Studio M: Composing Identities

Paintings by Melissa Markwald



I turn ordinary-average-everyday people who I know into iconic figures by painting them six feet by seven-and-a-half feet, in oil on canvas. The repetitive format of my work presents a motif of identity. Each painting is about a specific person, but the body of work as a whole speaks to how individuality becomes normality.

— Melissa Markwald


Composing Identities: Paintings by Melissa Markwald

The Studio M exhibition, Composing Identities: Paintings by Melissa Markwald, will open Saturday, January 9, in the Fred F. Silk Community Room of the Massillon Museum.  It will continue through February 21.

The public is invited to attend the artist’s reception on Saturday, January 30, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., concurrent with the exhibition openings of Celebration in Artand Paul Brown: The Integration of Football in Ohio. The party is free, casual, and open to everyone; no reservations are required.  

Markwald, who will graduate in May from The University of Akron with a BFA in painting and drawing, has earned many awards and scholarships during her college career, among them the Pauline Franks Endowed Scholarship for Exceptional Students in the Fine Arts, Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences; the Presidential Scholarship, The University of Akron; the Silver Myers Art Studio, Myers School of Art Scholarship; and the Folk Endowment, Myers School of Art Scholarship.

The artist’s work has been included in two dozen juried, group, and solo exhibitions in Summit, Portage, Cuyahoga, and Stark Counties, garnering third place in the 2015 Myers School of Art Juried Show at The University of Akron.

Markwald has curated two exhibitions:  Coalescence at The University of Akron and Distance Lapse Divide: Part II at Embrace Your Essence Yoga Studio in Akron.  

Markwald is an exhibition technician and security shift supervisor at the Akron Art Museum, an active volunteer in the Myers School of Art, and served as president of the Akron Painting League in 2014 and 2015. 

In addition to viewing the Studio M exhibition, visitors can see the Stark County Artists Exhibition (through Sunday, January 10), Fashion Outlaws, It’s Been Awhile!, Paul Brown: The Professional Years (through January 17); and I Heard It through the Grapevine: The Telegraph and the Civil War. The Immel Circus is always on display.

Massillon Museum exhibitions 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.  For more information, call the Massillon Museum at 330-833-4061, or visit

Anderson’s in the City, the lobby café; OHregionalities, the Museum shop; and the Museum’s vintage photobooth are located in the lobby of the Massillon Museum.

Studio M enhances the collaboration between the Museum and the community by showcasing the artistic talents of local, regional, and national artists.  The series of five-week shows will continue throughout the year, selected by jurors from proposals submitted by artists.  Brochures containing guidelines and an application are available by contacting the Massillon Museum at 330-833-4061 or

The Massillon Museum is located at 121 Lincoln Way East (Ohio Route 172) in the heart of downtown Massillon.  Free and convenient street parking is available on adjacent streets.  A visit to the Massillon Museum is always free.

Media Contacts:

Alexandra Nicholis Coon, Massillon Museum Executive Director  -  330-833-4061

Margy Vogt, Massillon Museum Public Relations Coordinator  -  330-844-1525 


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