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Untold Stories

January 25 - April 7, 2019
Tyler History Center
Youngstown, Ohio

March 11 - April 19, 2019
Emily Davis Gallery
University of Akron
Akron, Ohio

Untold Stories is an ongoing project. The exhibition narrative objectifies outmoded imagery of blighted ‘Rust Belt’ cities and employs them as allegories to evoke questions about neighborhood decay and gentrification, segregation and integrated cities, generations of unemployment and economic redevelopment. The exhibition at The Tyler History Center functioned as a case study of Youngstown, while at the Emily Davis Gallery it emphasized Akron. Together the venues worked hand in hand to query the social, political, economic, and racial crises faced by these legacy cities located 50 miles apart in Northeast Ohio.

Untold Stories at the Tyler History Center included Vanderpool's imaginary realism prints, curated archival materials she selected from the holdings of the Mahoning Valley Historical Society, and two documentaries: Youngstown and Steel City.

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Tim Francisco Interviews Jennifer Vanderpool for WYSU, Youngstown, Ohio

Yes She Can: Women and the Steel Industry Panel
March 12, 2019

Eliese Colette Goldbach, Noted author and former steel mill worker, Cleveland, Ohio
Jacqueline Marino, Author and Associate Professor of Journalism, Kent State University
Mary E. Triece, Author and Professor in the School of Communication and Director of the Women Studies Program, The University of Akron
Moderated by Jennifer Vanderpool

The exhibition and related programming is funded in part by both institutions and an ArtSTART grant from The Ohio Arts Council.


Youngstown from Jennifer Vanderpool on Vimeo.

Steel City from Jennifer Vanderpool on Vimeo.

Cleveland to Youngstown, 2018 (84" x 42") (Archival Print)

Youngstown to Toledo, 2018 (55" x 42") (Archival Print)

Gary to Cleveland to Youngstown, 2018 (55" x 42") (Archival Print)

Pittsburgh to Youngstown to Toledo to Flint, 2018 (55" x 42") (Archival Print)

Pittsburgh to Youngstown to Cleveland, 2018 (84" x 42") (Archival Print)

Exhibition Documentation

Exhibition Documentation

Exhibition Documentation

Exhibition Documentation

Exhibition Documentation

Historic Image, Steel Worker

Historic Image, Ukrainian Folk Festival Dancers

Historic Image, Shoppers at Strouss Department Store in Downtown Youngstown


Untold Stories, 2019 Exhibition Panel "Yes She Can: Women in Steel" from Jennifer Vanderpool on Vimeo.