Sculpture Exhibit in Carlson Library during Fall Semester

Judith Greavu
Landforms: sculptures inspired by geological forms and processes
Carlson Library
Fall Semester 2014

Road Cut (Cast Bronze)

Road Cut (Cast Bronze) – 12″ length

The Carlson Library is honored by the opportunity to showcase Landforms, a series of work by Prof. Judith Greavu.  These small sculptures, created from bonze, aluminum, wood, and stone, in the artist’s words “celebrates geological forces as well as human intervention with those forces.”  The materials that seem hard and unrelenting have been transformed into scenes that are soft, fluid, and ever changing.

Stream Cut with Island (Cast Aluminum)

Stream Cut with Island (Cast Aluminum) – 18″ diameter

It’s an extension of these “forces”, combined with ecologic concerns that inspired her creation, “Current Forces,” a large scale bronze and glass sculpture located on the south side of Bowman-Oddy.  Installed in the fall of 2013, this sculpture was brought to the University with the help of the Ohio Arts Council, the UT Campus Beautification Committee, and representatives of the UT science faculty.

Hills with Spring  (Walnut and Bronze)

Hills with Spring (Walnut and Bronze) – 18″ length

Prof. Judith Greavu received her MFA from Bowling Green State University and taught at Ohio Northern University from 1985-2005. She is a professional artist who works in all media, with bronze being the media of choice for much of her work. She has exhibited regionally and nationally, including the Toledo Area Artists Annual Juried Exhibit, the Midwest Sculpture Initiative, the Sculpture Center in Cleveland, and ArtSpace/Lima. She has also completed large sculpture commissions for the Ohio Northern University, Tiffin University, Blanchard Valley Hospital, and the University of Florida.  She has received numerous honors for her work throughout the state of Ohio and the country.

Drowned Coastline (Cast Aluminum)

Drowned Coastline (Cast Aluminum) 20″ length

The exhibit is located on the first floor of the Carlson Library.  While visiting be sure to view the pieces from different angles, as each sculpture was created to offer different visual experiences.

Guest artist Blocksma to lecture on found and repurposed materials

Please join us Wednesday, January 15 at noon when the Canaday Center in Carlson Library will host an interesting art lecture with the UT Art Department’s visiting artist Dewey Blocksma, a former emergency room physician and local outsider artist who has become renowned for his creative and imaginative work with found objects and repurposed materials.  Learn more about the artist.

The lecture is co-sponsored by Friends of the Library.

Dewey Blocksma Event Poster


Islamic Art Spots: Film & Discussion at Toledo Museum of Art

Carolyn Putney, Chief Curator, Toledo Museum of ArtOn Friday, September 27th, the University Libraries and the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) are hosting a discussion around Islamic Art at 7:30 p.m. in the Little Theater at the TMA.  We will be showing Islamic Art Spots, a series of short films about art from Muslim societies, as highlighted in the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf, a collection of books and films that presents diverse perspectives on the people, places, histories, beliefs, and cultures of Muslims in the United States and around the world. After the film spots, join a discussion with Carolyn Putney, curator of Asian art, about works from TMA’s own collection that fit into the stories of Muslim Journeys.

This talk is free and open to the public (paid parking is available at the museum).  It is not necessary, but you can RSVP on Facebook.  For more information about this and other upcoming events related to the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf, please see our LibGuide.

Rosamond Purcell Artist’s Lecture Thursday February 28th

On Thursday February 28th the Department of Art and the Friends of the University Libraries will host a noon lecture by internationally recognized photographer and author Rosamond Purcell.   Purcell, whose work frequently celebrates cultural and natural history, is best known for her photographs of collections that document these histories.  These photographs often focus on objects that have been preserved in the archives and collections of natural history museums, representing significant turning points in scientific history and are, in their own right, aesthetically beautiful. She has written or illustrated 17 books and has worked collaboratively with some of the world’s most esteemed scientists, including Stephen Jay Gould.  In addition to participating in numerous group exhibitions, Ms Purcell has had more than 50 solo exhibitions of her photography.   Her work is in the permanent collections of many institutions including The Metropolitan Museum, New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.  Additionally, her work can be found in Smithsonian, National Geographic, and Slate magazine.
This event is free and open to the public. Reception with refreshments will immediately follow the lecture.

Date/Time: February 28th at 12:00 noon
Place: Canaday Center for Special Collections, 5th floor, Carlson Library
University of Toledo, Bancroft campus

For further information please contact:

David Remaklus at: , 419.530.4030

Book Artist Elisabeth Tonnard to present talk on Wed., Oct. 10

Elisabeth Tonnard, an artist and poet working in the areas of artists’ books, photography, and conceptual literature, will present a talk about her art on Wednesday, October 10, at noon in the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections on the fifth floor of Carlson Library on UT’s main campus.

Since 2003, Tonnard has published 25 books, which are included in numerous private and public collections.  Her work features how visual culture and visual events are seen in the light of literature.  Tonnard’s books have won numerous awards, including the jury prize of the Sheffield International Artists’ Book Prize last year.  Her works have been exhibited widely, and she is a member of the Artists’ Book Cooperative.

Tonnard received a master’s of arts in literature from Radbound University in the Netherlands, and a master’s of fine arts from the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, New York.  She lives and works in the Netherlands.

A reception will follow her talk.  This talk is co-sponsored by the Friends of the University Libraries.  For more information, contact David Remaklus, Carlson Library, at 419-530-4030.

Tonnard Talk Flyer

HSC Art Showcase at Mulford through 2/21

If you happen to be on the Health Science Campus, please check out the Mulford Library’s HSC Artists’ Showcase, on display through February 21st.  Here are some photos from the opening reception:

Calling all art students …

artist's palette

artist: Kilom691 / used under CC license

… and faculty … and others interested in art books and resources at the UT Libraries!

The Toledo Museum of Art Reference Library in collaboration with Carlson Library would like to hear from library users on your use of art books, databases and other resources and services.  We primarily want to hear from art majors, students taking studio art or art history courses, and faculty and staff who use the libraries for art purposes.  But all are welcome to take the survey who are interested in helping us improve our services and collections in the visual arts.

Please take a few moments now to fill out our survey. Or if you’d like to take it later, the link will remain up for most of the semester.

NOTE:  You may also opt in for a prize drawing – an art book, of course!

Health Science Art Show: Submissions Wanted

The Mulford Library is seeking submissions for its 2012 Health Science Campus Artist Showcase.  To be considered for the show, faculty, staff and students in the health sciences, including nursing, medicine, pharmacy and the health professions, can send electronic images of their artwork to

For important submission guidelines and other details, please go to

Submission deadline is 5pm, Friday, December 9, 2011.

Contact Jodi Jameson (419-383-5152 or if you have any questions.

We look forward to seeing your artwork!

Health Science Campus Artists Showcase

From January 20th until February 21st, the Mulford Library will be hosting an art show displaying the work of UT health sciences students, staff, faculty, and health professionals.

A reception celebrating the artists will be held on Friday, Jan. 28 at Mulford from 4pm-6pm.  The featured speaker will be Dr. Donna Woodson.  Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Jodi Jameson at 419-383-5152 or  Check out the art show website at

Heart of Lily - Larry Low

Heart of Lily - Larry Low