Art imitates space: Exhibit to open this week in Ritter Planetarium

April 13, 2015 | Arts, Events, UToday, — Communication and the Arts
By Angela Riddel

The University of Toledo Department of Art will be among the stars beginning Tuesday, April 14, in Ritter Planetarium.

UT student Xueling Zhao made this image for the exhibit.

UT student Xueling Zhao made this image for the exhibit.

As part of the planetarium program titled “Stars: Powerhouses of the Universe,” photographs made by students will be on display in the lobby gallery and on the dome as well.

A screening of the program will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and be followed by a reception with the artists. Seating is limited at the free, public program.

The exhibition titled “Faux Space” is the third photo show at the planetarium. The images on display were made in the Department of Art’s fall 2014 introductory photo course taught by Professor Deborah Orloff.

Students were challenged to create photos that evoke a sense of space in the extraterrestrial sense. They used a diverse range of materials to create their images — food, toys, pots, glitter, fire, lasers, smoke and oils.

All images were made with a digital single-lens reflex camera; they are not computer-generated or taken from space.

Student artists featured in the exhibition are Shalissa Bailey, Jamie Campbell, Andrea Fackelman, Emily Frank, June Galvin, Danielle Hedger, Qiong Jia, Leanne Jones, Chariti Lockhard, Nicelle McCuchen, Kathlynn Meyer, Kayla Perez, Alexandra Ray, Daniel Rivera, Madison Roy, Jamie Snyder, Drew Tansel, Chelsea Thompson, Xueling Zhao and Yue Zhao.

The gallery images will be on display throughout the summer during regular business hours and when there are shows at Ritter Planetarium.

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