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New Decorative Arts Center Director Emphasizes the Importance of Human Stories

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WOUB Digital · New Decorative Arts Center Director Emphasizes the Importance of Human Stories The Decorative Arts Center of Ohio welcomed Jason Crabill as their new executive director earlier this summer. “Taking on a job like this in the middle of a global pandemic — I might have chosen different circumstances around it — but… Read More

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Spotlight on Mid-century Tea at Decorative Arts Center of Ohio

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The tradition of serving tiny pastries, little cookies, and miniature sandwiches alongside warm tea (and perhaps hotter gossip) in an elegant display in the afternoon among a collected group of often female friends dates back to early 19th century Britain. At that time Anna Russell was the Duchess of Bedford, and she found that she… Read More

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200 Years of Valentines at the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio

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Among the vast collection of holiday associated decorative art that makes up the collection of George and Jeannie Johnson is a 175-year-old Valentine that could have been penned by a frustrated, toxic young man in the present. Dated 1845, the imported British Valentine (which would have been exceedingly expensive in the mid-1800s) was sent from… Read More

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Decorative Arts Center of Ohio’s ‘Ohio Presidents: Surprising Legacies’

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Eight U.S. Presidents hailed from the Buckeye State: Ulysses Grant, Rutherford Hayes, James Garfield, Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley, William Howard Taft, William Henry Harrison, and Warren G. Harding. September 21, 2019 through December 29, 2019, the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio (145 East Main Street, Lancaster OH) will host an exhibition celebrating all of those Presidents… Read More

Decorative Arts Center of Ohio to Feature Pizzuti Collection Through Aug. 18

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May 25 through August 18, the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio will feature “Selections from the Pizzuti Collection.” The exhibition is broken up into portraiture, abstract art, landscape, and still life artwork in a myriad of artistic mediums. Check out some images of the work on display in the exhibition below, and listen to WOUB’s… Read More

Decorative Arts Center of Ohio to Spotlight Tella Kitchen’s Art March 17

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On Sunday, March 17, starting at 2 p.m., the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio (145 East Main Street, Lancaster, OH) will feature a special presentation by Ed Kitchen, the grandson of Tella Kitchen, an acclaimed folk artist whose work is currently on display in the Decorative Arts Center’s lower gallery. Attendance costs $5 for members… Read More

Speak With Lilly Martin Spencer in Lancaster March 3

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On Sunday, March 3, visitors to the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio will have the opportunity to “speak” to artist Lilly Martin Spencer, who is the subject of the museum’s latest exhibition, “Lilly’s World.” Spencer herself passed away in 1902, but Robin Schuricht, an Education Specialist at the Ohio History Connection, will act as Lilly,… Read More

Decorative Arts Center of Ohio Examines Everyday Beauty With ‘Lilly’s World’

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Lilly Martin Spencer’s works were among some of the most popular of the mid-19th Century. She was a genre painter, meaning that the works she created depicted scenes from everyday life, and her work often focuses on common, working class human situations: cooking for your family, taking a break from your studies to play with… Read More

‘Christmas On the Homefront’ On Display In Lancaster Through Dec. 30

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On Friday, November 23 the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio opened their 2018 holiday exhibition, curated once again by regional historian and retired history teacher Dr. George Johnson and his wife, Jeannie. This year the theme is Christmas on the Home Front, celebrating the unique aspects of what holiday celebrations looked like while the United… Read More

‘Imagining a Better World: the Artwork of Nelly Toll’ at the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio

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From 1943 to 1945, young artist Nelly Toll was in hiding from Nazis occupying Lwow, Poland with her mother, the two of them often sharing but a small, bare room. Throughout that time, Toll was armed with only a set of watercolors and her imagination, resulting in dozens of beautiful and fascinating images. Forty archival… Read More

Now I Obsessively Count the Words: Speaking With Writer Larry Smith

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Writer Larry Smith has always believed that the most interesting things are other people. Even before social media made it possible to keep tabs on everything your ex-best friends eat for lunch, Smith was working to find a way to make story telling easy and inviting in the digital age. He found inspiration in the literary legend… Read More

PHOTOS: DACO’s Creating the Illusion Exhibition

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Costumes within the context of film and theater are more than just pretty to look at. They imply nuances to the characters they cover, and have the potential to create a greater emotional depth without any unnecessary exposition. Through August 12 the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio will spotlight some particularly cultural relevant costumes in their exhibition… Read More

DACO Opens ‘Creating the Illusion’ Exhibition May 19

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Opening on May 19, the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio will showcase some of the most impressive and culturally relevant costumes from films of the past 30 years in their new exhibition “Creating the Illusion,” curated by Paramount Films archivist and former Ohio University Lancaster student Randall Thropp. The exhibition features everything from one of… Read More

‘Artists of the Winding Road’ at DACO Jan. 20 – April 15

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What does it mean to be an Appalachian artist? This is one of the primary questions explored by the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio’s first exhibition of 2018, entitled Artists of the Winding Road A-Z. The exhibition features the work of 12 regional artists, displaying talents as varied as oil painting to ceramics, and was co-curated… Read More

DACO to Host Vibrant Mix of Exhibitions in 2018


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The Decorative Arts Center of Ohio is proud to bring three innovative exhibitions to Lancaster, Ohio in 2018, on themes including Appalachian Ohio, costumes from the Paramount Pictures’ archives and Holocaust-era children’s artwork. The Decorative Arts Center of Ohio has announced its 2018 exhibitions, which will begin Jan. 20, 2018. Each exhibition will have related… Read More

The Decorative Arts Center of Ohio to Host Celebration Nov. 11


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The Decorative Arts Center of Ohio (DACO) is pleased to host a community Veterans Day celebration featuring a tintype portrait event and a children’s art project from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 11, 2017. Photographer Stephen Takacs will offer complementary tintype portrait sessions for military veterans employing his unique16x20-inch format studio camera. Tintype is… Read More

DACO’s First Photography Exhibition Examines the Contemporary Eye

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On September 9, the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio (DACO) unveiled their very first photography exhibition, entitled In Our Own Image: the Genesis of Photography and the Contemporary Eye. The two-part exhibition examines the development of photography starting in the 19th century through the modern day, as well as the continual use of those antique… Read More