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Appointment-Only Visits to Begin at University of Findlay’s Mazza Museum

Appointment-Only Visits to Begin at University of Findlay’s Mazza Museum

University of Findlay’s Mazza Museum is scheduled to re-open next week with a few changes to the visit guidelines. Due to COVID-19, visitors are being asked to schedule their visit to allow for proper social distancing and sanitization. “We are so excited to welcome visitors back to the Mazza Museum on a by appointment only basis,” said Karen George, senior director of advancement. Starting on Aug. 12, Mazza visits will be by appointment only, and need to be scheduled by completing the visit request form found on the Mazza Museum website. “Please give us at least 72 hours advance notice...

The Beauty of Passion and Art: Mazza Docent Shares Knowledge

The Beauty of Passion and Art: Mazza Docent Shares Knowledge

Ask nearly any docent at University of Findlay’s Mazza Museum, and they’ll likely tell you one of two things: they have a passion for books or they have a passion for children. They might even tell you they have both. Mazza docent Deb Mihalik is no different. In fact, she confessed that she has always had a passion for reading, even before studying elementary education at The Ohio State University and supplementing her love of books with her work at the city library in her hometown of Martin’s Ferry, Ohio during those summers. Even in her young life, it seemed,...

Coming Together in the Name of Art: Mazza Conference Enjoys Around-the-World Success

Coming Together in the Name of Art: Mazza Conference Enjoys Around-the-World Success

The University of Findlay’s Mazza Museum 2020 Summer Conference was one that not only delivered its regular cornucopia of educational material, discussion, and fun, it also provided a much-needed respite from the goings-on in our current world climate. The three-day conference, held from July 13 through 15, was held virtually this year, but the camaraderie and connection that make it such a beloved and necessary bi-annual event was clearly evident and well-intact, despite the change to online delivery. It was a well-rounded group of attendees, according to Mazza Museum director Ben Sapp. “We had 17 states represented, people from Canada,...

Annual Enchanted Brush Virtually Showcases “Creatures Most Curious”

Annual Enchanted Brush Virtually Showcases “Creatures Most Curious”

The Enchanted Brush annual summer exhibition featuring works by gifted artists from around the world, will take place July 10 through Aug. 7 virtually in the University of Findlay’s Dudley and Mary Marks Lea Gallery website. Out of an abundance of caution due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the decision has been made to hold the sixth annual Exhibition virtually and to not hold an in-person artist reception or live gallery tours at this year’s event. Dan Chudzinski, curator for the University of Findlay’s Mazza Museum, explained what started as a late-night discussion between artists soon evolved into a way...

University of Findlay Student Publishes Children’s Book

University of Findlay Student Publishes Children’s Book

Since she was a child, University of Findlay graduate student and children’s book author/illustrator Hitomi Otani has been an avid reader. Her mother, she recalled, belonged to a picture book club when Otani was little, where the books were brought to their front door on a monthly basis. Being raised in an environment in which she was surrounded by creativity – her mother writes Japanese poetry and her late father painted – created in her a thirst for expression. By her own admittance, she was not a particularly artistic child; but, since she had nearly unlimited access to books and...

Joy in Art: Mazza Volunteer’s Love of Children’s Literature Travels Far

Joy in Art: Mazza Volunteer’s Love of Children’s Literature Travels Far

One lasting goal for University of Findlay’s Mazza Museum volunteers and staff has always been to spread the love of children’s books and their illustrations as far as it can carry. In part, because of volunteers like Cam Taylor ’67, docent and coordinator of the Children’s Art Exhibit at Mazza, this idea periodically takes wing even further than first anticipated. A perfect example is when Taylor conducted a tour for visitors who were at Mazza as guests of the Arcadia Lutheran Church. The visitors, who were Tanzanian, did not speak English, but were there with an interpreter to learn about...

Illustrator E.B. Lewis Discusses the Importance of Juneteenth

Illustrator E.B. Lewis Discusses the Importance of Juneteenth

In celebration of Juneteenth, Ben Sapp, director of University of Findlay’s Mazza Museum, interviewed award winning illustrator and fine artist, E.B. Lewis, to discuss the importance of Juneteenth with his book, “All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom.” Watch the full recording on our website here. Through the eyes of one little girl, “All Different Now” tells the story of the first Juneteenth, the day freedom finally came to the last of the slaves in the South. Since then, the observance of June 19 as African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond. This...

2020 Young Artist Workshop “Flipped” to Virtual

2020 Young Artist Workshop “Flipped” to Virtual

The University of Findlay’s Mazza Museum Young Artist Workshop will be held virtually July 20-24 via Zoom and Google Classroom. This event helps children learn about the fascinating world of picture book art in a fun, exciting way with instruction from children’s book illustrators, Mazza staff, and local area teachers. Heather Sensel, education coordinator at the University of Findlay’s Mazza Museum, said, “our mission for this year’s virtual Young Artist Workshop is to allow the participants a way to express their feelings while unleashing their creativity during this difficult time.” This year’s Young Artist Workshop theme is “Flipped!” The young...