>> Environmental Impact
September 1 - October 31, 2013
This touring art exhibition confronts environmental issues facing human, plant and wildlife species in our time, from land development to natural resource depletion, and seeks to heighten public awareness through the power of art. The show is curated by Dr. David J. Wagner, author of the reference book, American Wildlife Art, and curator/tour director of an impressive list of exhibitions including The Art of Robert Bateman, The Sea of Cortez, and Endangered Species: Flora and Fauna in Peril which toured to the U.S. Department of Interior in Washington, D.C. The exhibition features iconic works such Still Not Listening, a poem and sculpture of the same title by Leo Osborne, an elegy to victims of the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska. (Image: Apocalypse, Walter Ferguson)
>> Restoration, Recycling & Remembering:
The Art of Barbara Krupp
September 1 - October 31, 2013
This unique exhibit reflects on the "old" and the "new" in our world, and the excess which has come to characterize our daily landscape. Old structures are abandoned or torn down; new ones are put up unnecessarily. Artist Barbara Krupp asks, "What would happen if we could take the lumber, steel, metals, etc. and make beauty out of the old steel mills, out of the hurricane damaged structures and even out of the hidden places in our minds? Could we rearrange them?" This six-work exhibit of Acrylic and Oil Stick paintings features bold colors and magnificent spatial formulations. Each work tells a story and is created to have the viewer respond emotionally to the intersection of old versus new and environmental and industrial concerns that change our daily perspective. (Image: Connecting the Dots, 2010, 72" x 168")
>> Illuminating the Word: The Saint John's Bible
December 5, 2013 - March 2, 2014
Considered the Sistine Chapel of the modern era, “The Saint John’s Bible” is the first handwritten and illuminated Bible in 500 years — all 73 books produced using medieval techniques and materials. This magnificent exhibit features 34 displays with 68 original pages, and is the first touring exhibit to show works from all seven completed volumes. Also on display will be the materials used to create the work.
In 1995, Saint John’s University and Abbey in Minnesota initiated a major undertaking to produce a modern illuminated Bible using entirely medieval techniques and materials. "The Saint John’s Bible" was executed by Donald Jackson, Senior Scribe to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s Crown Office, along with a collaborative team of scribes, artists, theologians and scholars. This is the first illuminated, handwritten Bible of monumental size (2’ tall x 3’ wide when open) to be commissioned by a Benedictine Monastery in 500 years. All 73 books of the Old and New Testaments are presented in seven volumes of approximately 1,150 pages — produced on calfskin vellum using goose, turkey and swan quills; lamp black ink from 19th century Chinese ink sticks; cakes and powdered pigments mixed with egg yolk and water; gold leaf; and stencils and stamps used to apply paint and gold powder throughout.
The Canton Museum of Art will create a corollary exhibition entitled Sacred Voices, featuring national artists who express their faith through art, along with collaborative events from regional churches, synagogues, musical and choral groups.
"One of the extraordinary undertakings of our time," says Smithsonian Magazine. An event not to be missed! This exhibit is presented in collaboration with Malone University. (Image: To the Ends of the Earth, Donald Jackson with contributions from Sally Mae Joseph and Andrew Jamieson, Copyright 2002, The Saint John’s Bible)
...and More Exciting Works Coming in 2014!
>> Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World
August 31 - October 26, 2014
What is real and what do you think is real? Follow the Canton Museum of Art into the intrigue-filled world of art forgery, as we present a national touring exhibition which will challenge gallery visitors to test their detective skills in telling original masters from forged copies.
This ground-breaking exhibition spotlights some of the world's most notorious con artists, illuminating their dubious legacies, and examining how their talents, charm, and audacity beguiled and assaulted the art world for much of the 20th century through the present day.
Can you find the forgery and protect the original? Explore "Intent to Deceive" at the Canton Museum and put your skill to the test against masters of illusion!
>> The Legacy of Ferdinand Brader
December 4, 2014 - March 15, 2015
An exhibition by itinerant folk artist Ferdinand Brader, whose meticulous drawings featured the farms and towns throughout western Pennsylvania and Northeast Ohio. Brader traveled the region drawing massive farm and industrial landscapes in exchange for food and lodging. “Brader drawings” are now in collections ranging from the McKinley Museum to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Nearly 200 of his approximately 1,000 drawings have been located, and the Canton Museum of Art will feature pieces from its own collection as well as on loan from the Art Institute of Chicago and elsewhere.