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In the Right Place: Ben Sapp Knows Past and Future of Mazza Museum

In the Right Place: Ben Sapp Knows Past and Future of Mazza Museum

Ben Sapp ’93 M ’95, said that there’s something different about the University of Findlay and its Mazza Museum. There is, he explained, no such thing as a typical day for most here. “You just don’t know who’s going to walk in or the story that will take place because of a work of art or connection with an illustrator. That’s what makes it special. The unknown,” he said. Sapp, director of University of Findlay’s Mazza Museum, told a story about some sixth graders from Findlay City Schools that were visiting the Mazza during fall break one year, and one...

A Young Volunteer: Will Templin Helps to Make Sundays Fun Days.

A Young Volunteer: Will Templin Helps to Make Sundays Fun Days.

Throughout the course of our lives, we generally have a story about relying on the kindness of others. We can be at a proverbial low part of the day, month, or even year, and then someone comes along to brighten our spirit just by being who he or she is. For University of Findlay’s Mazza Museum and the kids that frequent its events, that person has been volunteer Will Templin. “Will is one of those kids you cannot help but like,” said Heather Sensel, the Museum’s museum/education/volunteer coordinator. “If he says he’s going to be here, he is. If you...

It’s a Wrap on Mazza Summer Conference 2019

It’s a Wrap on Mazza Summer Conference 2019

The campus of University of Findlay was abuzz with child-like excitement recently, as the Mazza Museum’s Summer Conference was held on July 15th through the 17th. The three-day conference where teachers, librarians, and book lovers partake in educational and engaging presentations from some of the top authors and illustrators in the picture book industry, included keynote speakers Jessixa Bagley, Allison Black, R. Gregory Christie, Matthew Cordell, Fred Koehler, Erin Stead, Philip Stead, Emma Virjan and Adam Watkins. For this season’s conference, participants were treated to a wide and wondrous array of presentations, including breakout sessions from Mazza staff, local illustrators, and...

Laiho Rotation: Matthew Reinhart

Laiho Rotation: Matthew Reinhart

Matthew Reinhart is arguably the most prolific Paper Engineering Artist in the picture book industry. His gravity-defying pop-ups are sought out by the most recognizable brands in the world. From My Little Pony to The Walking Dead, Matthew continues to delight his fans with every turn of the page. When it came time to relocate from New York City to San Francisco, Matthew was left with the daunting task of finding a home for the many original works of art that occupy his studio and storage units. When Matthew reached out to the Mazza Museum for assistance, we were happy to welcome...

Mazza Gallery at Toledo Zoo Opens in New ProMedica Museum of Natural History

Mazza Gallery at Toledo Zoo Opens in New ProMedica Museum of Natural History

A University of Findlay must-see mini Mazza Museum is open to the public, at the Toledo Zoo, of all places, and it’s a beauty. The Mazza Gallery, made possible with donated artwork and creative vision from UF’s Mazza Museum, is located on the second floor of the new ProMedica Museum of Natural History. But, why visit an art gallery when there are live animals to be seen at the world-famous Toledo Zoo and Aquarium? Here are some of the best reasons: The stories. The gallery’s current “Lines, Tigers and Bears” exhibition includes eye-popping original artwork that corresponds with the books the pieces are...

Students Creatively Give Back

Students Creatively Give Back

At the recent Market Day at the Food Truck lunch in the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts, some Bigelow Hill Intermediate 5th grade students finished the year with an entrepreneurial project with giving back in mind. The students had previously met with various non-profit organizations in Findlay, and then chose non-profits to raise money for by selling student-created, made, and marketed items. This certain group of brilliant little philanthropists chose the Mazza Museum! The students made excellent origami bookmarks for the Market Day event, and also came to the museum and sold their products in the Great Hall before...

Full STEAM Ahead: Condas’ Donation Helps Make Mazza Museum Addition Possible

Full STEAM Ahead: Condas’ Donation Helps Make Mazza Museum Addition Possible

The University of Findlay invites the public to celebrate the planned Joseph and Judith Conda STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics/medicine) Education Center addition to the Mazza Museum, thanks in part to generous lead financial donors Joseph and Judith Conda. A ceremony with the Condas, which will include the unveiling of architectural renderings, will be held Wednesday, April 3 at 3 p.m. at the Museum. Joseph “Joe” and Judith Conda’s legacy of investment in quality and sustainable causes has greatly impacted Northwest Ohio residents, including Mazza Museum visitors of all ages who for years have enjoyed original picture book illustrations...

McBeth Does Hometown Proud

McBeth Does Hometown Proud

Author/Illustrator, T.L. McBeth, better known as Trenton McBeath, did his hometown proud on Sunday, February 3, as he gave his first Mazza presentation since being published. Trenton spoke about his latest title, Robot in Love, sharing the process from conception of the idea (which started in about 5th grade) to pitching the idea to his publisher, and then finally being a published book. The audience enjoyed learning about Trenton’s journey since he left Findlay to pursue his dream of being an author and illustrator. Trenton has several more books under contract for publishing and looks forward to presenting again at...