Select Mazza Museum pieces that portray pet cuteness will be on display at the Toledo Museum of Art from Feb. 13 through July 5.
Presented by Marathon Petroleum Corporation, “Best in Show: Animal Illustrations from the Mazza Collection” will include 54 illustrations from books dating from the 1930s to the present. Clifford the Big Red Dog, a drawing of Walt Disney’s Pluto and more favorites will delight crowds of all ages.
The exhibit will be located in Gallery 18, which will offer a comfortable reading area for patrons to read the books that correspond with original works of art displayed. Copies of some of the books will also be sold at the Toledo Museum of Art’s store.
Also, a hands-on section will be offered for children to make their own drawings, create a storyboard and play an “I spy” game that challenges visitors to search for other animals in other galleries within the museum.
Carolyn Putney, a former chief curator for the museum who organized the show, will give a free talk in the Little Theater on Feb. 26 at 7 p.m.
This exhibit represents the Mazza Museum’s second collaboration with the Toledo Museum of Art. The first was for the 2009 exhibit “Storybook Stars.”
The Ohio Arts Council is also providing funding for the show through its sustainability grant program.
Admission to the Toledo Museum of Art is free. Parking is free for museum members and is $5 for nonmembers.
For more information, visit www.toledomuseum.org.