UToledo Art Faculty Showcasing Work Internationally

June 21, 2022 | Arts, News, UToday, Arts and Letters
By Meredith Troxel

Four faculty members in the Department of Art at The University of Toledo are showcasing their work and expertise to international audiences.

Deborah Orloff, professor of art, was selected to be one of two American artists to participate in an international residency program and international exhibition in Budapest this September.

Thor Mednick, professor of art history, served as the primary co-editor of the book “Culture and Conflict: Nation-Building in Denmark and Scandinavia, 1800–1930.” Mednick collaborated with fellow contributors to curate the theme of the volume and personally wrote a chapter and the forward.

Eric Zeigler, assistant professor of art, will have his photography on display in Rome from August 4 through 12. His photographs were selected among more than 1,400 entries for the exhibition. Zeigler also was chosen as one of 80 finalists for the Helsinki Photo Festival. If chosen, his photography will be on display during an exhibition from July to October in Finland.

Barry Whittaker, associate professor of graphic and interactive design, produced audio for international experimental radio networks Radia and Radio WORM. Radia broadcasts across 17 different countries, covering 10 different languages. Radio WORM merges popular culture and performing arts into an alternative art production. Whittaker’s work as a producer was part of his recent professional residency experience in Rotterdam, Netherlands, in April.

Orloff, Zeigler and Barbara Miner, professor and chair of the Department of Art, recently contributed to the International Visual Literacy Association’s book of selected readings — a highly competitive and prestigious academic journal.

“On top of providing outstanding teaching, the department’s faculty continue to set and exceed a very high bar for their own creative activities,” Miner said. “They model best practices for students because they continue to explore opportunities for presentation, publishing, exhibition and participation widely. All of that professional experience comes directly back into the classroom where our students benefit from faculty who create a rich, world-engaged and informed education.”

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