UToledo School of Visual and Performing Arts

Archive for the ‘Archive’ Category

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
kelly.mcgilvery@utoledo.edu
419-530-8353


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

Lanese photo instagram

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.

(more…)


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

computer generated image

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

design for new colella film "breakfast with curtis"

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


UT Film Student’s Work Accepted to the 2013 Awareness Film Festival

image of Jerod Calhoun in NYC church kitchen

UT student Jerod Calhoun talks about his experience at a church soup kitchen in Lydia Kane’s documentary

(Re-posted from the UT Division of Student Affairs, Office of Student Involvement blog)

It’s a proud day in Rocket Nation! One of our own has gone above and beyond to bring awareness of the service completed by our 2012 Leadership Through Service Living Learning Community during their alternative spring break experience. The LLC took 35 Rockets to New York City. Lydia Kane was one of the students who skipped beach time to spend the week serving others. Lydia made a video documentary, called “2012 UT Alternative Spring Break,” of the group’s experience and wanted the world to know about the great things our Rockets and LLC’s do. Lydia submitted her documentary to the Awareness Festival in Santa Monica, CA. She recently received the wonderful news that it has been accepted and will be shown to the world this month!

The Awareness Festival is an annual event for professional and student filmmakers to display their work to fellow film lovers. The festival includes feature films, shorts, documentaries, and music videos that bring awareness. The mission of the Awareness Film Festival is to bring awareness to today’s Ecological, Health/Well Being, Spirit and Political/Lands Without Borders topics. This festival is a fundraiser for the charity Heal One World and any net proceeds will go to fund programs for this charity.

Lydia reflected on the experience, “I have worked for the homeless and hungry throughout my life. My family and I would make meals for them once or twice a month growing up. While I knew that the problem of hunger and homelessness existed, it didn’t actually hit me until I traveled to New York City with the Leadership Through Service LLC. I was able to see hundreds of people that lined up for food and watched their eyes light up to have a warm meal and to have someone to have a conversation with.

I was also opened up to another major factor into this issue. I realized how much work and dedication is associated in running a soup kitchen, a shelter and even volunteering at these locations. It is very hard work and a majority of the people who run, work and volunteer in these places do it for free and have the greatest hearts. It was very gratifying to have the opportunity to document the hard work being done by the Leadership Through Service students. I was able to make a product that showed the hard work and sacrifice of taking time out of your life to help others in need.”

We are so proud of the amazing things our Rockets do. Great job Lydia!

Awareness Film, Art, & Music Festival

July 25-28, 2013
Santa Monica, CA

Check out The Awareness Festival’s website HERE.

Watch Lydia’s 10 minute documentary HERE.