Canton Museum of Art Hosts Second Brader Day, In Search of Local Works from 19th Century Artist Ferdinand Brader

Exhibition of Brader Drawings Coming to the Museum in 2014



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Image: Dilger Brewery (Image #427), Ferdinand Brader, 1885 (Canton Museum of Art)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  July 9, 2013, Canton, Ohio — The Canton Museum of Art (CMA) will host a second “Bring Your Brader to the Museum Day,” also known as “Brader Day,” on Saturday, July 20, 2013, from 10:00am to 2:00pm.  Owners of potential drawings from 19th century folk artist Ferdinand Brader, whose intricate work featured family farms and businesses in western Pennsylvania and northeast Ohio, are encouraged to bring their drawings to the Canton Museum of Art to be professionally identified, cataloged and photographed.  Attendees also have an opportunity to speak with specialists about conservation, find their farms on old township maps and talk about family genealogy.  Drawing owners also receive an 8” x 10” print and a CD with a digital image of their work. 

The event will be held at the Canton Museum of Art, 1001 Market Avenue North, in Canton.  Brader Day 2012 was a huge success, with 26 families bringing in drawings and sharing historical details.

Brader came to the United States from Switzerland in the early 1870s and traveled extensively in Pennsylvania and Ohio, supporting himself by creating large pencil drawings of the farms and properties where he was given temporary residence.  His estimated 980 drawings are strikingly accurate and detailed, many drawn from a unique aerial perspective.  Brader clearly identified the farms, owners and properties in a caption along the bottom of each drawing.  Many of the properties and buildings still exist — ranging from Stark, Tuscarawas and Portage counties in Ohio to Berks, Lancaster and Lebanon counties in Pennsylvania — adding significant depth to our understanding of American family life in the late 1800s.

With meticulous care, Brader used a sequential numbering and dating system for his drawings, which has helped scholars identify and catalog the works.  Currently, Brader researchers have identified 203 of the landscape drawings.

Local Brader scholar, Kathleen Wieschaus-Voss, will curate the December 2014 exhibition at CMA, “The Legacy of Ferdinand Brader.”  The exhibit will feature more than 40 Brader drawings, tracing the artist’s path through the Pennsylvania and Ohio countryside.  Collaborative exhibits at the McKinley Museum / Stark County Historical Society and at the Historical Society of Berks County will substantially add to the number of Brader drawings to be seen at the same time.

Wieschaus-Voss will be leading activities for the July 20 “Brader Day” at the Museum.  Visit or for more information about Brader and the exhibit.

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