‘Wearable Conditions,’ BFA Thesis exhibitions this week

April 25, 2017 | Arts, Events, UToday, Arts and Letters



This year’s “Wearable Conditions” exhibition will be held Thursday, April 27, at 6 p.m. in the Toledo Museum of Art’s Glass Pavilion.

“Students in the School of Visual Art’s Department of Art have created extraordinary hybrids of sculpture plus fashion plus research to fabricate runway-ready works of art,” Brian Carpenter, UT gallery director and lecturer in the Art Department, said. “Students dove into analysis of diseases such as Type 1 diabetes, delusional disorder and neuroblastoma.  

“HIV/AIDs” by Shelly Trivisonno is from last year’s “Wearable Conditions” exhibit.

“Students worked to understand the impact of these conditions on the individuals who suffer with the disease and those who care for the afflicted. They even worked with physician partners and heath-care workers to familiarize themselves with the toll the diseases take on their victims,” he said.

Students employed costuming techniques, old and cutting-edge technologies, sewing machines and computer numerical control machines to craft dramatic sculptural responses to the conceptualization of the particular virus, disorder or disease they chose to study. 

In addition to the exhibition, there will be lectures by Brian Kennedy, president, director and CEO of the Toledo Museum of Art, and Dr. Mysoon Rizk, UT associate professor of art history and director of the Roger Ray Institute for the Humanities.   

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., and the show will begin at 6 p.m. at the TMA Glass Pavilion. 

Due to limited seating in the Glass Pavilion, the show will be streamed live in the Center for the Visual Arts Haigh Auditorium on the University’s Toledo Museum of Art Campus.  

Immediately following the “Wearable Conditions” exhibition, there will be a reception for the BFA Thesis Exhibition in the Center for the Visual Arts Gallery. 

This exhibition features works by eight graduating students who will receive bachelor of fine arts degrees. The work spans multiple mediums, including photography, ceramics, painting and virtual reality.  

The works will be on display through Wednesday, May 3.

For more information on the free, public exhibitions, contact Carpenter at brian.carpenter@utoledo.edu.

These archival pigment prints by Sebastien Schohn are featured in the BFA Thesis Exhibition.