Woodcuts and artists’ books can be viewed in the “Michael Gill: Adults Keep Talking / Nobody Knows Why” exhibition in Studio M at the Massillon Museum until June 1.

A podcast interview with Gill will be posted on MassillonMuseum.org on May 17. The museum will host a free public artists’ reception from 5-7 p.m. on April 23, with a typography demonstration at 6 p.m. Earlier in the day, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Gill will read “The Grownups Keep Talking” and demonstrate the typography process at Massillon Public Library Family Storytime. The library has partnered with MassMu for 15 years to present the NEA Big Read.

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The exhibition will feature woodcuts from artists’ books, “Common Household Rhymes for the Modern Child” and “A Pocket Full of Change”, as well as original examples from these books.

The stories and pictures are suitable for families. “Common Household Rhymes” includes verses about cats and a lone fish cycling through town at night wondering why adults are allowed to stay up later than children. “A Pocket Full of Change” tells the story of a boy who puts coins on train tracks to be crushed by trains.

A Cleveland-based writer and artist, Gill is founder and executive director of the Collective Arts Network and editor and publisher of CAN Journal. Gill participated in an artist exchange in Dresden, Germany, and a residency in Matanzas, Cuba. He has been the solo artist for several Cleveland galleries and has participated in group exhibitions internationally.

Why attend?

“The Grownups Keep Talking/Nobody Knows Why” is one of 30 exhibits and events accompanying MassMu’s 2022 NEA Big Read Book Selection, “An American Sunrise,” by American Poet Laureate Muscogee author Joy Harjo. An initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, the NEA Big Read expands our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. This project is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. One Tiger and the Rotary Club of Massillon provided additional funding for Big Read and Little Read.


WHAT – MassMu exhibition, “Michael Gill: the adults keep talking / nobody knows why”.

WHEN – Until June 1. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

OR – Massillon Museum, 121 Lincoln Way East, Massillon.

AFTER – massillonmuseum.org or call 330-833-4061.