Multiple art forms on display in Center for the Visual Arts

January 18, 2012 | Arts, UToday
By Angela Riddel

“Phones” by Emily Pohlman is featured in “Millennials: A Portrait of Generation Next,” which can be seen in the Center for the Visuals Arts Gallery through Sunday, Feb. 5.

The University of Toledo Department of Art is hosting a unique event in its Center for the Visual Arts Gallery in January and February.

“CVA Project Space 2012” features a photography exhibit, a play that will be performed on two of the weekends during the run, and the work of UT drawing students to be showcased the last week of the exhibition.

The photography exhibit is titled “Millennials: A Portrait of Generation Next” and features works by students of Seder Burns, lecturer of new media, who teaches digital art and photography. The free, public exhibition is on display through Sunday, Feb. 5.

The works in “Millennials” endeavor to identify and explore the characteristics of Generation Y: people ranging from age 18 to 29. These millennial artists used photography to explore and illustrate facets of personal and generational identity, including the sexuality, technology, morality and mentality of the Millennial Generation. Collectively, these images construct a body of humanity, visualizing more than the face of one, but the many faces of an entire generation.

“CVA Project Space 2012” will go beyond the visual arts to include the performing arts. “Exhibition,” a play written by Dr. William McMillen, UT provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, for the Glacity Theatre Collective and directed by Cornel Gabara, UT assistant professor of theatre, will be performed in the gallery Friday through Sunday, Jan. 27-29 and Feb. 3-5. Show times are 8 p.m. for Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. for Sunday.

The play follows a couple who, each year on their anniversary, visit the painting they were viewing when he proposed. What might their former and future selves have to say about the life they’ve forged together?

This untitled work by Kyle Timmons will be part of “Measure Project, Explorations in Drawing: Large-Scale Drawings Inspired by Minimalism,” which will be on display Monday through Sunday, Feb. 6-12.

Tickets for the play are $20 and are available here or by calling the UT Center for Performing Arts Box Office at 419.530.2375. Seating is very limited. For the “pay what you can” matinee Sunday, Jan. 29, tickets will be available at the door only and payable by cash or check.

On the final week, Monday through Sunday, Feb. 6-12, “CVA Project Space 2012” will exhibit “Measure Project, Explorations in Drawing: Large-Scale Drawings Inspired by Minimalism.”

As minimalism is an art form concerned with a highly calculated formal exploration, these drawings are an exercise in restraint. Completed by students from the fall semester Explorations in Drawing course, these artworks challenge the definition of drawing and explore the vocabulary of closely related form and content.

The free, public exhibitions can be seen Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

For more information about the exhibitions, contact Ben Pond, lecturer in art and director of the Center for the Visual Arts, at or 419.530.8347. For more information about the play, contact Holly Monsos, UT associate dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts and executive director of the Glacity Theatre Collective, at or 419.530.8354.

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