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Top American Artists Tackle the History of Football in New Exhibit

Scrimmage: Football in American Art from the Civil War to the Present is the first comprehensive assembly of work by prominent American artists focusing on football. This exciting new exhibition is on view August 1 – October 29, 2017 with a special public reception on August 10 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Scrimmage will allow audiences from around the country to discover and explore football and art in a community steeped in both. This special exhibition is organized by the Gregory Allicar Museum of Art (formerly the University Art Museum) at Colorado State University, and the Jorden Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon.

Through works assembled from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, the Figge Art Museum, Denver Art Museum, The Rockwell Museum, The Museum of Fine Arts – Houston, Yale University, Canton Museum of Art, and numerous other public and private collections, including paintings, prints, sculptures, and new media, Scrimmage details the history of football from the end of the Civil War to the present, exploring themes such as race, teamwork, and competition for viewers to examine today. Scrimmagefeatures 60 works from American artists including: Winslow Homer,Holiday in Camp, 1865; R. Tait McKenzie, The Onslaught, 1920; Thomas Hart Benton, Forward Pass, 1972; Andy Warhol, O.J. Simpson, 1977; and Ernie Barnes, Fumble in the Line, 1990.

Scrimmage Programming:
Along with the exhibit, several collaborative events are planned to bring Scrimmage to life over three months throughout the Canton community:

– Pro Football Hall of Fame (August 1 – 6) will connect Hall of Fame players to audiences with panel discussions of health issues, race in sports, and the linkage of football and art. Dates and times of the presentations will be announced as they are made available.

– Arts In Stark ‘The Eleven’ Art Project (August 4) will unveil the newest mural, Super Bowl III, by artist Dirk Rozich with a free public reception at the Cultural Center for the Arts.

– AULTCARE Family Field Day (September 9) will be a free event to engage in outdoor arts and sports activities, and explore theScrimmage exhibit through tours led by local high school football coaches at the Canton Museum of Art. 11AM-3PM

– Canton Ballet (August – October) will perform variations ofTouchdowns and Tutus, a program featuring high school football players paired with dancers to illustrate how players use ballet as a training technique, at various community events.

– Canton Symphony Orchestra (September 3) will present a Summer in the Park “Tailgating” concert reliving football in music from film and television in advance of NFL season kickoff.

– Massillon Museum (August – October) continues an exhibit series with its Paul Brown collection, celebrating Brown as the first coach of the Cleveland Browns and a leader in racial integration of football.

– Canton Palace Theatre (September 7 – 8) will present Football Film Days featuring time-honored football favorites from the movies.

– Stark District Library (August– October) will be working with the Museum to present programs based on the book “Rudy: My Story,” which was chosen for the Library’s One Book, One Community feature.

Scrimmage Origins
This exhibition developed as curators discovered that a host of prominent American artists had pictured aspects of football and the public culture surrounding the sport, yet no focused art historical study had examined these images; in fact, very little research has addressed the large body of artworks that engage with sports.

The exhibition is not meant to present a history of football – the development of rules and gradual changes in play, the history of teams or players – but instead offers a window to understanding themes central to American life, both past and current. As such, the exhibition explores these images from multiple perspectives and themes. The Canton Museum of Art invites visitors to engage in a dialogue – with works of important American artists as a springboard – about sports, art, and their roles in our history and culture, and to reflect on how these images reveal attitudes and transitions in American life. The exhibition is divided into eight sections:

Football: the Spectator Sport 
How did football, which began as a private extracurricular activity for a small group of young men, become the public spectacle we know today?  Early on the sport was embraced by college administrators who saw benefits, including the potential for financial gain – contributions from alumni and institutional giving loyalty – and increased interest from the press. This exhibition examines the public culture of football as spectator sport. Football soon developed a culture separate from play on the field – bands, cheerleaders, mascots, team colors, pep-rallies, homecoming, and parades –  were all introduced early in the history of the sport. These remain vital parts of the culture and have led to modern-day fan-driven activities like tail-gating, team merchandising, and extensive half-time extravaganzas brought to super-size scale at the Super Bowl.  Artists, as fascinated by these phenomena as the game itself, picture these American obsessions.

Class, Race and Ethnicity
Initially isolated to the campuses of the Ivy Leagues, football began as a sport for upper-class white Americans. The exhibition examines issues of class, race, and ethnicity and football’s transition from an Ivy League sport to a mass-cultural, multi-ethnic, and multi-racial phenomenon. How did this transition happen? Early and frequent press coverage brought football to a mass audience, broadening interest in the sport; at the turn of the century American immigrants began to engage in casual games as a means of assimilation into American life; and, as the American education system democratized, welcoming a wider-spectrum of students to campuses across the country, college football rosters began to reflect a more diverse population.  Despite this, the imagery of football reflects ongoing racial and ethnic prejudice and biases.  While African American and Native American players distinguished themselves on the football gridiron, their images are rarely seen in the early history of football art; instead they are reduced to racial stereotypes, or parodied in mascot imagery.

Football, Struggle, War and the “Strenuous Life”
President Theodore Roosevelt coined the term “strenuous life,” urging American men and boys to develop strength through athletics in preparation for “the rough work of the world.” In a 1900 article entitled “The American Boy” Roosevelt singled out football as a model. He admonished the American boy to engage in “manly exercises and to develop his body” and concluded by writing: “In short, in life, as in a foot-ball game, the principle to follow is: Hit the line hard; don’t foul and don’t shirk, but hit the line hard!”  For Roosevelt, the “strenuous life” was also preparation for the necessity of war and keeping America strong.  This exhibit examines artists’ depictions that relate to the promotion of football as a model for masculinity and that suggest analogies to warfare.

Gender in Football: Women’s Roles
Despite Title IX legislation and attempts at developing women’s football leagues, women have not played a role on the gridiron. Yet women figure prominently in football imagery. The exhibition explores how images both perpetuate and challenge gender stereotypes. While Charles Dana Gibson’s The Coming Game: Yale vs. Vassar, 1895, places women as protagonists on the field, the majority of artists portray women in passive and objectified roles.  As adorned spectators, cheerleaders, drum majorettes, women serve as foils that clearly define play on the field as a masculine realm.

Football and Violence
Current discussions about long-term football injuries and the concussion crisis suggest that these concerns are new. Yet, as early as the colonial period, rudimentary forms of football were outlawed and condemned for their violent nature and for provoking incendiary behavior. And, in the early part of the 20th century, despite his love for football, Theodore Roosevelt bemoaned the lawless nature of the game. The troublesome nature of football, explored by artists from the 19th century through the contemporary period, emerged first in a score of illustrations.  In Scrimmage artists picture the extreme physical nature of the sport and its ramifications.

The American Sport
Yale Coach, Walter Camp (1859-1925), widely known as the “father of American football,” envisioned a game that mirrored a model of capitalism, industrial strength, and American ingenuity. Creating rules that clearly distinguished football from what he saw as its unruly English antecedents, Camp’s football imitated an American corporate structure with each player fulfilling a specific assignment, a hierarchy of positions, and managerial roles for quarterback and coaching staff.  In the exhibition, artwork reflects these ideas and other traditions specific to American ways of life, including the association of the Thanksgiving holiday with football, the quarterback as American hero, and the sport as a rite-of-passage.

Celebrity Culture and the Media
The rise of football as an American sport is directly tied to media coverage. In Scrimmage, a number of prints are displayed that were published and widely distributed through a popular press that brought the sport to wide attention. Michael Oriard’s books, Reading Football, and King Football, trace the arc of media coverage from these early prints, through the rise of radio, newsreels, and movies, to the advent of the televised game, chronicling how our mediated world has promoted the sport and its participants. The first televised game took place on December 28, 1958 and gradually, television coverage accentuated spectacle; the use of slow motion, instant replay, half-time interviews and locker room footage, turned the football contest into high drama, and heightened attention to the celebrity status of individual players. Television also transformed the way that football was seen – allowing fans to follow teams from the comfort of their own homes. In this section we examine artists reacting to celebrity culture and to mediated views of football.

The concept of “muscular Christianity” promoted in the late 19th and early 20th century suggested that vigorous exercise and participation in sports competition, developed positive moral characteristics. Popularized, in great part, because of fears that an urbanized workforce lacked physical fitness, the movement promoted strenuous activity.  Football was often a model.  Though not always aligned to the movement of “muscular Christianity” American leadership has repeatedly emphasized the need for physical fitness, athletic achievement, teamwork and sportsmanship.  Presidents Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Dwight Eisenhower, and John F. Kennedy all stressed the need for improved physical condition; Eisenhower established the President’s Council on Youth Fitness in 1956 and Kennedy urged better physical fitness in light of Cold War competition with a fit Soviet populace.  Today, Michelle Obama promotes “Let’s Move” as a means towards a healthier, less sedentary life.  In this section we examine artists who celebrate the athletic prowess of athletes and the skill and beauty of athletics.

This special exhibition has been made possible with support in part by Stark Community Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, ArtsInStark, Aultcare, Visit Canton, and the Key Bank Foundation.

Media Images
High-resolution images can be downloaded via the provided link below.


About the Canton Museum of Art
The Canton Museum of Art (CMA) is one of Ohio’s premier museums for an exceptional visual arts experience. CMA is recognized for powerful national touring exhibits; dynamic CMA-original exhibits; an unrivaled Permanent Collection of American watercolors and contemporary ceramics; and innovative education outreach programs, in-Museum classes, and workshops. CMA is one of only two Stark County museums accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.For more information, including hours, exhibits, classes, and special events, call 330.453.7666, visit, Facebook at “Canton Museum of Art,” or @CantonMuseum on Twitter.

Admission: Regular admission is $8 Adults; $6 Seniors and Students (with valid I.D.); Museum Members are Free; and Children 12 and under, Free. Tickets are available at the Museum Ticket Office during Museum hours. For group visits, discounts, and tours, please call 330.453.7666 at least two weeks prior to your visit for reservations and/or to request a docent-led tour.

Canton Museum of Art Hours:
Hours – Monday: Closed; Tues – Thurs: 10am – 8pm; Fri – Sat: 10am – 5pm; Sun: 1 – 5pm

Location: The Canton Museum of Art is located in the Cultural Center for the Arts, 1001 Market Avenue North, Canton, Ohio 44702. Free onsite parking is available around the Museum. Call 330.453.7666 for information and directions or visit our website at

North Canton Playhouse Presents Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

The North Canton Playhouse presents Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” Musical


Directed by Debbie Cardy

Music by Alan Menken

Lyrics by Howard Ashman Tim Rice

Book by Linda Woolverton

Originally Directed by Robert Jess Roth

Originally Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions

Beauty and the Beast is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International 


Performance Dates: July 27 – August 13, 2017

Where: North Canton Playhouse Main Stage ( 525 7th St. N.E., North Canton)

Tickets:  General Admission $15

Story Time with Belle: Child Ticket $10, Accompanying Adult free

Tea Time with Mrs. Potts: Child Ticket $15, Adult Ticket $10

Performance dates, times, details and tickets can be found at by clicking “Beauty and the Beast tickets”.

Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 330-494-1613 Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 9am-2pm.



The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed into his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.


Story Time with Belle:

Come and listen to a story told by your favorite princess, Belle, with the help from some of her friends. There will be a special copy of the Little Golden Book of the original “Beauty and the Beast” story signed by the entire cast given out to all the children along with a treat. The event will cost $10 per child (accompanying parents are at no additional charge but they must make a reservation). Reservations are in addition to the price of the show ticket.


Tea Time with Mrs. Potts:

Come and dine in our French provincial town and meet the characters from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. They will be coming around to the tables to visit and you will be able to get their autograph in a special coloring/autograph book designed just for this occasion. This will be a special “reservation only” lunch that will include a light meal (sandwiches, fruit and cookies) and all the tea you would like. Mrs. Potts will be sharing a few thoughts with the children as well as a story where the enchanted objects solve a  mystery along with the help of the audience. The parent meal does not include the autograph/coloring book and other extra items for the children. Reservations are in addition to the price of the show ticket.

“Xylographic – Biographic” Featuring the work of artist, William M. Bogdan, in the Little Art Gallery

The Little Art Gallery of the North Canton Public Library will host William M. Bogdan’s art exhibit “Xylographic – Biographic” beginning June 15, 2017. The exhibit will be displayed through July 15, 2017.

Xylography: the art of making woodcuts or wood engravings, especially by a relatively primitive technique

Biography: an account of the series of events making up a person’s life

An opening reception, hosted by Friends of the Little Art Gallery, will be held Thursday, June 15, 2017 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres and light refreshments will be served. All are welcome.


     Artist Statement by William M. Bogdan

What kind of art do you do?” asked the lady artist whom I had just met.

“I do large black and white woodcuts.” I replied.

“No. I mean, ‘What kind of art do you do?’” she repeated in the exact same words but different emphasis and cadence.

“My art is autobiographical” I thought to say. This seemed to be the acceptable answer. But often since, I have wondered if this is true. True enough?

Upon graduation from the University of Akron with three plus years of accelerated art training, I knew for certain what course my life should take: I would be a book illustrator. While this didn’t happen as a career, it didn’t change that in art this is what I am, an illustrator – as such, one who tells the story visually in a straightforward representational manner – nothing too “artsy.”

But what story? What book? In 2013, I set about making a series of related pictures intended to capture my life as observed; past, present, and perhaps oddly, in dreams. They would be as photo snapshots kept in an album . . . keepsakes that preserve a moment in time, but with a story before and aft that is meaningful to me.

But what album? It would be gallery or museum walls. This was always the intent and the focus of the protect.

This exhibit is that album.

Disjointed scenes of a life lived half in nighttime dreams. Memory holders of what? Of whom? Wood, ink, paper – stuff of another age. Like me. Not perfect. Film noir. Cuz I never dreamed in Technicolor.  Poetry, not prose. My biography.

The Art:

My woodcut prints are not intended to look like or be made as typical woodcuts. As an illustrator, my sole focus is on the drawing. The woodcut process serves only to reproduce the drawing in a way artistically legitimate in copied form.

To reproduce the drawing as drawing I use laminate board (oak) or poplar planks with smooth surfaces mostly void of their wood origins, as though a blank sheet of paper. After carefully making the drawing, the cutting involves not much more than removing the white of the black and white drawing. This I do with but three tools: a scratch awl, one woodcarver tool with a straight blade, and a common 12 penny nail.

Although all black and white images, several different styles of drawing were employed to fit the look to the subject. This varies from pictures intended to appear as though dashed-off in a few minutes, to ones very precisely rendered. In all cases, typically one woodcut picture takes two weeks to do.

The inking is also non-typical. For one thing, I don’t use a printing press. Then too, the ink is Akua water-based soy ink intended for intaglio and etching, not woodcuts. But the ink (color: carbon black) works well for my purposes. I rework the inked board with a putty knife and paper towel to add texture and effect. I print on inexpensive smooth thin paper, thin enough that the ink bleeds through the paper’s reverse side, allowing me to see and further control the image being made, which I do with a large spoon to vary value (light and dark). Sometimes, I “double-hit” the paper on the inked board (on purpose) to produce an offset shading effect.

Consequently, every print I do in the run is different. Moreover, in a run of 10 print copies, I keep only one or two that I consider worthy of the original drawing. Hence the edition number of say, “2/10,” should be interpreted as my guarantee that only 10 will ever exist in the public realm, the “2” signifying the second print of whatever run of many is needed to produce 10 keepable copies.

So, nothing typical. (Nor, it would seem, am I.)

For additional information, please contact library community relations manager, Christina Weyrick, at 330.499.4712 x331

Enter to Win Tickets to View 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition

Enjoy the world’s best pianists in the VAN CLIBURN INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION with the opportunity to win a pair of Regal Montrose theatre tickets valid June 10 –

Every four years, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition brings the world’s best pianists to Fort Worth, TX to compete for the coveted Cliburn gold medal. For the first time in its history, the seventeen day competition will culminate on the big screen with concerto performances by six finalists accompanied by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Leonard Slatkin. Don’t miss the stunning conclusion of this major American cultural event LIVE in select cinemas nationwide. Plus, catch an exclusive interview with Maestro Leonard Slatkin and other classical music VIPs.

Additional tickets can be purchased by visiting #CLIBURNLIVE

The North Canton Public Library Launches an “Epic Summer” 2017

Epic is the best way to describe the North Canton Public Library’s upcoming summer of programming, events, prizes and reading clubs. An Epic Summer Kick-off Party is scheduled for Saturday, June 3 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the library. The community is invited to the party for free Milk and Honey ice cream, a visit from the Akron Zoomobile, information about the library’s summer activities and epic give-a-ways for those who sign up for summer reading clubs, which begin June 1.

“We’ve been steadily increasing our summer programming in the community, both inside and outside the doors of library, and the feedback has been extremely positive,” said library community relations manager, Christina Weyrick. “Our summer reading clubs are a staple and this year each age group will receive fantastic prizes and incentives thanks to some terrific community support from partners including the Akron Zoo,” she explained.

For the second year, live music will take over the Little Art Gallery patio during the Patio Parties concert series. On Friday, July 21, Dustin Allen will provide an all requests show at noon. Later that day, Allen will be joined by his full band, Hope for the Hollow, for a show at 5 p.m. On July 28, The Angie Haze Project will perform at noon and Erin Nicole Neal and her band The Chill Factors will take the stage at 5 p.m. Light snacks will be provided, but attendees are encouraged to pack a lunch or dinner if they would like.

Community members have been excited to learn that beginning July 11, the StarkFresh mobile farmers market, the Veggie Mobile, will visit the library each Tuesday from 3:30-5 p.m. Also at the library, art classes for all ages will be held, and registration is open for those classes now at

Outside the library, the popular Family Film Fridays series will be held the second Friday of June (Trolls), July (Moana) and August (Zootopia) in Witwer Park. The series is sponsored by Home Savings and the series’ Family Fun Zone is possible thanks to a partnership with MissionView Church and friends. The Fun Zone begins at 7 p.m. and films begin at dusk. Additionally, the library be organizing a touch-a-truck event as part of the North Canton Main Street Festival the weekend of August 19 and 20.

Children’s Summer Reading Club An Epic Reading Record, which allows children to track their reading throughout the summer, will be available at the children’s desk on the second floor of the library, beginning June 1. Children will receive a backpack when they register and an NCPL football rocket when they complete their Reading Record. The first 300 children to register will receive a free ticket to the Akron Zoo, and the first 200 to finish will receive an Epic Reader yard sign.

Teen/Middle School Summer Reading Club Teens and those heading to middle school next school year, can join the Epic Summer reading fun with simple ways to win epic gift cards and other prizes while attending some great programs and reading books over summer break! The first 200 to register for the club will receive a pair of epic NCPL sunglasses.

Adult Summer Reading Club Summer reading clubs aren’t just for kids! Adults can register for their own summer reading club to stay informed about library events and win Epic prizes just for reading books and attending programs. The first 200 to register for the club will receive an NCPL backpack and other goodies.

For additional information, please contact community relations manager, Christina Weyrick at 330.499.4712 x331 or