TIGER LEGACY: The Story Continues

February 5, 2022 - July 10, 2022

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The Tiger Legacy project began in 2011 as an artistic and cultural journey to pay tribute to the interconnected nature of family, community, and sport through the art of narrative storytelling.  The original exhibition was a photographic document of the 2011 and 2012 Massillon High School football seasons and the community’s embrace and celebration of this tradition.  Massillon Museum hired Ohio photographers Gary Harwood and David Foster—who then employed a team of Kent State students—to artfully document the spirit of a unique football tradition, on and off the field.  This culminated in the 2012 exhibit that was a collective portrait of a century-old tradition and how it manifests itself in present day, and included a snapshot of the Massillon Tiger Football Booster Club in a concurrent show, Supporting Our Champions.  The second phase of the project dove deeper into the community relationships with the exhibit Tiger Legacy II debuting in 2015, along with a full color catalog published by Daylight Books with grant support from the Ohio Arts Council.  These photographs truly emphasize Massillon’s dedication to its football team. 


Ten years later, the project lives on.  The third iteration, Tiger Legacy: The Story Continues, combines images from the original projects, including those never published in the exhibitions or catalog, and brand new photographs documenting the enduring legacy of the Tiger football tradition.  As it did a decade ago, the exhibit showcases a behind-the-scenes look at the Massillon football experience and the people who make it happen.  The project depicts Washington High School’s unique culture through the spirit, passion, and tradition of one of the most iconic programs in the United States: The Massillon Tigers.


Take a virtual tour of Tiger Legacy: The Story Continues, available at

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