Through the lens: Artists frame Glass City experiences

February 8, 2011 | Arts, UToday
By Staff

glass-city-landscape-postcard-front-wo-bleedNine students armed with cameras set out to capture the urban landscape of Toledo last semester.

The results are striking.

“The work that the students were producing was so good that I put together a group show proposal for the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo,” said Seder Burns, visiting assistant professor of art. “This is a competitive process. Our show was accepted.”

“The Glass City Landscape: 10 Area Artists Interpret the Urban Landscape of Toledo” is on display through Friday, Feb. 25, in the Parkwood Gallery, 1838 Parkwood Ave. The free, public exhibit can be seen Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

“Familiar encounters with our city and its suburbs are amplified with color, distortion and visual repetition to deepen our sensitivity to our own Toledo reality,” Burns said of the show.

Works in the exhibition are by students who took the Light and Landscape Photography class last fall: John Aston, Fred Bretzloff, Susan Castillo, Aubrey Kirkendall, Kristen Long, Katy Payne, Noah Roszczipka, Jacob Tebbe and Cherilyn Von Maluski.

“Exhibiting prepares students for life as professional artists,” said Burns, who was the curator of the exhibit and included his impressions as well. “They had to print their images, mat and frame them, prepare resumés, produce the postcards, hang the show, market the show, and make a website.

“Having an exhibition record will assist the students if they should apply to graduate school,” he said. “And it is a nice opportunity to show off their work to the public.”

For more information, contact the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo at 419.254.ARTS (2787) or go to

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