Student Organizations

There are many organizations at the School of Art for students to get involved in. They include:

The Graduate Art Student Organization exists to support student-initiated projects that enhance graduate education. Students exist to support student-initiated projects that enhance graduate education. Students invite visiting artists and organize trips of specific interest to graduate students. All graduate students, full-time or part-time are invited to participate. Each year students elect a President and a Treasurer, as well as a representative to the Graduate Student Senate. The Graduate Coordinator serves as advisor to the group.

Students are encouraged to become active in the Student Art Education Association, an organization affiliated with the Student Division of the National Art Education Association. Through this organization, students organize and conduct workshops for K-12 students from area schools, organize local art exhibits and field trips, and volunteer for special projects in area schools and community organizations. They also organize and conduct programs that include guest speakers, sharing of art curriculum ideas, studio demonstrations, and other projects of interest to the members who share information with each other in a cross-collaborative environment.

The Clay Club holds three sales of student work each year to support our Visiting Artist program and to supplement the funding needs of the Ceramics area. Students learn to market their work while improving the quality of their educational experience.

Since 1997, Ceramics and the Clay Club have hosted workshops by Dan Anderson, Bob Archambeau, Rudy Autio, Peter Beasecker, Pipo Brockmann, Linda Christianson, Sam Chung, Josh DeWeese, Julia Galloway, Andrea Gill, John Gill, Shannon Goff, Shao Junya, Jun Kaneko, Jim Leedy, Ron Myers, Brandon Reese, Don Reitz, Paul Soldner, Beth Cavener Stichter, Peter Voulkos, Robby Wood, Luo Xiaoping, Jane Shellenbarger, Brad Schweiger, Tara Wilson, Deborah Schwartzkopf, and Steve Zaworski.


The student Computer Art Club is open to all undergraduate and graduate students in the School of Art. The overall goal of the club is to promote awareness of Digital Arts, to highlight advances and opportunities in the field, and to assist Digital Arts students. Club activities include demonstrations, art shows, trips to conferences (SIGGRAPH), and social events. Past activities have included guest speakers from the computer graphics industry, Digital Arts exhibitions on and off campus, and various field trips including the Ottawa Animation Festival. Digital Arts Club members share information and knowledge with each other in a cross-collaborative environment. The CAC is also an ACM SIGGRAPH Student Chapter.

Student Art Glass Association (SAGA) is an organization open to all undergraduate and graduate students in glass which provides additional experiences and opportunities. Students work as a team producing glass objects for sale. The work is exhibited and sold. A percentage of the proceeds goes to the students involved and the rest is utilized to fund visiting artists, educational activities, and provide specialized materials for students enrolled in glass. It is a student run organization.

2-DAA is a student organization dedicated to creating alternative study and promotional opportunities for 2-D art students, especially those involved with painting and drawing (although all students are welcome). Field trips to Chicago and New York took place last year. This year Chicago and Washington are on the agenda. Visiting artists invited by the club give students the opportunity to meet and work with regional and national artists. Workshops, socials, exhibitions and fund-raisers are also part of the rich experience of being a club member.

The Art Historians' Association is a student-driven organization dedicated to fostering professional development in the arts, with an eye toward careers in art history after graduation. Students meet to discuss current issues in the discipline of art history and to organize excursions to museums, galleries, lectures and site-specific destinations. The Art History Association also organizes the Annual Undergraduate Art History Symposium at BGSU each spring within the School of Art.

Interested students should contact the AHA for information on meetings, excursions and events.

The 2012-2013 President is Jess Pfunstein (

The 2012-2013 Faculty Advisors are Dr. Stephanie Langin-Hooper ( and Dr. Rebecca Skinner Green (



March 23, 2013

We invite undergraduate students to submit paper abstracts on original research topics in the field of art history for presentation at the 7th Annual Symposium in Art History, entitled New Perspectives in Visual Culture. The symposium is organized by the Art History Association at Bowling Green State University, which aims to support critical scholarship of the arts at the undergraduate level and to allow for the professional development of young scholars intending to pursue a career in art history. Papers may address any geographical or temporal epoch, although scholarship that engages contemporary theory and issues of audience reception are particularly encouraged. The symposium will take place within the School of Art at Bowling Green State University, located in northwest Ohio. BGSU is recognized as for its excellence in the visual, performing and musical arts, and is committed to the promotion of critical scholarship of its historical and theoretical traditions. For more information on art history at BGSU, visit:


 Send a 300 word (max) abstract of paper, a current CV and cover letter by January 22, 2013 to: to the attention of Jess Ro. Pfundstein. Abstracts should include, in addition to the subject and content of the intended paper, an indication of the theoretical and methodological approaches that inform the author's research.  Conference proceedings and papers could be published online at Bowling Green State University's Digital Resource Commons.  Accepted papers will be notified by February 1, 2013. Please contact faculty advisors Dr. Rebecca L. Skinner Green ( or Dr. Stephanie Langin-Hooper ( with any questions.  While there is no conference registration fee, participants are responsible for all costs associated with their participation.



Annual Professional Practices Trip: CHICAGO
Members of the Art History Association spend two-three days in Chicago, where they participate in Art History professional development experiences, such as: behind-the-scenes tours of the Art Institute of Chicago, hold and study medieval manuscripts at the Newberry Library, attend the Chicago Humanities Festival, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago, and tour the architectural sites and public art of the city. The trip is sponsored by the Art History Division, the AHA and the Medici Circle. 
Students must register for the trip with the AHA President and participate in the fundraisers planned by AHA. 


School of Art and Wolfe Center for the Arts
Bowling Green State University

The Art History Association is actively involved in the staging of the annual interdisciplinary arts event held at BGSU in December. AHA members help coordinate and run the Art History Division's annual contribution to this arts festival.


New Perspectives in Visual Culture: ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM IN ART HISTORY
Spring Term
School of Art
Bowling Green State University

Each Spring term, the Art History Division at the School of Art at BGSU sponsors the Annual Symposium in Art History, entitled New Perspectives in Visual Culture. The symposium is organized by the Art History Association at Bowling Green State University, which aims to support critical scholarship of the arts at the undergraduate level and to allow for the professional development of young scholars intending to pursue a career in art history. Papers are solicited from undergraduates nationwide and those selected for the symposium are organized into thematic panels addressing critical issues in the field of art history. The symposium takes place within the School of Art at Bowling Green State University, located in northwest Ohio. BGSU is recognized as for its excellence in the visual, performing and musical arts, and is committed to the promotion of critical scholarship of its historical and theoretical traditions. 


February 28 - March 1, 2008 Beholding Violence: A Conference on Medieval and Early Modern Culture
Art History students helped to stage this interdiciplinary conference at the School of Art, Toledo Museum of Art and the Student Union at BGSU. The conference was co-organized by Dr. Allie Terry (Art History) and Dr. Erin Labbie (English) and was supported by the School of Art, the Institute for the Study of Culture and Society, the Graduate College, the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research, the Departments of English, American Culture Studies, Ethnic Studies, GREAL and the Sigma Tau Delta Honor Society.

Capstone Course in Art History 2008
Dr. Allie Terry taught the Capstone in Art History in Spring 2008. The course was designed to include students from every department in the School of Art, thus creating an interdisciplinary approach to staging an academic conference. Each student in the course contributed to his or her area of specialization, which provides an opportunity for professional hands-on familiarity to be gained while in an educational environment. Students in the class were exposed to their first hands-on conference experience during the planning and staging of the international conference, Beholding Violence: A conference on Medieval and Early Modern Culture, organized by Dr. Terry and held at BGSU at the end of February. The students were organized into teams that managed critical aspects of the conference, from hospitality to event planning to program design. They used the knowledge gained from their experience of the Beholding Violence conference to independently make the decisions concerning the student conference, "New Perspectives in Visual Culture: the 2nd Annual BGSU Art History Symposium." Every aspect of the student conference, from abstract selection to panel formation, budgeting, design, publicity, and hospitality, was jointly decided by the students under Dr. Terry's direction.

Toledo Friends of Photography is a dedicated group of art photographers and professionals who are committed to promoting fine art photography in the northern Ohio region. Students have the opportunity to become involved and possibly become members of the Society for Photographic Education. This organization sponsors annual conferences at the national level.

Midwest Society for Photographic Education is a regional organization that students may choose to get involve with.

The Print Society
All students with an interest in printmaking are encouraged to join this active student club. The Print Society organizes field trips, visiting artist workshops, a booth at the Black Swamp Arts Festival, and various activities related to printmaking. Fundraisers, including T-shirt printing events and print sales, are held several times during the year to support Print Society activities. Funding supports visiting artists and student attendance at national and regional print conferences.

Regional and National Printmaking Associations
There are numerous professional printmaking associations in existence and students are encouraged to join these in order to gain a broader understanding of the world of prints. Two of these are:

Mid-America Print Council
is a Midwestern print organization that sponsors a biennial conference of workshops and panel discussions, a members' exhibition, and a newsletter.

Southern Graphics Council International is a national print organization that sponsors an annual conference of workshops and panel discussions, a members' exhibition, and a journal.


The Sculpture Club is one of several student lead clubs within the School of Art. It's primary mission is to produce, promote, educate, and exhibit student sculpture both locally and regionally. The club also helps with bringing in visiting artists as well as organizing and implementing the annual iron pours. They produce and sell t-shirts, write grants for funding and assume the role of BGSU representatives when making regular trips to Southern Conference of Cast Iron Art at the Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, Alabama. The Sculpture Club actively seeks members from the university community regardless of major. Annual dues are just $5.00.



BGSU AIGA Student Chapter

BGSU, the School of Art, and the Division of Graphic Design, in affiliation with AIGA Toledo, fully supports, and offers advising, mentorship and resources for, the BGSU AIGA Student Chapter, our highly respected student-run organization of AIGA, the professional association for designers. This AIGA and University partially funded organization is available to all undergraduate graphic design majors. The overall goal of the student chapter is to promote awareness of design, to highlight advances and opportunities in the field, and to assist younger design students n their individual and collective efforts to expand their design experiences. Chapter activities include at least one trip per year to a major city, as well as several regional trips, to visit printers, design studios, museums and art centers. The chapter frequently hosts local, regional and national speakers involved in the design profession, many of whom are alumni of the program. The chapter meets at least once a month to do such things as: plan club activities, attend lectures, view movies of interest, and discuss topical design issues. All interested majors are encouraged to contact Professor Todd Childers faculty advisor to the group, for further information and contact with the current slate of student board members.

Designers Accord

The Division of Graphic Design (faculty group) is a signing member of the Designers Accord, a nonprofit coalition of designers, educators, researchers, engineers, business consultants, and corporations, focused on working together to create positive environmental and social impact. As such, our Graphic Design student majors and non-majors alike are being asked to voluntarily join the Division in its support for sustainable design practices by having a keen awareness for, and a full intention towards reducing their individual impact on our environment. A commitment to his initiative could include, but not be limited to: responsible and reduced printing output; increased use of environmentally-friendly project materials; reduced overall use of total project materials as an alternative creative solution; monitored and reduced electric power consumption whenever possible; and proper disposal of all recycled and recyclable materials.

On a national level, all Designers Accord adopters, supporters, and endorsers follow a basic code of conduct:

  • Do no harm
  • Communicate and collaborate
  • Keep learning, keep teaching
  • Instigate meaningful change
  • Make theory action

Fiber Arts Club provides the students with the opportunities beyond the classroom The Black Swamp Festival and The Arts Extravaganza are two events the club participates in each year, with these activities students learn to interact with the public and to market their work. The students create the work sold at these events. A portion the profit form the sales of the artwork helps supports the visiting artist program.


Local/National Fiber Arts Organizations
The organizations listed below focus on one or more areas of interest to the fiber artist. Students are encouraged to join and participate in these organizations as they provide excellent opportunities for network and observing professionals at work.

National organizations
Surface Design Association
Handweavers Guild of America

Regional organizations
North Central Regional Surface Design Association
Ohio Designer Craftsmen
Midwest Weaver Guild

Area organizations
Toledo Area Weavers Guild
Black Swamp Spinners Guild