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About the Peristyle

A classical concert hall whose name means “an area surrounded by columns,” the Peristyle’s most distinguishing architectural feature is a curving row of 28 Ionic columns which surround the main seating area, arranged in tiers reminiscent of theaters of ancient Greece. Designed by architect Edward B. Green, the 1,750-seat Peristyle was built as part of the Museum’s 1933 major expansion.

Masters Series Events

The TMA Masters Series consists of public programs featuring world-renowned artists, scholars, musicians and others who are invited to share their knowledge and talents at the Museum. Held in the grand Peristyle Theater, the lectures and performances are oftentimes free of charge.


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Born in Toledo, Brett Leonard is a visionary American film and video director, writer, and producer. Mr. Leonard joins TMA Director Brian Kennedy in a conversation about the creative possibilities of digital technology.

September 25, 2014 | 6 p.m.


Sean ScullySean Scully

Irish-born artist Sean Scully holds fast to idea of the abstract, in part because he is so comfortable with ambiguity. “The interest I think in the work is that I’ve combined intimacy with monumentality,” he said in a rare 2011 interview with The Guardian. “And there are no certainties in my paintings.”

May 1, 2014 | 6 p.m.


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The Art of André Le Nôtre with Dr. Eric Haskell

The son of King Louis XIII’s head gardener, André Le Nôtre grew up to become one of history’s greatest green thumbs, designing gardens at Versaille, Vaux-le-Vicomte and the Tuileries. Largely regarded as European history’s greatest landscape architect, Le Nôtre’s designs revolutionized French formal gardens.

March 13, 2014 | 6 p.m.


Paul TimmanPaul Timman, Hollywood tattoo artist

Like many native Toledoans, Paul Timman took art classes as a child at the Toledo Museum of Art. Those early experiences eventually led to a Hollywood career as a tattoo artist to stars like Angelina Jolie and Ben Affleck. He specializes in tribal work and traditional Japanese designs, many of them inspired by Japanese woodblock prints.

December 5, 2013 | 6 p.m.


Robert EdselRobert Edsel, Best selling author

How does art survive war? It was the question Robert Edsel wanted to answer when he wrote The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History. He will discuss the Monuments Men’s legacy and their depiction in a major feature film directed by George Clooney. Co-sponsored by the Toledo Lucas-County Public Library.

October 10, 2013 | 6 p.m.


Trombone ShortyConcert: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue Return

The New Orleans native will return to the Peristyle for a repeat engagement presented by the Art Tatum Jazz Society in what’s sure to be a can’t-miss concert—he brought down the house during his first, October 2011 appearance there.

September 18, 2013 | 8 p.m.


Wally Caruana, Aboriginal art expert

Wally Caruana was senior curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra from 1984 to 2001 and has written widely about Aboriginal art. He will discuss the emergence of the Aboriginal art movement and its significance today. Co-sponsored by the TMA Ambassadors.

June 6, 2013 | 6 p.m.


An Evening with Jaume Plensa

A famed artist and poet from Barcelona, Spain, Jaume Plensa created TMA’s newest addition to the Welles Sculpture Garden: Spiegel (“mirror”), composed of two crouching giants given shape by a steel latticework of letters and characters, white during the day and lit up at night. Co-sponsored by the TMA Ambassadors.

March 14, 2013


Gary Tinterow

Gary Tinterow, the new director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and 28-year veteran of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, will discuss Édouard Manet’s fondness for Spanish art and for the artist Diego Velázquez in particular. Co-sponsored by the TMA Ambassadors.

October 11, 2012


An Evening with Fred Wilson

Conceptual artist Fred Wilson discusses his work with museums, in which he brings out historical and racial complexities in often familiar objects. A distinguished visiting fellow at Skidmore College, Wilson has twice represented the U.S. at the Venice Biennale International Art Exhibition. Co-sponsored by the TMA Ambassadors.

June 15, 2012


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John Clarke: Vesuvius and the Villa: New Discoveries in Pompeii

One of the world’s top scholars on ancient Pompeii, John Clarke of the University of Texas at Austin, discusses findings of a major study of a huge luxury villa that dates 50 BC–AD 79. Co-sponsored by the TMA Ambassadors.

April 12, 2012

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Jay Shafer: Tumbleweed and the Tiny House Movement

The founder of the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company—a component of TMA’s Small Worlds exhibition—and a recognized leader in the small living movement, Jay Shafer discusses the growing movement toward living smaller and simpler. Co-sponsored by the TMA Ambassadors.

March 8, 2012

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Concert: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue: For True

Fresh off appearances on Conan O’Brien, David Letterman, and the prestigious Montreux, Newport and Playboy Jazz Festivals, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue are the hottest act in contemporary jazz. Co-sponsored by the Art Tatum Jazz Heritage Society.

October 25, 2011

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Pieter Biesboer: Frans Hals’ Van Campen Family Portrait in a Landscape

The emeritus curator of paintings at the Frans Hals Museum (Haarlem, the Netherlands) sheds light on the history and importance of this new acquisition by the Toledo Museum of Art. Co-sponsored by the TMA Ambassadors and the Mellon Foundation.

October 13, 2011

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International Museum Day Presentation: Museums and Memory

Directors from three major Midwest museums—Brian Kennedy (TMA), Graham Beal (Detroit Institute of Art), and David Franklin (Cleveland Museum of Art)—discuss the state of these grand “temples of art.” Moderated by art journalist and blogger Judith Dobrzynski.

May 18, 2011

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An Evening with Frank Stella

Artist Frank Stella and TMA director Brian Kennedy reunite for a discussion of the exhibition Irregular Polygons (April 8–July 24, 2011). Moderated by Tyler Green of Modern Art Notes. Co-sponsored by the TMA Ambassadors.

April 7, 2011

 Ernst van de WeteringRembrandt Laughing and Ernst van de Wetering

The world’s leading authority on Rembrandt will discuss the authentication process that was used to validate  that Rembrandt Laughing is indeed a portrait from the hand of Rembrandt Harmensz.

March 3, 2011