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Art for Dummies: Wilson Gallery Changeover Shows Development Process

Art for Dummies: Wilson Gallery Changeover Shows Development Process

The Wilson Gallery at the University of Findlay’s Mazza Museum is now chock-full of dummies. No, it’s not loaded with intellectually-challenged folks or inanimate “humans” used for testing the safety of automobiles; rather the intent is to occupy the gallery with dummy books. The official definition of a dummy book is a three-dimensional, often hand-drawn prototype, which helps to organize the text, illustrations, and rhythm for the final published book. In layman’s terms, a rough draft of sorts, or a practice book, if you will. The exhibition, features the work of Steven Kellogg, the author and illustrator of more than...

Up Close and Personal: Mazza Docent Enlivened by Art

Up Close and Personal: Mazza Docent Enlivened by Art

If you’ve visited the University of Findlay’s Mazza Museum, you know that it is a magical place filled with wonderful books, art, and a love of literature. With this abundance of fantastical things, it is tremendously easy to get lost in the magnificence of the Museum. As is the case with any place that is so engaging, when you’re wrapped up in its glory, the fact that there are lots of people who come together to make it what it is isn’t always at the forefront of one’s mind. That, though, is just how the Museum likes it–let the art...

A Promise Made is a Promise Kept: Mercers Take Up Dream

A Promise Made is a Promise Kept: Mercers Take Up Dream

Human beings are lucky if they have a single passion giving them joy on a regular basis. When a person is blessed with multiple passions, however, particularly those types of passions that can and do help others who are searching, whether it be for basic human needs–food, clothing, shelter, love–or other things that serve to assist people and make them better in this world, it’s particularly fortunate. Rarely is a person, along with these passions, blessed with the desire to widely spread the joy that comes with them to those folks who need it most. These people are special, so...

The Children Are Our Future: Mazza Museum Docent Lifts Spirits

The Children Are Our Future: Mazza Museum Docent Lifts Spirits

Adults are just outdated children.         -Dr. Suess It takes all sorts of people to make the world spin. Some grown folks love children, and others would prefer to spend time with those their own age. Some people, when they get to their golden years, slow down substantially, not always because that’s the way they prefer it, but because it’s necessary for their mind, for their body, for their happiness. Ruby Sproul, a docent at University of Findlay’s Mazza Museum is not one of those people. Not only has she not slowed down after turning 90 in...

Six Acclaimed Illustrators and Authors to Attend Mazza Museum’s ’19 Weekend Conference

Six Acclaimed Illustrators and Authors to Attend Mazza Museum’s ’19 Weekend Conference

Written by Joy Brown, University of Findlay’s Media Relations Coordinator. Registration is now open for University of Findlay Mazza Museum’s popular Weekend Conference, which will be held Nov. 8 and 9. The 2019 event will feature six renowned children’s book artists and authors whose works have won numerous awards and delighted readers of all ages. To register, visit here. The Weekend Conference, which is open to all, is designed for educators, artists, authors, and children’s book enthusiasts. Participants enjoy learning sessions and dinner with the featured professionals, and autographing sessions. One conference guest, illustrator Peter Savage, will also help to...

Inspiration from Everywhere: UF Senior Director of Advancement Looks to Help Others

Inspiration from Everywhere: UF Senior Director of Advancement Looks to Help Others

Those who really know Karen George, University of Findlay’s senior director of advancement, would have a difficult time believing the way she describes her disposition as a young girl. George, known to all she meets as a bubbly, positive, and diligent woman who sets goals and inevitably reaches them, said of the early part of her childhood that she was “painfully shy”; so much so that she rarely spoke at school. “My teachers all liked me, I got good grades, and I was animated enough when I was at home, but I was completely different at school” she said. That...

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...