Imagining A Better World: The Artwork of Nelly Toll

In the fall of 2013, as part of the exhibition, the team at Massillon Museum in Ohio collaborated with Dr. Nelly Toll to create a faithful replica of the apartment she hid in with her mother during World War II.

VIDEO: A segment from the traveling exhibit.

The exhibit was awarded the 2014 Best Exhibition of the Year by the Ohio Museums Association as well as the Ohio Museum Association 2015 Visual Communications Award for the accompanying Educators Resource.

For the first time, nearly the entire collection of Nelly Toll’s original paintings were exhibited in the main gallery of the Massillon Museum, in March of 2014. Much of the artwork was on loan from private and museum collections including the National Holocaust Memorial Museum. Eight of her paintings are part of the permanent collection of the Yad Vashem Musem in Israel.  The Imagining A Better World traveling exhibit is opening at the following locations across North America;

  • Alvernia University - Reading, PA
    March 20, 2017 through July 10, 2017
    More information about this venue to come.
  • University of Alberta - Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
    September 28, 2017 through March 11, 2018
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  • Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio - San Antonio, Texas
    January 1, 2016 through March 31, 2016
    Reception with artist March 2, 2016
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  • Troy-Hayner Cultural Center - Troy, Ohio
    May 6, 2016 through July 10, 2016
    Reception May 6, 2016
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  • Hanover High School and Hanover Art Guild - Hanover, PA
    April 1, 2017 through April 30, 2017
    More information about this venue to come.
  • Dennison Railroad Depot Museum - Dennison, Ohio
    March 1, 2016 through February 28, 2017
    Reception March 5, 2016
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See preview of exhibit below. 

"Nelly's story is inspiring; she was able to transform fear and tragedy into beautiful images," said Alexandra Nicholis Coon, museum Executive Director, who further described the exhibition as  "a journey through her imagery of hope and imagination." 

Please visit the Massillon Museum web site to read Nelly Toll's biography, learn about her educational activities for children and find breaking news for upcoming events and the Traveling Exhibit.