Category: Artists

2017 Mazza Weekend Conference Keynotes

2017 Mazza Weekend Conference Keynotes

The fall 2017 Mazza Weekend Conference keynote speakers were an eclectic mix of traditional and non-traditional, fiction and non-fiction, big city and small town.  Their art styles, background, experience and content were quite diverse making for an interesting and stimulating weekend of learning. The conference kicked off on Friday evening with David McPhail, who, has...

November 21, 2017September 25, 2018
Donating a Memory: The Desk of Hardie Gramatky

Donating a Memory: The Desk of Hardie Gramatky

A favorite pen, a childhood blanket, an old chair—there are some objects we use so frequently in our lives that they become more than merely objects. They bear our fingerprints and our impressions. They become curators of our most cherished memories, and we can’t bear to part with them, no matter their condition or age....

July 26, 2017September 25, 2018

Fun Finds at Summer Conference 2017

This year’s summer conference hosted nine outstanding keynote presentations from authors and illustrators hailing from around the country and brought picture book enthusiasts together. While our more than 200 conference attendees from 16 states are no strangers to learning new things, every aspect of the event gave them something new to take in from keynote...

July 26, 2017May 17, 2018
Study Tour Artists Roll Out Red Carpet

Study Tour Artists Roll Out Red Carpet

Barbara Meyers, a veteran docent and study tour attendee, has noticed some trends over the years. When Mazza brings docents, teachers, and picture book enthusiasts to visit, the artists seem to have a few characteristics in common. They have beautiful yards and flowers; they have a pet of some kind; they have eclectic home décor,...

June 27, 2017September 25, 2018
No Rest for the Wicked: Enchanted Brush 2017 is Positively Villainous

No Rest for the Wicked: Enchanted Brush 2017 is Positively Villainous

Did Findlay’s friendly butter flake roll maven actually transform into something evil? Visit the third-annual Enchanted Brush exhibition, curated by the Mazza Museum’s Dan Chudzinski, at the University of Findlay to see for yourself. Villains are the theme of the public show, now open in UF’s Dudley and Mary Marks Lea Gallery through Aug. 4;...

June 9, 2017September 25, 2018
From Pop Culture Archeology to Cakelustration: Mazza Summer Conference To Celebrate Artists and Authors

From Pop Culture Archeology to Cakelustration: Mazza Summer Conference To Celebrate Artists and Authors

A pop culture archeologist, a screenwriter, a graphic novelist and a “cakelustrator,” who uses cake as her medium, are among the creative and talented artists and authors expected to present this July at the Mazza Museum at the University of Findlay. From July 17-19, the Mazza Summer Conference will feature a total of nine keynote...

April 25, 2017September 25, 2018
National Academy of Sciences Exhibit Explores Mazza Art With Scientific Themes

National Academy of Sciences Exhibit Explores Mazza Art With Scientific Themes

Art from the Mazza Museum at the University of Findlay that illustrates and instructs through picture books will stimulate audiences in “Igniting the Imagination,” an exhibit with themes in science, medicine and engineering that the Museum will send to the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. from March 6 through Aug. 7. “Any time...

February 6, 2017September 25, 2018
Wordless Picture Book Author Awarded Mazza Medallion

Wordless Picture Book Author Awarded Mazza Medallion

How can I tell this story? In what interesting way can I present it to the reader? These are the questions author/illustrator David Wiesner, who accepted the Mazza Medallion at the Mazza Winter Conference this November, asks himself as he begins a new project. The 11th recipient of the award presented by the Mazza Museum...

November 22, 2016May 17, 2018
Storytellers Offer Inside Look

Storytellers Offer Inside Look

Mazza Weekend Conference welcomed more than 300 participants to hear from award winning artists from around the world. Artists featured this year included Mazza Medallion Recipient David Wiesner (read more about Wiesner’s acceptance of the award here) as well as Tony Abbott, Sergio Ruzzier, Brian Biggs, Nikki McClure and Dan Santat. Each speaker gave participates...

November 22, 2016May 17, 2018
Mazza Funday Sunday to Walk on the Wild Side

Mazza Funday Sunday to Walk on the Wild Side

Animals take the spotlight as the Mazza Museum welcomes special guests from Toledo Zoo and Aquarium and illustrator Jenny Hanf for “Animal Alphabet” from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 6. The Museum, located in the University of Findlay’s Virginia B. Gardner Fine Arts Pavilion, takes reading books about animals to a new level with...

October 24, 2016September 27, 2018