Free public reception at MassMu

Free public reception at MassMu

Image Credit: Coty Giannelli

The Massillon Museum will host a free public reception for artist Coty Giannelli on Saturday, Jan. 21 from 5-7 p.m.

Giannelli’s "Days with Delsie" digital photography exhibition in MassMu’s Studio M will close Jan. 22.

A podcast interview with the artist will be posted at www.MassillonMuseum.org on Tuesday, Jan. 17 at noon.

Giannelli’s photography has been seen previously in Massillon Museum exhibits: "Massillon Tiger Football Boosters" and "Tiger Legacy: Our Tiger Football Family," both in 2012, and the "2019 Stark County Artists Exhibition," when he was awarded an honorable mention.

Giannelli earned the Rich Mahan Best Student Portfolio in the 2013 Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar. That year he also earned two awards of excellence: College Photographer of the Year’s Portfolio Category and College Photographer of the Year’s International Picture Story Category. He was honored for Individual Excellence by the Ohio Arts Council in 2017 and 2019.

Having lived with his grandmother for much of his life prior to military service, Giannelli moved back in with her when she was 92 and needed help taking care of herself. He made images of her daily life to have as a remembrance of her, and the exhibition, "Days with Delsie," evolved over time.

“The daily stress of being a caretaker with little natural support started to get to me,” Giannelli said. “I started dealing with some depression, anger and guilt issues.”

"Days with Delsie" turned from a celebration of his grandmother's life to a way to vent about his life as a caregiver. By sharing this view with others who are going through the same thing, he hopes it brings others comfort.

Regular MassMu hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 2-5 p.m.

MassMu is located at 121 Lincoln Way E. in downtown Massillon. A visit is always free. Free parking is available on adjacent streets and in nearby city lots.

Call 330-833-4061 or visit www.massillonmuseum.org.