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February 4 – April 21, 2010
Sawdust and Spectacle: Under the Big Top in Small Town America
Curated by Sara Johnson, Director, Southern Ohio Museum

Tracing the rise and fall of the traveling circus through small town America, especially in the early 20th century, this exhibit features important imagery from Portsmouth native Clarence Carter and other major Ohio Artists of the last century, as well as vintage circus posters and banners, toys, documentary photographs from the Ackerman Collection, the Carter Archives and other public and private Ohio collections, and an exquisite set of 13 circus dioramas by the son of a lion tamer.


The Ohio Arts Council's Riffe Gallery showcases the work of Ohio’s artists and the collections of the state’s museums and galleries. The Riffe Gallery is located in the Vern Riffe Center for the Government and the Arts, across from the Statehouse on High Street in Downtown Columbus.

Gallery Hours
Tuesday 10-4 p.m.
Wednesday-Friday 10-8 p.m.
Saturday 12-8 p.m.
Sunday 12-4 p.m.

Closed Mondays and state holidays


Admission is free. For information or to schedule a tour call the Riffe Gallery at 614/ 644-9624 or email Mary Gray, gallery director.

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