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The TMA Community Gallery, located in the west wing of the Museum’s lower level, hosts free exhibitions of artwork created by select groups in the greater Toledo region.
Typically, the artists work to an “art challenge” inspired by a specific exhibition or by the Museum’s collection. Participating groups (sorry, no solo artists) are both professional and amateur organizations, as well as some groups in the TMA ArtReach program for underrepresented populations. Eclectic and diverse, the exhibitions feature contemporary works in a variety of media.
This exhibition showcases some of the projects created in TMA’s winter and spring studio art classes for children ages 3 through 18. Through their own interpretations and perspectives of the TMA collection, students produced the diverse and imaginative collection of artworks displayed here.
Interested in learning about art classes? Find more information at toledomuseum.org/learn/classes
The 1990 passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was a landmark moment in the United States that sought to protect individuals against discrimination based on disability. Thirty five years before the ADA, Wood Lane, a county agency, began to support and assist Wood County residents with developmental delays in increasing their skills, capabilities, and independence.
In Beyond Gypsy Lane: To Reach the Goal, Bowling Green State University photography students participated in a visual literacy workshop at the Toledo Museum of Art to explore different perspectives and expand their capacity for empathy. “With our work, we bring visibility and compassion into and beyond the community,” writes Lynn Whitney, the BGSU professor of photography who directed the student-driven project. Students were paired with individuals served through Wood Lane and forged relationships to capture moments in the workplace, home, and everywhere in between. The final result is a student-installed show that challenges the notion of disability. The students elected to hang this show slightly lower than standard height to provide a different perspective of viewing art.