Decades in the Making: Highlights from the Toledo Federation of Artists Societies celebrates Toledo Art history

. April 24, 2018.
Therman Statom, Three Objects. 1999.
Therman Statom, Three Objects. 1999.

In 1917, the Toledo Federation of Art Societies (TFAS) was established to support and connect local artists. In the beginning, the TFAS was chartered by three artist collectives and the Toledo Museum of Art, while today more than 40 area art organizations are affiliated with the TFAS. Celebrate this important moment of local art history, the 100th anniversary of the first TFAS show at the TMA, during a retrospective exhibit, Decades in the Making: Highlights from the Toledo Federation of Artists Societies.  Featuring more than 20 works of art from notable local artists such as Edith Franklin (ceramics), Dominick Labino (glassblowing) and Kenneth Thompson (sculpture).

Opening Saturday, April 28. On view through June 24.
Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St. 
419-255-8000 | toledomuseum.org | Free

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    The Toledo Museum of Art makes what should have been the 100th anniversary of the Toledo Area Artists Exhibition into a 100-year celebration of the lousy caretaker the Federation has been to the culture, history, and potential of the Toledo artist community.

    The Federation was established in 1918 to create the annual Toledo artists exhibition at the museum. No mention of that in this puff piece? Check the archives, all the way up to 2014.

    In 2014, the Toledo Federation of Art Societies conspired with the Toledo Museum of Art to kill the local annual museum show, just four years shy of the 100th anniversary, by extending the region to a 150 mile radius, slashing the number of artists accepted, using museum employees to judge and curate the show, and putting in their own people, including two museum employees, an ex-employee, the husband of an employee, a close friend of the director, and two Toledo Federation of Art Societies past presidents. (Another past president, Leslie Adams, had been awarded with a museum solo show, just the year before.) The president of the Federation at the time shrugged off the look of impropriety and corruption by saying with misguided sophistication, “It’s the world we live in.”

    With the demise of the prestigious Toledo Area Artists Exhibition, gone was the important center of the Toledo artist community — the museum — along with valuable opportunities for the local community of artists, including 14 monetary awards that had been awarded annually.

    Now they have the gall to present a 100th anniversary show celebrating the Toledo Federation of Art Societies itself, as if the Federation is anything to celebrate. After devouring their baby — what the Federation got together to make — the annual Toledo Area Artists Exhibition that they nurtured and cared for – for 97 years – the oldest local art show in the country and a prestigious one at that – how ironic that they now celebrate themselves by showing the Federation collection of purchase awards from the historic, venerable, prestigious, but dead Toledo Area Artists Exhibition, killed by their own device.

    The Federation no longer stands for artists, and they should be ashamed of what they did to their baby and to the artist community that they came together to serve. Now the Federation consists mainly of institutions serving themselves, not individual artists. How ironic that the museum didn’t want the Toledo Area Artists Exhibition in their museum anymore,* but now celebrates with the hit man, a show of (mostly) dead Toledo artists.

    No mention of the still-warm corpse of the Toledo Area Artists Exhibition, pushing it down the memory hole, as if it will ever stop stinking.

    https://artistsoftoledo.com/2018/04/25/marked-100-years/

  • slimblock

    The Toledo Museum of Art makes what should have been the 100th anniversary of the Toledo Area Artists Exhibition into a 100-year celebration of the lousy caretaker the Federation has been to the culture, history, and potential of the Toledo artist community.

    The Federation was established in 1917 to create the annual Toledo artists exhibition at the museum. No mention of that in this puff piece? Check the archives, all the way up to 2014.

    In 2014, the Toledo Federation of Art Societies conspired with the Toledo Museum of Art to kill the local annual museum show, just four years shy of the 100th anniversary, by extending the region to a 150 mile radius, slashing the number of artists accepted, using museum employees to judge and curate the show, and putting in their own people, including two museum employees, an ex-employee, the husband of an employee, a close friend of the director, and two Toledo Federation of Art Societies past presidents. (Another past president, Leslie Adams, had been awarded with a museum solo show, just the year before.) The president of the Federation at the time shrugged off this look of impropriety and corruption by saying with misguided sophistication, “It’s the world we live in.”

    With the demise of the prestigious Toledo Area Artists Exhibition, gone was the important center of the Toledo artist community — the museum — along with valuable opportunities for the local community of artists, including 14 monetary awards that had been awarded annually.

    Now they have the gall to present a 100th anniversary show celebrating the Toledo Federation of Art Societies itself, as if the Federation is anything to celebrate. After devouring their baby — what the Federation got together to make — the annual Toledo Area Artists Exhibition that they nurtured and cared for – for 97 years – the oldest local art show in the country and a prestigious one at that – how ironic that they now celebrate themselves by showing the Federation collection of purchase awards from the historic, venerable, prestigious, but dead Toledo Area Artists Exhibition, killed by their own device.

    The Federation no longer stands for artists, and they should be ashamed of what they did to their baby and to the artist community that they came together to serve. Now the Federation consists mainly of institutions serving themselves, not individual artists. How ironic that the museum didn’t want the Toledo Area Artists Exhibition in their museum anymore, but now celebrates with the hit man, a show of (mostly) dead Toledo artists.

    No mention of the still-warm corpse of the Toledo Area Artists Exhibition, pushing it down the memory hole, as if it will ever stop stinking.