Past Exhibits: 2021

First Floor Galleries


Aultman Health Foundation Gallery

Stark County Artists Exhibition

October 16, 2021–January 16, 2022

The Massillon Museum has held this annual juried show for more than 30 years. In order to apply, you must be a present or former Stark County, Ohio resident, or currently work in Stark County, Ohio.

Explore the Stark County Artists Exhibition Social Story by clicking here.


A Thrilling Act: The Art of Anthony Eterovich

June 12—September 26, 2021

Women of Resilience

March 27—May 23, 2021

This exhibition features 25 women artists, curated by Priscilla Roggenkamp, Judith Sterling, and Patricia O’Neill Sacha.

The Women of Resilience exhibition is part of local and national celebrations of the centennial of women’s suffrage.  Twenty-five artists have explored a variety of topics in traditional and non-traditional media.  These topics include: personal empowerment, overcoming barriers, the capacity to recover, acts of strength and resistance, and healing the world and ourselves. 

Join us for a safe, masked, and socially distant in-person opening reception for "Women of Resilience" on Saturday May 1, from
. To register visit

View our April 8 Panel Discussion on YouTube
Image: Erin Mulligan, The Queens

Celebration in Art

February 7—March 7, 2021

Annual exhibit of regional childrens' artwork from Kindergarten through 12th Grade.

Join us for the virtual reception on Sunday, February 7 at 2:00pm.
on our Facebook page. 


Second Floor Galleries


Flex Space Gallery

Eterovich Contemporaries 

June 12, 2021–January 23, 2022


Studio M Gallery

Charles Mintz: Lustron Stories

January 9-February 28, 2021 in Studio M

Lustron Corporation manufactured porcelain baked enamel coated, all steel houses between 1948 and 1950 in Columbus, Ohio.  One hundred and twenty-five residents and owners of Lustron homes in fifteen states were photographed and interviewed by the artist for the exhibition. 

Join us from 5-7 PM on Saturday, February 27, 2021 for an extended viewing of Charles Mintz: Lustron StoriesClick here to register.

Alana Cartwright: Clothed in Resilience 

March 6-28, 2021

Clothed in Resilience is a visual diary expressing peoples' journeys to reclamation after experiencing sexual violence. Learn more about the exhibition here.

Click here to register for Extended Hours with the Artist, Saturday, March 27, from 5:00-7:00 pm

Image: Alana Cartwright, Detail of Vehemence, Archival pigment print, 2019

Andrea Palagiano: Self-Conscious 

April 3-25, 2021

Self-Conscious is a painting exhibition that examines where social conformity meets self-identity. 

Learn more here.

Podcast interview with the artist: April 13, Noon, EST  Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Spotify

Click here to register for extended hours with the artist: April 24, 5:00-7:00 PM

Rebecca Cross: Suspended Animations 

May 8 –June 16, 2021

Through large scale drawings and installations, Suspended Animations considers the current moment, in the context of an environmentally fragile world. Learn more here.

Podcast interview with the artist: May 18, Noon EST 

Reception with the artist: June 12, 5:00-7:00 PM 


Image: Rebecca Cross, Detail, Horizon series, Burnt Mountains, silk, dyes and pastels, 2021

John Chang: In Ink—Transformation of Calligraphy

June 26–August 11, 2021

In Ink—Transformation of Calligraphy accentuates the visual and human aspects of the characters, the mark, and the gesture, in order to transcend the text and the medium, extracting from language meaning beyond its surface value.

Podcast interview with the artist: July 20th, Noon EST

Extended gallery hours July 31st, 5:00-7:00 pm

Click here to learn more.



Judi Krew: Hoard Couture, Where Art Meets Fashion

August 21–October 6, 2021

This ongoing wearable art series uses clothing design to creatively display a collection of items, explore contemporary social issues or work with unconventional materials as textiles. Krew uses the mantra of reuse, repurpose, reconsider and reimagine to guide the overall concept of each piece.

Learn more here.


Image: World Adventure Ceremonial Gown, Bedsheet, deconstructed paper petals, glass beads, denim remnant, pillow covers, 2020

Amy Swartele: Supernormal

October 16–December 1, 2021

The paintings in Supernormal playfully meld the familiar and the strange: they dismantle the false dichotomy of “normal  vs. “weird”.

Learn more here. 




Image: Amy Swartele, Detail, Egg and Spoon Fed, Oil and mixed media on canvas, 2018


Susan Byrnes: The Viscosity Series

December 11, 2021–January 26, 2022

Susan Byrnes’ most recent works from the Viscosity Series are vividly colored “sculptural drawings” inspired by landscape that are made from transparent and opaque polyurethane, cast into a shallow mold.




Image: Susan Byrnes, Detail from Pink Prairie, cast polyurethane rubber, 2021



Paul Brown Museum Gallery

Paul Brown's Pro Teams:
History of the Browns and Bengals

February 1, 2020 - February 14, 2021

Journey through the history of Paul Brown's teams in Cleveland and Cincinnati.

To learn more about the Paul Brown Museum, click here.

Massillon's Pro & Semi-Pro Teams, 1890-1926

February 6 - July 3, 2021

Massillon has a rich history of football, with over 60 semi-professional teams of all ages and weight classes that organized at the turn of the 20th century, and documented in Massillon's local paper, The Evening Independent.  Many of these teams had sporadic seasons with gridders that jumped each week to different teams in order to play as much as possible.  These gridders were former high school or college stars, and some were even just local businessmen looking for a hobby in a new sport.  The teams - especially those that attracted the big ticket games - played powerhouse grid teams from Akron, Cleveland, and Columbus, with some team managers going so far as to source players from out-of-state that were renowned in skill during their college days.

To learn more about the Paul Brown Museum, click here.


Play Like a Girl:
Massillon Women's Tiger Teams from Gym Class to Title IX

March 6 - July 3, 2021

History panels, photographs of Massillon Washington High School girls’ teams and athletic clubs, a 1905 girls’ basketball costume, and images of groundbreaking female athletes such as golfer Eva Shorb and track star Kelly Bodiford Banks illustrate the history of Massillon women’s sports. 

Even before Massillon High School organized boys’ basketball teams, the school offered girls the opportunity to play competitive basketball at the turn of the last century. First-year female students were required to take physical education classes beginning in 1928. While gym classes replaced the girls’ basketball teams, they introduced the young women to other athletic activities. Play Like a Girl traces the history of women’s sports from the those early efforts through the 1972 passage of Title IX.

To learn more about the Paul Brown Museum, click here.

Flu and Football

July 31, 2021–January 9, 2022

The effects of the 1918 Spanish influenza and the 2020 COVID-19 pandemics were strikingly similar on the city of Massillon and its football teams. Both times, Massillon shut down with exceptions for essential businesses, and football was impacted as a popular contact sport. Schedules were changed, and games were sometimes postponed or even canceled. On display July 31, 2021–January 9, 2022, the Paul Brown Museum exhibition, "Flu and Football," examines the parallels of two pandemics more than 100 years apart.






Fred F. Silk Community Room Gallery

[Lower Level]

My Community: Through the Eyes of the 21st-Century African American Child

Sponsored by The Kent Area (Ohio) Chapter,  of The Links, Incorporated

February 7-March 21, 2021

Photography by Stark, Summit, Portage and Medina County Students 

Learn more about the exhibition here.


Image: Jade Hilton Tipton, Reflectio

Myths and Monsters

March 27–April 25, 2021

The Massillon Museum invited students in kindergarten through twelfth grade in Northeast Ohio to submit their original two-dimensional artwork inspired by mythology or monsters for this exhibition in the Fred F. Silk Community Room Gallery! This exhibition is held in conjunction with the fourteenth annual NEA Big Read in Massillon.

To view a virtual tour of this exhibit on YouTube, click here.

Accessible Expressions Ohio

May 1–June 2, 2021

Annual juried exhibition of art  created by artists with disabilities.
Presented by Art Possible Ohio.


Image: Kelly Quinn, Animatronic Gallery 

Canton Artists League: The Show Must Go On 

June 8–July 25, 2021

Canton Artists League is a welcome forum for all visual artists to meet and help further their creativity through exhibits, workshops, and a shared bond of talent and imagination.

Extended gallery hours: June 12, 2021 5:00-7:00 pm Reserve your timed ticket here.  June 26, 2021  5:00-7:00pm (No reservation needed.) 

Image: Gail Wetherell-Sack, Mystical Moment, paper collage, 2021

Photography by Supporters of Relay for Life

July 31–September 8, 2021

Sale of donated photographs benefit the American Cancer Society.

Artwork by Members of the Boys and Girls Club of Massillon

September 18-January 9, 2022

The twenty first annual exhibition showcases youth art, grouped by media category, from youth ages   6-18.

Learn more here.


Lower Level Lobby

Art Educator of the Year Finalists' Exhibit

March 16–28, 2021

Each artwork was created by a finalist or finalist's student.

The finalists for the 2021 Art Educator of the Year Award are:

-Amy Eibel—Visual Art Teacher, Faircrest Memorial Middle School, Canton Local School District

-Ashley Kessler—Art Teacher, Oakwood Middle School, Plain Local School District

-Denise Boyd—Visual Arts Teacher, Greentown Intermediate School, North Canton City School District

-Jennifer Holland—Art Teacher, Fairless High School, Fairless Local School District

-Matthew J. Ferrell—Career Technical Education Instructor, Media Arts & Communication, Washington High School, Massillon City School District

Co-sponsors: Massillon Museum, Canton Museum of Art, and Canton Symphony Orchestra

Virtual Exhibitions

  • news
  • mailing list
  • volunteering
  • membership
  • calendar
  • shop