Toledo Arts Organization Celebrates Area Art from 1949 – 2013 with Historic Art Exhibit at Lourdes University

Eye On Art  |  09/24/2019 10:00 am

The Toledo Federation of Arts Societies (TFAS) celebrates of their historic Toledo Area Art Collection by holding an exhibit at Lourdes University Canticle Center Gallery in Sylvania. The exhibit titled, The Tradition Continues, features works purchased by the organization, dating back to 1949 up to 2013 and is open to the public from September 15 through October 11, Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm. The reception is on Friday, October 4, from 6:30pm – 8:30pm with a special announcement of a new juried exhibit coming in 2020l

“We really wanted to showcase more three-dimensional work in this exhibit, as well as have works on display that have not been recently exhibited,” Stated Ms. Erin Palmer Szavuly, Associate Professor, Lourdes University. “Works range from 1949 through 2013. They are a great window into what was being created by our area artists at these times.”

Works in this exhibition include pieces by several well-known artists from our region’s past. Artists include: Harvey Littleton (known for organizing the first glassblowing seminar aimed at the studio artist in 1962), Charles Lakofsky, one of the first ceramists to work with high fire translucent porcelain, and Hal Hasselschwert, a renowned jeweler and enamellist. In addition, current regional artists are on display including: Marce Dupay, James Boldt, Sally Hobbib Rumman, Oraphan Vichitot and Wanda Zuchowski-Schick.

Selections for the exhibit were made by long-time TFAS members and Past Presidents, Erin Palmer Szavuly, Lourdes University, and Stephen Johnston, Visual Arts/Photography at Toledo School for the Arts. Both worked together to curate the exhibit. The pieces on display are part of the TFAS collection of artworks that were purchased during the Toledo Area Artists Exhibition, held annually at the Toledo Museum of Art, from 1947.

The reception on October 4, will include members, friends and supporters of TFAS, along with several of the artists whose work is in the exhibit. Membership information will be available, along with updates on the organization’s latest initiatives, including an important announcement for an upcoming juried exhibit for 2020.

Two signed 10th Anniversary Editions of I’d Rather be in the Studio: The Artist’s No-excuse Guide to Self Promotion by Alyson B. Stanfield will be given away as door prizes. These books were donated by Ms. Standfield, a nationally recognized art business consultant. More details about the book are at

About Toledo Federation of Art Societies

Toledo Federation of Arts Societies (TFAS) formed on June 9, 1917 to support arts organizations and artists through collaborative meetings, workshops, and exhibits. TFAS continues its involvement in area art events and major exhibits, as well as sharing their 70-year collection of artwork by renowned local artists.

All creatives, artists and art affiliated organizations are welcome to become members of TFAS. Some of the current organizational members include: Toledo Museum of Art, The Arts Commission, Potters Guild, Sculptors Guild, U. of Toledo, BGSU, Lourdes University, Owens Community College, Toledo School for the Arts, River Bend Gallery, 20 North Gallery, Hudson Gallery, River House Arts, and American Frame Inc., as well as founding members Athena Arts Society and the Tile Club of Toledo. Individual members include Leslie Adams, K. A. Letts, Carol Imes-Luscombe and Chirstine Deemer.

Look for TFAS upcoming events including monthly meetings, meet-and-greets and area arts events, at