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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...

Funday Sunday Smash!

Funday Sunday Smash!

Can you believe 1,092 people converged upon the campus of University of Findlay to celebrate Legos Funday Sunday-style? What a turnout! There were over 129 volunteers and 26 different stations. The Greater Toledo Lego Club, Bigelow Hill Intermediate School Lego Club, Snapology, and Girl Scouts of Western Ohio were just a few of the clubs that participated in the brick-filled fun. Of course there were plenty of art activities and our ever-popular face painting station. Many of our own UF students volunteered at various stations such as American Sign Language, Computer Science, Physics, the Newhard Planetarium, and Japanese Culture. “Goofy...

Mazza Museum Holds Watch Party for Big Awards

Mazza Museum Holds Watch Party for Big Awards

The biggest awards in picture books were shown on the big screen on Jan. 28 in the Mazza Museum. Volunteers were invited to join the staff to watch the Youth Media Awards given by the American Library Association. Coffee, and some Caldecott quizzing made the morning a fun time for all. Of course, we kept track of our Mazza artist friends who were recognized for their books. Sophie Blackall, Brian Lies, Paul O. Zelinski, Scott Magoon, Dan Santat, Yuyi Morales, Grace Lin, Ian Schoenherr, Jarrett Krosoczka and Sergio Ruzzier have all been to Mazza or been visited by the Mazza Study Tour and...

Fall Weekend Conference ’18

Fall Weekend Conference ’18

The Mazza Fall Weekend Conference had something for everyone! The weekend kicked off with the awarding of the Mazza Medallion of Excellence to David A. Carter. The award is given bi-annually to an illustrator who shows diversity of style in their work. David was a perfect choice for this award due to his attention to age and development with his work. We enjoyed hearing his talk about his career and muses as well. Saturday was full of excitement beginning with author Phil Bildner whose energy was infectious! His presentation told about his work as a teacher in the Bronx and...