UTOPIA
A Visual Storytelling of Our Home


  • To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the formal creation of Wood County, Ohio, in 1820, Perrysburg native, Taylor Houpt Ayres, created a 35-piece gallery-style photography exhibit titled Utopia: A Visual Storytelling of Our Home, documenting elements of the county that inspire her as a young professional.
  • The exhibit is not a view of this milestone anniversary looking backwards, but rather these photos symbolize the many possibilities waiting for young people just beginning their adult lives. Capturing more than 6,000 photographs over a three-year period, Taylor's journey tells a visual story of our home and highlights its beautiful landscapes, vibrant cityscapes, and a multitude of back road barns and farm fields.
  • Watch "The Making of Utopia" online now (5:00)
  • ARTIST STATEMENT ON MOSER FARMS, WESTON OHIO (photo left)
    “When I was a child my father would ask, 'what do you think they’re harvesting this year?' I would always guess and he would tell me about the different crops cultivated in Wood County. Each year I sought out the combines. When it came time to photograph Wood County for this exhibit, I was incredibly excited to plan, schedule, and photograph a local farmer. Their challenging hard work has such an impact on our community. I love being able to capture different aspects of the process."
  • Traditionally, anniversary milestones are deeply rooted in memories and museums capture them through text and photographs. This exhibit navigates the Wood County landscape to show how it has developed and evolved, through the perspective of a younger generation. While the progress of our community is celebrated at the Wood County Museum through historical interpretation, we also seek to celebrate fresh ideas and modern thinking. Anniversaries are not stopping points. We honor the past, but are also incredibly excited for the future.
  • View the Exhibit Preview (FB:06) | Artist remarks at exhibit opening (Vimeo:30)
  • Taylor’s insight on the technical process of taking a photo captures the ingenuity, passion, and beauty of both rural and urban Wood County. Unbeknownst to Taylor, photos grouped themselves organically, furthering the emotional impact and colorful representation of our community. This modern take on agriculture, industry, and leisure time activities across the county takes on even more meaning when partnered with Taylor’s own words about each image.
  • Utopia: A Visual Storytelling of Our Home is on exhibit until December 11, 2020.
    Support for this exhibit came from American Frame and the Wood County Historical Society.
  • Watch Taylor's interview on WTOL Your Day (WTOL:04)
  • 2020 EVENTS THAT TELL OUR STORY


    Our popular Tea & Talk Series draws from the Society’s very own collection to feature people, places, and things in 200 years of Wood County: Magician Duke Labey, Vaudeville performer Nellie Brown Powell, crime & punishment, women's sports, and more.
  • The Historical Society partners with the Wood County District Public Library for the Wood County Bicentennial Walking Tour to learn about famous places and faces of Wood County's last 200 years.
  • The 17th annual Living History Day in August will present a journalistic perspective of the bicentennial from the perspective of local newspaper editors Charles Sumner Van Tassel and Charles W. Evers.
  • Demonstration Days offer hands-on experiences with costumed interpreters in the log cabin and boomtown area of the Historical Center.

Images from Utopia: A Visual Storytelling of Our Home are available for purchase in a generous partnership between the artist and the Historical Society. All images will be printed by the artist, and 60% of the proceeds will be donated to the Wood County Historical Society to benefit future exhibits like this at the museum.

11x14: $100     |     16x20: $150     |     Other sizes available upon request

TO ORDER PRINTS: E-mail Taylor Houpt Ayres at watchowlmedia@gmail.com
PAYMENT: Purchase Prints Online or call the museum at 419-352-0967 for additional options

Golden Morning

GOLDEN MORNING
Perrysburg
#GOLDEN-01

Towering Grain

TOWERING GRAIN
Perrysburg
#GRAIN-02

Harvest

THIS YEAR'S HARVEST
Moser Farm, Weston
#HARVEST-03

Downtown

DOWNTOWN
Bowling Green
#DOWNTOWN-04

Art Retreat

ARTIST'S RETREAT
Bowling Green
#ART-05

Farmer's Market

FARMER'S MARKET
Bowling Green
#MARKET-06

BARRED

BARRED
Rossford
#BARRED-07

TANK FULL

TANK is FULL
Haskins
#TANK-08

SHEEP

SNOOZING SHEEP
Wood County Fair
#SHEEP09

WAITING COW

WAITING COW
Wood County Fair
#COW-10

CAROUSEL

CAROUSEL
Wood County Fair
#CAROUSEL-11

FATHER'S LOVE

FATHER'S LOVE
Wood County Fair
#FATHER-12

FALLING SUN

FALLING SUN
Wood County Fairgrounds
#FALLINGSUN-13

TODAY'S CATCH

TODAY'S CATCH
Buttonwood, Perrysburg
#CATCH-14

BALLOON

BALLOON RACE
Rossford
#BALLOON-15

ROADSIDE FARM

ROADSIDE FARM
Walbidge
#ROADSIDE-16

FEEDING PROBLEM

HELP w/ FEEDING PROBLEM
Pemberville
#FEEDING-17

RED TRACTOR

RED TRACTOR
North Baltimore
#REDTRACTOR-18

PICTURE SHOW

PICTURE SHOW
Virginia Theatre, N Baltimore
#PICTURESHOW-19

REDCROSSING

RED CROSSING
North Baltimore
#REDCROSSING-20

YELLOW

YELLOW
Grand Rapids
#YELLOW-21

SUNSET

SUNSET on MAUMEE RIVER
Middleton Twnshp.
#SUNSET-22

RUNOFF

RUN OFF
Haskins
#RUNOFF-23

EMPTY

EMPTY
Luckey
#EMPTY-24

CHRISTMAS

CHRISTMAS
Perrysburg
#CHRISTMAS-25

RED TRACTOR

WATERVILLE BRIDGE
Middletown Twnshp.
#BRIDGE-26

COUNTRY ROAD

COUNTRY ROAD
Weston
#COUNTRYROAD-27

TRAIN YARD

TRAIN YARD
Walbridge
#TRAINYARD-28

GOLD & BLUE

GOLD and BLUE
Walbridge
#GOLDBLUE-29

CHILDRENSUN

CHILDREN of the SUN
Walbridge
#CHILDRENSUN-30

FORT MEIGS

NIGHT TIME at FT MEIGS
Perrysburg
#FTMEIGS-31

FALLDAY

FALL DAY
Pemberville
#FALLDAY-32

CHURCH

WHITE CHURCH
Luckey
#CHURCH-33

CRACKED RIVER

CRACKED RIVER
Weirs Rapids, Bowling Green
#RIVER-34

REFLECTION

REFLECTION
W.W.Knight, Perrysburg
#REFLECTION-35

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