The Mazza Museum is the world's first and most diverse collection of children's book illustrations. There are at least 400 pieces of original artwork on display at any given time that come from the collection of over 10,000. You can be sure that one visit to the museum will not be enough since the art is rotated several times throughout the year.
There are at least 10,000 visitors to the museum every year. Well known author and illustrators visit the Mazza for a variety of events.
The Dudley and Mary Marks Lea Gallery is an integral aspect of the art program at The University of Findlay. There are 10 exhibitions throughout the year, including works by regional and national artists as well as faculty and students.
The gallery provides an opportunity for students to not only exhibit their work but also to engage in the organization, preparation, installation, and evaluation of shows. All exhibitions are free and open to the public.
Juried Art Exhibition
Annually, a juried art exhibition is held in order to showcase the best of the best from works created throughout the year. Prizes are awarded to the best of show and other noteworthy pieces.
Seniors are provided with the opportunity to display their finest works in a senior show in the Lea Gallery, located near the Mazza Museum. Senior works are not only the feature exhibition but it is also an opportunity for students to sell pieces if they should choose.
Digital Design and Photography Labs
The University of Findlay has a Mac lab that contains 25 Macintosh computers with wide-screen monitors with state of the art software. The lab also contains flatbed scanners including a large format scanner, a printer that accommodates works that are 24" wide, and on demand printing. With large screen projectors, students can easily follow along step by step as the instructor provides demonstrations.
Although photography is a minor at UF, the photography studio is fully equipped and updated for beginning to advanced level students. With 10 stations available to students, there's no need to schedule a time to work. The University of Findlay is one of the few institutions that still teaches dark room techniques.
3-D Art Studios
The University of Findlay Art Program has two 3-D studio facilities, the ceramics house and quonset hut. Students have access to these spaces every day of the week from 8 a.m. to midnight, and ample storage space is available.
- Within the ceramics house, there are areas for wheel throwing and hand building as well as an additional room devoted to advanced ceramic students. There are three electric kilns and one gas kiln. In the fall of 2010, the new salt kiln was completed for student use.
- The quonset hut provides studio space for sculpture students and is equipped for woodworking, welding, and flat glass work.
Study Abroad Opportunities
Students have several opportunities to study abroad in order to expand their learning experiences. On short-term study abroad trips, students and parents can travel together.There are annual trips along with once in lifetime opportunities. Some of the countries visited include:
A large alumni network with strong engagement. (click on the picture to enlarge)