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August 1 - October 31, 2017 Discover and explore football and art in a community steeped in both. "Scrimmage" explores themes such as race, teamwork, and competition for viewers to examine today.

SCRIMMAGE: Football in American Art

Scrimmage: Football in American Art from the Civil War to the Present is the first comprehensive assembly of work by prominent American artists focusing on football, featuring 60 works from American artists including: Winslow Homer, Andy Warhol and Ernie Barnes. This special exhibition is organized by the Gregory Allicar Museum of Art (formerly the University Art Museum) at Colorado State University, and the Jorden Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon, with works assembled from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, the Figge Art Museum, Denver Art Museum, The Rockwell Museum, The Museum of Fine Arts - Houston, Yale University, Canton Museum of Art, and numerous other public and private collections. 

ALONG WITH THE EXHIBIT, SEVERAL COLLABORATIVE EVENTS AR PLANNED TO BRING SCRIMMAGE TO LIFE OVER THREE MONTHS THROUGHOUT THE CANTON COMMUNITY:

Massillon Museum (August – October) continues an exhibit series with its Paul Brown collection, celebrating Brown as the first coach of the Cleveland Browns and a leader in racial integration of football. 

Canton Ballet (August – October) will perform variations of Touchdowns and Tutus, a program featuring high school football players paired with dancers to illustrate how players use ballet as a training technique, at various community events.

Stark District Library (August– October) will be working with the Canton Museum of Art to present programs based on the book “Rudy: My Story,” which was chosen for the Library’s One Book, One Community feature. 

Pro Football Hall of Fame (August 1 - 6) will connect Hall of Fame players to audiences with panel discussions of health issues, race in sports, and the linkage of football and art. Dates and times of the presentations will be announced as they are made available.

Arts In Stark 'The Eleven’ Art Project (August 4) will unveil the newest mural, Super Bowl III, by artist Dirk Rozich with a free public reception at the Cultural Center for the Arts.

Canton Museum of Art (August 10, 6-8PM) will host a special public reception for the opening of Scrimmage.

Canton Symphony Orchestra (September 3) will present a Summer in the Park “Tailgating” concert reliving football in music from film and television in advance of NFL season kickoff.

Canton Palace Theatre (September 7 – 8) will present Football Film Days featuring time-honored football favorites from the movies. 

AULTCARE Family Field Day (September 9, 11AM-3PM ) will be a free event to engage in outdoor arts and sports activities, and explore the Scrimmage exhibit through tours led by local high school football coaches at the Canton Museum of Art.

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