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National Mall Sculpture Installation Includes UT Student Creations

Ceramic bones cover the National Mall

A million ceramic and biodegradable bones are installed on the National Mall to represent lives lost to genocide and mass atrocities worldwide. Over three thousand bones were made by UT students and community members. Photo credit: Karen Roderick-Lingeman


Senior Lecturer Karen Roderick-Lingeman and Professor of Art Tom Lingeman traveled to Washington, D.C. in June to deliver and install nearly 3000 ceramic bones made in Toledo to an international art installation on the National Mall called “One Million Bones.” Participants from across the world contributed bone sculptures in an effort to raise awareness of the scale of the loss of life in ongoing genocide and mass atrocities worldwide.

Beginning last fall, Roderick-Lingeman worked with her students in 3D Fundamentals of Form to create hundreds of ceramic bones. The campus community was engaged during an afternoon of bone-making on Centennial Mall, in front of the Student Union, with her class and with Adam Shiverdecker and his Ceramics I students.

To extend the reach of One Million Bones locally, Roderick-Lingeman and her students set up on-site studios for members of the public to make bones during community events, like the UpTown Association’s PARK(ING) DAY, the Arts Commission’s Holiday Loop gallery hop, and at Artomatic 419.

During the 2011-12 school year, students in the University’s residential Arts Living Learning Community, led by director Kate Abu-Absi and Lecturer Jeanne Kusina, made more than a thousand bones to contribute to the project.

From June 8-10, the bones, made of ceramic or other biodegradable materials, were ceremonially installed by hundreds of volunteers dressed all in white.

For more information, visit the project’s website.


Inside the Panorama: Q&A with Natalie Lanese

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An outside view of the installation in progress. Photo by Natalie Lanese

PANORAMA, an installation by Natalie Lanese, combines collage and pop patterns to set up narratives that address, oftentimes humorously, the more serious realities of American culture. Lanese’s massive scale patterns transform into a geometric landscape in which the collaged elements create conceptual spaces and confront ideas of image vs. reality, depth, and depthlessness.

On Friday night, August 23, from 6-8 p.m., join us for the opening of “PANORAMA,” an eye-popping installation of pulsating stripes and pastries. Meet the artist, Natalie Lanese, and experience the CVA Gallery as you’ve never seen it before.

Natalie was kind enough to tell us a bit about her art, her work process, and her inspirations.

For folks who haven’t had the benefit of watching this installation unfold over the past few weeks, what is your process for developing and creating an installation like this? How long does it take to create? Do you have help?

I usually have a general idea of the shape of the piece before I begin, but I do all of the decision-making in the gallery. Since these installations are site-specific, I have to respond to the space and design the work in the gallery. The dark gray walls in the CVA Gallery required that I paint the area white before adding color. Then I draw the pattern on the wall and start painting. For this piece, painting took almost 2 full weeks. I had the help of some very generous students in the second week. The final few days are spent working on the collage: printing, cutting out the shapes, and adhering them to the wall.


Three CVPA Faculty in Transcending Text exhibition – Reception 8/30/13 at 5 p.m.

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This image by Barry Whittaker will be on display at Transcending Text, the multimedia exhibition at Walter Terhune Gallery

Join us for the exhibition Transcending Text, which brings together four artists who explore the disconnection between text, language and meaning. The exhibition will be shown at Walter E. Terhune Gallery at Owens Community College. Our closing reception will be held on Friday, August 30 from 5-7 p.m. The Terhune Gallery is located on the campus of Owens Community College, at 30335 Oregon Road, Perrysburg, OH 43551.

Exhibitors Include:

Barbara WF Miner

Barbara WF Miner’s encaustic paintings use shape and repetition to reference abstract symbols: letters, characters, cuneiforms and hieroglyphs.  When a letter or a pictograph is separated from the rest of the communication system, it becomes unintelligible and is cast adrift from concrete meaning like a discarded implement.  It is then critical for the viewer to create content and investigate the actual painting surfaces and structure for deeper resonance and substance.

Barbara Miner currently holds the position of Associate Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Art, at the University of Toledo, in Toledo, OH.  Her mixed media and installation works have been exhibited nationally and internationally in over 50 exhibitions.  She has participated in numerous national and international artist’s residencies.  She has received both internal and external grants in support of her research and art practice.

Barry Whittaker

Barry Whittaker’s work explores the challenge in communication, especially when there is technology involved. He says, “It’s the equivalent of deconstructing all one’s thoughts in a food processor and handing the pieces to one person who will deliver them to another person, who will reassemble them for the intended recipient of the message. The hope is that he will get the idea of what is being said, but it is likely that important parts will be missing.”

Barry Whittaker is a multi-media artist who explores myth, language, and miscommunication through a variety of technology and collaboration-based projects. A native Texan, he received a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin and an MFA from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Whittaker has taught in the U.S., France, and Japan and continues to exhibit artwork internationally. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Toledo.

Holly Hey

Holly Hey’s “MOM MOM” are two moving image loops (16mm and digital video) that contemplate the construction of the word “mother.”

Holly Hey is an “undependent” filmmaker and an experimental weaver of media who strives to undermine conventional methods for telling stories via the moving image. She is currently an associate professor of film and video production within the Department of Theatre and Film at The University of Toledo. She holds a MFA in filmmaking from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA in photography from Ohio University. Her films and videos have shown at the Autumn Lights Festival -Los Angeles, the Mix Festival -New York, the Onion City Film Festival -Chicago, the Denver International Film Festival, the Athens International Film and Video Festival, the Vancouver Queer Film and Video Festival, among other venues.

Lee Fearnside

Lee Fearnside’s installation examines censorship by using books from the American Library Association’s challenged book list that the artist has read. Her use of media examines systems that underlie our culture including issues of gentrification, the politics of history, and the body.

She earned her Masters of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design and is now an Assistant Professor of Art at Tiffin University. She has exhibited in national and regional juried shows, and her videos have screened at Film Festivals in Boston, San Francisco, Portland, Oregon and Toronto, and on Rhode Island PBS.

For additional information about Transcending Text, email Lee Fearnside.

UT Students, Professor Featured in Wolfe Gallery Exhibit; Reception Held August 30

An upcoming exhibition of prints at the Wolfe Gallery at Maumee Valley Country Day School, titled 2013 Impression Printmaking Exhibition will feature the work of college art students and their professors. The University of Toledo will be represented by works from Associate Professor of Art Arturo Rodriguez, BFA student Eric Broz, and recent BFA graduates Lisa Franko, David Folck, Kevin Leiter and Hannah Lehmann.

Other participants in the show include selected students and faculty from Bowling Green State University, Columbus College of Art & Design and Florida State University. The exhibition is directed and curated by Joseph Van Kerkhove, Adjunct Instructor of Art at Tiffin University.

The show will be on display from August 19 through October 11. A reception with the artists will be held in Wolfe Gallery on Friday, August 30, from 6-8 p.m. The gallery is located at Maumee Valley Country Day School, at 1715 S. Reynolds Road, Toledo, Ohio, 43614. For more information, contact Van Kerkhove at vankerkhovejm@tiffin.edu or LouAnn Glover at lglover@mvcds.org

Sundance Lab Alum Laura Colella Previews Upcoming Release

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Breakfast with Curtis by Laura Colella will be screened at UT’s CPA on the evening of September 13, 2013

The Department of Theatre and Film at the University of Toledo presents filmmaker Laura Colella and a pre-release screening of her award-winning independent film BREAKFAST WITH CURTIS. The screening is free and open to the public and will occur on Friday, September 13, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. in the Center Theatre of the Center for Performing Arts. The Center for Performing Arts is located on UT’s Main Campus at 1910 West Rocket Drive.

BREAKFAST WITH CURTIS centers on the new friendship between troubled teen Curtis and an eccentric bookseller who lives next door. An incident five years ago left bad blood between their neighboring households, but when Curtis gets mixed up with the freewheeling bohemians next door, it shakes up the neighborhood, bringing a season of change for all.

BREAKFAST WITH CURTIS is Colella’s third narrative feature as Writer/Director/Editor. The film premiered at the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival, and has been touring the festival circuit since, earning several awards and excellent reviews:

At the 2013 Independent Spirit Awards, the film was nominated for a Cassavetes Award and won the Jameson FIND Distribution Award. Learn more about the film at its website.

Colella, who has been honored as a Sundance Institute Fellow, will also present a workshop for UT Theatre and Film students during her visit to Toledo.

About Laura Colella

Colella began making films as an undergraduate at Harvard, and was a Sundance Fellow with her second feature STAY UNTIL TOMORROW (2004). She teaches film production and directing at the Rhode Island School of Design and screenwriting at Brown University, and serves as founding faculty chair of Film at Vermont College of Fine Arts. This summer, Colella has been shooting behind-the-scenes footage on Paul Thomas Anderson’s new film INHERENT VICE. Learn more about Laura Colella.

Selected Reviews

“Free-floating and bucolic… Colella’s tale of a lad’s seminal summer will win hearts and minds.” – Variety

“Funny, heartwarming… This deceptively simple story is beautifully executed and packs a big emotional wallop… a poignant coming of age story.” – MSN Movies

“Uber-charming… Colella has captured her own Never Never Land (albeit a somewhat more adult version) that is sure to make you want to pay a visit.” –TwitchFilm.com

“Wonderfully subtle throughout with such a light editorial touch that it is never obvious and never preachy… Breakfast with Curtis is gentle and beautiful but with a lot to say.” – Geist.com

PANORAMA on display at CVA Gallery through September 28

brightly colored mural/installation by Natalie Lanese

An installation by Natalie Lanese, whose “PANORAMA” will be on display in the CVA Gallery through September 28.

PANORAMA, an installation by Natalie Lanese, combines collage and pop patterns to set up narratives that address, oftentimes humorously, the more serious realities of American culture.  Lanese’s massive scale patterns transform into a geometric landscape in which the collaged elements create conceptual spaces and confront ideas of image vs. reality, depth, and depthlessness.

PANORAMA will be on display at the Center for Visual Arts Gallery. The opening reception will be held on Friday, August 23 from 6-8 p.m. at the Center for Visual Arts Gallery. The installation will remain on display through September.

Natalie Lanese has recently exhibited at Jack the Pelican Presents in Brooklyn, the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, MA, Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA, and Scope International Art Fair in Basel, Switzerland.  Lanese is Assistant Professor of Art and Gallery Director at Siena Heights University in Adrian, MI and resides in Toledo, Ohio.

The Center for Visual Arts is located at 620 Grove Place in Toledo, adjacent to the Toledo Museum of Art. For more information, contact CVA Gallery Director Ben Pond.

Gross Anatomy – UT student works – on display at Imagination Station through September 2

UT student works on display in "Gross Anatomy" at Imagination Station

UT student works on display in “Gross Anatomy” at Imagination Station

“More Eyeballs,” “Section of the Neck,” and “Relax” are a few of the 11 works of art by University of Toledo students currently on display at the Imagination Station. Using the book Gray’s Anatomy as inspiration, students in Arturo Rodriguez’s Lithography class and Ben Pond’s Anatomy class collaborated on a large bound book project called Gross Anatomy. Students used lithography as the basis for their initial drawing and then embellished the pages with additional drawing media. Two copies of the large book were created and another series of prints was made for display. One book was donated to the library at the UT Medical Center, and the other to the Toledo Museum of Art library, where it is currently on view. The project was made during fall semester, 2012.

Works on display at the Imagination Station were created by Alyssa Brown, Stacey Cruzado, Sarah Emch, David Folck, Lisa Franko & Wes Rucker, Dylan Gallagher, Katie Heft, Dingzhong Hu, Josh Klein, and Shirley Mei.

This exhibition, like Grossology, runs through September 2. For more information about admission and hours of operation, visit the Imagination Station website at www.imaginationstationtoledo.org

CVPA in the Community: Artomatic 419!

Jon Hendricks performs at Artomatic 419

Jon Hendricks performs at Artomatic 419

One of Toledo’s biggest art events is happening this month, and The University of Toledo College of Visual and Performing Arts is in the middle of the action. At Artomatic 419! more than 20 individual visual artists with ties to UT – current students, former students, faculty and alumni – plus five classes have art on display. In addition, six musical groups, a group of student actors, and a faculty puppeteer are on the performance slate.

This community arts event, produced by The Arts Commission and Toledo’s creative community, is held this year at 911 N. Summit Street. Participation in Artomatic 419! is one example of the CVPA’s involvement in the Toledo arts community. Through their participation, students gain connections in Toledo’s creative community and increase community awareness of UT talent.

A few students are gaining first-hand experiences in arts administration and marketing through Artomatic 419!, by participating in semester-long internships with The Arts Commission, Hannah Evans focuses on projects dealing with event logistics, visual arts and volunteer coordination. Caitlyn Witt oversees University outreach, and assists with marketing the event. Aria Johnson designed the Artomatic 419! event programs, which are handed out to each event attendee.

The creations of several UT Art classes are on display this year at Artomatic 419! Their work ranges from the tech-influenced 3D portrait busts of Seder Burns’ Digital Photography class to the personal expression and experimentation of Dan Hernandez’s Explorations in Drawing class to the whimsy of Prinstallation,  an edifice consisting of colorful, ubiquitous images printed on cardboard boxes created during a summer class taught by Arturo Rodriguez. The spring 2013 Gallery Practices class is showing an installation drawn from its Nexus exhibition, focusing on categorization and found objects. Social issues are addressed, as well. One Million Bones, a national project using art to bring attention to social issues in Africa, is represented by a collection of ceramic bones made by students of Karen Roderick-Lingeman and Adam Shiverdecker. Selections from sculpture students are also on display at the event.

Among the UT Art alums in the exhibition: Jody Russ and her site-specific installation of rope and scissors; Helen Grubb and her portraits on shrinky-dink jewelry; Tinola Mayfield-Guerrero, who exhibits with the Launchpad Collective; Courtney Macklin and her tiny hand-bound books to be read while wearing elegant white gloves; Clifton Harvey and his colorful, intricate illustrations; and Hannah Lehmann and Julia Labay, with an installation of shadow puppets seen against screens sewn from clothing and fabric scraps.

Performers have included students Estar Cohen, Dan Palmer, Ben Maloney, and Travis Aukerman; a puppet show by Erica Frank; selected scenes from the spring 2013 UT production of Three Sisters; the UT Opera Ensemble, led by UT Opera Director Denise Ritter-Bernardini; and Jon Hendricks, accompanied by Olman Piedra and Norman Damschroder.

This Saturday, April 27 – Check out these UT performances/events

  • 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Brass Quintet with Wesley Forney; Percussion Ensemble led by Olman Piedra; and the Contemporary Arts Ensemble led by Jay Weik. (Violet Stage)
  • 3:15-5:15 p.m. Pamela Stover will lead an Orff-Schulwerk Workshop. (Blue Room)
  • 4 p.m. Glacity Underground Cabaret, led by Edmund Lingan, will perform (Green Room on the second floor)

The non-juried biennial event provides exhibition opportunities for visual artists and performance opportunities for musicians, actors, filmmakers, and more. Artomatic 419! presents an occasion to meet and interact with all facets of the local arts community, and a space to realize experimental projects for a receptive audience. The event is free and open to the public from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on one more date: Saturday, April 27. The event is located at 911 N. Summit Street and features performances on three stages, in addition to the work of 400+ visual artists on display in several buildings.

Senior University of Toledo BFA Student to Present Art at National Conference

Vinsect Price will be one of Folck's works on display at the NCUR

Vinsect Price will be one of Folck’s works on display at the NCUR

Hard work, a sense of humor and a menagerie of insects have earned one senior art student a spot at the spring National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) in La Crosse, Wisconsin this April.

David Folck’s art focuses on insects. He’s already had a number of successes at UT, including receiving Undergraduate Summer Research and Creative Activity Grants in 2011 and 2012 to support his research and art about bugs. He used the resources to study the structure, texture, color ofvarious species. He inspected insects, drew them, and researched their behaviors.

Folck is soft-spoken, humble, detail-oriented, with a killer work ethic honed before college, during his time in the Navy. In other words: not quite the mad scientist that you might expect from viewing his work.

When he began to work with Professor of Art (now Emeritus) Diana Attie, “Professor Attie gave me everything she had,” in terms of physical specimens of bugs and resources for research, in addition to her legendary teaching prowess for drawing. “My goal when entering the BFA program was to see where it takes me,” said Folck. “The only thing I have control over is how hard I work.”

Folck learned in January that his work was chosen to be shown at NCUR. This April, he’ll take “LANG LEBEN DIE INSEKTEN!” to the conference in La Crosse, WI. His work, the title of which translates to”Long Live the Insects!” will be on display during the conference. Folck will be present to answer questions and discuss his work.

“Usually the NCUR features the hard sciences,” said Attie. “It’s nice to see our art students among them because this conference features presenters from across the country.” The three pieces Folck will present at the NCUR are “Vinsect Price,” “Bugged Outlaw,” a portrait of Clint Eastwood created by layering rubber stamp impressions of a housefly, and “Unique Quantification,” a work currently on display in the CVA Gallery.

A key example of Folck’s work, “Vinsect Price” is a drawing made with arrangement of insects scattered about the page to suggest the actor Vincent Price’s facial structure. This drawing brings to mind thefruit- and animal-based portraits of Giuseppe Arcimboldo, but adds a critical creep factor of houseflies, ladybugs, bees, caterpillars, crickets, and butterflies climbing across one’s face.

“Unique Quantification,” is a drawing currently on display in the Juried Student Exhibition (JSE) at the CVA Gallery. This wry, loosely academic study of the Carolina Ground Cricket was awarded First Place in the JSE. Folck applied his irreverent approach to entomology, incorporating pop culture, physics, equations, spectrograms of cricket chirps, and candy. PEZ candies echo the appearance of a spectrogram, while one cricket’s neck is extended to expose candies inside.

Folck’s work can also be seen in the first 2013 BFA Exhibition, which will run from March 22 to April 14. A reception will be held on Friday, March 29, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Folck will receive a BFA in 2D studies as a drawing major with a print minor. He will share the CVA Gallery during that exhibition with other graduating BFA students Lisa Franko, Morgan Hayward, Kevin Leiter, and Austin Tuttle.

Public Art Project Involving UT Artists–“You Are Here Toledo” Placemaking Project–to be Recognized Internationally in March

The University of Toledo arts community was among the participants in the internationally recognized “You Are Here Toledo” placemaking project. In spring of 2012, one hundred dots were placed around Toledo in locations of historical significance. The design of each dot was created as a celebration of its location and a meditation on its relationship with the city.

HOW Magazine is one of the leading publications covering graphic design. Its March 2013 issue, the International Design Awards Annual, celebrates 242 of the best design projects of the year. Of those, 20 were selected to be featured as Outstanding examples of websites and mobile applications. You Are Here Toledo is one of the recipients of an Outstanding Award, and receives a full page of coverage in the magazine. More than 26,000 issues of HOW will be printed and distributed.

In addition to this international honor from HOW magazine, You Are Here Toledo was also selected as 1 of 8 projects to be presented at a national AIGA gathering in Salt Lake City last year.

Of approximately 200 artists who entered the You Are Here Toledo competition, 100 were selected to design a dot. Twenty-nine of the artists selected were UT students, faculty, and alumni.

“Each of us made an original work of art in response to our assigned location which was later printed on an industrial material (3 feet in diameter) that was attached to the ground at each of the assigned locations. Each round image contained the “you are here” logo and a QR code. When people scanned it, they could read about the location, the artist’s statement about the artwork, a bio, and get more info about the project,” explained Deborah Orloff, Professor of Art.

“This is a great example of one of the many collaborative projects our students and faculty have been involved with in the greater community.”

You Are Here Toledo was created and implemented by the Toledo Chapter of the AIGA and the 1% for Art program administered by The Arts Commission. Other partners in the project included Hanson, Inc., which created the website and mobile application enabling user participation, and printers Homewood Press and CGS Imaging. The program ran from May through October of2012. The dots have now been removed from their sites around the city.

UT Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Art Dan Hernandez was one of the coordinators of this project last year, when he worked as Coordinator of the Art in Public Places program of The Arts Commission.

An archive of the project can be seen at its website, youareheretoledo.com.