Massillon Museum Stark County Artists Exhibition Opening


The Massillon Museum will celebrate the opening of the annual Stark County Artists Exhibition on Sunday, December 3, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. with a reception for the artists in the main gallery. Award winners will be announced at 4:00 that afternoon.  The party is free and open to everyone. 


The Stark County Artists Exhibition has been held at the Museum since 1934, beginning as a statewide juried exhibit of fine arts and crafts. By the 1980s, it was refocused to exhibit work by artists living and working in Stark County. To keep the show fresh, artwork submitted for consideration must have been created within the last two years. 


All media were considered by the independent jurors: Elizabeth Carney—Assistant Curator, Akron Art Museum; Steven Mastroianni—Photographer, Cleveland; and Susan Yingling—Artist, Retired Art Teacher, Akron Public Schools. They selected work to be included as well as the awards. The look of the exhibition is different from year to year because of the diversity of the artwork entered and the vision of the jurors, who vary every year.


A total of 77 artists submitted 189 drawings, paintings, photographs, sculptures, and more.  From those, the jurors chose 55 pieces of artwork by 40 individuals.  


Stark Countians whose artwork will be exhibited are: Mandy Altimus Stahl, Michael Barath, William Barron, Emily Bartolone, William Bogdan, Heather Bullach, Rosemary Burkhart, Peter Castillo, Frank Dale, David Dingwell, Bree Ehret, Susan Eitelman, Pamela Glover Wadsworth, Karen Hemsley, Judith Huber, Bruce Humbert, Gail Keener, Judith Krew, Ted Lawson, Khrysso LeFey, Bob Maurer, Clare Murray Adams, Lee Novotny, Jesse Nutter, Mitzi Phillips, Scot Phillips, Mark Pitocco, Michael Reynolds, Patricia Ripple, Priscilla Roggenkamp, Russell Hench, Allison Smith, Alexander Strader, Brien Strancar, Michele Tokos, Stephen Tornero, Tom Wachunas, Michael Weiss, Isabel Zaldivar, and Anna Zotta.


“The Stark County Artists Exhibition is one of my favorite Massillon Museum traditions," said the exhibition's coordinator Heather Bullach. "It’s a wonderful opportunity to showcase fresh work for established and aspiring artists alike. Each year’s show offers plenty of familiarity, as some artists return year after year, but a completely different group of jurors ensures a unique and diverse selection. No two shows are alike, but there is always something for everyone!”


In addition to viewing the Stark County Artists Exhibition on December 3, visitors can attend the opening of the Studio M exhibition, Image to Image: Photography by Walsh University Photojournalism Students in the Museum’s lower level. The second-floor galleries will be open for viewing Stark County in the Great War, Paul Brown: Innovator, and The Immel Circus.  


The Stark County Artists Exhibition, which will continue through January 31, 2018, may be seen during regular Museum hours Tuesday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

 

The Massillon Museum receives operating support from the Ohio Arts Council and ArtsinStark.


The Massillon Museum is located at 121 Lincoln Way, East (Ohio 172) in downtown Massillon. A visit to the Massillon Museum is always free.  Call the Massillon Museum at 330-833-4061 or visit www.massillonmuseum.org for more information.