Your Massillon Museum is working to document the history of Massillon’s Black community, and to maintain and integrate representation of this history into the archives, collections, and shared memory of our community.

From 2020 to the present, we have been collecting oral histories, scanning community photographs, and sharing stories from the archives about Massillon's rich history of Black excellence.

Community members are invited to help preserve the history of African American Massillonians. Historic and contemporary photographs, artifacts, documents, family letters, artworks, uniforms, patches, telegrams, and audiovisual recordings are among the many items we are seeking to preserve in the Museum's physical history files and virtual archives and collections.

With permission, digital copies of materials collected may be considered for possible inclusion in the Massillon Museum's upcoming exhibit "Missing History of Massillon: Unheard African American Stories," which opens on Saturday, June 11, 2022, at the Massillon Museum.

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· The application is open to any student or recent graduate who is a Studio Art major (BA, BFA, or MFA candidate, or recent graduate), attending a college or university in Northeast Ohio. Students must be a junior, senior, or *recent graduate.  (*Recent means within one calendar year of graduation date).

· Up to two applications will be selected for a three week solo exhibition in the Winter of 2023. 

·  Every entrant must be a member of the Massillon Museum. New student members ($10) are welcome at any time. New membership may be purchased as part of this Submittable application.

· Applications must be accompanied by a non-refundable $25 entry fee and items requested in this Submittable application form.

· Artwork submitted should reflect a theme.

· Artists are responsible for artwork delivery and pickup, including any shipping costs and return shipping costs.

· Artists are expected to be present at the exhibition reception. Reception dates vary depending on the Museum’s existing event schedule. The Museum reserves the right to cancel a reception, or limit reception attendance, for health and safety reasons. 

· Accepted two dimensional artwork must be ready to hang on a wall. If art is three dimensional, it must be ready to display. Artwork must be smaller than 8 1/2 feet tall or wide.  Framed works must have wire or D-rings secured to the back of the frame (no saw teeth). Frames must be sturdy and in good condition. The Museum is not responsible for artwork damaged as a result of not having been properly framed or mounted. Clip and plastic box frames are not acceptable. The Museum reserves the right to reject artwork that is not suitable for installation.

· Artists must provide the appropriate amount of artwork to fill Studio M space. Generally speaking, for medium-sized (24” wide) 2-D artwork, the appropriate number is about 20-22. The specific appropriate number varies greatly depending on the size and nature of the work.

· Please be aware that the Museum maintains ADA compliance and a sensitive physical environment, that may affect certain installation arrangements or preclude the use of certain materials.

· Artwork may be for sale. The Massillon Museum will facilitate all sales transactions, retaining a 30% commission. 

· All artwork installed, sold or unsold, must remain on view until the end of the exhibition. 

· Work will be unsupervised; artist(s) should take appropriate precautions.

· All work to be included in the show will be delivered to the Museum by on the date agreed upon by the artist(s) and the Museum’s Studio M Coordinator. Generally this is about two weeks before the exhibition start date. It should be picked up by 5:00 pm on the Tuesday immediately following the close of the show, or on the date agreed upon with the Museum's Studio M Coordinator.

· The Museum will promote the show through the media and to Museum supporters. The Museum will provide 50 postcard announcements to the artist, who will be responsible for stamping and mailing to their personal lists. The artist may design and mail out his or her own additional postcards, which must be approved by Massillon Museum prior to printing. 

· The Massillon Museum requires that any printed literature or advertising (digital or print) referencing the exhibit's specific occurrence at the Massillon Museum—whether produced by the artist or the media—including images of its installation at the Museum, be reviewed and approved by the Museum. Consent by the Massillon Museum is required to use the Museum's likeness, logo, or any visual reference to the exhibit in its iteration at the Museum.

· The artist agrees to engage in a pre-recorded conversation about the exhibition for presentation to the Museum's audience in a podcast. The conversation will be about the concept of the exhibition, the artist’s background and experience. It will be offered, after posting, as a video and as an audio podcast. The running time will be about 45-60 minutes, and the podcast will remain accessible even after the exhibition comes down.

·  For more information about Massillon Museum, visit Massillon Museum's website at For any additional questions, contact the Studio M Coordinator at

Upon submitting this entry form, payment must be made via credit card or PayPal. If you would prefer to pay by cash or check, contact


 Open to present and former Stark County residents and to those currently working in Stark County. Entrants must be at least 18 years of age. All media will be considered. A panel of three independent jurors will select work to be included and prizes to be awarded.

 Acceptable Artwork

 Each artist may submit up to three digital images of artwork completed within the past two years. If any staff or juror recognizes work suspected to be older than two years, that piece will be disqualified from the show.


 Each artist may submit up to three works. A non-refundable $15 per piece of artwork or $30 for three pieces of artwork must accompany entries. Works may be for sale; the Museum will retain a 30% commission.

Photographs of Artwork

 Each artist may submit up to three pieces of artwork. For the jurying process, artwork must be represented by digital photography. No more than two photographs of each artwork will be allowed. All components of the artwork must be visible in original submission. Each digital file must be 300-dpi in jpeg format. Do not superimpose any information (including artist's name) on the photographs. Digital files must be labeled with artist's last name followed by the artwork title, corresponding exactly with the name and title on the entry form (example: monet_waterlilies).

Eligible Work

 Work must be completely ready to hang or display. Works on paper must be framed under glass or plexiglass. Frames must be sturdy and in good condition. Clip and plastic box frames are not acceptable. For safety reasons, all hanging work must have D-rings secured to the back. Click here for more information about proper D-ring use. Swath and wires will not be used and may need to be removed if impeding with D-rings. The Museum is not responsible for damage to improperly prepared work. The Museum reserves the right to reject work that is not ready for hanging. Each entry must be identified with the provided label completely filled out and securely attached to the back. No components that were not part of the work upon submission may be added to accepted artwork.


 The exhibit labels and brochure will be reproduced exactly from the entry forms. Changes will not be allowed after submission. Labels for the back of artwork will be provided upon acceptance of artwork.


 Artists are responsible for delivery of accepted work by 4:00 pm on days when the Museum is regularly open between November 18 and 20, 2022. Late work will be disqualified from the exhibit: artwork not received by 4:00 pm November 20, 2022 will be excluded regardless of circumstances. Packing materials must be clearly marked with the artist's name if they are to be returned after the exhibition.


Work must be picked up following the show between January 20 and 22, 2023. Artwork not picked up by January 22, 2023 will become the property of the Massillon Museum.


Amber Ford, Photographer/Artist 

Dave Szalay, Artist/Professor of Graphic Design, University of Akron

Janice Lessman-Moss, Artist/Head of Textiles, Kent State University


  • Best in show       $300
  • Second place      $200
  • Third place          $100
  • People's choice   $100

     Stark County Artists Schedule

  • Submission deadline: August 15, 2022

  • E-mail notification to artists: September 23, 2022

  • Delivery of accepted artwork: November 18-20, 2022

  • Exhibition: December 1, 2022 - January 15, 2023

  • Pick-up of exhibited artwork: January 20-22, 2023

Exhibition Opening

 December 1, 2022, 5:30 - 8:00 PM, Awards announced at 7:00 PM

 Massillon Museum Hours

 Tuesday to Saturday: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm

 Sunday: 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm


 Email or call 330.833.4061.

Note: Upon submission, please check that you have received a "Submission Received" email notification. If you do not have one in your inbox or spam folder shortly after submitting, please email to make sure that your submission went through and was submitted under the correct email address.


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