Current Exhibits


Main Gallery

Masters of American Photography
and The Massillon's Masters: Highlights from the Fine Art Photography Collection

March 5 – May 15, 2016

FREE exhibit opening Saturday, March 5 from 3:00-5:00pm, which will coincide with the Big Read kickoff and Studio M opening.

This traveling exhibition, was curated by the Reading Public Museum in Reading Pennsylvania, with images from its permanent collection that elegantly represent the history of photography in the 20th century. Rachael Arauz, Ph.D., independent curator for this exhibition, said, “This carefully chosen collection features an impressive range of images from some of the most important artists in the history of the medium.”
Iconic images by Alfred Stieglitz, Ansel Adams, Walker Evans, Edward Weston, Dorothea Lange, Margaret Bourke White, and others will be on display.

The Massillon's Masters: Highlights from the Fine Art Photography Collection exhibition will feature works by Nell Dorr, Belle Johnson, Harry Callahan, Aaron Siskind, Tom Baril, Ernest H. Brooks II, Dorothy Kerper Monnelly, William L. Bennett, Henry Clay Fleming, and Tamara Lischka, to create a dialogue with the works displayed in the Masters of American Photography exhibit.

Second Floor Galleries:

Fashion Outlaws
November 14, 2015 - April 24, 2016

Fashion Outlaws explores the social history of women's clothing from the Industrial Revolution to World War II, focusing on the relationship between mobility and women’s rights.  An outlaw is an individual who has broken the rules and is on the run from the law. Historically, strict dress codes limited women's social, spatial, and physical movement. Fashion outlaws are women who bend these rules, rebelling against tight-laced corsets and heavy, full skirts, to gain the ease of movement necessary to run, drive, bicycle, and more, all while earning greater social freedom. As key women rebelled against these limitations, fashion evolved into a symbol of women's liberation. 

Media Coverage:
Read the Akron Beacon Journal's article by Mary Beth Breckenridge.
Read the Canton Repository's article by Dan Kane.

Second Floor Gallery

Paul Brown: and Racial Integration in Ohio Football
January 30 through July 31, 2016.

The Massillon Museum’s Paul Brown and Racial Integration in Ohio Football exhibition will celebrate the seventieth anniversary of the 1946 reintegration of the National Football League. During his first year with the Browns, Paul Brown and Los Angeles Rams coach Adam Walsh made professional football history when each signed two black players.  The Browns at that time were part of the All-American Football Conference, and the rams had been part of the NFL franchise.

An unofficial National Football League rule banning African Americans from the league was enforced from 1933 until 1946.  Coach Paul Brown was instrumental in overcoming football segregation by his continual effort to integrate teams at the naval academy, high school, college, and professional levels. 

Read more here.

Media Coverage:
Read the article by Marc Bona

Second Floor Galleries:


Studio M

Image to Image: Photographs by Walsh University's Photojournalism Students
April 15 — May 29, 2016

Sixteen students enrolled in Walsh University digital photojournalism classes have examined the work of renowned photojournalists from the perspectives of artistic style, technique, history, and ethical issues surrounding photojournalism. Their project will culminate when they collaborate with the Massillon Museum to host the tenth annual Image to Image exhibition in the Museum’s Studio M. Click here to learn more about this exhibit.


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