Exhibits exploring ‘Reclaim & Collaborate’ theme to open Sept. 21

September 20, 2012 | Arts, UToday
By Angela Riddel

“Willys Jeep” by Lonnie Dewise is featured in the exhibit titled “Universal Future.”

The University of Toledo Department of Art will host two exhibits that explore the theme of “Reclaim & Collaborate.”

“Universal Future,” an exhibit created through the collaboration of M12, an artist collective, and UT faculty and students will be presented in the Center for the Visual Arts Gallery on the University’s Toledo Museum of Art Campus, Friday, Sept. 21, through Sunday, Oct. 14.

The military beginnings of the Jeep are well-known. What is less-known is how this amazing Toledo vehicle has earned its stripes in agriculture as well. Colorado-based artist collective M12 is working with UT students and faculty to create an exhibit reflecting this remarkable history of Toledo’s Jeep.

“Universal Future” will utilize a Willys-Overland Civilian Jeep as a vehicle for reassurance about living with post-industrial and post-agricultural realities, and as a battle cry for positive social action.

This photo is part of Daniel Farnum’s exhibit titled “Harvest: Michigan’s Urban Agriculture.”

“Harvest: Michigan’s Urban Agriculture,” a photographic display from artist Daniel Farnum, will be on display in the Center for the Visual Arts Clement Gallery from Friday, Sept. 21, through Sunday, Oct. 21.

Farnum will present photographic works that document Michigan’s urban farms. His portraits of participants in this new industry include hipsters, neighborhood teenagers, unemployed factory workers and restaurant owners. These portraits address the eclectic nature of community and optimistic passion for sustainable living.

An opening reception for these free, public exhibits will be held Friday, Sept. 21, from 6 to 8 p.m.

The Center for the Visual Arts Gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Hours for the Clement Gallery are Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

For more information, contact Ben Pond, UT lecturer of art and gallery director, at benjamin.pond@utoledo.edu or 419.530.8348.

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