News Release: Home Again Artist and Curator Panel | MassMu

News Release:  Home Again Artist and Curator Panel
A free Home Again Artist and Curator Panel will be hosted in Gessner Hall at the Massillon Museum on Saturday, April 27, at 3:00 p.m. Dr. Tameka Ellington, guest curator of Home Again: The Embodiment of Africa through Art and Fabric, and a panel consisting of featured artists Chesley Antoinette, Chepape Makgato, and Francine Murphy-Terry, and collector Jacqueline DeBose, will discuss the artwork in the exhibition.
The public is invited to register at or by calling 330-833-4061.
The exhibition is part of MassMu’s 2024 NEA Big Read. The artwork of Chesley Antoinette, Chepape Makgato, Woodrow Nash, Francine Murphy-Terry, and Qunnie Pettway, who represents the tradition of the Gee’s Bend Quilt Collective, embodies the essence of Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. The featured artists are unique in their technique and aesthetic; but, the thread that ties them together is their use of fabric as a medium.
Dr. Tameka Ellington, the author of two books, is a speaker, educator, and researcher. She is CEO and founder of First Generation Revolutionaries, an empowerment movement that enhances the lives of students and young professionals who are first in their family to attend college. She recently started the Ellington Foundation to support first generation students studying the arts.
The Massillon Museum is grateful for operating support from the Ohio Arts Council, ArtsinStark, and the citizens of Massillon, as well as marketing support from Visit Canton.  This program is sponsored in part by the Kent Area (OH) Chapter of the Links, Incorporated.
The panel discussion is one of two dozen events and exhibits that accent this year’s NEA Big Read book selection, Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. For seventeen consecutive years, the Massillon Museum has been honored to be awarded the NEA Big Read grant. NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. For more information about the 2024 Big Read in Massillon, visit
The Massillon Museum is located at 121 Lincoln Way East in downtown Massillon. For more information, call the Museum at 330.833.4061 or visit


Media Contacts:
Alexandra Nicholis Coon • Massillon Museum Executive Director • 330-833-4061 x111
Stephanie Toole • Massillon Museum Education and Outreach Manager/NEA Big Read Coordinator • 330.833.4061 x104
Margy Vogt • Massillon Museum Public Relations Coordinator • 330-844-1525
Francine Terry, River’s Spirit (detail), circa 2013, mixed media textile with decoupage.  On loan from the artist.

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