Julia LaBay Darrah is currently instructing at the University of Toledo Department of Art. She is also the Curator/Director for the Blair Museum of Lithophanes. She received her BFA in sculpture at the University of Toledo in 2012 and her MFA from Bowling Green State University in 2015.  She also manages her own sign company.


Her work has been shown regionally as well as nationally at galleries and museums including the Toledo Museum of Art, Northern Kentucky University and Mary Grove College Detroit, MI.


LaBay has won several awards and grants for her artistic creations. Most recently was awarded a grant to create a body of work for the Interactive Art Festival for the Toledo Art Commission.  

Artist Statement

My most recent work has been investigating objects, and the agency behind them, but, more specifically how that agency is formed. I experiment by way of, how things take on new meaning depending on placement and orientation in space. Through my own understanding of exploration with material and objects I create a visual language that is unique to each individual viewer.

I acknowledge an audiences' diversity by drawing upon feminist methods of how individuals see and produce knowledge through active engagement. No object exists as a single way of knowing, all objects are subjects with relational attributes. Seeing is a metamorphosis, not mechanism. The world is filled with things we do not see, even though they are right in front of us.

I'm very much interested in the history and/or story behind the items, objects, and materiel I choose, with knowing that I pay close attention to how the meaning of particular things may change depending on its role in an installation. Ultimately, a unique visual language is created by each viewer.