December Art Notes

Matt Wedel at Toledo Museum of Art

The “monumental, colorful, and expressive” ceramics of Ohio-based artist Matt Wedel are featured in his solo exhibition Matt Wedel: Phenomenal Debris, on display through April 2, 2023 at the Toledo Museum of Art. The exhibit showcases Wedel’s large-scale ceramic sculptures in addition to his bold, colorful drawings, bringing together a large selection of his work from the past decade. Sure to change your perception of ceramics. TMA 2445 Monroe Street,

Contemporary Ceramics at River House Arts

Further exploring the robust and complex world of ceramics, Mapping Desire: Explorations in Making and Thinking in Contemporary Ceramics, is on view through January 7, 2023 at River House Arts, in downtown’s Secor Building. Coordinated by Contemporary Art Toledo, and co-curated by UT professor of art Brian Carpenter and artist Brynn Higgins-Stirrup, the show features work by Ebitenyefa Baralaye, a professor of ceramics at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Alex Ferrante, a visiting professor of ceramics at the University of Toledo and Ohioan Matt Wedel, who also has a solo exhibition currently at the Toledo Museum of Art.

In Mapping Desire, Wedel’s clay masks – at once gleeful, colorful and filled with the joy of mixing materials, can also be haunting, misfigured and kind of creepy – offer a counterpoint to the mood of his TMA exhibition. River House Arts Gallery, 425 Jefferson Avenue. 419-441-4025.  

Walter E. Terhune Art Gallery presents The BIG Read Exhibit: EVAC Project

Experiencing Veterans and Artists Collaborations (EVAC), an art project that brings

together veterans and artists,  interviewed veterans about their experiences and then had artists create prints based on their interpretation of those stories. The prints are exhibited with excerpts from the transcribed interviews. EVAC works to bridge the often-precarious gap between military and civilian life.

The exhibit is one of a number of events and programs scheduled in conjunction with Owens Community College’s participation in the 2022-2023 BIG Read program, which uses a selected book to spur discussions and responses in groups across the community. This year’s selection is “What My Bones Know,” by Stephanie Foo, a personal narrative that investigates the phenomenon of complex PTSD. 

The exhibit, free and open to the public, will be on display until December 16th in the Walter E. Terhune Art Gallery in the Center for Fine and Performing Arts on the Owens Community College Campus.  7270 Biniker Rd., Perrysburg. For more information call 567-661-7956 or visit