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"Donna Coleman: The Three Graces and Other Beauties" in Studio M

The current Studio M exhibition at the Massillon Museum is Donna Coleman: The Three Graces and Other Beauties. It is on view from April 27 through June 16, 2019. Coleman’s paintings depict the beauty and complexity of various human beings, whether conventional or concealed, including several interpretations of The Three Graces.

An opening reception will be held on Saturday, May 4, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. The party will be free and open to everyone. No reservations are needed.

Coleman received her BFA, with honors, in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA in painting from CUNY Brooklyn College, NY. She has been the recipient of four grants from the Ohio Arts Council, having just been awarded an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award for FY 2019; one from the Ellen Johnson Visiting Artist Fund of Oberlin College; four grants from the DC Commission on the Arts; two from Art Matters, Inc.; and another the George Sugarman Foundation.  

Her paintings have been exhibited in venues in Washington DC, her hometown, including The Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA; Gallery K, Duke Ellington School for the Arts, New Horizons Gallery of Children’s Hospital,  the offices of Senator Eleanor Holmes Norton, and The Washington Project for the Arts, WDC. In northeastern Ohio, her home since 2000, exhibition venues have included the Firelands Association for the Visual Arts, The Baron Gallery of Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH; the HereHere Gallery, The Mather Gallery of Case Western Reserve University, and the Dead Horse Gallery, Cleveland, OH; Antioch College’s Herndon Gallery, Yellow Springs, OH; The Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery, Columbus, OH; The Little Gallery, BGSU Firelands, Huron, OH; and Carrington Arts and the Sandusky Cultural Center, Sandusky, OH. 

Before moving to Ohio, Coleman was the director of the Dreamcatcher Arts Summer Camp and a middle school art teacher at Sidwell Friends School in Washington DC. She continues to teach young children at Firelands Association of the Visual Arts in Oberlin, and adults and teens at FAVA and Lorain County Community College. To learn more about the artist, visit

Studio M guests can visit other MassMu exhibitions: Looking at Appalachia in the Aultman Health Foundation Gallery (through June 2); Looking at Massillon in the Fred F. Silk Community Room Gallery (through May 5); Paul Brown: Lessons from the Bench in the Paul Brown Museum; Use What You’ve Got: Beer Cap Art by John Taylor-Lehman in the lower level lobby; and The Immel Circus (always on view). 

Those who attend the May 4 reception can also attend the concurrent opening of the 125 Years of the Greatest High School Rivalry in the Paul Brown Museum. That exhibition will continue through January 12, 2020.

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 for more information.

Donna Coleman, Three Graces, Oil on canvas, 2018

Donna Coleman, Fire Walkers, Oil on canvas, 2019














Donna Coleman, Girl Crazy, Oil on canvas, 2014

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