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UT Art faculty member work accepted to international juried exhibition

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Deborah Orloff, Professor of Art and Associate Chair of the Department of Art at The University of Toledo, has just been chosen to exhibit her new work in “Macro” an internationally juried exhibition at New York City’s Jadite Gallery. She also won a second place award from the New York Center for Photographic Art for the piece, and will have the work published in the exhibition catalog. The competitively selected exhibition was curated from an international pool of over 500 entries and will open April 21st. The attached diptych is from her current body of work, “Elusive Memory.”
In addition, 6 of Orloff’s large-scale photographs from this series were recently selected for a curated exhibition at the Riffe Gallery in Columbus, Ohio, opposite the State House at Capitol Square. The group show, “Earthly Delights,” will feature 10 artists’ photographic work and run August 4 – October 8. Five other large-scale pieces from “Elusive Memory” are currently on view at the Toledo Museum of Art Library in UT’s Center for Visual Arts through the end of the semester.
Samples of Orloff’s work can be seen on the web at DeborahOrloff.com  and Deborah Orloff: Elusive Memory http://www.deborahorloff.com/ElusGal.html
Artist’s Statement:
Elusive Memory
“In America, the photographer is not simply the person who records the past, but the one who invents it.” – Susan Sontag
Do you really remember your past, or have you simply seen the photographs so many times, you believe you retain those memories? The relationship between photography and memory is complicated; it is dubious at best. I have always been fascinated with family photos and have collected them most of my life. Recently, I’ve been drawn to the abandoned pictures that were relegated to my parents’ basement. These once precious objects have been neglected and forgotten. Inadvertently exposed to water, heat, and humidity, they have undergone a powerful transformation. This new work utilizes these severely damaged pictures as subject matter. Elusive Memory explores the significance of vernacular photographs as aesthetic objects and cultural artifacts. The resulting large-scale photographs make commonplace objects monumental and emphasize their unique details. In their final representation, these banal objects become simulacra of loss and speak eloquently to the ephemeral nature of memory.
Bio
Deborah Orloff has run the Photography area at the University of Toledo‘s Center for Visual Arts and exhibited her artwork internationally for more than 20 years. She has won numerous awards for both her artwork as well as her teaching. She received her MFA in Photography from Syracuse University and her BFA from Clark University. Her work has been included in over 100 exhibitions at national and international venues that include: the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City, and the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh, Scotland. Orloff’s new work, Elusive Memory, was recently selected for inclusion in the Museum of Contemporary Photography’s collection as part of their Midwest Photographers Project.
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Contact:
Deborah Orloff
419-530-8314 (office) or 419-882-7631 (home)

 


UT STUDENT ARTWORK ON LOCAL DIGITAL BILLBOARDS

The University of Toledo student artwork to appear on area digital billboards January – February, 2016

 

In collaboration with Lamar Outdoor Advertising, University of Toledo Department of Art students have been invited to display their work on digital billboards throughout the Toledo area. Many students submitted entries. The works chosen will be on display until the end of February 2016.

Assistant professor of art, Barry Whittaker, who coordinated the project, says this is the fourth year UT art students have been invited to have their work displayed. To see the images in this year’s exhibition, visit the online photos album “UT Art Student Billboards 2016” on Facebook.

Student artists participating in this year’s exhibition:

Nikka Geiermann

Katelyn Greenhill

Crystal Hand

Isabel Isaza

Kayla Kirk

Mike Miller

Joseph Okoyomo

Emily Rose

Abbey Ruppel

Brandy Save

Chelsea Thompson

Michelle Trivisonno

Mark Yappueying

Visit the UT Department of Art at http://www.utoledo.edu/comm-arts/art/index.html

The billboards can be found at: Reynolds Road/Corner of Glendale, The Anthony Wayne Trail at City Park, The corner of Alexis and Lewis, Monroe Street/Corner of Laskey, Byrne Road/Airport Highway, Monroe Street/West corner of Douglas, and Erie at Monroe

Mike Miller- UT student art

Source: UT Department of Art – Facebook


UT Communication Alumna, CNN’S Christi Paul, visits UT, speaks at Commencement

An alumna of our Department of Communication, CNN’s Christi Paul (1993), will speak at UT’s Fall 2015 Commencement Ceremony this Saturday in Savage Arena. She will also be on hand for a meet and greet on Friday at 4:30pm in the Department of Communication Media Studios in Rocket Hall 1942.
You’ll find Christi Paul every weekend morning anchoring CNN New Day Weekends as well as anchoring/reporting on HLN’s The Daily Share during the week. Ms. Paul is from Bellevue, Ohio and graduated from UT in 1993 with a B.A. in Communication with a focus on broadcast journalism.  She spent many years working as a reporter/anchor at television stations across the nation. In 2003, she accepted a position with CNN in Atlanta and since then has served as an anchor on Morning Express with Robin Meade and Headline News.
Currently, she is the weekend anchor of CNN New Day, as well as anchoring and reporting on HLN’s The Daily Share during the week.  She’s covered President Obama’s 2nd Inauguration in Washington, DC, was on the news desk walking viewers through the first 5 hours of the Newtown, CT school shootings and the Virginia Tech shooting as well as anchoring extensive coverage of Hurricane Sandy, several presidential elections and court cases such as the Casey Anthony, Warren Jeffs, Drew Peterson and Dr. Conrad Murray trials.  And she secured an exclusive interview with Vice-President Joe Biden, talking about his motivation to combat domestic violence as well as addressing the issues with Obamacare.
UT Commencement - December 19, 2015

UT Commencement – December 19, 2015


Art Faculty Gets International Press

SeptemberVisionCoverUT Art Department faculty member, William Whittaker, had his artwork published in the September 2015 edition of Vision Magazine. Vision Magazine is a leading art and fashion magazine showcasing the international visual art, fashion and culture to Chinese readers, with its unique visual expression. His published work was from an exhibition project called # TAGGING ART#. This is an art game of crossovers and cross-space. The participating artists from around the world contributed two projects that best presented their work. The curator assigned the works to be anonymously given to other participants, who made new artworks in response to the assigned projects.
See excerpts from the September issue on Barry’s Bloghttp://barrywhittaker.com/blog/
Visit Vision Magazine online http://www.youthvision.cn/index.asp?C=Art


Faculty Film Accepted to British Short Film Festival

Holly Hey, Associate Professor of Film, The University of Toledo

Holly Hey, Associate Professor of Film, The University of Toledo

Holly Hey, a filmmaker and faculty member of The University of Toledo Department of Theatre & Film, will screen one of her films in the internationally recognized Aesthetica Short Film Festival in November. The Aesthetica Film Festival, accredited by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), is a celebration of independent film, and an outlet for championing and supporting short filmmaking. The festival includes a rich selection of films from across the world, in genres including advertising, artists’ film, music video, drama and documentary. Her film emerged successfully after two highly competitive rounds of selection review.
Ms. Hey says that “the dum dum capitol of the world” is a first person experimental documentary and a moving image meditation that contemplates landscape, home, recollection, queerness, and time.

From Holly Hey's short film "dum dum capitol of the world"

From Holly Hey’s short film “dum dum capitol of the world”

The project uses personal history to reflect on universal themes about home, life, love, parenting, memory, and death. Professor Hey began the project in 2005 when she received major funding from LEF Moving Image Foundation. She later received major funding from the University of Toledo in 2012 and completed the film in 2014.

To date, “the dum dum capitol of the world” has also screened in several U.S. festivals including The Ann Arbor Film Festival (the largest and longest running annual celebration of independent and experimental film and video in North America), the Athens Film Festival in Athens, Ohio, The Queens World Film Festival in New York, as well as The Moon Rise Film Festival in British Columbia.

Ms. Hey is currently an Associate Professor and Head of the Film Program within the Department of Theatre and Film. She holds a MFA in filmmaking from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She makes a broad range of work that can be seen in galleries, film festivals, live performances, and on television. Her works have screened both nationally and internationally, and The National Educational Telecommunications Association (N.E.T.A.) distributes her last major release “Rat Stories” that has been aired on PBS affiliates within the United States, British Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

The Aesthetica Short Film Festival – 2015 http://www.asff.co.uk/


CoCA Collaboration with the Toledo Symphony

The College of Communication and the Arts (CoCA) celebrated its annual Arts & Humanities Festival with a series of events in collaboration with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra (TSO) and its production of “Midsummer Night Mysteries,” March 27-28. UT students and faculty took part in the Symphony production at the Peristyle. Leading up to the performances, CoCA presented related lectures, a concert and a film screening on campus. More on those in another post.

Midsummer Night Mysteries with TSO

Mendelssohn’s ethereal Overture, effervescent Scherzo, and iconic Wedding March highlight the first half of “Midsummer Night Mysteries.” The North American premiere of Volker David Kirchner’s Labyrinthos presented the Bard’s fairies, lovers and comic sidekicks, alongside music inspired by the Italian Baroque master Claudio Monteverdi. Stephan Sanderling conducted and Cornel Gabara, associate professor of Theatre and Head of Acting at UT, directed and portrayed the dual character Egeus/Bottom.

A number of UT students and faculty participated in the performance. UT faculty who acted in the show included Irene Alby, Lecturer in the Department of Theatre and Film, who played Hippolyta/Titania and as mentioned above, Gabara played Egeus/Bottom.

UT Theatre students involved in the production included Ian Davis as Demetrius; Jeffrey Burden as Oberon/Theseus; Nolan Thomaswick as Lysander; Victoria Zajac as Hermia; Keely-Rain Battle as Puck; and Elif Ertürk as Helena. Students also doubled up and played other roles, such as the mechanicals and fairies.

Set design was done by Gabara; costume design was done by Daniel Thobias, Assistant Professor of Theatre and Head of Design in the Department of Theatre and Film; and lighting was handled by James S. Hill, retired chair of UT Department of Theatre & Film.


Accolades for UT student journalists

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The Independent Collegian was named the best all-around non-daily newspaper in Region 4 at the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) convention in Athens, Ohio. Blake Bacho received first place honors in sports writing, and the staff was a finalist in editorial writing. UT:10 News was named a finalist for best all-around television newscast. The student journalists from UT compete with their peers from Ohio State, Bowling Green, Michigan Central, Marshall, and other universities in Ohio, Michigan, West Virginia and western Pennsylvania.


Professor’s book on propaganda translated

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“The Ten Commandments of Propaganda,” by Professor of Communication Brian Anse Patrick, has been translated into and published in Polish

Brian Patrick, a professor in the Department of Communication, is one of the most colorful researchers and writers in our college. His recent books have covered issues ranging from the NRA to zombies. His classic book The Ten Commandments of Propaganda has now been translated for the first time, into Polish. 10 Przykazań Propagandy can be purchased online at the One Press website.


UT New Music Fest – Latitude 49, plus tribute to Bernie Sanchez

APRIL 1-3 at 7pm | CENTER FOR PERFORMING ARTS RECITAL HALL

The University of Toledo Department of Music Spring Festival of New Music opens TuesdaGuest Artists Latitude 49y, April 1 with two compositions dedicated to the late Bernie Sanchez and concludes with guest artist Latitude 49.

Guest Artists Latitude 49, to perform Thursday, April 3 at 7 p.m.

In between, is an exciting and varied mix of new music in virtually every genre. A total of three concerts will be presented, one each night at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 1 through Thursday, April 3 in the UT Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall. All concerts in the festival are free and open to the public.

The UT Spring Festival of New Music is one of the highlights of the cultural year for both the campus and the Toledo music community. For 37 years, guest composers and performers have interacted with students and faculty, resulting in exciting concerts and presentations on campus. The Festival has also sponsored premiere performances of student and area composers.

TUESDAY, April 1  This year, the winner of the student composer contest will be announced at the Faculty and Student Chamber Music Concert, which kicks off the Festival on Tuesday. In addition, two works – “Tribute in Brass” for brass quintet, composed by UT professor Dr. David Jex, and “To the West Wind,” composed by Music faculty member Dr. Lee Heritage, will also be premiered at this concert.

Bernie Sanchez (1935-2013)

Bernie Sanchez (1935-2013), former UT Music Department chair, performer, teacher, conductor, & advocate for music and the arts.

Both compositions honor the memory of UT Professor Emeritus Bernard Sanchez, who passed last October. Professor Sanchez retired after serving for more than 30 years at UT and in our area as a performer, teacher, conductor, department chairman, and advocate for music and the arts.

Heritage said, “While I was composing this quintet, the news came suddenly – and with a great sense of shock and tragedy – that Bernie had died.  I was deeply saddened, and gradually realized that the second movement of my woodwind quintet was taking shape as an elegy to our great friend.  The movement is set for flute solo, singing an angular, emotional melody, accompanied by somber chords in the rest of the quintet.”

“To the West Wind” will be performed by the Toledo Symphony Woodwind Quintet. The instrumentalists are Joel Tse, flute; Michele Tosser-Smith, oboe; Georg Klaas, clarinet; Sandra Clark, horn; and Gareth Thomas, bassoon.

The “Tribute in Brass” quintet will be performed by UT faculty members David Jex, Alan Taplin, Dan Harris, Andrew Rhodes, and features guest trumpeter David Kosmyna, a UT alumnus who is currently Professor of Music at Ohio Northern University.

The Good, The Bad, and The Blues

The Good, The Bad, and The Blues – to perform Tuesday, April 2 at 7 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, April 2 The second concert of the Festival is an eclectic mix of new music in a variety of genres. The Good, The Bad, and The Blues!, a funk, fusion quartet, will perform a set of original songs. They are 4-time Black Swamp Blues Society Challengers, and were among the International Blues Challengers Semi-finalists of 2013 in Memphis.

UT graduate student and teaching assistant Christina Eck, an electronic music composer, singer and songwriter, will be performing her album “Diamond in the Rough,” featuring a collection of four original songs. Stephen Mariasy, a UT Film/Video student, will present his new composition “Raindance,” all realized by virtual-instrument, computer-based digital sound.

David Mariasy, Senior Lecturer of Music Technology will debut his new composition, “Requiem for Violin and Digital Orchestra.” Performing on the work will be violin soloist, Cecilia Johnson, a member of the strings faculty at UT. Video projections will be part of the concert as well, produced by Holly Hey, Associate Professor of Film and Head of Film at UT.

THURSDAY, April 3 Concluding the festival is guest artist Latitude 49. The music of Latitude 49 explores new sounds, engaging diverse audiences, and holding hands with composers of today. Twice featured by the Michigan Muse magazine, the group’s University of Michigan roots have grown to include performances on stages across the Midwest and public radio. L49’s top priority is to foster future audiences by creating dynamic concert experiences that give a voice to some of today’s hottest composers.

Guest Artists Latitude 49, to perform Thursday, April 3 at 7 p.m.

Guest Artists Latitude 49, to perform Thursday, April 3 at 7 p.m.

 


UT Theatre Alum awarded for theatre work

UT Alumnus, Pat Miller (left) in the Beck Center for the Arts production of MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT (Photo: CBS WDOK, Cleveland's New 102)

Theatre alumnus PAT MILLER is in the news! In December, he received two awards for his work in the Beck Center for the Arts’ MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT.

2013 News-Herald Best Theater Awards
Best Performance by an Actor in a Musical Pat Miller, “Spamalot” – Beck Center for the Arts

2013 BroadwayWorld Cleveland Awards
Best Actor in a Musical – Guest Artist Theatre
Pat Miller – Monty Python’s SPAMALOT – Beck Center for the Arts

Pat credits his faculty at UT with his success – to Theatre Lecturer Irene Alby he writes:

“I truly appreciated all of your support and encouragement with the BroadwayWorld Cleveland Awards. It really meant the world. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Some pretty cool things ended up happening: I somehow received a Critic’s Choice Award from The News-Herald (a major Northeast Ohio newspaper) and also the BroadwayWorld Cleveland Award. So much of what you, Cornel, and Ed taught me at UT stays with me on stage. Unending thanks!”

Photo: UT Alumnus, Pat Miller in the Beck Center for the Arts production of MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT (Photo: CBS WDOK, Cleveland’s New 102)