Canton Museum of Art Reports Results from 2013 Annual Meeting

Museum Officers, Trustees Elected; Joseph Hertzi Honored as Director Emeritus



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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  October 2, 2013, Canton, Ohio — The Canton Museum of Art (CMA) announced today that during the regular business at its Annual Meeting held on September 25, 2013, the following members of the Board of Trustees were elected as officers for 2013 – 2014:  President, Adam Luntz; First Vice President, Joe Feltes; Second Vice President, Cheli Curran; Treasurer, Ron Van Horn; and Secretary, Travis Maxwell.  Current trustees elected to a second term to expire September 2015 included:  Mark Belgya, James Bower and Cheli Curran.  New trustees elected to a term to expire September 2016 were Evrim Fulmer and Ken McPeek.  Museum Executive Director M.J. Albacete was re-appointed for the 2013 – 2014 fiscal year; his directorship began in 1988.

Reporting on the prior year to the CMA membership and board, Albacete said, “The Canton Museum of Art had an extraordinary year, featuring a dynamic exhibition offering such as ‘The Cleveland School: Watercolor and Clay’ and ‘Unifying Art, Life and Love,’ a hugely popular Joseph O’Sickey retrospective.  Our education outreach programs touched well over 1,000 Canton City and Stark County students, and new and expanded events at the Museum delivered broader audiences for our programming.”

“We finished the year in very sound financial position and look forward to an aggressive exhibition schedule this year,” Albacete reported.  “We are excited for the December 5 opening of the monumental exhibition ‘Illuminating the Word: The Saint John’s Bible,’ which promises to be a stunning event.  We follow that up with a beautiful look at Art Deco ceramics through an exhibition of Waylande Gregory’s work, then later we take a thrilling journey into art forgery with ‘Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World.’  All will have collaborative programs in the community and companion education programs.”

Albacete concluded, “The Canton Museum of Art is changing and growing in our community, offering so many new ways to educate, entertain and engage audiences through the visual arts.  I invite all of you to come be a part of this wonderful experience — to take a journey to inspire your senses.”   

Former CMA Director Joseph R. Hertzi Honored

During the meeting, the Board of Trustees conferred the title “Director Emeritus” on Joseph R. Hertzi in recognition of his 38 years of service to the Canton Museum of Art.  A graduate of the Akron Art Institute School of Design, Hertzi began his career in 1956 when the Museum was known as the Canton Art Institute at the Case Mansion.  He served as director of education for five years, then in 1961 he assumed directorship of the Museum.  Hertzi was instrumental in planning for the new Cultural Center for the Arts, and he oversaw the transition of the Museum to the Cultural Center in 1971.  For six years he shared the Museum’s directorship with two interim directors, then was reappointed to full control in 1977, a position that he retained until 1988.  He continued working with the Museum until his retirement in 1994.

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