Paintings and Drawings by John W. Carlson to Open in Massillon Museum’s Studio M


Paintings and Drawings by John W. Carlson, the next Studio M exhibition at the Massillon Museum, will open Friday, May 19, in the Museum’s Fred F. Silk Community Room.  It will be on view through June 25.

A reception for the artist will be held on Saturday, June 10, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., concurrent with the opening of the Stark County in the Great War main gallery exhibition. The event will be free and open to everyone; no reservations will be required. 9

Carlson, a Lakewood, Ohio, artist, honed his vision at the Cooper School of Art in Cleveland.  He is drawn to he strength of black and white and spontaneity, and his work is informed by film noir and jazz.  He equates the flash of an idea for his artwork to the flash of a camera.

The artist focuses on the figure, using oil paint and charcoal on canvas and paper to explore the human condition.  His exhibition is about perception and emotion and how they relate to one another.

“In these paintings and drawings I subtract or manipulate information that shapes our perception,” Carlson said. “Like memory, knowledge and emotion are contextual clues that viewers use to interpret what they see.”  He presents an ambiguity—an isolated image—that forces the viewer to scrutinize the image to find resolution.”

Carlson’s artwork has been included in dozens of solo and group juried and invitational exhibitions throughout northern Ohio and in Erie, Pennsylvania.   John W. Carlson appears courtesy of Hedge Gallery.

The Massillon Museum’s Studio M exhibition may be seen during regular Museum hours, Tuesday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.  For more information, call the Massillon Museum at 330-833-4061, or visit

Studio M enhances the collaboration between the Museum and the community by showcasing the artistic talents of local, regional, and national artists. The series of five-week shows will continue throughout the year, selected by jurors from proposals submitted by artists. Guidelines and an application are available by calling the Massillon Museum at 330-833-4061 or visiting

The Massillon Museum receives operating support from the Ohio Arts Council and ArtsinStark.

The Massillon Museum is located at 121 Lincoln Way East (Ohio Route 172) in the heart of downtown Massillon.  Free and convenient street parking is available on adjacent streets.  A visit to the Massillon Museum is always free.

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