Visual art

Exhibit of photos by Bianca Garza looks at authentic versus synthetic

Submitted by ART SUPPLY DEPO Test Plot: An Exhibition of Medium Format Photography by Bianca Garza is now on exhibit at he Art Supply Depo, Bowling Green. 435 East Wooster, Bowling Green. A reception with the artist will be held   Saturday, March 24, 2018 from 5-7 p,m. The show continues through March 25. Sustainable, locally sourced light finger foods from Fowl and Fodder will be served at the reception, as well as locally sourced beverages. Test Plot is meant to serve as visual commentary regarding our society’s tendency to replace the real with the synthetic. Greatly inspired by the effects of industrialized agriculture on soil, plant, animal, and human health, the photographs in this body of work aim to ask, ‘has our movement towards a culture that places an emphasis on the surface and the short-term fix been worth it?’  As we move further away from a deep understanding of that which truly sustains us and towards greater magnitudes of industrialization, what are we losing? Bianca Garza is a photographer currently living in Grand Rapids, Ohio along the Maumee River. In 2012, she received her bachelor’s degree in Visual Communication Technology from Bowling Green State University. As a contracted photographer, she now works with BGSU’s Office of Marketing & Communications, creating images for their website, magazine, social media, and other various marketing materials. Outside of her commercial freelance work, she maintains a practice of traditional medium- format photography, alongside passions for regenerative agriculture and ancestral wisdom. More of her photographs can be found on her website and blog at www.BiancaGarza.com.


Past, present, & future live in the art of indigenous activist Dylan Miner

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News In the language of the Metis one word refers both to ancestors and descendants. The word means both great-grandparents and great-grandchildren. For indigenous people the past, present, and future are not a continuum but ever present, said Dylan Miner, an artist, activist, scholar and educator from Michigan. “All are intimately connected in a being that is myself,” he said. And all that’s connected in the art he creates. Miner, who teaches at Michigan State, was the guest for the opening talk in the Homelands and Histories Speaker Series presented by the Institute for the Study of Culture and Society at Bowling Green State University. He spoke Tuesday at the Wood County District Public Library. Miner’s art is deeply rooted both in the history of indigenous peoples and their current struggles, which are fought to secure the future. Miner is Metis on his father’s side. The Metis are a people that trace their ancestry back to the descendants of indigenous people and French and English fur traders. Miner’s people lived on Drummond Island until removed. The land of the Metis stretches from the Georgian Bay to through western Canada, straddling the border with the United States. The Metis language, Michif, is a mix of French nouns and Cree verbs and grammar. Miner introduced himself in Michif and then in Ojibway, which he learned from Ojibway elders living in Lansing. The first art work Miner discussed was a fire bag, called colloquially an “octopus bag,” which his grandfather’s grandmother had, and which still remains in his family. It was used to carry the herbs for medicine. Miner continues to use natural materials for some of his own art. In a piece celebrating Louis Riel, a Metis who led two insurrections against the fledgling Canadian government in the late-19th century, Miner altered archival photos by covering Riel’s image in birch bark. The legal systems that ended in the executions of Riel in Canada or 38 Dakota men in Minnesota in 1862, the largest mass execution in U.S. history, persist to this day, he said. It was around 1862, Miner noted, that his Scandinavian ancestors on his mother’s side arrived in the Midwest, availing themselves of free land offered by the government. Pointing out a photo of his ancestor’s farm, he said: “Even when individuals are not actually participating in a system of mass violence, the benefits are passed to them.” In 2015, 110 years after his grandfather’s grandfather was arrested for poaching when he went to harvest a deer on traditional tribal land, Miner recreated that landscape using copper pipe, drawings of constellations each with 110 stars, 110 copies of the arrest documents, and deer antlers. “The material is important to me in its relationship between me and the history, the stories, the land.” The work, in part, reflects the mix emotions about pipelines. His great-grandfather was one of the first to come to the city, where he worked as a pipefitter. There are “beautiful pipelines,” Miner said. Metaphorical pipelines, he said, bring students of color and first generation students to the university. And the copper pipes like those he used in the installation bring water into homes. “Then there are the pipes that are smoked in many indigenous communities as a way of connecting with the…


Hard work & inspiration on display at BGSU undergrad art exhibit

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News When Laura Dirksen was 7 years old, she went digging for clay. She’d just learned about the material and was intrigued that it could be found in her back yard. She was so intent on her search and digging the hole that she almost got stuck. Her father had to come out to get her. In truth, Dirksen admits now, mostly she found mud. She rediscovered clay about a dozen years later in her second year studying art at Bowling Green State University.  She started as a painting major. “I fell into the ceramics program my sophomore year,” she said, “and things really shot up from there.” And it made her feel her nostalgic for her childhood adventure. Dirksen’s ceramic sculpture “Degrade” won the Medici Circle Best of Show Award at the Undergraduate Art Exhibition, which opened Sunday in the University Galleries in the Fine Arts Center. The show continues through Feb. 19. “Degrade” is her reflection on the tendency to denigrate people, especially women. The form reflects her own shape, and features the admonition: “Why do you always degrade Tom?” “Tom,” she explained, is a stand in for society. While “a lot of people tear things down … I try to bring out the best.” Dirksen, who grew up in Maria Stein in Mercer County near the Indiana border, wasn’t sure she’d ever make it to college. “In high school my academic level wasn’t exactly the best, but my art stuff was always what kept me going.” After high school she ended up working two jobs and realized that’s not what she wanted. Dirksen recommitted herself to her art. She came to BGSU as a painting major. In her sophomore year, she was introduced to ceramics. Working with clay heightened her sense of touch. “It’s really intense. You’re always working. It’s humbling,” she said. “You work constantly at something, and you’re not going to get your best results unless it’s something you’ve done 1,000 times over.” Seeing a completed piece is “a reminder of how hard you work, and that’s the most rewarding thing ever.” Dirksen credits Professor John Balistreri with instilling that kind of work ethic into his students. “He teaches us in a very disciplined manner. It’s intense. I’ve never had to work as hard. I’ll be better off having worked with him.” Dirksen has returned to painting. That offers a different look at the use of color, which she employs in her ceramics. One of her paintings, “Materiality #2 (6022)” won second place honors in painting. She studied painting with Mille Guldbeck. The show features the work of more than 100 students. The exhibit is an important milestone for many students, said Charles Kanwischer, the director of the School of Art. “For lots of them this is the first time they’re coming out of the classroom and seeing their work in a different arena,” he said. “When you put it up in the gallery, you see it differently, and some of the tentativeness and fears you have about it can be eased when compared to other students.” The show’s importance is why Marissa Saneholtz, who teaches metals and jewelry, encourages her students to participate and helps them prepare their applications. A 2008 graduate of BGSU, she remembers how important it…


Visiting photographer Osamu James Nakagawa captures intimate images of life & death within his family

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News For Osamu James Nakagawa photography is a matter of life and death. Nakagawa bookended his Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Lecture on campus last week with two images. One showed him still a baby being greeted by exuberant relatives on his family’s arrival back in Tokyo. It was the first time, they’d seen either him or his older brother, both of whom were born in New York City. He closed with a video of his mother on her death bed, close up images of her last breaths. This autobiographical streak runs through the photography he showed to the audience gathered in the Fine Arts Center at Bowling Green State University. It does not totally define him though. Nakagawa has won acclaimed for his series of photos of the cliffs and caves on Okinawa where people go to commit suicide. The cave shots are so dark that they barely registered on the screen. He shot them he said at a very slow shutter speed with a flashlight as the only illumination. Also, he photographed the areas around the U.S. military bases on the Japanese island. They are stark representations of an unwanted military presence that brings crime, including rape, to the province. Nakagawa studied painting and sculpture in Houston, and then returned to Japan to work as an unpaid assistant to his uncle who was a photographer. To earn some money, he worked with American photographers helping them find the subjects and locations their editors wanted. The lists of requests were always the same – geishas strolling down the street and Mount Fuji. He knew he wanted to photograph what they were missing. He returned to Houston to get a master of fine arts in photography. In 1998, Nakagawa said his life was a whirlwind. At the time his daughter was born, his father was diagnosed with cancer. The photographer was living in Indiana, where’d he’d just taken a position at the University of Indiana. “All these things were happening,” he said, “and I was taking photographs. I didn’t see it as a body a work. I needed to slow things down. Things were going so fast. I thought by taking photographs I would slow it down.” He studied the work of others who made their families the subject of their cameras, including Emmitt Gowin. So he found himself taking baby photographs, something he’d never imaged himself doing. And he found himself taking photographs of his father as he went through chemo therapy, losing 40 pounds, going bald. That, he admitted, was hard. Nakagawa wanted to take a photograph of his father bathing in the hot springs near the family’s home. It took convincing to get his father to pose naked. His son drew a detailed sketch of the image he wanted. Then his father announced one morning that they should go and take the photograph. It was early, no one would be there. The soft light, Nakagawa said, was perfect. His father had also bestowed upon him a crate of family memorabilia. Nakagawa brought what he found together for family portraits that spanned decades. One showed his father’s brother heading off to fight in World War II juxtaposed with 8mm home movies of Nakagawa’s family visiting Disneyland, a trip he was too young to…


Older artists invited to submit work for 50+ Shades of Grey exhibit

From BOWLING GREEN ARTS COUNCIL Bowling Green Arts Council is proud to announce 50+ Shades of Grey, an exhibit that will feature the work of artists who are 50 years of age or older. The show will occur February 23rd through March 28th, 2018 at the Wood County Senior Center, 305 N. Main Street, BG. All artists may submit up to two original works of art in any two-dimensional medium.  Members of Bowling Green Arts Council may submit up to three works. The entry fee for the show is $20 and the deadline for submission is February 5, 2018.  For more information regarding this exhibit and the application and payment process, please consult the BG Arts Council website at www.bgartscouncil.com, or you may obtain an entry form at the Senior Center. An opening reception at the Senior Center with refreshments and entertainment will be held from 5-7 pm on Friday, February 23. Guests will be able to vote for a People’s Choice Award to be announced at 6:45. The winner will receive a $50 gift certificate courtesy of The Art Supply Depo.  50+ Shades of Grey is sponsored by the BG Arts Council and the Wood County Committee on Aging.


Photo exhibit at Way Library brings those served by WCBDD into focus

Submittted by PRIZM “Lens on Learning; A Social Documentary of Developmental Disabilities,” a collaborative photography project completed this past year by BGSU students with individuals served by the Wood County Board of Developmental Disabilities, is  on display through February 15 exhibit at The Way Public Library Gallery. The exhibit is presented by the library in collaboration with PRIZM Creative Community. The project not only brought awareness to the BGSU student who were paired with an individual served by the WCBDD and captured their story through photography,  but it helps the community at large to be aware of the community integration program administered by the WCBDD for our disabled citizens.   This five year old program has captured the life of many developmental disabled individuals who live, work and contribute in our community. (See related story http://bgindependentmedia.org/portraits-in-friendships-between-bgsu-student-photographers-wood-lane-individuals-exhibited-at-toledo-museum/) In 1990 the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act addressed the needs of people with disabilities and prohibited discrimination in employment, public services, and public accommodations. Thirty-five years before the ADA, The Wood County Board of Developmental Disabilities, a county agency, began to support and assist Wood County residents with developmental delays in increasing their skills, capabilities and independence. “The camera provides a tangible means to connect with one another and the world,” writes Lynn Whitney, the BGSU professor of photography who directs the senior level Community Projects Class at BGSU. “This class challenges students to forge personal relationships and explore aspects of being human from a vantage different than their own. This year we offered the camera to our partners from Wood Lane allowing us to speak with not just for them. This year, governmental mandates to privatize many key services provided through WCBDD, influenced our seeing to reveal a fuller picture of the lives of individuals so often living and working at the margins.”   The exhibition pieces hung on the gallery walls at The Way Library documents the day to day life of disabled individuals served by WCBDD at home, work, and play as captured through their BGSU Student partner. This year a select number of those served by the program were also mentored by their BGSU friends to learn about photography, and then produced creative pieces with their new knowledge. Those photo pieces created by the disabled individuals were also framed and are on display as part of the “Lens on Learning,” exhibit inside the 3-D showcases on easels. The project inspires each of us to consider what skills we have to offer in mentoring others, and what our social responsibility in the community is.  Those interested in this Social Documentary are welcome to enjoy the exhibit in the downstairs gallery at The Way Public Library, 101 E. Indiana Ave. during normal library hours through February the 15. PRIZM Creative Community is a 501 (c.) (3) Nonprofit organization, which supports education, service, and collaboration in the literary and visual arts.  Appreciation is expressed to The Way Public Library in Perrysburg for being the host venue for the exhibit. Coming next month to the gallery will be the start of the annual Education Series sponsored by PRIZM to highlight the work of area professionals in Arts Education for youth. The Series will start with the Preschool Picasso Exhibit, and in the months following feature the work of Perrysburg School District programs. For…


BGSU Arts Events through Jan. 23

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Jan. 10 — BGSU’s Guest Artist Series welcomes back former faculty member and pianist Yu-Lien The. A prizewinner of the 12th International Piano Competition Viotti-Valsesia and the Deutsche Musikwettbewerb, The has performed at the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival and at Carnegie Hall, with the new music ensemble Opus21. Frequent collaborations with saxophonists Joe Lulloff and Henning Schröder have led to several world premieres of new commissions for both piano and saxophone. The performance will begin at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall, located in the Moore Musical Arts Center. Free Jan. 13 — Sigma Alpha Iota members will present a Winter Musicale at 6 p.m. in the Choral Rehearsal Hall in the Moore Musical Arts Center. Free Jan. 14 — Praecepta, the student chapter of the Society of Composers, Inc., will present a performance of their work titled “24/24.” The group promotes new music activities in the Bowling Green community. The performance will begin at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall, located in the Moore Musical Arts Center. Free Jan. 16 — Violinist Harvey Thurmer is the next performer in the Guest Artist Series. Thurmer is active in the promotion and recording of new music. His recording of Kurtag’s “Kafka Fragmente” with soprano Audrey Luna, available on the Ars Moderno label, represents the first recording of this monumental work by American artists. The performance will begin at 8 pm in Bryan Recital Hall, located in the Moore Musical ArtsCenter. Free Jan. 18 — Visiting Writer Clifford Chase will read from his fiction. Author of “Winkie” and “The Tooth Fairy: Parents, Lovers, and Other Wayward Deities (A Memoir),” Chase teaches at Wesleyan University. The reading will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Prout Chapel. Free Jan. 18 — The Guest Artist Series presents Li-Shan Hung on the piano. She made her Carnegie Hall debut at Weill Hall in 2003 and was invited to present a second Weill Hall recital in 2005. The recipient of numerous music performance prizes, she has performed and taught around the world. Her performance will begin at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall at the Moore Musical Arts Center. Free Jan. 19 — BGSU presents EAR | EYE: Listening and Looking: Contemporary Music and Art in conjunction with the Toledo Museum of Art. The performance series explores the relationship between contemporary music and art through performances in front of contemporary works of art, featuring BGSU doctoral candidates in music. The presentation will begin at 7 p.m. at the Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St., Toledo. Free Jan. 22 — The Guest Artist Series presents Sandra Shapiro on the piano. Shapiro has an active career as both performer and teacher throughout the United States and Europe, and she appears as a soloist in recitals and orchestras and acts as both a recording artist and chamber musician. The performance will begin at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall, located in the Moore Musical Arts Center. Free Jan. 23 — Percussionists arx duo will perform as part of the Guest Artist Series. With a repertoire ranging from established masters to today’s newest compositional voices, arx duo has worked closely with composers such as Alejandro Vinao, James Wood and Gaudeamus Prize-winner Ted Hearne. Always seeking opportunities to bring percussion to a wide variety of audiences, the group has given concerts, outreach performances and master classes at universities and conservatories in Japan and the United States. The performance will begin at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall in the Moore Musical Arts Center. Free


Mural embraces multi-dimensional view of health

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Artist Bonnie Cohen makes her living helping institutions celebrate. In synagogues, nursing homes, Jewish Community Centers, and schools all along the East Coast, her murals celebrate donors who funded those institutions and their missions. Those murals, she said, are not just generic listings of names, but reflect the good work that happens within those buildings. That’s the spirit with which the Akron artist took on a mural now in place in the lobby of the College of Health and Human Services at Bowling Green State University. Wednesday she and a crew of six were on campus to install the mural, which was funded through the Ohio Arts Council’s Percent for Art Program. That program allocates 1-percent for purchasing public art for any new building or renovation of $4 million or more funded by the state. The university wanted something that was abstract, but invoked the seven dimensions of wellness. What she has created is a mural made from sundry tiles, ceramic, recycled glass, marble, about 25 different types in all. It wraps around the wall across from a south facing window, so those tiles will catch the light and change with it. Two darkly shaded arms wrap around the wall. These represent the darkness those in need of help find themselves. The mural grows lighter in color as it moves to the center, a large circle with two hands along the edges. The circles evoke an all-embracing community and the variety of tiles, the diversity of those who make up that community. This, Cohen said, reflects what she was told by those on the 12-person panel that selected her work. “I have the feeling they really want their students to be aware of that the health issues, but also the total person and bringing them into wellness.” Cohen said the mural was influenced by a residency she had at a New Jersey center for those suffering from aphasia, difficulty in speaking because of brain injury, usually stroke. Her mother, who suffers from dementia, suffers from aphasia. Cohen said she worked with 70 patients at the center to create a mural. One story in particularly touched her. A man had lost his ability to speak because of a stroke. “At all his family gatherings, at parties, and dinner he felt like he was at the outer edges,” she said. “When he walked into this aphasia center, he felt like he belonged somewhere.” He joined the circle of community. Cohen has also include quotations from Albert Einstein, Mother Theresa and others related to the seven dimensions of wellness – physical, emotional, intellectual, social, spiritual, cultural, and occupational. “It is not how much you do, but how much love you put into the doing that matters,” reads the quotation from Mother Theresa. This mural is the newest addition to a campus full of public art. That includes most prominently the Donald Drumm murals on Jerome Library. Cohen has known Drumm since she was a child. Both are from Akron, and Cohen’s father, who was an accountant, did Drumm’s books. “He traded services for sculpture,” she said of her father. Drumm did a fireplace for Cohen, and her husband, Randy, who works with her. Her husband handles the business end of her work, and he was also on…


Alli Hoag glass art takes wing at the intersection of technology & daydreams

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Inside the River House Arts gallery in the Secor Building in downtown Toledo, art lovers can find respite from the dreariness of winter. Projected on the wall is an image of glistening water with bubbles rising to the surface looking up through the surf at the Hawaiian sky. The water is reflected in the surfaces of the reflective concave domes spread across the gallery floor. The domes were salvaged from a failed solar panel plant. The projector is hidden beneath one of the domes. The work is part of “Alternative Beginnings,” a solo show of work by glass artist Alli Hoag. The exhibit continues in the gallery through Jan. 27. (For information on hours click.) The art in the show plays on Hoag’s fascination with nature and how we perceive it. In an age when so much is at a digital remove, Hoag wants to engage the viewer’s body in the act of understanding art. Most of the pieces use convex glass domes. Inside are cast glass images of moths, canaries, and hummingbirds. “Using the distorted lens makes them (the viewers) evaluate what they’re seeing,” the artist said. It’s as if they are “seeing with a new set of eyes.” “They have to be very present to understand the work, and the work changes as they move through the space.” People will view the work from a different angle depending on their height, or where they are standing in the gallery. As they move, that view changes. The glass domes at once magnify the image, and yet keep it at a distance. Hoag aims to give the viewer both this physical experience and the psychological experience of “being immersed in your own thoughts, your daydreams, your internal dialogue.” The creatures are set against mirrors. Sometimes the reflection completes the form. “It’s a really fun way to take these elements that I cast and make them a little more than themselves within this space,” she said. A living hummingbird could never be caught this still. The frame of the work includes parts of an old map, so it provides the intimate look at the bird and a wider view of a larger world. Neither of these views are possible without the intercession of art. A partial canary, set in industrial glass made by Pilkington, engages the idea of decay, and “the way we can resuscitate things we remember in daydreams, memories, and imagination,” Hoag said Hoag’s fascination with nature is rooted in her childhood. Hoag, 36, grew up in Palm Beach, Florida. “The nature of Florida is pretty exotic and beautiful and really wild when you get away from the cities.” Each summer, her family would travel between Florida and the Bahamas. “We would go fishing and diving and basically live off the ocean for a month every summer.” She memorized the fish identification charts. On land she attended Catholic school. “I love all sorts of myths and religions,” Hoag said. “Myth, technology, and science are all poking at this thing we’re trying to understand, the unknown. I pull from all the stories that these three areas talk about to get to that angle to overcome that distance … to find ways we can connect to the things outside of ourselves.” When she went off…


Alli Hoag solo exhibit opens at River House Arts, Dec. 14

From RIVER HOUSE ARTS An opening for  Alli Hoag’s solo exhibition “Alternative Beginnings” will be held Thursday, Dec. 14 at River House Arts in the Secor Building, 425 Jefferson St., Toledo. This new collection of work investigates the translation of the real through the distorted lens. Sculptural compositions of glass and mixed media are created as a synthesis of both physical and mirage, manifesting in the same realm as one’s perception. Hoag has exhibited extensively across the U.S. and Europe and is currently serving as head of the Glass Program at Bowling Green State University. A graduate of Alfred University (MFA) and the University of Hawaii at Manoa (BFA), Hoag developed her work internationally through residencies at Cite des Arts International (Paris, France) and S12 Galleri og Verksted (Bergen, Norway). “Alternative Beginnings” runs through January 27.


Photographer captures the hope & resolve of global refugees

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Alishia McCoy was so moved by the faces staring at her from the photographs on the wall at Jerome Library, and by the stories that accompanied them, that she just had to tell someone. She turned to the two men also looking at the display of images of refugees. Those photographs made her reconsider her life. Attending Bowling Green State University from Cleveland, McCoy was very aware that most students here have more than she has. Many receive gift cards from parents, she has to work for everything she needs. “I could write a book about things that could be better,” she said. But here was the image of a woman who gets a kilo of beans and two tablespoons of salt every two weeks. “These people have nothing,” she said. “Literally only their bodies.” As it turned out one of the men was Tariq Tarey, who was a refugee himself and now lives in Columbus. His mission is to capture the stories and images of refugees around the globe. These were his photographs. And just a photograph inside the study room nearby could be of an older man from Brooklyn, not from a Greek refugee camp, so could McCoy or either of the men be the subject of one of the photographs. All are humans. “Refugee Stories from Three Continents” opened at the library as part of the Immigrant Ohio Conference held earlier this month at Bowling Green State University, The photographs will remain on display through April in the first floor of the library, inside the study room adjacent to the Thinker’s Café and on the wall outside. Tarey is no stranger to the world. He was born in Mogadishu, the son of a Somali diplomat. He spent a good part of his youth in the Arabian Peninsula and in India before arriving as an asylum seeker in Columbus. That’s where he got involved in photography. He loved the craft, but more than just taking photos, he wanted to use his art to help people. Tarey he said he was “jealous” of the way European immigration was documented, but little is known about new refugees and immigrants from Africa like himself. At first that was documenting the Somali refugee community in Columbus, then to camps in east Africa and in Greece to visit others who have fled their homes. He uses a 4 by 5 sheet camera and makes black and white prints. This technology, he said, dates back to the American Civil War, so he knows it will last. Digital technology comes and goes. He doubts the staying power of the millions of images on Facebook and Instagram. He wants his work to last. He saves all the odds and ends from his travels, but the most important element are his photographic negatives. He works with a camera decades old. So old, refugees suggest that they should collect money to buy him a new camera. He also carries a Polaroid camera. He uses that for reference prints and to have a photo to give to his subjects. “I never hold things back.” Refugees will invite him to share a meal with them. They want to hear his story as a Somali in America. “This person is offering me everything they have….


BGSU Arts Events through Dec. 3

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Nov. 26 – Praecepta, the student chapter of the Society of Composers Inc. at BGSU’s College of Musical Arts, will give a performance at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall, located in the Moore Musical Arts Center. Free Nov. 27 – The Graduate String Quartet will perform at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall at Moore Musical Arts Center. Free Nov. 28 – The University Choral Society will perform a festive holiday program titled “Joyous Sounds: A Yuletide Celebration,” featuring the BGSU Graduate Brass Quintet and Michael Gartz, organist at First United Methodist Church. The performance will begin 7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Bowling Green. Free Nov. 29 – Trombonist Brittany Lasch will give a Faculty Artist Series performance. Lasch was the winner of the 2015 National Collegiate Solo Competition hosted by the U.S. Army Band and the 2010 Eisenberg-Fried Brass Concerto Competition, and was the recipient of the Zulalian Foundation Award in 2014. Her trombone quartet Boston Based was just named the winner of the 2017 International Trombone Association’s Quartet Competition. Her performance will begin at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall, in the Moore Musical Arts Center. Free Nov. 30 – The Concert Band will give a concert at 8 p.m. in Kobacker Hall, located in the Moore Musical Arts Center. Advance tickets are $7 for students and $10 for other adults; tickets the day of the concert are, respectively, $10 and $13. Tickets can also be purchased at bgsu.edu/arts. For more information, call the box office between noon and 6 p.m. weekdays at 419-372-8171. Dec. 1 – Celloist Deborah Pae will conduct a free master class at 3:30 p.m. in the Choral Rehearsal Hall and give a free performance at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall, both at at the Moore Musical Arts Center.  Pae’s 2017-2018 season highlights include concerto performances of “Rhapsodies for Cello and Strings” by Jeffrey Mumford and Haydn’s Concerto in C as well as chamber music and solo recital tours in New York, San Francisco, Toronto, London, Brussels, France, Indonesia and Taiwan. Dec. 1 – The Men’s and Women’s Chorus will be in concert at 8 p.m. in Kobacker Hall, located in the Moore Musical Arts Center. Advance tickets are $7 for students and $10 for other adults; tickets the day of the concert are, respectively, $10 and $13. Tickets can also be purchased at bgsu.edu/arts. For more information, call the box office between noon and 6 p.m. weekdays at 419-372-8171. Dec. 2 – The College of Musical Arts will hold a Music Audition Day for prospective students in the Moore Musical Arts center. Visit bgsu.edu/musical-arts for more information. Dec.  2 – ArtsX, the annual holiday extravaganza, offers a showcase of art across the spectrum for art lovers of all ages. The 13th annual event theme is “Make. Believe.” and will feature the magic and imagination of puppetry as well as the talents and creations of students, faculty and alumni musicians, artists, dancers and performers. BGSU alumna Mel Hatch Douglas brings her Madcap Productions Puppet Theatre to campus, and BGSU puppet master Bradford Clark will share some of his puppet masterpieces. Hands-on activities, exhibits, demonstrations and art sales for holiday shoppers round out the evening. The talents of School of Art faculty and staff will be part of the ArtsX experience with the opening of the 66th annual Faculty and Staff Exhibition. Their mixed media, print, paint, glass and graphic works will be displayed in the Dorothy Uber…


“Glorious Splendor” pulls Toledo Museum visitors into the wonder of early Christian Era art

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News The Toledo Museum of Art’s new exhibit Glorious Splendor” comes in a small package. Don’t let that fool you. The 27 objects dating from 200 to 700 A.D. tucked into the museum’s Gallery 18, live up to the grand title of the show. They are a dazzling array of gold and silver object encrusted with jewels that draw the visitor in with their intricate detail. The objects, both sacred and secular, have historical significance that matches their physical beauty. “Glorious Splendor: Treasures of Early Christian Art” will be on exhibit through Feb. 18. A few of the items are from Toledo’s own collection but most are from private collections in North America, which curator Adam Levine has brought together for this exclusive exhibit. Once the show closes the objects will be returned to their owners. “If you do not see this show, you’ll never see them again,” Levine said during a press preview last week. Levine, the museum’s associate director and associate curator of ancient art, said he’d developed relationships with the private collectors. It took about a year to pull the show together. “The donors just want to make sure their objects look as beautiful as they can,” he said. The pieces have been at the museum of several months so custom mounts could be made to show them in the most advantageous light.  Levine did further research about each piece, so the donors learn more about their objects. The museum’s reputation for collecting “only the highest quality works” and maintaining that high standard in its exhibits is also important to the donors, he said. “Collectors are honored when we tell them their collections are the same caliber as our permanent collections.” The period covered by the exhibit is one of great historical significance, as the Roman Empire, evolved from a pagan entity to a Christian one. While scholars have written extensively about it, Levine said, it is difficult to bring together objects that tell that story. That’s the mission of “Glorious Splendor.” “The theology of early Christian Era was very unsettled. … There was a lot of debate about the nature of Christ and the nature of the gospels.” Some objects depict Roman gods and heroes. Others celebrate the emperor. And others feature the iconography of emerging Christianity. “Christianity emerged out of a cultural matrix, images of emperors and non-Christian deities were still being produced and still being circulated,” he said.  So Christian artists drew on the aesthetics of pagan iconography to illustrate Christian beliefs. “There are a lot of continuities, a lot of similarities, in the ways artists produced and the type of imagery used,” Levine said. “This exhibit really takes that continuity as its focus. The collectors were really interested in having their objects used to tell that story.” Two objects have particular historical significance, he said. One is a gold bust of the emperor Licinius II, who succeeded Constantine and was a crucial figure in moving the Roman Empire toward Christianity. This is the only portrait of Licinius. The second is a silver paten, or plate, used in worship showing The Communion of the Apostles. The paten has a double image of Christ serving communion to Paul and the Apostles in a church setting.  Dating from about 550 A.D.,…


Art 4 Animals show on exhibit at Four Corners

From BOWLING GREEN ARTS COUNCIL The Bowling Green Arts Council and Four Corners Center is hosting Artists 4 Animals 5 at the Four Corners Center, 130 S. Main Street, from November 10 through November 28th. Thirty-two artists of all ages, kindergarten through adult, are exhibiting their animal-themed work in the show, which is free and open to the public during regular Four Corners hours of 9am to 5pm Monday-Friday. The show features selected top winners in each age category as well as best domestic and wild animal. Several of the artworks depict dogs and cats currently at the Wood County Humane Society, as depicted by Eastwood High School students. First place award winners are: Best Domestic Animal, Anna Gerken, “Begging for Treats” Best Wild Animal, Jean Gidich-Holbrook, “Iguana” Adults, Isabel Zeng “Bunny Ears K-4th Grade, Aya Aldailami, “Two Animals” 5th-8th Grade, Robbie Witte, “Racing Steeds” 9th-12th Grade, Hope Harvey, “Baybee” The winning images are reproduced on note cards that are available for purchase at the Four Corners Center.  Sales of the cards will benefit the Wood County Humane Society and the Bowling Green Arts Council.  This event is sponsored in part by The Copy Shop and Kabob it BG.  


BGSU Arts Events through Oct. 31

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Through Nov. 9 – “Milestones: A Celebration of BGSU School of Art Alumni Featuring Studio Arts, Design and the 25th Anniversary of the Digital Arts Program” continues in the Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery at the Fine Arts Center. The exhibit is part of the 38th annual Bowling Green State University New Music and Art Festival. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 6-9 p.m. Thursdays and 1-4 p.m.Sundays. Admission is free. Oct. 20– The 38th annual New Music and Art Festival presents Concert 6, featuring the mixed-chamber group Latitude 49 (L49), whose focus on commissioning and supporting living composers has resulted in more than 30 works written for them. Their performance will begin at 8 p.m. at Kobacker Hall in the Moore Musical Arts Center. Free Oct. 21– The 38th annual New Music and Art Festival presents a panel discussion at 10:30 a.m. at the Marjorie E. Conrad, M.D. Choral Room, located in the Wolfe Center for the Arts. Free Oct. 21– The 38th annual New Music and Art Festival presents Concert 7, featuring electroacoustic works by Kong Mee Choi, Asha Srinivasan, Mike McFerron, Scott Miller, Jay C. Batzner and Konstantinos Karathanasis. The performance will begin at 2:30 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall, in the Moore Musical Arts Center. Free Oct. 21– The 38th annual New Music and Art Festival presents the final concert, Concert 8, featuring the Bowling Green Philharmonia and Percussion Ensemble in a performance of a series of orchestral and percussion works. Tickets are $7 in advance and can be purchased at bgsu.edu/arts. The concert will begin at 8 p.m. in Kobacker Hall, at the Moore Musical Arts Center. Oct. 22 – The Sunday Matinee Series presents“Scott of the Antarctic”(1948, England, 110 minutes, directed by Charles Frend with John Mills, Derek Bond and Diana Churchill), with an introduction by film historian Dr. Jan Wahl. The harrowing race to the South Pole between Captain Robert Scott and Roald Amundsen of Scandinavia was a battle for survival. Which man would be the first to win fame and glory for his country, enduring the cold, the blizzards, the mountains and horrendous hardships? This adventurous docudrama in Technicolor is based on the true story of their expedition. The screening will begin at 3 p.m. in the Gish Film Theater, located in Hanna Hall. Free Oct. 22 – Composer and pianist Jake Heggie, the 2017 BGSU Creative Series artist in residence, will give a keynote address highlighting his creative process and life story. Composer of operas such as “Dead Man Walking,” “Moby-Dick,” “It’s A Wonderful Life” and more, Heggie has also composed nearly 300 art songs, as well as concerti, chamber music, choral and orchestral works, including the “Ahab Symphony.” He will also give a series of five master classes on Oct. 23 and 24 that are open to the public. To view the list, visit https://www.bgsu.edu/the-arts/events/creative-minds.html. His address will begin at 8 p.m. in the Thomas B. and Kathleen M. Donnell Theatre, at The Wolfe Center for the Arts. Free Oct. 23 – “Feminist Landscapes” is the topic of an ARTalk by BGSU alumna Lacie Garnes, an artist engaged in traditional and experimental image-making processes and works, primarily with lens-based photography and video. Her research is grounded in the theoretical discourse surrounding the landscape, feminist theory, identity politics and queer visuality — all of which inform her studio practice. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums both nationally and…