Canton Museum of Art kicks off 2022-23 exhibition season with four new fall exhibitions

The Canton Museum of Art will open its 2022-23 exhibition season, beginning with fall exhibitions, on Tuesday, August 23, at 10:00 a.m. Fall exhibitions include: Unseen: The Process and Art of American Printmaking, Lessons and Landscapes: The Legacy of Gerry Bernhardt, Continued Continuing: Paintings by Amy Casey and Illusions from the CMA Collection: Seeing is Deceiving. The autumn exhibitions will be on view from August 23 to October 30, 2022.

Opening Celebration, Friday, September 2nd, 5:00pm – 7:00pm – The Canton Museum of Art will welcome guests to a private opening celebration for the fall exhibitions on Friday, September 2nd, from 5:00pm – 7:00pm. There will be light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. CMA will offer free admission and extended hours, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., in honor of First Friday in September.

CMA Executive Director and CEO Max Barton II said, “CMA’s Fall Exhibitions are an exciting journey through diverse artistic processes and developments from the 20th century to today. We’re delighted to welcome everyone to experience these can’t-miss exhibitions, so we hope you’ll include CMA in your fall plans!”

Featured exhibitions in the main gallery
Invisible: The Process and Art of American Printmaking
From the early 20th century to the present day, printmaking has played an important role in American art and the history of the United States. Unseen: The Process and Art of American Printmaking explores the history of printmaking in America and the various “unseen” techniques within the medium while showcasing works from the CMA’s collection, many of which have never before been exhibited in the galleries.

Featuring works by notable printmakers including Thomas Hart Benton, Richard Anushkiewicz, Robert Rauschenberg and James Rosenquist, Unseen traces the medium from its European influences in the 1920s and later into the 1930s, when printmaking was finally accepted as a form of art in this country, to the explosion of graphic arts during the Great Depression, and further into the experimentation with printmaking in the 1950s with a revival of woodcuts and greater use of color screen printing.

In the 1960s, Pop artists used color lithography and screen printing to further their social commentary, while Op artists used color and geometry to experiment with movement and illusion. As Unseen demonstrates and celebrates, the tradition of printmaking in America continues today—and many contemporary artists consider the medium their primary body of work and an important component of their stylistic and intellectual journey.

Lessons and Landscapes: The Legacy of Gerry Bernhardt
The exhibition Lessons and Landscapes captures the creative journey of local artist Geraldine (Gerry) Jane Cook Bernhardt (1924 – 2003). An avid supporter and student of the Art School of the Canton Museum of Art, her sketches, studies and notes fill the gallery walls alongside many finished watercolor paintings. Gerry often traveled and created detailed sketches of the surrounding landscapes. Some of these sketches contain meticulous color notes to be incorporated into a later rendering of the design, as well as other notes and criticisms about her composition. This exhibition highlights the talent and love of the artistic process, while giving insight into the dedication, thought and adjustments made along the way.

Gerry loved the Canton Museum of Art, where he was able to further develop his natural abilities and find inspiration in the galleries. Her daughter Susan has worked at the Cultural Center for the Arts for years, allowing her to regularly see the exhibitions at the Canton Museum of Art. Susan vowed to return to the museum one day and give a gift in honor of her mother and their shared great love of the museum. In doing so, Susan will fulfill her mother’s dream of encouraging other artists and supporting the museum’s vital art classes, community outreach programs and world-class exhibitions. In August 2019, Susan and her mother’s shared dreams came true through a gift from the Anthony J. Family Foundation. and Susan E. Paparella in support of the museum’s exhibitions and programming. Gerry’s lifelong dedication to the artistic development and support of artists is recognized by the naming of the Gerry Bernhardt Education Gallery in her honor.

Northeast Ohio is home to a remarkable number of highly successful and in-demand artists. The CMA is pleased to welcome the artistic achievements of Amy Casey to its galleries with the exhibition Continued Continuing. CMA curators selected Casey’s work from her appearance in the CAN Triennial, a regionally focused exhibition featuring Northeast Ohio artists selected by an intergenerational and diverse curatorial team, and representing this moment in time, place, and history in Cleveland and the region. Amy’s work has a unique voice; as if a part of her is infused into every piece she creates. This exhibition shows an evolving series of cityscapes that reflect the artist’s view of the world; a story springs from every building, house and vine and prompts viewers to ponder meanings – from hope to anxiety and everything in between, to ‘continuing on’, finding moments of peace and connection amidst change and chaos.

Explore the world of deception and experience the incredible with illusions from the CMA collection. In this exhibition, nothing is as it seems. From photorealism to op art and beyond, these art illusions will test your trust in your senses. At once playful and serious, the artists of Illusions play with viewers’ vision to raise questions about the nature of art and perception. All works in this exhibition are from the CMA collection and include artists such as Marilyn Levine, Richard Shaw, MC Escher, Claude Hirst, Gary Erbe, Salvador Dalí, and more.

The exhibitions, related programs and operations of the Canton Museum of Art are made possible in part by generous support from Arts In Stark, Visit Canton, Stark Community Foundation, The Hoover Foundation, The Paparella Family Foundation, Canton Museum of Art Exhibition Endowment at Stark Community Foundation and the Ohio Arts Council, as well as the National Endowment for the Arts and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. PNC FREE Thursdays, offering free admission all day, are generously sponsored by the PNC Foundation.

Recognized for strong original exhibitions and national touring exhibitions focusing on American art and its influences, the Canton Museum of Art makes the discovery and exploration of art accessible to all. The museum’s educational programs, art classes and workshops serve thousands of students of all ages. The CMA’s acclaimed collection focuses on American works on paper, primarily watercolors and contemporary ceramics. The CMA’s Artisan Boutique is open during regular museum hours. Founded in 1935, CMA serves more than 45,000 visitors each year. Visit cantonart.org and follow the museum on Facebook for updates or call 330.453.7666 for more information.

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