More than 20 advanced students from The University of Toledo’s Concepts in Art, Studio and Theory course will exhibit their work Saturday, Dec. 12, from 5 to 11 p.m. on the sixth floor of the Secor Building, 425 Jefferson Ave.
The free event will feature work from the community of artists who maintain studio space inside the historic structure as well as more than 30 vendors offering handmade goods and crafts for holiday shopping at the marketplace area.
“The students’ unique and personal practices explored current and complex issues through a diversity of works ranging from sculpture, photography, design and ceramics. Spanning the mystical, ideological and political, the exhibition is the culmination of each student’s investigation into both the practice and theory of their chosen subject,” Brian Carpenter, UT lecturer of art and director of the Center for the Visual Arts Gallery.
The Concepts in Art, Studio and Theory course prepares studio art majors for a bachelor of arts degree through an exploration of what it means to construct a creative and meaningful life as an individual focused on the arts, according to Carpenter.
“The course provides an experiential and creative forum that is bound by theories and practices of contemporary art, inspired by visiting artists, and embedded in the Toledo art community,” he said. “It is in this context that emerging artists hone previously acquired skills and knowledge to create self-directed works of art based on concepts, research and class critiques. These works of art are at the center of this exhibition.”