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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.


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 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 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 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 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 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

Piano professor, Dr. Michael Boyd’s performance lauded

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


“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.

Alumna Phoebe Ballard to present “MOOCs, Kooks, and Flukes” talk Oct. 8

The College of Communication and the Arts recognized and honored Phoebe Ballard as its Outstanding Emerging Alumna during 2013 Homecoming Week at the University of Toledo.

Ballard will present a lecture called “MOOCs, Kooks, and Flukes,” on Tuesday, October 8 at 1:30 p.m. in the CVA’s Haigh Auditorium. The talk is free and open to the public. She will talk about her work at the intersection of the arts, communication, and education.

Her work is helping to shape education in the digital era. She works at the University of Toledo’s Learning Ventures, where she is Sr. Instructional Designer and Coordinator for Special Projects. She is also an Adjunct Instructor in the Departments of Art and Communication at UT. She is a recipient of two degrees from the University of Toledo: a B.A. in Art and an M.Ed. in Instructional Technology.

This year, Ballard was recognized by Blackboard, the online course management company, with two awards honoring her talent in course design. She and former UT Lecturer Seder Burns were honored for their class ART 1070:901 – Fundamentals of Digital Media. It was chosen as a winner of 2013 Blackboard Catalyst Award – Exemplary Course as well as a Directors’ Choice for Courses with Distinction.

She has also been recognized with a Shining Star Award by the University of Toledo for her focus on students. This recognition is given to faculty and staff who have demonstrated above and beyond commitment to student-centeredness by making outstanding contributions to the student experience.

Ballard is also a Trustee of the Collegian Media Foundation Board, a Sustaining Member of the Toledo AIGA, and a Member of the University Women’s Commission.

For more information:

Kelly McGilvery
College of Communication and the Arts
University of Toledo

Music Professor to Release CD’s

Professor, Dr. David Jex, who teaches music theory and composition is releasing some of his own music. These three compositions recorded for CD will release later this year (2013).

Sweet Sorrows: Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Concert Band and Alto Adventure for Solo Alto Saxophone and Concert Band were recorded by the Virginia Wind Symphony with University of Massachusetts Professor Lynn Klock as saxophone soloist. That CD release will be on the Albany label.

Air Sculptures for Brass Quintet was recorded by Bala Brass from Boston. That CD will be released on the Beauport Classics.

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.


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