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Studio M Reception for Carole d’Inverno

"Transumanza: Massillon, Ohio"

The next Studio M exhibition at the Massillon Museum, Transumanza: Massillon, Ohio by Carole d’Inverno will open on Friday, December 13, with a reception for the artist from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m., including artist’s remarks at 6:00 p.m. The event will be free and open to everyone. No reservations are needed.  The exhibition will be on view from December 7, 2019 through January 26, 2020.

Transumanza is an Italian word that loosely translates to crossing the land. “As a child growing up in Italy, each Spring during the full moon, I was awakened by the passage of shepherds driving their flocks of sheep to the upper reaches of the Apennine Mountains. The sounds of hooves, bells, dogs barking, and low whistles seemed magical,” d’Inverno said. “Transumanza is, for me, both an action and a metaphor that can be applied to the historical changes that have shaped the United States: our shared history of crossing lands, breaking boundaries, accessing and losing territories, our comings and goings.” 

The New York City-based artist delved into the history of Ohio and Massillon—glacial-age fossils, native mounds, the beginnings of the state, the story of Massillon’s founders and their legacy of abolitionism, the Ohio and Erie Canal, football, and the steel industry. “Everywhere I looked there was a story to be told. The work I produced for this show is, then, a kind of visual storytelling,” she said.

Touch Down Town (detail) Inspired by the history of football, Touch Down Town speaks of the strength of players and the enthusiasm of fans.  It references the school colors of the arch rivals, Massillon Tigers and the McKinley Bulldogs. 

Massillon and Ohio have, for d’Inverno, a real sense of place. The motifs, patterns, and colors found in this exhibition are specific to her understanding of Massillon. 

Using paint, watercolor, ink, and pencil, d’Inverno transforms history into abstraction, allowing viewers to approach historical subjects focused on their own personal reaction. For each series, she researches a place, an era, or an event, and develops a visual language of repetitive motives, patterns, and colors specific to the subject. That language melds into a mix of facts and imagination.

Carole d’Inverno is a self-taught artist. She grew up in Italy and Belgium; moved to the United States in 1979; and now lives in Brooklyn, New York.

The artist has had numerous solo and group shows in the United States. Recent solo shows include  Appalachia: an Abstraction, at the Western Carolina University Art Center, Cullowhee, NC, and A Way of Saying at SUNY Rochester Monroe College, Rochester, NY. 

d’Inverno has received many awards and has been accepted into the historical Artist Lab at Rokeby Museum, VT. She has been awarded fellowships and residencies across the United States and in Italy. Her work is in the public collections in Washington and Oregon and in private collections across the US and Europe.

In addition to Transumanza: Massillon Ohio in Studio M, guests can visit other MassMu exhibitions—the Stark County Artists Exhibition (Aultman Health Foundation Gallery through January 26, 2020); 125 Years of the Greatest High School Rivalry and Evolution of the Football Jersey (Paul Brown Museum through January 12, 2020); Image to Image, photography by Walsh University photojournalism students (Fred F. Silk Community Room Gallery through January 5, 2020); and The Immel Circus (always on view).

For this event, the Museum's Shop, OHregionalities, will offer 25% off of everything for the duration of the Studio M reception only. With original artwork and handmade jewelry, local history books, and exhibition catalogs, this flash sale provides the perfect opportunity to complete your holiday shopping. 

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.


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