Canton Museum of Art Celebrates Northeast Ohio Artists with The Cleveland School: Watercolor and Clay


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  December 18, 2012, Canton, Ohio — Experience "Cleveland" like never before with an intriguing, original exhibition from the Canton Museum of Art (CMA) – “The Cleveland School: Watercolor and Clay” (December 1, 2012 - March 10, 2013).

Moses Pearl, "Cleveland"In an essay introducing the exhibition, William H. Robinson from the Cleveland Museum of Art said, “Northeast Ohio has produced a remarkable tradition of achievement in watercolor painting and ceramics.  The artists who created this tradition are often identified as members of the ‘Cleveland School,’ but the term is used broadly for painters and craftsman throughout the region….”

Drawing on works produced from the 1910s through the 1960s, the CMA has assembled a dramatic exhibition that takes you into the minds of 35 artists, including Charles Burchfield; William Sommer; Guy Cowan; and Viktor Schreckengost, who was renowned for his work as an industrial designer, painter and teacher.  Commissioned by Eleanor Roosevelt to celebrate her husband’s re-election as governor of New York, Schreckengost created the famed Jazz Bowl, which interprets a city at night bursting with the rhythms of jazz, and is a featured work in the exhibition.

The industrial side of Cleveland was often depicted in the watercolors of the period, providing varied subject matter.  Other artists, like Henry Keller and Clara Deike, were interested in the new styles of post-Impressionism which they used to paint the landscape in Berlin Heights and Brandywine. Viktor Schreckengost, "Jazz Bowl"

Among the ceramic artists also represented in this exhibition are Thelma Frazier Winter, Edris Eckardt, Walter Sinz and Russell Aitken.  Geometric abstraction can be seen in post-war ceramics by Claude Conover, Leza Sullivan McVey and Clement Giorgi. 

The impact of these artists on the cultural development of Northeast Ohio continues to be felt today and to grow its span of influence.  “The Cleveland School in recent years has become known on a national level, and it is in Canton's backyard,” said Canton Museum of Art Curator Lynnda Arrasmith.  “This is an exciting showcase of Northeast Ohio talent and its far-reaching artistic influence, plus it is a perfect alignment with the Museum’s impressive Permanent Collection of watercolor and ceramic works.”

Many pieces on display are from private collections.  Ceramics have been loaned by the Rocky River Library, which houses the Cowan Pottery Museum; the Butler Museum of Art; and many local collectors.

Admission is $6/adult, $4/senior and student, children 12 and under are free.  The Canton Museum of Art is located in the Cultural Center for the Arts at 1001 Market Avenue North, Canton, Ohio, 44702.  Hours are: Monday - closed; Tuesday, Wednesday - 10 am to 8 pm; Thursday, Friday - 10 am to 5 pm; Saturday - 10 am to 3 pm; Sunday - 1 pm to 5 pm.  Contact: (330) 453-7666, or online at

About the Canton Museum of Art
The Canton Museum of Art (CMA) was formed in 1935 and is recognized for its Permanent Collection of American watercolors and contemporary ceramics, unique exhibits and innovative and educational outreach programs.  The CMA offers a changing exhibition schedule each year that highlights works in its Permanent Collection, major traveling exhibitions and original exhibits organized by CMA staff.  The CMA’s Permanent Collection features American Masters of Watercolor such as Edward Hopper, Thomas Hart Benton, Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, Andrew Wyeth, William Glackens, George Luks and Alice Schille.  CMA’s ceramic works include noted artists such as Betty Woodman, Karen Karnes, Peter Voulkos and Don Reitz.  Visit or on Facebook® at “Canton Museum of Art” to learn more.

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