Documentary, Gala Mark Opening of Alumnus’s Exhibition

"Violinist," by Dean Mitchell is on display at the Canton Musuem of Art.

WVIZ/PBS in northeastern Ohio created a documentary about the life of alumnus Dean Mitchell (CCAD 1980) for his recent exhibition Dean Mitchell: Space, People & Places at the Canton Museum of Art. The exhibition features 40 recent paintings and opened with a gala Dec. 4 at the Canton Museum of Art and runs through March 6, 2011.

Mitchell has received positive critiques in The New York Times and St. Petersburg Times. He was named a “Best Bet” for collectors in ARTnews magazine and has created portraits of Charlie Parker, Charles Mingus, John Coltrane and three others for the U.S. Postal Service’s Jazz Musicians stamp series.

Mitchell’s paintings are in the permanent collections of the St. Louis Museum, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Mississippi Museum of Art and the Arkansas Art Center. He won the American Watercolor Society’s Gold Medal of Honor. Mitchell’s life is the subject of an illustrated children’s book titled, Against All Odds: Artist Dean Mitchell’s Story.

The Canton Museum of Art is located inside the Cultural Center for the Arts, 1001 Market Ave. N in Canton, Ohio. Gallery hours are: 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Saturday, and 1–5 p.m. Sunday. For details, visit

Watch the documentary here.

This post was included in the spring 2011 issue of IMAGE Magazine.