Category: Toledo Museum of Art


Gabriel Dawe, a contemporary Mexican artist is world famous. His inndoor rainbows almost defy understanding, his work is made of hundreds of yards of embroidery thread on continuous loop.

The threaded installation is part of a series called “Plexus”—which is the word for the interlacing network of blood vessels and nerves that sustain the body.

Gabriel installed Plexus no. 35 at the Toledo Musuem of Art and it’s truly stunning when you walk into the Great Gallery.

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Jaume Plensa is one the world’s foremost sculptors working in the public space, with over 30 projects spanning the globe in cities such as Chicago, Dubai, London, Liverpool, Nice, Tokyo, Toronto and Vancouver.

Over the past 25 years, the artist has produced a rich body of work in the studio and the public realm. By combining conventional sculptural materials (glass, steel, bronze, aluminum) with more unconventional media (water, light, sound, video), and frequently incorporating text, Plensa creates hybrid works of intricate energy and psychology.

Plensa is most known for the Crown Fountain in Millennium Park in Chicago, where hundreds of faces show on the glass pillars with occasional water spitting out for everyone to enjoy on a hot Chicago day!

Over the last month I have been working with the Toledo Museum of Art documenting the installation of the Human Landscape that opening on June 17th in the grounds of the Musuem. The show consists of seven larger outdoor sculptures, including some show in the USA for the first time.

I first met Jaume in 2012 when he came to Toledo to install Spiegel which sits on the corner of Collingwood and Monroe Street. Being able to meet and work with such a world renowned  artists is truly an amazing experience. When I heard he would be returning to Toledo to give a talk I was extremley excited. He stayed in touch over the last several years when I would see his works in different cities that I would travel to.

Here are my favorite images, over the last month that the exhibition has been installed.

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Indigenous Beauty at The Toledo Museum of Art is a Native American art collection which is personally owned by Charles and Valerie Diker. It features 120 masterworks representing cultures across the North American continent.

The images below show the layout of the Canaday Gallery, the gallery was beautifully layout to make the artwork really pop off the walls.

Also David W. Penney joined Charles and Valerie Diker and Director Brian Kennedy for a chat in the Peristyle about the artwork.

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The performance group Hardcore Detroit a break dancing group of of the Motor City performed in the Great Gallery at the Toledo Musuem of Art to a standing room only crowd.  The group performed a wide variety of hip-hop dances from the 60s through now. The performance ended with a dance off with people in the crowd.

Please enjoy the photos.

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The Toledo Musuem of Art has had some amazing exhibits over the last few months. The giant hammock, Red Ball Project, Degas and now Sneaker Culture. It’s pretty amazing to be able to photograph all of the artists and the exhibits.

The museum had a party to celebrate the exhibit and even some hiphop street performers showed up at the after party.

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The Great Art Escape is a holiday tradition at the Toledo Museum of Art, where a number of special programs are planned. The goal is to bring family and friends to the museum to view, explore and share there love for art.

I was photographing a variety of different events or marketing and social media material. Here are my favorite images.

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2016 is off to an awesome year even though its only 6 days in. But when I work on 3 pretty fun projects right out of the gate it makes for a great start. As I have said in the past, I do a lot of work for the Toledo Musuem of Art. This is actually my 9th year doing work for them. Crazy how time passes. Any way I was to photography the new food menu for the cafeteria which will be launching in March of 2016. Shoot food is fun yet challenging. the lighting has to be just right and the stylist has to prep and arrange the food to make it look appetizing for viewings to want to eat.

Here are my sample of some of my photos.

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The Toledo Musuem of Art has been a client for over 5 years and I absolutely love working with the creative team there. They allow me to be as creative as I like and turn a simple project into a unique visual piece of art. The Degas & the Dance opens tomorrow at the Toledo Musuem of Art in the Canaday Gallery.

Here are some image I photographed for promotional material along with a instruction poster that will be displayed in the gallery.

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Dick and Fran Anderson

A few months ago I spent the afternoon at the home of Dick and Fran Anderson shooting a portrait of them for the Toledo Museum of Art publication Art Matters. Dick and Fran have been huge supporters of the Toledo Museum of Art along with other local art.

The Andersons name is  pretty big name around Toledo and the grain and farming community. Dick Anderson is a family man and a farmer just as his father Harold Anderson was. Fran and Dick welcomed me into their home with open arms, they offered me coffee and wanted to know if I would like to stay for lunch.

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Over the last 10 days, I have been working for the Toledo Musuem of Art documenting the RedBall Project. The performance-based installation by artist Kurt Perschke is based around a 15-foot-tall red ball that weighs in at 250 lbs and is squeezed into interesting and unique places in cities around the world. It was in Toledo as part of the Play Time exhibit, which is encouraging people to enjoy the benefits of play as an important part of boosting creativity.

The RedBall Project has been to 23 cities across the world. Some of the more notable cities are: Paris, Taipei, Sydney, Barcelona, Abu Dhabi and Perth. You can find a full list of all the cities it has been to and more information at redballproject.com.

Kurt Perschke was awesome to work with and I wish him best of luck as he travels to Marseille, France.

Here are my favorite images from the last 10 days.

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