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The Toledo Museum of Art hosted the 47th Annual Conference of the International Visual Literacy Association (IVLA). This year's theme was The Art of Seeing: From Ordinary to Extraordinary. The International Visual Literacy Association is the oldest international, not-for-profit association of researchers, university and K12 educators, designers, media specialists, and artists dedicated to the study and practice of visual literacy.
International ceramic artist Magdalene Odundo spoke at the conference. She is known for her distinct hand-built anthropomorphic vessel forms. Odundo is an expert in the history of pottery and its meaning to societies through the ages, her own work being inspired by the creations of Nigerian and Kenyan potters of the past. In 2008 she was named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in recognition for her contribution to education and the arts. That same year, she was also the recipient of the African Art Recognition Award from the Detroit Institute of Art. In 2012 she was awarded the African Heritage outstanding achievement in the arts and in 2013 an honorary doctorate from the University of Florida, Gainesville, for her global contribution to education and research in the ceramics arts. Her work is included in national and international public and private collections.