The CMA is open for Fall Exhibitions from August 3rd through October 24th. 

Please note the CMA will closed on 8/6, 8/7 and 8/8 due to Hall of Fame events.

Learn more about our Fall Exhibitions HERE

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Soar, Roar, Explore: Animal Life from the CMA Collection (August 3, 2021 - October 24, 2021)


Animals have long been a source of inspiration for many artists, spanning artistic time periods, themes, and styles. From surrealism to abstraction, to animals as mythical creatures or representations of people, wildlife has played an essential role in the scope of American art history.


Images of animals continue to be a powerful indicator of how we think about ourselves in relation to the world in which we live. In today’s world, animals have been used in art to tell greater stories and illustrate larger themes in American life. In fact, we often look to animals to amend the weakness we feel as humans. 


The artwork in this exhibit, pulled from the CMA’s Permanent Collection, illustrates the role of animals in art across time. This exhibition challenges viewers to not only understand how and why certain animals were and are used in art, but also to decipher the myriad ways in which we have always seen our faults, our virtues, and our potential reflected in the natural world.



Fall Exhibitions Opening Reception: Thursday, August 12th from 5PM-7PM

The Canton Museum of Art will welcome guests to its first in-person opening celebration/reception this season on Thursday, August 12, from 5PM-7PM. This event is FREE and open to the public. This Free Thursday event, sponsored by PNC Foundation, invites visitors to enjoy all four fall exhibitions and to meet artists from the Ohio Plein Air Society and watercolorist Yuki Hall. CMA’s Curator of Exhibitions, Christy Davis, and other staff members will be available to answer questions about the exhibitions and artworks.


Above image: Father was Tiger Red, 1955. Minerva Lynch (American, 1899 - 1984). Watercolor on paper, 21 x 29 in. Purchased by the

Canton Museum of Art, 55.6


Thumbnail image: Looking for Balance, 2019. Taylor Robenalt (American, b. 1983). Porcelain, cone 6 oxidation, underglaze, glaze, and

luster, 16 x 5 x 12 in. Purchased by the Canton Museum of Art, 2020.10


You can view our entire collection here.


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