Updated Mon, Dec 2, 2013 9:47 am
In the new Arts of Ohio Galleries at the Zanesville Museum of Art, paintings, sculpture, original photographs, ceramics, glass and prints will be exhibited for their artistic merit and will also be chosen to illuminate the history and culture of Ohio.
Visitors will enjoy unique and masterful works from the collection as well as learn to read art for historical information, and connect and compare works with the Ohio history they learned in school.
Arts of Ohio Galleries begins with some of the earliest works in the Zanesville Museum of Art’s collection, including early 19th century glass, paintings and pottery.
Visitors will also travel through time to present day, capturing major forces, influencers and contributors to the fascinating and complex history of Ohio and its artists.
Imagery includes the American Civil War, growth and prosperity of the Industrial Revolution, new developments in propaganda during World War I, the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression and World War II.
This exhibition looks at the great changes in since the 1950s, and how industry, social, and artistic climates have changed.
The Arts of Ohio Galleries opens Saturday, Dec. 7. The opening reception. scheduled from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., includes a talk by Dr. Kevin Kern, history professor at University of Akron. Dr. Kern will speak about "The Invention of Modern Ohio."
On Jan. 11 at 3 p.m., Dr. Mark Bassett, art professor at Cleveland Institute of Art will present, "From the Useful & Beautiful to the Provocative: The Decorative Arts of Ohio." On Feb. 8 at 3 p.m., Dr. Gregory Wilson, history professor at University of Akron, will discuss, "Conversing with the World: Ohio's History as National and Global History."
The Arts of Ohio Galleries and lecture series are made possible by a generous grant from the Ohio Humanities Council. All events are free and open to the public.