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MassMu Displays P.T. Barnum Artifacts from its Permanent Collection

With the 2017 closing of the Ringling Brothers, Barnum, and Bailey Circus and the success of the Hollywood musical, The Greatest Showman, P.T. Barnum has returned in spirit to the limelight in America.
In response, the Massillon Museum has created a small display of artifacts related to Barnum’s circus, his American Museum, and his performers—including Mr. and Mrs. Tom Thumb and singer Jenny Lind. The jewel of the exhibit is Barnum’s gold-tipped walking stick. Along with photographs, programs, advertising, and memorabilia in the exhibit, the walking stick was donated in 1995 to the Massillon Museum by Dr. Robert Immel along with his hand-carved miniature circus that is an iconic part of the Massillon Museum.  
“With the current popularity of the circus as seen in the film, The Greatest Showman, MassMu wants to encourage patrons to have a last look at the current circus gallery before renovation of the second floor begins,” says the Museum’s executive director Alexandra Nicholis Coon.
The Immel Circus, which is usually on view as part of a visit to the Museum, will be temporarily closed beginning January 22 during construction in that part of the building during the expansion project. Until then, visitors can see the 2,620-piece circus diorama and the circus posters, photographs, and costumes that surround it in the Immel Circus Gallery.  The new Barnum exhibit, P.T. Barnum: The World’s Greatest Showman, can also be seen until that date.
By mid-January, many circus images will be added to the Museum’s virtual galleries, so visitors will be able to view permanent collection artifacts while the circus gallery is closed.  Visit http://www.massillonmuseum.org/immel-circus. 
The Barnum exhibit, the Immel Circus, Paul Brown: Innovator, and the Stark County Artists Exhibition may be seen during regular hours Tuesday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. “Although the lobby is in construction disarray, the exhibits are accessible at this time,” says Margy Vogt, public relations coordinator.  “Everyone is still welcome to visit.”
About P.T. Barnum
Phineas Taylor Barnum (1810–1891) acquired and expanded the American Museum in New York City in 1842. In 1870, the marketing genius invested in a circus venture, casting his friends and many performers from his museum. The following year, P.T. Barnum’s Grand Traveling Museum, Menagerie, Caravan, and Circus opened in Brooklyn, the forerunner to what would become Barnum and Bailey Greatest Show on Earth. By the end of its run, the Ringling Brothers, Barnum, and Bailey Circus had entertained the world for 146 years.
About the Massillon Museum
The circus gallery closing will facilitate construction of a doorway to the new Studio M space directly east of the gallery on the second floor of one of the Museum’s new buildings. The expansion project—funded by the State of Ohio, foundations, businesses, organizations, and individuals—will enhance the Museum’s ability to preserve and exhibit art and history, add opportunities to be the cultural hub of the community, and create space for the new Paul Brown Museum.
The Massillon Museum receives operating support from the Ohio Arts Council and ArtsinStark.
The Massillon Museum is located at 121 Lincoln Way East in downtown Massillon.  For more information, call330-833-4016 or visit massillonmuseum.org.  A visit to the Massillon Museum is always free.

Tom Bartel’s Unique Solo Exhibition is on View at the Canton Museum of Art

Experience Evocative Ceramic Works Inside Bartel’s “Dark Forms” Exhibit

Canton Museum of Art presents a unique exhibition of ceramic works entitled “Dark Forms: Tom Bartel.”  This solo exhibition is on view now through October 29, 2017.

Tom Bartel’s life has changed, and so has his work. He is at a re-defining moment after recently becoming a parent, which greatly opened his eyes to the passage of time. An artist hailing from Cleveland, Ohio, Tom Bartel is currently Professor of Ceramics at Ohio University, whose Ceramics Program ranks third in the United States. Previously, Bartel’s work was very colorful and patterned, as evidenced by one of his pieces that we proudly own in our Permanent Collection.  However, with his new exhibit – Dark Forms – he has set out to re-invent his work and push himself out of his comfort zone.  His pieces for this exhibit are devoid of color or pattern because he was aiming to reduce his ideas to the essential. The only carry-over from his previous works are his depictions of human forms. What do these pieces say about the passage of time, and how we as humans aim to “live on” through objects? Come see for yourself in Dark Forms: Tom Bartel.

About Tom Bartel
Tom Bartel grew up on the Erie shores of Cleveland, Ohio and is known for his disturbing and humorous fragmented figures that take cues from a “shotgun blast” of influences ranging from antiquity to popular culture. He received his BFA from Kent State University and his MFA from Indiana University-Bloomington. Tom has lectured, conducted workshops and exhibited extensively throughout the United States and internationally. His work is included in numerous public and private collections and he has received Individual Artist Fellowships from the Pennsylvania arts council, the Kentucky Arts Council and the Ohio Arts Council. He has numerous publications to his credit, including American Craft, Ceramics Monthly, Clay Times, Ceramics Art and Perception as well as many other periodicals and books. Bartel is currently an Associate Professor at Ohio University in Athens, Oh.

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. www.cantonart.org, 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.
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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 www.cantonart.org.