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ART ALUMNI SUPPORTING INCLUSION AND DIVERSITY – ANDREA PRICE

Andrea Price and her artwork titled Not My Art History.

Andrea Price and her artwork, “Not My Art History,” 2019.

The UToledo Department of Art is proud to feature our alumni who are supporting inclusion and diversity in their careers and artistic activities.

Artist Andrea Price, BFA ’19, resists an accepted Eurocentric perspective of art and beauty that represents people of color in positions of oppression. In her opinion, historical images of slaves that are considered beautiful are nothing more than the representations of black people created by those who colonized and enslaved them. Seeing these images in an art history class awakened a passion in Price to contribute to a new vision. “My heart literally broke, and I got angry because,” she asked, “why is the esteem that we hold in art attached to European views of what art should look like? That really began my journey to decolonize, to think … how can we create art that involves everyone; where I see myself in a piece of art; where other people of color can see themselves and know that they’re beautiful; and it’s not through the perspective of our white comforts?” Price told SHELOVES Magazine.

Get you Some Sensitivity Thanks, 2019 - Andrea Price

“Get You Some Sensitivity, Thanks” 2019, Andrea Price

Price creates art that denies those representations and introduces a different perspective that celebrates artistic diversity. Using drawing, painting, printmaking, photography and fiber art, Price weaves a new image of the African American experience through these media, focusing her work on social justice in relationship to people of color.

SHELOVES Magazine’s interview with Price features her art piece, “Not My Art History,” a powerful fiber-based work that reimagines history’s views of black art and black beauty.

“I hope that you can search your heart and see this piece and think: Huh, is art history really completely Eurocentric? Is what I’ve been taught from a very young age very Eurocentric, and why is that? Why are we not talking about all of the indigenous cultures that create beautiful things that we like to label as savage, as lesser-than, but not understanding the level of intelligence it takes to create something because they’re doing it with meaning?” Price says.

Rug of Equality, 2020, Andrea Price

“Rug of Equality,” hand crocheted 4’m 2020, Andrea Price

Price advocates for the recognition of black artists, such as one of her favorite artists, Carrie Mae Weems. “Even throughout my whole educational experience, I think one thing that gets brought up so often is Kehinde Wiley. And I love Kehinde Wiley, but he is not the only person of color that is creating art about people of color,” Price told SHELOVES Magazine. She says that it’s necessary to backtrack through decades of the works of other artists and cultures that are “equally beautiful.” She says the writers of our history books are not telling the full story.

SHELOVES Magazine video interview.

Instagram: @andreaandherart

 


Art Alumni Supporting Inclusion and Diversity – Alicia Disantis

The UToledo Department of Art is proud to feature our alumni who are supporting inclusion and diversity in their careers and artistic activities.

Alicia Disantis, BA ’08, combines a set of artistic and entrepreneurial skills that have led her to establish a successful design and marketing firm, 38th & Kip, in Denver, Colorado. She also serves as brand manager at Aux in Lakewood, Colorado, where she develops and executes brand strategies that drive company recognition and profitability.

Her writing, graphic design and marketing expertise come together in marketing campaigns that include website design, print collateral, videos and trade show materials. Disantis’ own company provides creative pieces in various industries that include professional services, manufacturing, non-profit, technology and more. In the non-profit sector, Disantis has volunteered pro bono design services, including developing a targeted infographic for the Feline Foundation of Greater Washington, an animal welfare organization.

She founded 38th & Kip in 2010 with a mission to provide Illustrated Magazine Ads - Client: CU Service Network“exceptional, fairly priced marketing and design services to improve people’s lives.” Disantis’ business philosophy aligns with living in a just world, where fairness and equality are the norm, and the injustices of racism and bigotry are not tolerated. She says on the 38th & Kip website that her company is “committed to a better tomorrow.”

Disantis, who earned her bachelor’s degree in Studio Art, New Media, at UToledo, said about her professor, Deb Davis, “You know, I think of your classes often. You were challenging but your principles and passion for art stuck with me.” Alicia also earned a master’s degree in Arts, Entertainment and Media Management at Columbia College in Chicago. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from both colleges. She notes that she is inspired by retro design, Scandinavian minimalism, street art and bold colors. As an avid backpacker, she has traveled through many countries, stopping to visit as many museums as possible.

Product Promo Illustration Client: CU Service Network

Product Promo Illustration Client: CU Service Network

Product Promo Illustration Client: CU Service Network

Illustrations and type are hand-drawn, then scanned and colored.

Product Promo Illustration Client: CU Service Network

Create concept and illustrations for product ads and a series of educational events that focus on specific services.

Aux Rebrand Client: CU Service Network

Aux Rebrand Client: CU Service Network

All rights 38th and Kip.


Art Alumni Supporting Inclusion and Diversity – Caroline Jardine

The UToledo Department of Art is proud to feature our alumni who are supporting inclusion and diversity in their careers and artistic activities.

Caroline Jardine, BFA ’17, BA Education ’16, identifies with art on a variety of levels — her personal artwork, the community-driven, public mural projects she leads and the creative expressions of her young students.

As a teenager, Jardine was introduced to place-making while she apprenticed for the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo. Through her passion for community-based art, Jardine became further engaged with local residents and arts practitioners, creating and leading mural projects, installations and other collaborative projects for organizations, businesses, schools and community events.

Caroline Jardine working on a mural in downtown Toledo with muralist Maya Hayuk.

Caroline Jardine working on a mural in downtown Toledo with muralist Maya Hayuk.

Her 2020 work includes a collaboration with fellow muralist Maya Hayuk, whom Jardine assisted on a mural highlighting the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. “Maya Hayuk has been my favorite muralist for years, so this was so meaningful to

Momentum Toledo Alphabet Project

me to be able to not just meet her, but work with her,” says Jardine. The year also saw Jardine working on a project for local business owners of the Stubborn Brother pizza restaurant, a project in which she hand-lettered all of the text.

Two additional Toledo projects from 2020 include a board-up mural at 1105 and 1109 N. Huron, and an interactive spray chalk mural on the grounds of the Toledo Museum of Art. Caroline was also the lead designer for the first Community Collaborative artwork for the Arts Commission Momentum ’20. The “art-by-number” pieces that were broken into smaller 6″ X 6″ squares completed by the community and placed within a larger installation on Adams Street.

Children and adults join Caroline Jardine on her TMA sidewalk art project.

New work by Caroline Jardine

Images: Caroline Jardine

Jardine, who teaches 6- 12th-grade art at St. Ursula Academy, blends Ukrainian symbolism into her personal, mixed media artworks to represent themes of identity, connection and history. “When working on personal artwork, I allow my own voice to guide the process,” says Jardine.

Voice is a significant distinction between her personal and public artworks, she says. “I believe that when leading a community mural, the mural must be informed by the members of the community; my voice should not be the loudest in the room. In creative place-making, community members lead the direction of the artwork. My role is to listen, ask questions, and facilitate the creation of an artwork that is representative and reflective of the voices of the community.”

BCAN video features the community mural work of artist/educator/muralist, Caroline Jardine.


Art Alumni Supporting Inclusion and Diversity – Jym Shipman

Diamond in the Rough cast image.

Diamond in the Rough title.

The UToledo Department of Art is proud to feature our alumni who are supporting inclusion and diversity in their careers and artistic activities.

Jym Shipman is currently the Member Experience Coordinator for the Sylvania YMAC/JCC at YMCA of Greater Toledo.  Jym Shipman, BFA ’04, reaches thousands of readers every week all over the world with his LGBTQ comic strip, “Diamond in the Rough.” Shipman launched the comic strip on his birthday, May 25, 2013, intending to expand the audience for stories about LGBTQ people. “My goal was to produce an LGBTQ comic strip that was family friendly,” says Shipman. When he decided to share his storylines, most LGBTQ comic strips focused on adults and many were sexualized.

“I want my readers to leave my strip with the ‘warm fuzzies,’ he says. “Even though many of my storylines are serious, I try to spin them in a way that uplifts the readers. It’s what I look for and read in the strips I follow.”

Portrait of Jym Shipman, artist of the LGBTQ comic strip "Diamond in the Rough."

Two fellow cartoonists, Bart deGraaf and Tom Batiuk, offered Shipman support and nudged him to put his art out there for the world to see. He took their advice. While “Diamond in the Rough” began on Facebook, it now is published on Webtoon, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Tumblr, Flickr, Reddit, Boredpanda, Tapas, Ello, and Tagpacker.

In the past, Shipman’s strip appeared in print, but most of the traditional print publications are either obsolete or transitioned to online only. “Universal Click and Comics Kingdom are the two all-in-one big players of the day,” says Shipman about current sites featuring LGBTQ comic strips. “It brings me joy knowing that the voices in my head that brought me comfort as a gay child and now as an adult are being viewed in physical form via “Diamond in the Rough” — not just locally or in the United States, but all over the world.”

Creating “Diamond in the Rough” helps heal the tough experiences of living an LGBTQ life, says Shipman, as does the feedback from his audiences. “Being LGBTQ is not a curse. It’s a blessing.”


Art Tatum Jazz Scholarship Event!

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Join us for the Art Tatum Scholarship Event!  The concert is presented by The University of Toledo Department of Music Jazz Studies Program. Proceeds from ticket sales support the Art Tatum Memorial Jazz Scholarship, which benefits minority students who want to study Jazz at UT.

Join us for the Art Tatum Scholarship Event! The concert is presented by The University of Toledo Department of Music Jazz Studies Program. Proceeds from ticket sales support the Art Tatum Memorial Jazz Scholarship, which benefits minority students who want to study Jazz at UT.

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Meet our special guest, Grammy Award-winning Jazz pianist, composer and arranger, Bill Cunliffe! Bill is our guest artist for the 2016 Art Tatum Memorial Jazz Scholarship Concert, Monday, February 15 at 7 p.m. in the UT Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall.

 Cunliffe, who is known for his innovative and swinging recordings and compositions, began his career as pianist and arranger with the Buddy Rich Big Band. He has worked with Frank Sinatra, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Benny Golson and James Moody, to name a few. He has since established himself as a solo artist and bandleader, with more than a dozen albums under his name.

 Bill currently plays with his trio; his big band; his Latin band, Imaginación; and his classical-jazz ensemble, Trimotif. He performs in the U.S. and around the world as a leader and sideman as well as a soloist with symphony orchestras.

 His latest recording is the Bill Cunliffe Trio album “River Edge, New Jersey,” with bassist Martin Wind and drummer Tim Horner, released in April by Azica Records.

Advance tickets are $15 for general admission; and $10 for all UT faculty/staff/alumni/students, seniors 60+ and members of the military. Visit www.utoledo.Tix.com or call 419.530.ARTS (2787). Tickets also available at the door. To support the Art Tatum Scholarship, visit https://www.utfoundation.org/foundation/home/Give_Online.aspx

 


2014-2015 Outstanding Students Departmental and College Honors Awarded

Sarah Emsch, BA in Art History & BFA in 2D Studies, Kristen Guerra, BE in Art Education, and Nathan Perez, BFA in 2D Studies were recognized for their hardwork throughout their time at The University of Toledo.

Sarah Emch is graduating cum laude in both her degrees – a BFA in 2D Art and a BA in Art History – and is receiving departmental honors with her BFA. She has been on the Dean’s list 5 of her semesters, and exhibits her work regularly. In addition to her BFA Thesis Exhibition and the Juried Student Exhibition, both at the Center for Visual Arts Gallery, Sarah’s work has been shown at Imagination Station, LeSo Gallery, The Main Event: Pop-Up Gallery, and the Toledo Museum of Aft Community Gallery. She will be pursuing her MFA in Studio at Maine College of Art next year.

Nominator: For Sarah, art history is a means to understanding more about the world and her place in it, and the more insight she gains the more generously she shares it.

Kristen Guerra graduated with a BE in Multi-Age Ed, concentration: Visual Arts. She was on either the Dean’s List or the President’s List every semester during her time at UT. Her own work has been seen in exhibitions including the Student Juried Show in the Center for Visual Arts Gallery, The Arts Commission’s Art Walk Exhibition, and the Showcase of Arts in conjunction with the Toledo Symphony in 2014. Kristen is already teaching Visual Art at The L. Hollingsworth School for the Talented and Gifted in Toledo.

Nominator: Of particular note is her remarkable understanding of technology and her ability to implement many advanced features in the classes she taught.

Nathan Perez, a magna cum laude graduate, is pursuing a BFA in 2D Art, and will also be receiving departmental honors. He has been on either the Dean’s list or the President’s List for the majority of his time at UT. In addition to this BFA Thesis Exhibition, the Nexus Exhibition, and the Juried Student Exhibition at the Center for Visual Arts Gallery, Nathan’s work has appeared in exhibitions locally and nationally, including at the Secor Gallery in Toledo, and as part of group exhibitions at the SCOPE art show in Miami, and at Artists Take Time Square in New York. He was a finalist in the category of “College Black & White Photographer” for Photographer’s Forum, and his work appeared in the accompanying exhibition and catalog. He has also devoted hundreds of hours of community service to Project Vote, the Boys and Girls Club, Tent City, and other organizations. He is planning to pursue an MFA, and to work as a multi-disciplinary artist in tandem with young adults in order to help transform inner city communities.

Nominator: We applaud Nate’s work and look forward to seeing his work in the future publications and exhibitions.

Eleven Outstanding Students from across the College of Communication and The Arts were recognized for their achievements. Of those eleven students, our very own Nathan Perez was named The Outstanding Student of the entire college of the academic year!

Congratulations Sarah, Kristen, and Nate along with all the 2015 graduating class!


Aaron Brandt recieves palmer scholarship and will attend BGSU for MFA

AARON BRANDT:

BA IN VISUAL ARTS STUDENT

Aaron graduated in Spring 2015 with his BA in Visual Arts with a concentration in New Media and Photography

Aaron Brandt was awarded the prestigous Palmer Scholarship from the Toledo Museum of Art to embark on a month-long, cross-country trip to document landscapes, small towns and wildlife in photographs and illustrations that will inform a future artwork.

On top of receiving the Palmer Scholarship this summer, Aaron will be attending Bowling Green State University to pursue his MFA in Digital Art Fall 2015!

Congratulations, Aaron! We are very proud of your accomplishments and look forward to seeing what’s next!


Kayla dopfer works part-time for pencheff photography

KAYLA DOPFER:

BFA IN DIGITAL & PHOTOGRAPHIC ART GRADUATE

Kayla graduated in Spring 2015 with her BFA in Digital & Photographic Art, her primary medium being photography.

Kayla Dopfer will be working part time for Mary Pencheff Photography of Toledo, OH as a second shooter. Congrats, Kayla!


SHELLY TRIVISONNO:

NEW MEDIA BFA STUDENT

Shelly is a New Media Design Practices BFA student that will graduate in Spring of 2016.

Our own AMAZING Shelly Trivisonno has been awarded the prestigious Clement Internship with the Toledo Museum of Art. This summer, she will be working with the Director of Communications on special projects.


Sarah Emch will attend Maine College of Art for her MFA

SARAH EMCH:

2D STUDIES BFA GRADUATE

Sarah graduated in Spring 2015 with her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2D studies

Sarah Emch will be attending the Maine College of Art to pursue her Master of Fine Arts Degree this Fall. We will be very sad to see another wonderful student leave but we are confident she will take Portland, Maine by storm!

Good luck, Sarah; we are very proud!


Jared Robinson Attends Teen Vogue Fashion University!

JARED ROBINSON– COCA, COMMUNICATIONS STUDENT

Jared is a Communications Student with a Minor in Studio Art

Every year Vogue and Teen Vogue host “Fashion University” in which important people from the fashion world speak with students about their careers. They hold one-on-one classes and sessions with students who aspire to work in the fashion industry. According to Jared, “[I]t’s like college and classes for fashion.” They have different departments that students apply to: fashion design, photography, styling, editorial writing, and business. Their selection process is highly competitive.  Applicants submit 10 pictures of their best work. 20-30 candidates from thousands of applicants are selected to participate. Once accepted, participants choose the classes they want to take; all are taught by professionals in the fashion world. Participants get personalized mentoring during one-on-one sessions. All of the photography classes/ sessions are taught by famous fashion photographers. This year Nigel Barker, Patrick Demarchelier were there, along with Jessica Simpson, Anna Wintour, and other famous people from the fashion world. The 3 day program is held at Conde Nast (where Vogue and Teen Vogue are housed). Jared participated in the program during Spring break.

 Jared is a Communications major who has been taking classes with Professor Deborah Orloff over the last 2 years including a summer internship at a fashion magazine in NYC. When asked about his experience at Teen Vogue he said:  “Overall it was a great experience to actually get to hear how established fashion photographers, editors, designers, etc. broke into the industry. It put everything into perspective and reaffirmed that I definitely want to be a fashion photographer in the fashion industry. We got to ask them personal questions and hear what it’s like to work in the fashion industry. We also learned how they go about making work and what the “do and don’ts” are for making it.”
Congratulations Jared! We are very proud of your achievements!

Interdisciplinary artist comes to campus January 17-18

UT Department of Theatre & Film welcomes Interdisciplinary Artist Johanna Dery

Interdisciplinary artist, Jo Dery

Interdisciplinary artist, Jo Dery

 

The University of Toledo Department of Theatre and Film will host a two-day artist’s residency with Interdisciplinary artist Johanna Dery (Jo). Ms. Dery will present her internationally recognized animations on Friday, January 17, 2014 and teach an animation workshop on Saturday, January 18, 2014.

Jo Dery is an interdisciplinary artist who experiments with visual storytelling. She makes short films, drawings, prints, and little books.

Among other venues, Dery’s works have screened at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, the International Film Festival Rotterdam, and the Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation. She has been awarded grants from the LEF Foundation, The Free History Project, and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. Her drawings and prints have been exhibited in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Berlin. Dery’s little books can be found in independent stores like Ada Books (Providence) and Quimby’s (Chicago) or online from Little Otsu (Portland).

From "Heat Spell" "The Last, The Rest" and "Munk and Monster"

From “Heat Spell” “The Last, The Rest” and “Munk and Monster”

Friday, January 17 at 7:30 p.m. Ms. Dery will present her short films on both 16mm film and digital video in the Lab Theatre (Room 1039) of the UT Center for Performing Arts, 1910 West Rocket Drive. She will also engage in a talkback discussion with the audience after the screening. Tickets for the screening will be sold at the door – $5 general admission and $3 for students and seniors (60+). Admission is free for UT Theatre & Film majors with ID. Free refreshments will be provided. On Saturday, January 18 Ms. Dery will teach an animation workshop from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Room 1039 of the Center for Performing Arts. This workshop is free and open to interested students.

See samples of Ms. Dery’s work on Vimeo  |  Visit JoDery.com 

For more information about Ms. Dery’s visit, please contact:

Holly Hey, MFA
Associate Professor/Associate Chair/Head of Film
Department of Theatre and Film
College of Communication and the Arts
The University of Toledo
Holly.Hey@utoledo.edu
419.530.4546


Piano professor, Dr. Michael Boyd’s performance lauded

(Re-posted from ToledOvations a blog of Sally Vallongo, music writer for the Toledo Blade)

A KEYBOARD TRIUMPH AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TOLEDO

“Just so you know: this recital hall is tornado safe,” said Michael Boyd, University of Toledo’s resident piano guru, at the start of the second Dorothy MacKenzie Price recital Sunday in the Center for Performing Arts.

Well, there were storms of many kinds that day, but the best and most constructive happened inside the hall.

There, Teresa McCollough, a longtime friend of Boyd and busy performer, shared some of her impressive performing gifts with a large and enthusiastic crowd.

The dual-ing pianists first met at Eastman School of Music, where both earned graduate degrees.

McCollough wound up in San Francisco, where Boyd has been doing some performing in recent years.

So, it was time to bring her back eastward, for a powerfully symmetrical program that skated along the edge of music from the 20th century – McCollough’s passion.

|The first half comprised American folk song-inspired pieces by Frederic Rzewski and Tobias Picker.

Boyd joined McCollough for the double-keyboard opener, The Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues. It summoned the machine-like force and rhythm of Elias Howe’s invention to open, revealing the simple melody which morphed into a bluesy theme, winding up gently in a simulation of a mill shutdown.

By contrast, Picker’s languid musical exploration for solo piano meandered like the two Southern waterways in its name, Old and Lost Rivers.

Rzewski’s second piece, Down by the Riverside, opened with the old melody directly offered, then proceeded to disassemble it into smaller phrases, mixing quotes from other songs in for contrast.

Still, the big hit of the program came post-intermission, when the old college buddies tackled Igor Stravinsky’s huge and tumultuous Rite of Spring in an arrangement which came from the composer via both Boyd’s and McCollough’s studios.

It was a great tribute to the ground-breaking composer on the centennial of this major work.

The level of ensemble was exquisite, as if a single brain drove both pairs of hands. And both brought no-holds-barred power plus estimable finesse to their performances.

Hearing this piece from a single instrument was a revelation.

As Boyd said afterward, “It’s like watching a film in black-and-white.”

While no one would trade the color and texture of a big orchestra playing it, what emered so clearly were Stravinsky’s complex construction, enormous dynamic contrasts, and melodic and harmonic depictions of season.

Enjoying it, of course, was major benefactor Dorothy MacKenzie Price, who not only funds the season but also had provided the big Yamaha concert grand on which McCollough performed.

Posted by Sally Vallongo at 11:55 AM MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2013


UT Lighting Faculty wins 2013 Jefferson Award

TJ Gerckens, Lighting Lecturer, University of Toledo Department of Theatre & Film

TJ Gerckens, Lighting Lecturer, University of Toledo Department of Theatre & Film

 

Congratulations to UT Department of Theatre & Film Lecturer, Professor TJ Gerckens, for receiving the prestigious 2013 Jefferson Award for “Outstanding Lighting Design-Large Theatre” for his design for Mary Zimmerman’s “Metamorphoses” at the Lookingglass in Chicago last fall. Gerckens also designed the lighting for the original 2001 off-Broadway production of “Metamorphoses.” Interim Chair of the UT Department of Theatre & Film, Dr. Edmund Lingan adds, “TJ’s accomplishment raises the prestige and visibility of the department, the College of Communication and the Arts, and the University of Toledo.”

The Joseph Jefferson Awards, a.k.a The Jeff’ Awards, “fosters the artistic growth of area theatres and theatre artists and promotes educational opportunities, audience appreciation, and civic pride in the achievements of the theatre community. The Jeff Awards evaluates over 250 theatrical productions and holds two awards ceremonies annually.

T.J. Gerckens, who joined the UT Department of Theatre and Film faculty September 2012, is a professional lighting designer and member of United Scenic Artist, the union of professional designers in the entertainment field.  He has worked professionally in dance, opera, and theatre lighting for over 17 years.  He is best known for his collaborations with international playwright/director, Mary Zimmerman, in over 14 professional production that extend from Broadway, Off-Broadway, Metropolitan Opera, Chicago Opera Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Arena Stage, Washington, D.C., Goodman  and Court Theatres in Chicago.

Lawrence E. DiStasi and  Anjali Bhimani in Lookingglass Theatre Company's production  of  "Metamorphoses."

Lawrence E. DiStasi and Anjali Bhimani in Lookingglass Theatre Company’s production of “Metamorphoses.”
The Theater Loop with Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

 

About the Jeff Awards | http://www.jeffawards.org/home/index.cfm  


University Bookstore features student performers

By Kevin Bucher : October 24th, 2013 (re-posted by the UT College of Communication and the Arts)

Students have the opportunity to perform at the café in the Barnes & Noble University Bookstore.

Ben Vasko, UT Music Major

Ben Vasko, a freshman studying music business, already has kicked things off, performing on most Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. He is the first student featured this year at the café.

Vasko plays alternative indie pop-rock, comparing the music he performs to bands such as Switchfoot, House of Heroes, Thirty Seconds to Mars and Anberlin, which is his favorite.

He has been writing music for five years, but he started playing percussion when he was in middle school. Learning to play a variety of instruments, including drums, guitar, bass and piano, he performs live acoustic sets at local bars and coffee shops.

Vasko said he enjoys playing at the University Bookstore because he feels more connected with the audience.

“It’s fun. It’s a nice, mellow, low-key coffee shop gig. I like that,” Vasko said. “It’s a little more personal. I am able to talk to the people I’m performing for and the tips I get there actually pay for my gas money.”

He is currently a one-man show, but is looking for members to add to his band, The Stairwell. Vasko has received some recent recognition for his music; he won best alternative rock EP in July from The Akademia Music Awards.

He has recorded and released two discs, and his music is available on Spotify, iTunes, Facebook and Twitter. He also has T-shirts and CDs for sale at his shows.

The Barnes & Noble University Bookstore is looking to add more live music performances from UT students throughout the week and also during the weekend.

All student performers are entered for a chance to win free textbooks for spring semester and receive a coupon to be used on a purchase of UT clothing. All performers also are featured on the bookstore’s Facebook page.

Current UT student musicians can contact Colleen Strayer, general manager of the University Bookstore, to discuss performing in the café at utoledo@bkstore.com.

For more information on Vasko, visit reverbnation.com/thestairwell.