Massillon High School Football Subject of Photography Exhibit at Kent State

Kent State University’s School of Art Gallery will present “Tiger Legacy: Playing for Your City,” a display of work from the “Tiger Legacy” photographic storytelling project, from September 3 to 25. The “Tiger Legacy” project ( is a visual chronicle of high school football culture in Massillon, Ohio, and is also represented by a second, concurrent exhibition, “Our Tiger Football Family,” which runs September 12 - November 1 at the Massillon Museum.

David Foster and Gary Harwood, photojournalism faculty members at Kent State, led a team of seven student photographers, who spent four years capturing Massillon High School football — the Tigers, their culture and their community. Far from a facile, play-by-play recreation of the games themselves, the photographs revel in moments most spectators might not see. “The ‘Tiger Legacy’ project focused on images that depict commitment, connection, and a cultural experience that is unique to Massillon,” the project’s website states.

The Massillon Tigers are a subject of national historical interest. Their rivalry with the Canton McKinley Bulldogs is over a century old and is considered by many to have influenced the development of professional football.

The reception for “Playing for Your City” will take place 5-7 p.m. September 10. Kent State will also host a panel discussion on the “Tiger Legacy” project September 25 at noon, opposite the gallery in Room 202. The gallery, reception and panel discussion are all free and open to the public.

The School of Art Gallery is located on the second floor of the Art Building (400 Janik Drive, Kent, Ohio). Gallery hours are 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

Contact: Anderson Turner, director of galleries,, 330-672-1369