This revamped, curated exhibition celebrates the best work being done by artists living within a 150-mile radius of the Toledo Museum of Art. The exhibition features regional points of view on subjects as varied as the tension between the urban and suburban, class struggle in Middle America, and war. Los Angeles Times art critic Christopher Knight, a former Toledo Museum of Art fellow and a three-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in criticism, is this year’s juror and will select this year’s Best in Show, first, second, and third place winners.
“This is one of the last shows of its kind nationally,” said Dr. Halona Norton-Westbrook, Andrew W. Mellon Fellow and TAA curator. “We put a lot of thought into how the parameters would look moving forward. It’s extremely important that we continue to provide space in our galleries for regional talent in a way that feels relevant.”
The changes made to this year’s exhibition were made to meet the evolving needs of the artistic community that the Toledo Museum of Art serves and to better align the exhibition with the Museum’s strategic objective of working with artists.
The exhibition features over 70 works by 28 artists. Visitors will see striking differences in work created by artists at different career stages and in different media, including sculptures, paintings, drawings, video works, installations, and ceramics.
“I’m really excited about this year’s exhibition,” said Dr. Norton-Westbrook. “The artists in this region are going to impress visitors with their talent, their creativity, and their craftsmanship.”
This free exhibition will be on display in Canaday Gallery from Nov. 21, 2014 to Jan. 4, 2015.