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Studio M: Alana Cartwright

Clothed in Resilience

Alana Cartwright: Clothed in Resilience will be exhibited in the Massillon Museum’s Studio M from March 6 to 28, 2021. The exhibition is a visual diary expressing peoples’ journeys to reclamation after experiencing sexual violence. Images are juxtaposed with articulations that capture the essence of healing and recovery.

Click here to register for extended hours with the artist, Saturday, March 27, from 5:00-7:00 pm.

Alana Cartwright, Breath, Archival pigment print, 2020 Alana Cartwright, Hope, Archival pigment print, 2019


In this project, the artist represents the human body as the vessel that contains experiences, emotions, and spirit. She has executed this concept as a series of framed images and in a book, Clothed in Resiliencewhich will be available in the gallery for visitors to peruse.

Cartwright wrote: “I want to transfer our culture’s emphasis from victim-hood to the potential of renewal. My intention is to decimate the shame associated with having been violated to the triumph of a warrior in an excruciating battle.” Her work recognizes the severity of sexual assault and its impacts, while simultaneously illuminating the dignity of restoration. 

The artist’s images show the triumph of the human being, who can voluntarily add personal elements like vitality, tenacity, and hope. She uses movement, gesture, and body posture body to symbolize these elements. The photos express the process of reclaiming dignity and value when they have been damaged by tribulation. 

This project is the product of people’s intimacy and vulnerability in sharing their pasts and traumas as well as the beauty of their healing and hope. The defining moment becomes the way people use experiences to shape the trajectory of their lives.

The Massillon Museum will remain open from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 27, coinciding with Massillon’s monthly Last Saturday event, to allow visitors to meet the artist. Because Studio M gallery space currently accommodates only four people at once, timed reservations are required. Click here to register.

In a podcast, which will air on Facebook and YouTube at 12:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, March 16, artist Alana Cartwright will discuss her exhibition, Clothed in Resilience. The conversation will be the first in a new podcast series to be launched by Massillon Museum.

Alana Cartwright is a visual artist based in Cleveland, Ohio. She studies at Cleveland State University, where she anticipates graduating in 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in studio art and a minor in Spanish. Her primary concentration is photography. She is especially interested in conceptual work and street photography, in which she seeks to manifest the complexities and facets of the human condition, often using the human figure to do so. 

Cartwright’s inspiration and passion to communicate through her lens stem from the tumultuous journeys that comprise life. She is pursuing a career as a photojournalist/missionary to document cultures, conflicts, and customs around the world. Her language study is meant facilitate communication with subjects in her work.  

In 2016, one of Cartwright’s photographs was awarded a gold key in the Regional Scholastic Art and Writing competition, qualifying it for national level recognition. The following year, the same piece won a silver medal from the National Scholastic Art and Writing Alliance for Young Artists and Writers. In the spring of 2019 she featured a body of work in the Merit Scholar Exhibition at Cleveland State.

Studio M is a dedicated space made available by the Museum’s expansion project to exhibit the work of contemporary artists. Each year, two student exhibitions are scheduled to feature emerging artists, Cartwright’s being the first.

When visiting the Studio M exhibition, guests can also see the Women of Resilience exhibition in the Aultman Health Foundation Gallery; Massillon’s Pro and Semi-Pro Teams, Play Like a Girl: Massillon Women’s Tiger Teams from Gym Class to Title IX, and the Paul Brown/Massillon Tiger timeline in the Paul Brown Museum; All You Need is Light in the Flex Gallery; Myths and Monsters in the Fred F. Silk Community Room Gallery; the Immel Circus; and exhibitions in the Local History Gallery, American Indian Gallery, Albert E. Hise Fine and Decorative Arts Gallery, and the Photography Gallery.

The Museum maintains its building for maximum safety. Visitors must wear masks and distance themselves from others. Precautions and guidelines are posted on the Museum’s website for guests to review before they visit.

The Massillon Museum receives operating support from the Ohio Arts Council and ArtsinStark, as well as marketing support from Visit Canton.

The exhibition can be seen during regular MassMu hours, Tuesday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. 

MassMu is located at 121 Lincoln Way East in downtown Massillon. A visit is always free. Free parking is available on adjacent streets and in nearby city lots. For more information, call 330-833-4061 or visit

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