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Keep Creating: University of Findlay Student Enjoys Encouraging Outlet

Keep Creating: University of Findlay Student Enjoys Encouraging Outlet

It stands to reason that a student who has taken at least one art class every year for the duration of her academic career would have a fairly solid interest in the subject. For University of Findlay student Breanna Gilbert, however, art isn’t just something she’s interested in; it’s something she’s terrifically passionate about, and that, coupled with her zest for volunteering, makes her an ideal fit for involvement with the children’s illustration program at UF and for the University’s Mazza Museum. Born and raised in Massillon, Ohio, Gilbert said she remembers drawing and creating at a “very young age,”...

Good Listeners Make Great Docents: Sandy Reinhardt Grows with the Mazza Museum

Good Listeners Make Great Docents: Sandy Reinhardt Grows with the Mazza Museum

It takes many different sensibilities and skills to be a volunteer at University of Findlay’s Mazza Museum. You have to love children’s books and the art within them; you have to cherish the children and adults who read them and who visit the Museum, and you have to have an equal amount of dedication to education. Thankfully, the docents at Mazza collectively have all of those attributes, and more. One of those docents, Sandy Reinhardt, takes one such skill and makes sure to sharpen it regularly. “I remind myself to be a good listener when the children come,” she said,...

Success for Mazza Museum’s 2020 Virtual Young Artist Workshop Themed “Flip It”

Success for Mazza Museum’s 2020 Virtual Young Artist Workshop Themed “Flip It”

The 2020 University of Findlay Mazza Museum’s Young Artist Workshop for 2020 finished up recently after being presented virtually from July 20 -24. The change to online presentation certainly didn’t seem to damper any feelings of enthusiasm for participants or presenters, and in fact, it was abundantly clear that everyone involved, as the workshop’s theme suggested, did, indeed, “flip it” for the workshop. Aspiring young artists from grades three through eight picked up their boxes of supplies – all supplied by Mazza – the week before the start of the workshop, and once the workshop lessons got started, they were...

Celebrating 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage Movement

Celebrating 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage Movement

University of Findlay’s Division of Advancement recently celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Women’s Suffrage Movement through a virtual, multidisciplinary presentation for UF donors. A recording of the presentation is being released today in honor of the anniversary. A pivotal moment in history, the movement led to the ratification of the 19th Amendment by Congress on August 18, 1920, and gave women in the United States the right to vote. The “Virtual Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Women’s Suffrage Movement” webinar took an interdisciplinary viewpoint to discuss different aspects of the movement. Featured speakers included host Dr. Marcia...

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...