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Famed Disney Studios Artist to be Featured in Mazza Museum Like Never Before

Famed Disney Studios Artist to be Featured in Mazza Museum Like Never Before

An incredibly unique exhibit has just landed at the University of Findlay’s Mazza Museum. The works of Hardie Gramatky, an early author and illustrator for Walt Disney who later created the Little Toot tugboat series, has come to life through an extensive exhibit. In 2017, the Mazza Museum acquired a large percentage of Gramatky’s original artwork, as well as his personal studio furniture and art supplies. Dan Chudzinski, curator of the Mazza Museum, stated, “From the moment these relics were uncrated, it was evident that Hardie’s spirit was alive and well, and the idea for a very special exhibition was set into...

Acceptance and Growth: University of Findlay Alumnus is Happiest Right Here

Acceptance and Growth: University of Findlay Alumnus is Happiest Right Here

Matthew Bower M ’11, an art teacher with Findlay City Schools, says that he takes inspiration from many areas. He finds it in people; he finds it in nature; and, as a teacher of Kindergarten through 5th grade, he also finds much reward in watching the students he guides move from grade to grade, year to year, adapting and growing with their artistic abilities. As a child, Bower said, he was “always into creating and making things,” so the gravitation toward art wasn’t a surprise. The natural world that continues to inspire him today was regularly available in his childhood, as...

Mazza Museum Brings Back Tales for Tots & Funday Sunday with a Twist

Mazza Museum Brings Back Tales for Tots & Funday Sunday with a Twist

Enjoy Tales for Tots and Funday Sunday programs at University of Findlay’s Mazza Museum like never before. This year, Mazza is taking the programs directly to participants through a virtual format. These programs are free and open to the public. While registration is not required, those who do register for events each month will be entered to win a special gift! Each program session will be recorded and displayed on the Mazza Museum’s website for future viewing. By offering these programs virtually, Mazza hopes to be able to reach, and inspire, more children than ever before through the art of...

Six renowned artists/authors to be featured in Mazza’s Virtual Weekend Conference 2020

Six renowned artists/authors to be featured in Mazza’s Virtual Weekend Conference 2020

University of Findlay Mazza Museum’s Weekend Conference 2020 will be offered virtually Nov. 13 and 14. Attend the Weekend Conference for graduate credit, undergraduate credit, or for general registration. Specifically designed for educators, artists, authors, and children’s book enthusiasts, those who participate will be able to enjoy learning from the featured professionals. As in years past, the event will feature six renowned children’s book artists and authors whose works have brought smiles to countless children. Cost of registration for Mazza’s Virtual Weekend Conference is $50 and includes attendance to all six keynote sessions, multiple chances to win door prizes, and...

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...