95th Toledo Area Artists Exhibition Opens Nov. 21 at Toledo Museum of Art

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Recent and new works by some of this region’s finest artists take the spotlight when the 95th Toledo Area Artists (TAA) Exhibition opens Nov. 21 at the Toledo Museum of Art.

Seventy-three works will be on view in the Museum’s Canaday Gallery. The free exhibition, one of the few remaining shows of its kind in the nation, continues a TMA tradition of celebrating and recognizing the best work by artists in the region.
The public is invited to the opening reception starting at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 21 in Libbey Court. Doors to the exhibition will open immediately following the 7 p.m. presentation of this year’s awards,
which include a $5,000 Best of Show prize.

Nearly a century old, the exhibition has changed with the times over the years. This year, artists submitted portfolios digitally to have their work considered for exhibition. The 28 artists were selected after a review of 462 portfolios entered. Exhibition curator Halona Norton-Westbrook, Ph.D., a Mellon Fellow at the Museum, conducted studio visits to select which works would appear in the show. In some cases, artists are creating works expressly for this venue.

Another change this year is an increase in awards presented by the Museum, which now total $10,000 in prizes.

This year’s juror is Los Angeles Times art critic Christopher Knight. A three-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in criticism (1991, 2001 and 2007), Knight received the 1997 Frank Jewett Mather Award for distinction in art criticism from the College Art Association, becoming the first journalist to win the award in more than 25 years.

Describing the new look of the show, Norton-Westbrook said the public will see strikingly different work created by artists at different stages in their careers and in different mediums, which include sculptures, paintings, drawings, video works, installations and ceramics.“We were very pleased by the wide range of work and the high caliber of the work being produced in this region,” Norton-Westbrook said.

The 2014 TAA artists are: Andrew Borowiec of Akron; Dennis Wojtkiewicz of Bowling Green; Charles Mintz of Cleveland; Corrie Slawson of Cleveland Heights; Laura Alexander, Molly Jo Burke, Leah Frankel, Nathan Gorgen and Andrea Myers, all of Columbus; Jefferson Nelson of Liberty Center; Julie Friedman of Medina; Sandra Jane Heard of Perrysburg; Michael Arrigo, David Eichenberg, Timothy Gaewsky, Ben Grazzini, Natalie Lanese, Zak Lyons and Michael Sheets, all of Toledo; K.A. Letts and Katie St. Clair of Ann Arbor, Michigan; Jason Carter of Berkley, Michigan; Kenneth Thompson of Blissfield, Michigan; Heather Macali and Margi Weir of Detroit; Joshua Newth of Farmington Hills, Michigan; Chris LaPorte of Grand Rapids, Michigan; and Chet Geiselman of Muncie, Indiana.

Free gallery talks with the exhibition curator and the artists are planned. Talks begin at 3 p.m. in the Canaday Gallery. Participating artists are:

Nov. 22: Laura Alexander; Michael Arrigo; Andrew Borowiec; Natalie Lanese; Chris LaPorte; Molly Jo Burke; Leah Frankel; Nathan Gorgen

Nov. 23: Sandra Jane Heard; Heather Macali; Charles Mintz; Joshua Newth; Michael Sheets; Jefferson Nelson

Dec. 6: David Eichenberg; Zak Lyons; Andrea Myers; Corrie Slawson; Kenneth Thompson; Katie St. Clair

Dec. 7: Tim Gaewsky; Chet Geiselman; Ben Grazzini; K.A. Letts; Margi Weir; Dennis Wojtkiewicz.

The 95th TAA Exhibition, which will be on view through Jan. 4, 2015, is made possible by members of the Toledo Museum of Art and with support through the Ohio Arts Council sustainability grant program. To see a video interview with the curator and artists in the exhibition, visit the Museum’s YouTube page.

Professional Development Workshops Offered for Artists

In conjunction with the exhibition, the Museum and the Toledo Federation of Art Societies will offer a series of free public workshops on best business practices for artists. All sessions will be held in Room 128 at the Museum.

On Saturday, Nov. 22 from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Bowling Green State University art professor Michael Arrigo tells how to write a strong artist statement, resume and biography. From 1 to 2:30 p.m. that day, Owens Community College instructor Margaret Lockwood-Lass discusses pricing and accounting for artists. Lockwood-Lass will be on hand Sunday, Nov. 23 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. to teach best methods for photographing works of art.

On Saturday, Dec. 6 from 10 to 11:30 a.m., attorneys from MacMillan, Sobanski & Todd, LLC and the Toledo Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Committee explain copyright and fair use issues. Then, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., BGSU’s Arrigo presents a guide to portfolio preparation. During the final session, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 7, artists will learn how to navigate the Call for Entry (CaFÉ) system.

Visit toledomuseum.org/calendar for more workshop details.


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