MassMu to Host Annual Collage Exhibition

 News Release:  MassMu to Host Annual Collage Exhibition

This year, the Massillon Museum will host the Ninth Annual Ohio Collage Society Exhibition in the main gallery from January 24 through March 15. The exhibition will open with a reception for the artists on Saturday, January 24, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The party will be free and open to the public. No reservations are required.

The juried exhibition will feature the collage and assemblage media artwork of current Ohio Collage Society (OCS) members. According to OCS President Shirley Saxe-Ende, the society seeks to promote and appreciate the technique of collage in Ohio by mounting exhibits of members’ work and occasionally getting together to create collage. Founded in 2007, the Ohio Society is an affiliate of the National Collage Society. OCS founder Gretchen Bierbaum was also the founder of the national organization in 1982. 

All members of the Society will be eligible to submit two pieces of collage or assemblage media; new members are welcome at any time. Artwork may be delivered to the Massillon Museum on January 17, between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. The entry fee is $20 per artist or one or two pieces.  Work need not be for sale. If work is sold, the Massillon Museum will retain a 30% commission. Work must have been completed in the last two years. Work accepted in previous OCS shows is ineligible as is work completed in a class or under instruction. A complete list of requirements, the show application and labels, and shipping instructions, as well as membership information, can be found at

Cubist painters Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso are credited with the first modern-day experimentation with collage in 1912.  For a century, artists have advanced the fine art of assembling materials and colors to present an altered vision of reality.

Also during the evening of January 24, an exhibition of Published and Unpublished Illustrations by Sean Qualls, a New York City-based children’s book illustrator, artist, and author, will open in a second-floor gallery. A Studio M ehibition of artwork by the Massillon Museum staff will open in the Fred F. Silk Community Room in the lower level. The Immel Circus; the century-old Jewel automobile; It’s Been Awhile; Paul Brown: The Professional Years; Orange and Black Cinema: Film Noir and Massillon, Ohio; and Massillon and the War of the Rebellion: Women and the War can also be seen.  

The Ninth Annual Ohio Collage Society Exhibition can be seen through Sunday, March 15, 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. A visit to the Massillon Museum is always free.

The Massillon Museum will offer Sunday afternoon collage classes for all ages to complement its Ohio Collage Society main gallery exhibition. The three-week sessions will be held from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m., January 25, February 1, and February 8. Alex Strader will teach "Collage, Color, Composition" for students in kindergarten through high school. Regina Donovan will instruct the "Adult Collage" class for individuals 18 and older. The fee for each series—$35 ($25 for Massillon Museum members)—includes materials and instruction.  New members are welcome at any time.  Pre-registration is required by January 20.  

Ende-Saxe will offer a "Collage in All Dimensions" workshop for all ages on Saturday, January 31, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. The workshop fee includes materials for $35 ($30 MassMu members). Pre-registration is required by January 25. Adults who register for both Adult Collage and Collage in All Dimensions by January 20 may take advantage of a package discount:  $60 for both ($40 MassMu members).

The Massillon Museum receives operating support from the Ohio Arts Council and ArtsinStark.

The Massillon Museum is located at 121 Lincoln Way East in downtown Massillon.  Free parking is available on adjacent streets and in nearby city lots.  For more information, call 330.833.4061 or visit   

Media Contacts:

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

Margy Vogt, Massillon Museum Public Relations Coordinator  -  330-833-4061

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