Photo Museums: Ohio  

Akron
1 South High
Akron, Ohio - OH44308
The museum first opened its doors on February 1, 1922, as the Akron Art Institute. It was located in two borrowed rooms in the basement of the public library. The Institute offered classes in arts appreciation which were organized by Edwin Coupland Shaw and his wife Jennifer Bond Shaw. It has grown considerably since that time. The new museum was open to the public on July 17, 2007, and hosts visiting shows from national and international collections.
 
Belmonte
456 Belmonte Park North
Belmonte, Ohio - OH45405
For more than 90 years, The Dayton Art Institute has been committed to enriching lives and serving the community by creating meaningful experiences with art. We invite you to explore our website to learn more about our diverse permanent collection, world-class special exhibitions, concerts, family programs, art classes, social events and more. Join our online community and let us know how art has changed your life. Art changes lives…live it at The Dayton Art Institute.
 
Cincinnati
953 Eden Park Drive
Cincinnati, Ohio - OH45202
One of the oldest arts institutions in the United States, the Cincinnati Art Museum has a rich collection of more than sixty thousand works of art, spanning six thousand years. This unique collection includes the ancient art of Egypt, Greece, and Rome as well as Near and Far Eastern art, art of Africa and the Americas, costume and textiles, prints, drawings, photographs, paintings, sculpture, decorative art, and contemporary art.
 
Cleveland
11150 East Boulevard
Cleveland, Ohio - OH44106
Since 1983, the museum has assembled a small, carefully selected collection of fine art photography covering the history of the medium that began in 1839. It represents many of the major movements and inventive practitioners. Strengths of the collection are its early 19th-century images by many pioneering figures, especially French, English, and American photographers; pictorial photography with complete sets of The North American Indian by Edward S. Curtis and Camera Work; surrealist photography created primarily between the two world wars; and Cleveland-specific subject matter produced by regional and national photographers. The collection also includes extensive examples of post-1970 photography.
 
Cleveland
11400 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, Ohio - OH44106
Cleveland’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) plays an urgent and exciting role in the city's cultural landscape. As a non-collecting institution and the region’s only contemporary art museum, MOCA is ever-changing, introducing new exhibitions three times a year and creating fresh experiences for visitors each season. Since its founding in 1968, MOCA has presented the works of more than 2,000 artists to our region, often through artists’ first solo shows. MOCA acts as both conduit and catalyst for anyone seeking creativity and inspiration. For 45 years, MOCA, Northeast Ohio’s only contemporary art museum, has brought the art and ideas of our time to Cleveland and beyond. MOCA was the first in the region to exhibit the works of vanguard artists like Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Laurie Anderson, Roy Lichtenstein, and Christo; and we continue to bring the work of emerging and established regional, national, and international artists to our area.
 
Columbus
480 East Broad Street
Columbus, Ohio - OH43215
The museum had historically focused on European and American art up through the early modern period, but in recent years has branched into more contemporary art exhibits and a permanent photography collection. Highlights of its permanent collection include early Cubist paintings by Picasso and Juan Gris, and works by Cézanne, Boucher, Ingres, Degas, Matisse, Monet, Edward Hopper, and Norman Rockwell. The Museum also has a substantial collection of paintings by Columbus native George Bellows. Its photography collection includes works by Berenice Abbott and Eugène Atget.
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Dayton
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy
Dayton, Ohio - OH45435
In 1989 the Robert & Elaine Stein Galleries became a collecting institution and adopted a collecting policy focused on works of art created post-1967 and Western in origin. This year was selected not only because Wright State University was founded in 1967, but it also marks a period of political and artistic turmoil, the aftermath of which caused significant changes in contemporary art. With the help of an NEA Purchase Plan grant and local private donors, the Galleries have grown an impressive contemporary collection of over 450 pieces that include names such as Jim Dine, Robert Rauschenberg, Cindy Sherman, Jeff Koons, Chuck Close, and Lucien Freud. In 2008 the Robert & Elaine Stein Galleries received a gift of over 100 Polaroids and 50 gelatin silver prints from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts as part of its Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Program. The program gave 28,543 photos to 183 colleges and universities around the country. This gift provides the Dayton area public with unprecedented access to the unique photographic works of Andy Warhol.
 
Lancaster
145 E. Main St.
Lancaster, Ohio - OH43130
The Decorative Arts Center of Ohio is located in Lancaster, just southeast of Columbus. It is a nonprofit museum whose mission is to engage our community with innovative and stimulating exhibitions; to deliver an arts education curriculum that unleashes a sense of possibility and imagination; and to preserve and showcase the architecture and collection that have been entrusted to our care. The Center provides exhibitions, public programs, art classes and workshops for all ages
 
Massillon
121 Lincoln Way East
Massillon, Ohio - OH44646
At this time the collection encompasses approximately 100,000 objects in 94 categories. Included among the 94 categories are paintings and prints, ceramics, glass, photographs, textiles, costumes, military artifacts, city records, agricultural equipment, Native American objects, quilts, books, musical instruments, medical equipment, furniture, toys, household equipment, circus memorabilia, and many other items. The largest collections in the Massillon Museum are photographs, household artifacts, costumes, china, glass, pottery and circus memorabilia.
The Museum's barnraising photograph, taken by Theodore C. Teeple in the 1880s on the site of present-day Shady Hollow Country Club's clubhouse, has been used all over the world: murals in embassies and art centers, the cover of the national United Way annual report, re-enacted as a float in the Rose Bowl Parade, in textbooks of many languages, and as a poster promoting the U.S. Postal Service voluntarism stamp.


The Museum is home to 60,000 photographs
 
Oberlin
87 North Main Street
Oberlin, Ohio - OH44074
The Allen Memorial Art Museum has an outstanding collection of nearly 14,000 works of art – including paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, prints, drawings and photographs – that provide a comprehensive overview of the history of art from a variety of cultures. The collection is particularly strong in European and American paintings and sculpture from the 15th century to today, and has important holdings of Asian paintings, scrolls, sculpture and decorative art, including a large group of ukiyo-e prints. High-quality African, Pre-Columbian, and ancient art is also represented. The museum also houses the Eva Hesse archives, which includes the artist’s notebooks, diaries, photographs and letters, and is proud to oversee, along with the Art Department, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Weltzheimer/Johnson House.
 
Portsmouth
825 Gallia Street
Portsmouth, Ohio - OH45662
The Carl Ackerman Collection, more than 10,000 historic local photographs archived at the museum, is an endless resource for thematic exhibitions in the Burton Room. Cataloguing of the collection is ongoing, but more than 6300 images have already been digitized for direct public access. For researchers of local history, museum staff may be able to locate additional images from the collection.
 
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