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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 Exhibition Image, 2019

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 Emily Davis Gallery, University of Akron included Vanderpool's imaginary realism prints, curated archival materials she selected from the University of Akron Archives, and three documentaries: Working Class Jobs: Women + Race in the Rust Belt, Akron and Environs: Industrial and Agrarian Labor, and Opie Evans: Jennifer Vanderpool and Arnold Tunstall in Conversation with Marvin and Maddie Evans.

Untold Futures Panel
April 11, 2019

Moderated by Jennifer Vanderpool

  • Kimberly A. Irvin-Lee
    Minority Business Assistance Center
    Akron Urban League
  • Dr. Bill Lyons
    Associate Dean, Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences
    Professor and Director of Center for Conflict Management
    University of Akron
  • Sean T. Posey
    Historian, Writer, and Photographer
    Youngstown, Ohio
  • Jason Segedy
    Assistant to the Mayor
    Director of Planning and Urban Development
    City of Akron
  • The exhibition and related programming is funded in part by both institutions and an ArtSTART grant from The Ohio Arts Council.

    Buffalo to Cleveland, 2019 (87" x 27") (Sticker)

    Akron to Youngstown, 2019 (87" x 27") (Sticker)

    Detroit to Cleveland, 2019 (87" x 27") (Sticker)

    Grand Rapids to Youngstown, 2019 (36" x 60") (Archival Print)

    Akron to Cleveland, 2019 (60" x 36") (Archival Print)

    Pittsburgh to Flint, 2018 (36" x 42") (Giclée Print)

    Pittsburgh to Toledo, 2018 (36" x 42") (Giclée Print)

    Buffalo to Cleveland, 2019 (60" x 36") (Archival Print)

    Gary to Toledo, 2018 (60" x 36") (Archival Print)

    Gary to Akron, 2019 (60" x 36") (Archival Print)

    Akron to Youngstown, 2019 (60" x 36") (Archival Print)

    Gary to Cleveland, 2019 (60" x 36") (Archival Print)

    Toledo to Akron, 2019 (60" x 36") (Archival Print)

    Buffalo to Toledo, 2018 (36" x 60") (Archival Print)

    Youngstown to Cleveland, 2018 (36" x 60") (Archival Print)

    Akron to Buffalo, 2019 (36" x 60") (Archival Print)

    Akron to Cleveland, 2018 (8' x 20') (Vinyl Banner)


    Opie Evans: Jennifer Vanderpool and Arnold Tunstall in Conversation with Marvin and Maddie Evans from Jennifer Vanderpool on Vimeo.

    Mervin and Marvin Evans visiting the Untold Stories exhibition, March 2019

    Men Looking at Akronite, Opie Evans Papers, University of Akron Archival Services

    NAACP Freedom Bus, Opie Evans Papers, University of Akron Archival Services

    Urban League Service Center, Opie Evans Papers, University of Akron Archival Services

    May Festival of Music, Opie Evans Papers, University of Akron Archival Services

    Easter Congregation, Opie Evans Papers, University of Akron Archival Services

    Mrs. Vivian Riggins, Opie Evans Papers, University of Akron Archival Services

    Junior Legaue Puppeteers Show Wagon, Opie Evans Papers, University of Akron Archival Services


    Working Class: Women + Race in the Rust Belt from Jennifer Vanderpool on Vimeo.

    Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company Records, University of Akron Archival Services

    Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company Records, University of Akron Archival Services


    Akron and Environs: Industrial and Agrarian Labor from Jennifer Vanderpool on Vimeo.

    Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company Records, University of Akron Archival Services

    Mr. Ray Dove, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company Records, University of Akron Archival Services

    Pump and Compressor Engineer, Opie Evans Papers, University of Akron Archival Services

    Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company Records, University of Akron Archival Services


    Untold Stories, 2019 Exhibition Panel: "Untold Futures" from Jennifer Vanderpool on Vimeo.