A dot in front of the Toledo School for the Arts was a part of the You Are Here project that has won a design award.
A film about paintings that are under the surfaces of famous masterpieces, Out of the Shadows, will be screened at 7:30 p.m. March 8 in the Little Theater of the Toledo Museum of Art. It focuses on the work of European scholars who use scientific techniques and scholarship to digitally restore hidden images under existing paintings and theorize why artists would paint over their own work. After the 55-minute film, museum conservators will discuss how they use scientific methods to better understand works in the collection.
The public is invited to a ceramics demonstration by Tom Marino, 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday in the Toledo Potter’s Guild Clubhouse on the grounds of Toledo Botanical Garden. Information: email@example.com.
Call for artists: Registration is still open for people who want to participate in Artomatic 419!, April 13, 20, and 27. It will be held in a 50,000-square-foot building downtown. This non-juried event features an eclectic collection of hundreds of visual artists, performing artists, and poets. In 2011, it attracted an estimated 10,000 people. Held biennially, it has helped create a cohesive arts scene in Toledo. Information: 419-254-2787 and www.theartscommission. org/programs/artomatic.
Applications are available for the Young Artists at Work (YAAW) six-week summer-employment program, open to high school students ages 14 through 18. Deadline is March 29. YAAW, operated by the Arts Commission and in its 20th year, aims to provide an intensive arts experience fostering self-expression and a quality work ethic. Information: 419-254-2787 and theartscommission.org.
The You Are Here Toledo public art project, which installed 100 three-feet-diameter “dots” at interesting and historical locales around the city last spring, is featured in the March issue of HOW Magazine as a winner of the magazine’s International Design Award. Of more than 1,000 submissions, 300 were accepted, and 20, including You Are Here Toledo, received outstanding ratings for Web site and mobile app components. The big dots, affixed to the ground, included an image of and basic information about each locale. A scannable QR code allowed smart-phone users to learn more about the location, the artwork, and the artist. The dots also had a URL for searching the work and an online map of all 100 locations.
Playing with the idea of “you are here” dots and arrows commonly found on locator maps, the project aimed to influence art, place, and the experience of walking. It was the brainchild of Jenn Stucker, head of the American Institute of Graphic Artists, Toledo chapter, and was coordinated by the Arts Commission, which paid artists for their designs with $25,000 from the city’s One Percent for Art program.
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