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Artwork of the Week: June 6

Posted on Friday, June 6th, 2014

John Sloan was one of a group of New York-based artists who created a particularly American style of painting: gritty urban scenes often painted with quick brushstrokes that suggest, rather than define, form. Here, Sloan depicts the marquee of a newly recognizable building in urban life: the movie house. These modern marvels were becoming more […]

Artwork of the Week: May 30

Posted on Friday, May 30th, 2014

Young women of the Mende people are traditionally initiated at puberty into Sande (SAHN-day), a society of women who are keepers of secret knowledge. A masquerade called sowei (SOH-way) is performed during an initiation ritual or celebration. Sowei is nearly the only time African dance masks are worn by women. This mask’s features express Mende […]

Artists within 150-mile Radius of Toledo Invited to Enter 95th Toledo Area Artists Exhibition

Posted on Thursday, May 29th, 2014

The Toledo Museum of Art will begin accepting submissions June 1 for the 95th Toledo Area Artists Exhibition (TAA). This year the call for submissions has a new twist. Artists will be invited to take part in the show based on a digital portfolio of their work. The exhibition, which will be on view Nov. […]

Toledo Museum of Art Participating in Blue Star Museum Program

Posted on Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

The Toledo Museum of Art is a Blue Star Museum again this summer. A collaborative effort of the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the U.S. Department of Defense and more than 2,000 museums across America, Blue Star Museums offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel, including National Guard and […]

Artwork of the Week: May 23

Posted on Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Sculptor Howard Ben Tré has chosen cast glass as his primary medium of artistic expression, using it to explore the merging of organic and geometric qualities in form and decoration. With sand-casting Ben Tré can achieve an aged feeling for his contemporary shapes and create sculptures suggestive artifacts from an imagined civilization. In fact, Ben […]

July 2014 Toledo Museum of Art Program Highlights

Posted on Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Exhibition Opening The Great War: Art on the Front Line July 25–Oct. 19, Gallery 18 Though World War I was eclipsed by World War II, its effects were severe: 16-million deaths, 20-million wounded, the end of four empires and the redrawing of European borders. Marking the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, […]

Ekphrastic Poetry Contest Winners Selected

Posted on Monday, May 19th, 2014

The winners of the 2014 Ekphrastic Poetry Contest at the Toledo Museum of Art have been selected. Winning writers will receive their awards and share their work during a ceremony at 7 p.m. May 16 in the Museum’s Great Gallery. A reception will follow at 8 p.m. in the Green Room. Ekphrasis—literary writing about art—has […]

Artwork of the Week: May 16

Posted on Friday, May 16th, 2014

Though born in Massachusetts, Whistler spent most of his career in Europe, first in Paris, then settling in London in 1859. Whistler painted this almost abstract view of the beach while on a trip to Trouville, France, with fellow painter Gustave Courbet. Whistler likely applied some of the paint to this canvas using a palette […]

Artwork of the Week: May 9

Posted on Friday, May 9th, 2014

In honor of Northwest Ohio’s Biggest Week in American Birding festival (May 6–15), we present this print by Audubon. As a child in France, Audubon began sketching birds, and in 1820—seven years after he moved to America—he decided to make his watercolors into a profitable endeavor. Audubon set out to paint every known North American […]

Artwork of the Week: May 2

Posted on Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Beginning as a porcelain painter, Diaz de la Peña later found his spiritual approach to nature paintings from his admiration for landscape painter Théodore Rousseau. The two artists actually met in this forest in 1837. The dense growth of trees dominates the canvas, but the bright blue sky peeks out from behind the leaves. A […]