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Untold Stories, 2019

Emily Davis Gallery
University of Akron
Akron, Ohio

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

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Untold Stories Exhibition Image, 2019

Untold Stories is a multi-venue project.

Untold Stories Akron at the Emily Davis Gallery, University of Akron included my imaginary realism prints, curated archival materials I selected from the University of Akron Archives, and three videos featuring on-camera interviews with community members titled 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. Interviewing community members, I learned about racist and bigoted hiring policies at the tire plants, the history of Akron's urban development and the emergence of ethnic neighborhoods, and eventual neighborhood disinvestment. These decisions from a bygone era are still visible in the post prosperity landscapes, lived daily, and perpetuate structural racism. Current and retired workers and labor activists shared their stories about the struggle for the dignity of work and racial and gender equality in the workplace. Academics addressed the prolonged economic, social, and cultural traumas of deindustrialization.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Detroit to Cleveland, 2019 (87" x 81") (Sticker)


    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


    Excerpts from: Working Class Jobs: Women + Race in the Rust Belt; Akron and Environs: Industrial + Agrarian Labor; Steel City 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

    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