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. Eclectic and diverse, the exhibitions feature contemporary works in a variety of media.
Current and Upcoming Exhibitions
A New Generation of Artists: A TMA Student Art Focus Show
April 18-July 30, 2017
This exhibition showcases some of the projects created in TMA’s winter and spring studio art classes by children ages 3 through 18. Students produced the diverse and imaginative collection of artworks displayed here through their own interpretations and perspectives of the TMA collection.
Interested in learning more about art classes? Find more information at toledomuseum.org/learn/classes.
April 28-August 6, 2017
The passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990 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.
As an important component of their Community Projects class, now in its fifth year, Bowling Green State University photography students together with several individuals served through Wood Lane participated in a visual literacy workshop at the Toledo Museum of Art. Participants were led through an exploration of different perspectives to expand their capacity for empathy and aid in a collaborative photography project.
“The camera provides a tangible means to connect with one another and the world,” writes Lynn Whitney, the BGSU professor of photography who directed the student-driven project. “This class challenges students to forge personal relationships and explore aspects of being human from a vantage different than their own. We offered the camera to our partners this time allowing us to speak with, not just for them. This year, governmental mandates to privatize many key services provided through Wood Lane influenced our seeing to reveal a fuller picture of the lives of individuals so often living and working at the margins.” The result is Speaking Of, a student-installed show, hung slightly lower than standard height, that challenges popular perceptions of difference.
Art Education Through the Ages
For over a century, the Toledo Museum of Art’s purpose has been art education. In 1903, the Museum introduced free Saturday classes for children and teens at one of its early locations on Madison Ave. By 1919, art classes were offered in the William H. Scott House. In 1925, they moved to the newly expanded education space that you are standing in today.
As the Museum’s collection has grown over the years, so have the art classes that utilize and gain inspiration from the collection. From the first year of 125 students to today’s 1,100 youth enrolled annually, children and teens have participated in a variety of art classes ranging from drawing and painting to ceramics, metals, and glass. We invite you to take a look back through 100 years of children and teen classes at TMA then visit the Works on Paper gallery to explore more of TMA’s history.
At the Toledo Museum of Art, art education is connected to everything we do. We design classes, programs, and activities for people of all ages to help them learn to see better through engaging with great art. The hands-on activities in this hallway provide a sampling of the multi-sensory and multi-modal learning experiences available to our visitors through our tours, special exhibitions, and class programs.
We invite visitors of all ages to explore the works of art in our collection through the activities in these halls.