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2024 Ohio Artist Registry Juried Exhibition

Mary Jo Toles

Professor Emerita Cleveland Institute of ArtPhotography & Video
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Professor Emerita from the Cleveland Institute of Art in Photography and Digital Imaging, Mary Jo Toles has contributed as an arts educator for over three decades. Recognized for her development of experimental processes including high-voltage photographic imagery and eco-friendly green photographic processes, Toles is an inventive contributor to the academic and professional scope of this historical and contemporary field that crosses both arts and science.


Toles has been published in the US, Japan and Germany with recent work included in INPHA 7 and INPHA 8 Manifest publications, and
“Geometry in Art”, published by Taylor and Francis. Toles was awarded the Season 17 Grand Jury Prize for work featured in her solo exhibition at Manifest Gallery in 2020 during the PhotoFocus Biennial in Cincinnati. She is a recipient of Ohio, Florida, and Illinois Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowships and National Endowment for the Humanities project grant. She represented the state of Ohio as an Artist in Residence at Cimelice, in the Czech Republic.


Toles’ work has been exhibited nationally, and internationally, and is represented in collections nationally, including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago), Art Collection of the First National Bank of Chicago, M.I.T. List Foundation, and JPMorgan Chase Art Collection. Exhibitions include the Corcoran Gallery, Washington D.C, Boston Photographic Resource Center, SPACES Gallery, MOCA-Cleveland, and the Kohler, Akron, Cleveland, Columbus, and Grand Rapids Art Museums.