Environmental Impact Premiere Headlines New Exhibitions

Opening September 1st at the Canton Museum of Art



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Exciting New Exhibitions Showcase Art Giving Voice to Our Environment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  August 20, 2013, Canton, Ohio — The Canton Museum of Art (CMA) opens its new Fall Season with three exhibitions featuring diverse artists lending their voices in a message of hope for the world — raising our awareness, challenging our thinking and recalling our past.

Opening September 1, 2013 (and on view through October 31, 2013), the exhibitions are headlined by the touring premiere of Environmental Impact, including 75 works from more than 25 contemporary artists in painting, photography, sculpture and installations that focus on the critical environmental issues of our time.  The exhibit Restoration, Recycling and Remembering: The Art of Barbara Krupp, features acrylic and oil stick paintings that communicate the beauty of the old and the changing world around us.  And from the CMA Permanent Collection, the original exhibit And That’s The Way It Was gives voice to artists in painting and sculptures reflecting the world’s past landscapes.     

Members Opening Reception and Media Event: August 29, 2013
A Museum Members and Media Opening Reception will be held Thursday, August 29, 6:00 to 8:00pm, at the Canton Museum of Art, 1001 Market Avenue North, in Canton.  The reception will feature a chocolate dessert and wine bar, live music by the group “Rock Salt and Nails” and a preview of each exhibition.  Special guests attending will be Dr. David J. Wagner, curator of Environmental Impact; artist Mick Meihlan, whose glass corn installation piece Reality is featured in Environmental Impact; and artist Barbara Krupp, opening her Restoration, Recycling and Remembering exhibit. 

Museum members contact Lynn Daverio at 330.453.7666, ext. 104 for reservations.  All media should contact Marketing Director Max Barton at 330.453.7666, ext. 102, for reservations and requests to interview artists at the event or to arrange artist interviews in advance.

Environmental Impact Tour Premiere
Environmental Impact is a touring exhibition that seeks to heighten public consciousness about the intentional or unintentional consequences of environmental exploitation and neglect.  Art of natural history traditionally depicts nature in all its glory in beautiful, pristine condition.  The paintings, photographs and sculptures of Environmental Impact are antithetical to that tradition.  Instead, they confront pressing issues of our time, from land development to industrial-scale depletion of natural resources, from the Gulf oil spill to the dangers of nuclear energy, the trashing of the American landscape and the impact of Global Warming.

The show is curated by Dr. David J. Wagner, author of the reference book, American Wildlife Art, and curator/tour director of an impressive list of exhibitions including The Art of Robert Bateman; The Sea of Cortez; and Endangered Species: Flora and Fauna in Peril, which toured to the U.S. Department of Interior in Washington, D.C.

For Environmental Impact, Wagner draws upon connections with organizations and legendary artists such as Canadian painter Robert Bateman, Swedish-born sculptor Kent Ullberg and American artist and poet Leo Osborne, whose work has collectively shaped and fulfilled The Environmental Movement.  The exhibition features iconic works such as Requiem for Prince William Sound, Ullberg’s elegy to victims of the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska, the worst man-made ecological disaster of its time; and Still Not Listening, a poem and sculpture of the same title by Osborne in which he expresses frustration and outrage at the April 20, 2010, Deepwater Horizon oil-rig explosion and subsequent spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  Bateman dedicated an entire series to environmentalism beginning in 1989 with Carmanah Contrasts, a kind of color-field painting that grew out of effort by artists who gathered on Vancouver Island in British Columbia that year to document the clear cutting of Carmanah Forest, an old-growth area. 

Environmental Impact also contains disturbing paintings of the American landscape by Chester Arnold; an apocalyptic panorama by Chris Doyle; an imperiled nuclear power plant by Israeli painter Walter Ferguson; a stunning global warming installation by Japanese sculptor Sayaka Ganz; photographs by Peter Goin, including his iconic Trinity (site of the world’s first nuclear detonation); Scott Greene’s surreal satellite dish landscape; powerful photographs by Frank Stewart, who documented the impact of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers levy broke and flooded the city; and photographs by Robert Dawson of subjects such as the now-former Colorado River wetlands in Sonora, Mexico. 

The cutting-edge paintings and sculptures of Environmental Impact address a plethora of other environmental issues and concerns ranging from pollution on the Mediterranean Sea, the recent loss of bee populations, the impact of genetic engineering on food for human consumption, drought and out-of-control western wildfires, dangers to urban wildlife, illegal trade in wildlife skins and endangered species around the world.  Visit www.davidjwagnerllc.com and www.cantonart.org to learn more.

NEW EXHIBIT:  Restoration, Recycling and Remembering: The Art of Barbara Krupp
This unique exhibit reflects on the “old” and the “new” in our world, and the excess which has come to characterize our landscape and lives.  Old structures are abandoned or torn down; new ones are put up unnecessarily.  Artist Barbara Krupp asks, “What would happen if we could take the lumber, steel, metals, etc. and make beauty out of the old steel mills, out of the hurricane damaged structures and even out of the hidden places in our minds?  Could we rearrange them?” 

This exhibit of acrylic and oil stick paintings, six from a series of 15 works completed in 2010 and ranging in size from 4’ x 6’ to 6’ x 14,’ features bold colors and magnificent spatial formulations.  Each work tells a story and is created to have the viewer respond emotionally to the intersection of old versus new and environmental and industrial concerns that change our daily perspective.

As Krupp describes, “In my paintings, I am trying to make a place that is beautiful, to live with — or in — because we are disgracefully ruining the earth.  Some paintings may remind you of places you have seen, some places that have been only in your minds, or in the future of our minds.”  Visit the artist’s website at www.barbarakrupp.com to learn more.

NEW EXHIBIT:  And That's The Way It Was: Voices from The Permanent Collection
This original exhibition produced by the CAM is based on the immortal words of Walter Cronkite, Jr. as he signed off his nightly broadcast to the nation.  Cronkite saw much of “the way it was” covering events from 1937 to 1981, many of which shaped the nation.  With his words in mind, the Museum reflected on the works in its Permanent Collection.  Curator Lynnda Arrasmith said, “Artists voice their thoughts and emotions through their work; some respond to beauty, while others respond to strife.  The works presented in this exhibit reflect our past, the lives we led in another time.”  In paintings and sculpture, this exhibit takes the viewer back to yesterday and invites reflection on the changes in the world today.  Some of the featured works include Wheat Harvest, Frank English (1854 - 1922); When School is Out, Honore Carlander (1848 - 1939); the bronze Standing Buffalo, Alexander Proctor (1862 - 1950); Summertime, Edmund Kuehn (1916 - 2011); and many more.

NEW EXHIBIT:  Canton Ceramic Artists Guild Show Opens August 29
Beginning August 29, artwork created by the Canton Ceramic Artists Guild (CCAG) will be displayed in the CMA galleries.  This exhibit, running through October 31, features the work of 11 active members and 3 sustaining members.  The ceramic artists selected up to 3 works representative of their own unique styles; collectively the exhibit highlights the skill and diversity among the members of the group.

Founded in 1974, the CCAG is comprised of potters dedicated to the Museum's ceramics program.  The Guild meets monthly and promotes pottery education by volunteering their time and knowledge to fire students' artwork, maintain the pottery classroom and demonstrate techniques to children and adults. 

In addition to their artworks in the galleries, the work of Guild members can be seen at several other events this autumn.  In October, the CCAG will donate a dozen large bowls to the Palette2Palate Auction, with sales supporting the Stark County Hunger Task Force.  In November, the Guild will participate in the 42nd annual Christkindl Markt, presented by Canton Fine Arts Associates with proceeds to benefit the Canton Museum of Art.  Portions of the proceeds from CCAG sales will help support the CMA’s commitment to focusing on the ceramic arts in education, exhibitions and The Permanent Collection.
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Media Image Caption:  Artist Mick Meihlan’s blown glass installation sculpture Reality, a statement on genetic-engineered corn, will be featured at the Canton Museum of Art as part of the Environmental Impact exhibition opening September 1, 2013.  Meet the artist at the Opening Reception on August 29, 6-8pm.