Things to Do

While attending the conference, be sure to visit Timeless Reflections, an installation by Patricia Search, in Room 1290 in the Center for Visual Arts.

This installation weaves words, images, sound, and actions into engaging perceptual and cognitive experiences. The art work defines a dynamic “spatial grammar” of interaction, which enables viewers to explore audiovisual relationships outside a Western framework of logical hierarchies and causality. Fluid relationships and layers of associations form poetic, integrated experiences and define new semiotic models in visual literacy.

The Center for the Visual Arts (CVA) was designed in 1992 by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Frank O. Gehry and is connected to the east end of the Museum’s main building. It is home to the University of Toledo’s Department of Art and the Museum’s Reference Library.


Libbey House

Old West End

Thursday, November 6 from 5:20 - 7 p.m. 

The Toledo Museum of Art is an anchor of an historic district known as the Old West End. This tour highlights three historic buildings in the Museum's neighborhood: The First Congregational Church with its Tiffany Windows; the 1887 Mansion View Inn, and the Libbey House. Tour departs from the Grove Place entrance.

University of Toledo Simulation Center

University of Toledo Simulation Center

Friday, November 7 from 11:50 a.m. - 1:45 p.m. and 3:40 - 5:30 p.m.

The University of Toledo Interprofessional Immersive Simulation Center is changing the way health care professionals learn to care for patients and interact with each other across medical disciplines. The center is also transforming learning across the Arts and Sciences using cutting edge visualization tools.

Tour participants will step into the 3-D virtual reality of a Five-Sided iSpace; fly through an art gallery using a curved 3-D video wall; and explore the interior of an apple and a human lung using CT scans. Participants will also meet Dr. Carlos Baptista, Director of the UT Plastination Lab, who will introduce the Liberato Didio and Peter Goldblatt Interactive Museum of Anatomy and Pathology and discuss the extraordinary tissue samples that comprise the collection. Tours departs from the Grove Place entrance.

Please note that space is limited and will be offered on a first come, first serve basis.


Toledo School for the Arts

Urban Jazz Collective from the Toledo School for the Arts

IVLA Reception | Wednesday, November 5, 6-7:30 p.m.

The Urban Jazz Collective has been recognized at the Ohio and Michigan Music Educator's Association Conferences as well as local and regional festivals. They've performed at the Art Tatum Jazz Festival and appear regularly around town.


Buster Keaton's The Camerman with live music score performed by Steven Ball

Thursday, November 6 from 7 - 9 p.m. in the Peristyle

Acclaimed concert and theater organist Steven Ball will perform his score for Buster Keaton's classic comedy The Cameraman.

Toledo School for the Arts

Chamber Winds from the Toledo School for the Arts

IVLA Dinner | Friday, November 7, 6:30-9 p.m.

A small ensemble featuring flute, clarinet, oboe, and bassoon perform classic and contemporary works.


Jacob Lawrence (American, 1917-2000) Barber Shop. Gouche on paper (detail), 1946, 1975.15

Looks Good on Paper: Masterworks and Favorites

Works on Paper Gallery

Featuring the “best of the best” of the TMA Works on Paper collection, Looks Good on Paper contains approximately 100 prints, drawings, watercolors, pastels, books and photographs selected for their major significance and universal appeal. Included are works by Albrecht Dürer, Rembrandt van Rijn, Francisco Goya, Vincent van Gogh, Henri Matisse, and Roy Lichtenstein; a first-edition King James Bible and pages from the Gutenberg Bible; photographs by Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen and Diane Arbus; and more. Free admission.

James Tissot (French, 1836-1902), London Visitors. Oil on canvas (detail), ca. 1874, 1951.409

Speaking Visual: Learning the Language of Art

Gallery 18

Artists are visual storytellers, creating works that are rich sources of layered meaning. Art museums are repositories of great examples of visual communication from across time and place and provide excellent opportunities to explore visual language. Speaking Visual: Learning the Language of Art uses works from the Toledo Museum of Art collection to teach visitors methods and approaches for interpreting works of art. Free admission.

Pinaree Sanpitak, Anything Can Break (detail)

Insight: Contemporary Sensory Works

Throughout Museum

Works of art by three major contemporary artists—Pinaree Sanpitak of Thailand, Magdalene Odundo of Kenya, and Aminah Robinson of the United States—are part of a special installation that will delight the senses and celebrate the 2014 International Visual Literacy Association conference being hosted by TMA. Free admission. Insight: Contemporary Sensory Works is sponsored in part by