Ohio Citizens for the Arts announces a partnership with member art museums across the state to highlight accessibility to Ohio’s artistic excellence statewide and throughout the Midwest.
“Collectively, Ohio’s art museums' permanent collections rival those in New York City and Los Angeles,” said Ohio Citizens for the Arts Executive Director Angela P. Meleca. “Ohio Citizens for the Arts will use its statewide platform to elevate the awareness and accessibility of these iconic institutions to drive more people through their doors.”
The interactive Ohio Art Museum Trail map and associated listings provide all of the information visitors need to find and plan a visit. Featuring links to featured events and exhibitions, this page will be continually updated throughout the year to ensure the most recent information is available.

“As we continue to recover from the effects of the pandemic, this timely initiative is a great way to showcase all that Ohio’s museums have to offer, from exhibitions to programs for kids through adults” commented Max Barton, Executive Director and CEO of Canton Museum of Art.

What follows is a list of highlights from the 2022 fall season from participating museums. For more information and to plan your visit, head to ohiocitizensforthearts.org/museum-trail.

The Contemporary Arts Center offers four different exhibitions as part of the 2022 FotoFocus Biennial, one of the largest celebrations of photography and lens-based art in the world. Now in its sixth iteration, this year’s theme considers photography’s extensive record of life on earth, humankind’s impact on the natural world, and the choices we now face as a global community.

Additionally, on Oct. 29, the CAC celebrates the Grand Re-Opening of the sixth floor as a brand-new Creativity Center. A monumental renovation restores the beloved Sara M. & Patricia A. Vance UnMuseum™ and adds a community gallery, sustainability-focused Art Lab, an innovation studio, and so much more. The Creativity Center will follow Regular Gallery Hours for year-round creative exploration for the young and young at heart.

The Taft Museum of Art presents Craft and Camera: The Art of Nancy Ford Cones (Oct. 1, 2022–January 15, 2023) as part of the 2022 FotoFocus Biennial’s theme, World Record. Nancy Ford Cones created photographs that earned her an international reputation and recognition in prestigious journals such as Camera Craft, as well as popular outlets including National Geographic magazine and Kodak advertisements. Despite the praise, her works received during her lifetime, Cones’s imaginative and exquisitely crafted photographs were largely forgotten after her death. The Taft Museum of Art’s upcoming special exhibition will be the first major presentation of her work.

This fall, the Wexner Center for the Arts presents Your Monsters, Our Idols, the largest U.S. exhibition to date of the work of the Colombian-born, New York-based artist Carlos Motta, who explores suppressed histories, colonization, radical difference, and untold stories in his multimedia work. Also on view is Sharing Circles: Carol Newhouse and the WomanShare Collective, chronicling a lesbian land-based community in Oregon in the 1970s.

Visit the Canton Museum of Art and explore four new Fall Exhibits including “Unseen: The Process and Art of American Printmaking,” on view now through Oct. 30th. CMA offers free admission every Thursday courtesy of the PNC Foundation. Go to cantonart.org for more information.

moCa is a contemporary, non-collecting museum that celebrates the art and artists of our time. Each season, moCa showcases an array of fresh voices within contemporary art that reflect the art and ideas of the moment and our time. moCa has the unique privilege of being Northeast Ohio's most recognizable arts organization solely dedicated to contemporary art. We welcome and engage diverse audiences in exploring the new — art, ideas, experiences, and perspectives — together. Through Dec. 30, experience artist Renée Green's exhibition Contact at moCa Cleveland, in collaboration with FRONT International. 

This fall the Zanesville Museum of Art will feature works from its permanent collection and share their unique history and provenance in the new exhibition Collectors Among Us | A Celebration of Community Giving. Who were the generous donors that gifted these pieces to the ZMA? This temporary exhibition explores the collectors among us who helped shape the ZMA’s unique art collection. On view Oct. 20, 2022 through Jan. 14, 2023.

The Columbus Museum of Art is excited to present Wild Things Are Happening: The Art of Maurice Sendak, the first major retrospective of Sendak since his death in 2012 and the largest and most complete exhibition of one of the most celebrated and original artists of our time. On view from Oct. 21, 2022, through March 5, 2023, the exhibition is organized by the Columbus Museum of Art in conjunction with The Maurice Sendak Foundation. 

In March 2020, Clevelanders Joseph P. and Nancy F. Keithley gave and promised their private collection of more than 100 works of art to the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA), the largest gift of art to the museum in more than 60 years since the bequest of Leonard C. Hanna Jr. in 1958. For the first and only time, this extraordinary collection of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and modern European and American paintings, as well as Chinese and contemporary Japanese ceramics, will be on view in its entirety in the CMA’s newest exhibition, Impressionism to Modernism: The Keithley Collection. This special exhibition is on view now through Jan. 8, 2023, in the CMA’s Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation Exhibition Hall. For more information, visit cma.org.

Akron Art Museum, Fall Exhibition, Nov. 12, 2022 – Feb. 26, 2023. State of the Art: Constructs The original curators of the latest edition of State of the Art — Lauren Haynes, Allison Glenn and Alejo Benedetti — did truly fantastic work in searching all across the United States, beyond big cities and traditional art centers, to find works of art that reflect the present moment. It is a delight to tap into their efforts and bring a portion of the exhibition to Akron. Our presentation of State of the Art: Constructs will include site-specific installations created by artists right in our galleries, performances that activate our spaces with energy, and a wide variety of media that will fill the Akron Art Museum with light, sound, color and texture.

Experience one of the most iconic moments of the 20th Century by stepping inside The Beatles’ January 1969 rehearsals, studio sessions, and legendary Apple Corps rooftop concert, the band’s final live performance. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's featured exhibition, The Beatles: Get Back to Let It Be. This groundbreaking exhibition curated by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is an immersive complement to Peter Jackson's docuseries, “The Beatles: Get Back.” Fans will experience The Beatles’ creative journey through the exhibit’s original instruments, clothing, and handwritten lyrics used by The Beatles and seen in the film, including items loaned directly by Paul McCartney, Ringo Star, and the estates of George Harrison and John Lennon. The exhibit features high-definition film clips, audio and custom projections, transporting fans into The Beatles’ vibrant world of January 1969.

Ohio Citizens for the Arts is a member-driven, not-for-profit organization working to strengthen the creative sector in Ohio to benefit all Ohioans. We enrich our communities, citizens, and culture through constant advocacy and relentless support of Ohio creatives and the creative economy. For more information, visit ohiocitizensforthearts.org.