Autism Spectrum: Home and Community series. 

“Ibby Grace is a wonderful combination of smart, funny and thoughtful,” said Dr. Jim Ferris, professor and Ability Center of Greater Toledo Endowed Chair in Disability Studies. “She will help us find new ways to think about bias and the wide range of people on campus and in the world beyond.”

Her free, public presentation is part of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s Implicit Bias Series.

Individuals needing access accommodations may call 419.530.7244.

Department of Foreign Languages to host free coffee break Nov. 8

Grab a coffee and meet with the faculty and staff in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 1 p.m. in the Memorial Field House Atrium.

This free event will include coffee sponsored by Sip Coffee and give students the chance to interact with faculty and staff and help them to foster connections on campus.

“We want to show our appreciation for students across the campus and for their hard work,” said Dr. Gaby Semaan, director of Middle East Studies and assistant professor of Arabic. “In addition, as we approach the last few weeks of the semester, we hope fresh coffee will provide a warm, refreshing boost of energy to finish the semester strong.”

Everyone on campus is invited to attend, and coffee will be served until it runs out.

“We hope that this will create an opportunity for more socializing and connection between students, faculty and staff of the University in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere,” Semaan said.

For more information, contact gaby.semaan@utoledo.edu.