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Jody Hawk

Republic Steel Headquarters Exhibit

 

Artist Statement:

When I was invited to photograph the former Republic Steel World Headquarters in Massillon, Ohio, I was very excited, having been photographing industrial sites and vernacular landscape for many years.  I was surprised to learn how old the building was and became fascinated by its rich history.  My goal was to record the beauty as well as its fade from glory, always showing the evidence of human presence.  The earth was opened and the grand building etched through the hands of many.  These images connect the past to the future and support a glimpse into a time when a person's handwork gave the community a well deserved sense of pride.
- Jody Hawk

About Jody Hawk:

Jody Hawk is an artist and art educator residing in Rittman, Ohio.  She teaches photography and digital photography at the University of Akron, Massillon Museum, and many other venues.  Her work has been exhibited locally and nationally.  The photographs seen here complement the Labor and New Deal Art exhibition in the Museum’s main gallery.  A physical exhibition of 9 photographic prints is on display on the Museum's 2nd Floor Galleries from April 13 - June 2, 2013

About Republic Steel:

Throughout the twentieth century, the making of steel was the making of Stark County.  Its influence glowed like red-hot steel bars snaking out of the mill.  The growth of the steel industry impacted civic leadership, the tax base, contributions to community causes, ethnic composition of the neighborhoods, social life, and sports.  Stark County was the cradle of alloy steel; alloy steel formed the core of the county.  – Margy Vogt, excerpt from essay “In the Shadow of the Smokestacks” in Framework of a Community: The Steel Industry in Stark County (Massillon Museum exhibit catalog, 2004)

On April 8, 1930, The Republic Steel Corporation was formed from the merger of Central Alloy Steel and the Donner Steel Company’s Bourne-Fuller Company.  It had existed as Republic Iron and Steel Company in Youngstown, Ohio, and after the merger the name was changed.  Benjamin Franklin Fairless was the executive vice-president at that time.

Exhibit By Floor:

Exterior  |  Basement  |  First & Second Floors  |  Third Floor  |  Attic  ]

 
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