On Friday, June 9, the Toledo Federation of Art Societies, venerable civic sister of the Toledo Museum of Art, will begin a series of public events to celebrate its 100th anniversary. The gala opening party, complete with birthday cake and a one-night-only exhibition of highlights from the TFAS collection, will begin at 6pm in the Porter Gallery at the Toledo School of the Arts. The reception, which is free and open to the public, will be followed by a short presentation at 7:15 p.m. honoring a hundred years of arts collaboration with Toledo Museum of Art and Toledo artists, and outlining a path to the future for the organization.
Artworks from the TFAS collection by Dominic Labino, Adam Grant, JoAnn Cousino, Walter Chapman, Robert Mazur, K.A. Letts— and many others— will provide visitors with an unequaled, if brief, opportunity to see examples of significant work purchased over the past 70 years by TFAS to archive and preserve a record of Toledo’s ongoing and vibrant visual arts scene.
In 1917, the Toledo Federation of Art Societies was established by the Toledo Museum of Art in collaboration with several local arts organizations to support the museum and area artists. TFAS continues today as an important resource supporting the visual arts in Toledo. Founding arts organizations, the Athena Society and the Tile Club, have been joined over the years by newer ones: the Arts Commission, River House Art, 20 North Gallery, the Potters Guild, American Frame Inc, the Sculptors Guild and numerous Ohio Universities and community colleges. The goal of TFAS throughout its history and into the future is to honor Toledo’s rich cultural heritage while looking toward a future supporting visual arts and artists in Toledo–a yesterday, today and tomorrow to be celebrated.
6pm. Friday, June 9.
Toledo School of the Arts Porter Gallery
333 14th St., toledoareaartists.org