Upcoming Events

October 2014

The Big Draw

October 2, 2014, All Day

Come participate in a collective drawing activity in the museum’s lobby.

FREE

The Big Draw

October 2, 2014, All Day

Come participate in a collective drawing activity in the museum’s lobby. Discover how drawing can help us see more, think creatively, expand our imaginations, communicate with others and have fun together.

FREE

Creative Playdate: Ghost Trains, Planes and Automobiles

October 2, 2014, 11:15 am - 12:30 pm

Little ones learn best through inventive, open-ended play and in every adult there’s a kid-at-heart, so set time aside for a playdate together and make precious memories at the museum. Stretch your imagination, feed your senses, meet new friends and create a masterpiece to carry home.

All aboard, future engineers and city planners: Bring along your construction hat and get building with us! Work together with friends to configure the longest train track, build bridges, tunnels and runways and roll some painted tire tread!

For children 0-5 and their grown-ups.

Free Thursdays = Free Admission

REGISTER NOW

Creative Playdates are made possible with support from the Robert O. & Annamae Orr Foundation.

Women Warriors Project

October 2, 2014, 6:30 pm

Programming for Veterans, Family Members, and Friends at the Akron Art Museum

Women Warriors Project

October 2, 2014, 6:30 pm

 Program begins with a personalized tour of the Akron Art Museum's collection followed by time in the art studio to create, connect, and share stories.

Advance registration is strongly encouraged

This is a community partners event, please contact  Vet Art Project with questions and to register

RSVP or Questions: 330-298-5397 or vetartproject@gmail.com

No cost to participate

The University of Akron's Catherine H. Campbell Memorial Art History Lecture: Dr. Katherine Wentworth Rinne

October 2, 2014, 6:30 pm

Dr. Katherine Wentworth Rinne will deliver The University of Akron's Catherine H. Campbell Memorial Art History Lecture for 2014. The series brings prominent art historians to Akron each year.

FREE

The University of Akron's Catherine H. Campbell Memorial Art History Lecture: Dr. Katherine Wentworth Rinne

October 2, 2014, 6:30 pm

Dr. Katherine Wentworth Rinne will deliver The University of Akron's Catherine H. Campbell Memorial Art History Lecture for 2014. The series brings prominent art historians to Akron each year.

Katherine Wentworth Rinne is an urban designer and historian of Renaissance and baroque architecture and urbanism. She is adjunct professor in the department of architecture at the California College of the Arts and associate fellow at the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities at the University of Virginia.

Her professional design work has focused on large-scale urban design and planning projects such as the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics where she was a member of the design team. Her other major projects have included the master plan for the secondary urban center at Kapolei, Hawaii; the Paramount Studios Master Plan; the Master Plan for the Superconducting Super Collider, and the Los Angeles Greenways proposal.

She is also known as the author of The Waters of Rome — Aqueducts, Fountains, and the Birth of the Baroque City. In this pioneering study of the water infrastructure of Renaissance Rome, Rinne offers a new understanding of how technological and scientific developments in aqueduct and fountain architecture helped turn a medieval backwater into the preeminent city of early modern Europe.

Free Thursday

October 2, 2014, 11 am - 9 pm

Gallery admission is FREE all day.

Free Thursday

October 2, 2014, 11 am - 9 pm

Gallery admission is FREE all day.

Free Thursdays are generously supported by The J.M. Smucker Company, with additional support provided by The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.

Educator Events: TeachTalk2014

October 9, 2014, 4:30 pm

Sharing our ideas and stories can be a powerful way to learn. TeachTalk2014 features quick presentations by educators of all kinds. The theme for the night will be "Living Creative in the Classroom and Beyond." Includes refreshments and a grade-level scavenger hunt. 

FREE 

Register online below, or by phone 330-376-9186 x247

Registration required

Educator Events: TeachTalk2014

October 9, 2014, 4:30 pm

It happens on a regular basis: someone sends you a link to a Ted Talk that has interested/moved/inspired her so much, she just had to share it with you. Sharing our ideas and stories can be a powerful way to learn. The Akron Art Museum will take this concept to the next level with TeachTalk2014, an event featuring quick presentations by educators of all kinds. The theme for the night will be “Living Creative in the Classroom and Beyond.” Grab an afternoon snack (and adult beverage), have a seat in the auditorium and prepare to be educated, enlightened and entertained.

Finish your evening with a grade-level gallery scavenger hunt designed to show you how the works in the museum’s collection and exhibitions can work wonders in your classroom.

Professional Development paperwork will be provided for each attendee to submit to his/her LPDC.

FREE

John Pearson: Gallery Talk

October 9, 2014, 6 pm

Constantly investigating new ideas, Pearson has produced many distinct bodies of work that explore relationships between shape, color, line and form within the parameters of hard-edged abstraction.

Artist John Pearson will give a gallery talk followed by a Q&A about the work included in John Pearson: Intuitive Structures

FREE and open to the public

John Pearson: Gallery Talk

October 9, 2014, 6 pm

John Pearson has experimented with a variety of media and worked in formats ranging from monumental to miniscule. Constantly investigating new ideas, he has produced many distinct bodies of work that explore relationships between shape, color, line and form within the parameters of hard-edged abstraction.

The artist will give a gallery talk followed by a Q&A about the work included in the exhibition John Pearson: Intuitive Structures

Reception: 6 - 8 pm

Gallery talk begins at 6:30 pm

FREE and open to the public.

This exhibition is organized by the Akron Art Museum and supported by gifts from the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation, the John P. Murphy Foundation and the Ohio Arts Council.

Live Painting: The Rust Belt Monsters

October 9, 2014, 6:30 pm

Here’s your chance to find out how artists create their work. Come see these illustrators create a painting inside the Akron Art Museum.

FREE

Live Painting: The Rust Belt Monsters

October 9, 2014, 6:30 pm

Here’s your chance to find out how artists create their work. The Rust Belt Monster Collective, six professional illustrators, create large, improvised paintings together in live settings. Come see the process and final product as they create a painting inside the Akron Art Museum.

FREE

Free Thursday

October 9, 2014, 11 am - 9 pm

Gallery admission is FREE all day.

Free Thursday

October 9, 2014, 11 am - 9 pm

Gallery admission is FREE all day.

Free Thursdays are generously supported by The J.M. Smucker Company, with additional support provided by The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.

Story Time in the Galleries: Transportation

October 16, 2014, 11:15 am - 12:30 pm

All ages are invited to Story Time in the Galleries, where grown-ups and children will hear beautiful picture books read aloud, sing silly songs and play wacky games – all while surrounded by amazing artwork.

FREE 

Story Time in the Galleries: Transportation

October 16, 2014, 11:15 am - 12:30 pm

Start with a book, then take a closer look. During Story Time, grown-ups and children are immersed in a print-rich environment strengthened by the visual literacy of hands-on activities relating to the museum’s collection. If you’re looking for an engaging storytelling experience, turn the page here.

The Adventures of Taxi Dog; Lisa’s Airplane Trip; Chugga Chugga Choo-Choo; How Artists See: Trains and other stories about transportation. Park your caboose and come along for the ride as we fly through the air, chug along tracks and race through the city. Art activity follows.
For all ages and their grown-ups.

Free Thursdays = Free Admission

No registration required.

Story Time in the Galleries is made possible with support from the Robert O. & Annamae Orr Foundation.

connect2akron

October 16, 2014, 5:30-8 pm

 Looking to get involved? Bring a friend, grab a drink and connect with non-profits and young professional groups from throughout the greater Akron area. With more than 20 participating organizations you are sure to find something that piques your interest.

connect2akron

October 16, 2014, 5:30-8 pm

Looking to get involved? Bring a friend, grab a drink and connect with non-profits and young professional groups from throughout the greater Akron area. With more than 20 participating organizations you are sure to find something that piques your interest.

connect2akron strives to connect college students, recent graduates, and young professionals with non-profit organizations in Summit County with the goal of increasing retention through connectivity and providing our non-profits the support they need to be successful.

Participating Non-Profits:

Akron Art Museum
Akron Canton Regional Foodbank (CORE)
Akron Reads, Akron Public Schools
Akron Rotary Camp
Akron Symphony Orchestra
Akron Zoo
Battered Women's Shelter of Summit and Medina Counties
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Summit, Medina and Stark Counties
Boys & Girls Club of the Western Reserve
Community Aids Network
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
Greenleaf Family
Habitat for Humanity of Summit County
International Institute of Akron
Mobile Meals
Open M
PAWSibilities, Humane Society of Greater Akron
Rape Crisis Center of Medina and Summit Counties
Ronald McDonald House
Weathervane Playhouse
BVU The Center for Nonprofit Excellence

connect2akron is a collaboration between ArtCetera, DAP Emerging Leaders, Torchbearers Akron, Young Professionals of Akron & Greater Akron Young Professionals Network.
Special thanks to: Proximity Marketing, the Akron Rotary, Zipper City Photography and the Akron Art Museum.

Free Thursday

October 16, 2014, 11 am - 9 pm

Gallery admission is FREE all day.

Free Thursday

October 16, 2014, 11 am - 9 pm

Gallery admission is FREE all day.

Story Time in the Galleries
11:15 am

Third Thursday Collection Conversations
11:30 am

Free Thursdays are generously supported by The J.M. Smucker Company, with additional support provided by The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.

Family Studio Class: Life in Focus: Family-friendly photography workshop, presented by Akron Beacon Journal staff

October 18, 2014, 1-3 pm

Studio classes at the museum venture far beyond your standard classroom offerings.

Registration required. $10 member child, $15 nonmember child. 

Family Studio Class: Life in Focus: Family-friendly photography workshop, presented by Akron Beacon Journal staff

October 18, 2014, 1-3 pm

Are you an inquiring shutterbug? Get inspired by guest photojournalists from the Akron Beacon Journal as you discover the subjective process of capturing a meaningful shot. Experiment with focus, composition and personal style, then create a newsworthy caption and story fit to print. After your shoot, become part of the editing process as photojournalists provide one-on-one critiques of your imagery.
 Please note: This class requires the use of your personal digital camera or Smartphone.

Cost per class is $10/member child, $15/nonmember child.

For kids, teens and their accompanying adults.

Kids Studio Classes are made possible with support from the Charles E. and Mabel M. Ritchie Foundation.

Art Babes: Light and Shadow Play

October 23, 2014, 11:15am - 11:45 am

From the first moment your child reaches out to touch your face, gazes into your eyes while blowing bubbles, squishes peas or begins army crawling, they are discovering and fine tuning their innate and learned responses to the world around them.

REGISTRATION IS FULL

Art Babes: Light and Shadow Play

October 23, 2014, 11:15am - 11:45 am

From the first moment your child reaches out to touch your face, gazes into your eyes while blowing bubbles, squishes peas or begins army crawling, they are discovering and fine tuning their innate and learned responses to the world around them. By immersing babies in a museum environment rich with the ingredients for early neuron connectors such as color, texture and shape (and meeting other baby friends), you will nurture your baby’s early visual literacy skills and contributing to his/her sense of self. Roll along with us as we explore the elements of art fit for wee hands. Pack your stroller, Bumbo and Boppy for sensory-based floor time in the studio, followed by a pint-sized stroll through the galleries.

Infants reflexively prefer to look at high-contrast edges and patterns. In the first month babies can distinguish two shades of gray. By about 2 months of age your baby is capable of perceiving almost all of the subtle shadings that make our visual world so rich, textured and interesting, including reflections from light as well as shadows. Hide and “peek!” with us as we seek out wee hands-on studio explorations and a gallery response while nurturing your child’s early visual literacy skills.

For children 0-18 months old and their grown-ups.

Registration is FULL

Family Day: Trick or Treat on South High Street REGISTRATION REQUIRED

October 23, 2014, 6-8 pm

Break out your costume early and trek to the museum for a night of art-making fun and surprises. Trick-or-treat in the galleries, create “monsterpieces” and perk up your ears for a spooky musical performance.

Cost is $5/participating child

For children and their grown-ups; registration is required.

REGISTER TODAY

Musical performances curated by Tuesday Musical Association. Family Days are made possible with support from the Dominion Foundation, the R.C. Musson & Katherine M. Musson Charitable Foundation, and George and Sue Klein.

Art Talk: THOMAS GARVER

October 23, 2014, 6:30 pm

Thomas Garver is expert on O. Winston Link, curator and author of books on Link and former assistant to the photographer. He was also the organizing curator of the O. Winston Link Museum in Roanoke, Virginia. This will be an exciting opportunity to hear first hand stories from throughout Link’s career.

Art Talk: THOMAS GARVER

October 23, 2014, 6:30 pm

Thomas Garver is expert on O. Winston Link, curator and author of books on Link and former assistant to the photographer. He was also the organizing curator of the O. Winston Link Museum in Roanoke, Virginia. This will be an exciting opportunity to hear first hand stories from throughout Link’s career.

Free Thursdays are generously supported by The J.M. Smucker Company, with additional support provided by The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.

Free Thursday

October 23, 2014, 11 am - 9 pm

Gallery admission is FREE all day.

Free Thursday

October 23, 2014, 11 am - 9 pm

Gallery admission is FREE all day.

Free Thursdays are generously supported by The J.M. Smucker Company, with additional support provided by The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.

Freakishly Short Animation Festival

October 30, 2014, 7 pm

Join us for a one-night tour of the best of international animation festivals.

Recommended for ages 16+.

FREE

Freakishly Short Animation Festival

October 30, 2014, 7 pm

Comic, dark and beautiful shorts make up this seventh annual event—a perennial favorite. Join us for a one-night tour of the best of international animation festivals.

Recommended for ages 16+.

FREE

Free Thursday

October 30, 2014, 11 am - 9 pm

Gallery admission is FREE all day.

Free Thursday

October 30, 2014, 11 am - 9 pm

Gallery admission is FREE all day.

Free Thursdays are generously supported by The J.M. Smucker Company, with additional support provided by The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.

November 2014

Creative Playdate: Superheroes do Yoga

November 6, 2014, 11:15 am - 12:30 pm

Creative Playdates encourage little ones 0-5 years to learn through play.

FREE

Registration is required

Creative Playdate: Superheroes do Yoga

November 6, 2014, 11:15 am - 12:30 pm

Little ones learn best through inventive, open-ended play and in every adult there’s a kid-at-heart, so set time aside for a playdate together and make precious memories at the museum. Stretch your imagination, feed your senses, meet new friends and create a masterpiece to carry home.

Join Nirvana Yoga instructor (Melissa Cugini) in guided yoga exercises followed by a reflective studio arts activity. Wear your favorite superhero costume and strike a pose! Art activity follows: make a meditation jar.

Free Thursdays = Free Admission

For children 0-5 and their grown ups.

Registration required

Creative Playdates are made possible with support from the Robert O. & Annamae Orr Foundation.

Male Veterans Night

November 6, 2014, 6:30 pm

Programming for Veterans, Family Members, and Friends at the Akron Art Museum

Male Veterans Night

November 6, 2014, 6:30 pm

  Program begins with a personalized tour of the Akron Art Museum's collection followed by time in the art studio to create, connect, and share stories.

Advance registration is strongly encouraged

This is a community partners event, please contact Vet Art Project with questions and to register

RSVP or Questions: 330-298-5397 or vetartproject@gmail.com

No cost to participate

Butch Anthony: Vita Post Mortum Opening and Gallery Talk

November 6, 2014, 6:30 pm

Butch Anthony, an artist, builder and picker of things, uses various media and techniques to alter found and natural objects to craft them into one-of-a-kind masterpieces. Anthony will give a talk followed by a workshop that will allow the visitors the chance to make their own artwork out of vintage photographs.

Live performance by Johnny and the Apple Stompers during the opening.

FREE and open to the public

Butch Anthony: Vita Post Mortum Opening and Gallery Talk

November 6, 2014, 6:30 pm

Butch Anthony describes himself as an artist, builder and picker of things. Using various media and techniques, Anthony alters found and natural objects to craft them into one-of-a-kind masterpieces. He resides on his family’s 80-acre folk art compound in Seale, Alabama, in his hand-built home that has been featured in the New York Times. Anthony has shown throughout the United States and recently at Black Rat Projects in London. Vita Post Mortum is the artist’s first solo museum exhibition.

 Anthony will give a talk followed by a workshop that will allow the visitors the chance to make their own artwork out of vintage photographs.

Live performance by Johnny and the Apple Stompers during the opening.

FREE and open to the public 

This exhibition is organized by the Akron Art Museum and generously supported by the Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation.

Free Thursday

November 6, 2014, 11 am - 9 pm

Gallery admission is FREE all day.

Free Thursday

November 6, 2014, 11 am - 9 pm

Gallery admission is FREE all day.

Free Thursdays are generously supported by The J.M. Smucker Company, with additional support provided by The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.

Kids Studio Class: Junk to Treasure

November 8, 2014, 1-3 pm

Studio classes at the museum venture far beyond your standard classroom offerings.

Registration required. $10 member child, $15 nonmember child.

Kids Studio Class: Junk to Treasure

November 8, 2014, 1-3 pm

Broaden the mind of your budding artist by venturing beyond the typical classroom borders. Guided by local working, teaching artists, students create with unique materials, experiential techniques and processes, and mind-opening concepts. Extending outside the studio walls, educators bridge connections between students and artists by exploring art up-close and personal in the museum’s galleries.

Do you keep old junk in your room because it might be useful one day? Give new life to old things by push it beyond the boundaries of “boring.” Stretch your creative limits by using non-traditional tools and materials and, in the process, discover an artworthy treasure.
Guest Artist/Instructor: Dillon Sedar.

Cost per class is $10/member child, $15/nonmember child.

For kids 7-12 (adults welcome to join or go off-site). 

Kids Studio Classes are made possible with support from the Charles E. and Mabel M. Ritchie Foundation.

Community Conversations: Public Place | Public Space

November 11, 2014, 6-8 pm

Join us in an exciting social experiment that engages thinkers and doers to move beyond pressing the 'Like' button by harnessing the collective power of collaboration.

The galleries will be open from 5-6 pm and refreshments will be served.

REGISTER NOW

Community Conversations are made possible with support from the Burton D. Morgan Foundation.

Book Club: The Last Folk Hero

November 13, 2014, 6 pm

The Last Folk Hero leaves readers to make their own assessment of whether this self-made art expert is a visionary champion of a new artistic frontier or simply a wealthy hoarder who thinks everyone's against him.

FREE

Registration required 

Book Club: The Last Folk Hero

November 13, 2014, 6 pm

A self-made art expert who traveled the world and amassed a collection for himself, Bill Arnett developed an interest in rural African-American folk art made by self-taught men such as Thornton Dial and Lonnie Holley, both from Alabama. In the late 1980s, Arnett offered these artists what they believed were staggering amounts of money for their work. By the early 1990s, people began to wonder whether Arnett's deals weren't just another example of a rich, white art dealer taking advantage of poor, uneducated black artists. Arnett's deal with Dial drew, and continues to draw, particularly strong fire since Dial is illiterate, Arnett owns Dial's house and maintains complete control over the artist's dealings with the public. Dietz chronicles a number of episodes surrounding Arnett and his folk artists, including various museum shows and accompanying disagreements, leaving readers to make their own assessment of whether Arnett is a visionary champion of a new artistic frontier or simply a wealthy hoarder who thinks everyone's against him.

Registration required by calling 330.376.9186 x221 or x230.

FREE

Free Thursday

November 13, 2014, 11 am - 9 pm

Gallery admission is FREE all day.

Free Thursday

November 13, 2014, 11 am - 9 pm

Gallery admission is FREE all day.

Free Thursdays are generously supported by The J.M. Smucker Company, with additional support provided by The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.

Highball

November 15, 2014, 7:30pm

Dance Party to Celebrate Akron’s Creative Culture
A Fundraiser for the Akron Art Museum

Highball

November 15, 2014, 7:30pm

 Join DJ Darrick Grant, host of the Eclectic Soul on 89.3 WCSB, as he spins classic soul,funk and disco to keep you dancing “in da club” until the midnight hour.
Heavy hors d’oeuvres provided by A Taste of Excellence

Creative Club Attire

Sponsorship Opportunities:
All sponsorship levels receive reserved lounge seating on and around the dance floor.
• $5,000 Platinum - 6 seats, VIP bar, bottle of champagne and table service
• $2,500 Gold - 4 seats, VIP bar, bottle of champagne
• $1,500 Silver - 2 seats, VIP bar, bottle of champagne

Individual tickets:
• $500 Rock Star - VIP bar
• $250 Groupie - Open bar (craft beer and wine)
• $75 A-List - Open bar (craft beer and wine)


ONLINE REGISTRATION COMING SOON

Art Babes: Texture Crawl

November 19, 2014, 11:15 am - 12 pm

From the first moment your child reaches out to touch your face, gazes into your eyes while blowing bubbles, squishes peas or begins army crawling, they are discovering and fine tuning their innate and learned responses to the world around them.

Registration is FULL

Art Babes: Texture Crawl

November 19, 2014, 11:15 am - 12 pm

From the first moment your child reaches out to touch your face, gazes into your eyes while blowing bubbles, squishes peas or begins army crawling, they are discovering and fine tuning their innate and learned responses to the world around them. By immersing babies in a museum environment rich with the ingredients for early neuron connectors such as color, texture and shape (and meeting other baby friends), you will nurture your baby’s early visual literacy skills and contributing to his/her sense of self. Roll along with us as we explore the elements of art fit for wee hands. Pack your stroller, Bumbo and Boppy for sensory-based floor time in the studio, followed by a pint-sized stroll through the galleries.

Texture promotes sensory stimulation and an overall rapid increase in a baby’s development. When a child explores the difference between smooth and bumpy, soft and hard or feels the edge around a shape, their cognitive development is enhanced. Come crawl with us for a wee hands-on studio exploration and gallery response while nurturing your child’s early visual literacy skills.

For children 0-18 monthsand their grown-ups; REGISTRATION IS FULL

Story Time in the Galleries: Comic Heroes and Villans

November 20, 2014, 11:15 am - 12:30 pm

All ages are invited to Story Time in the Galleries, where grown-ups and children will hear beautiful picture books read aloud, sing silly songs and play wacky games – all while surrounded by amazing artwork.

FREE

Story Time in the Galleries: Comic Heroes and Villans

November 20, 2014, 11:15 am - 12:30 pm

Start with a book, then take a closer look. During Story Time, grown-ups and children are immersed in a print-rich environment strengthened by the visual literacy of hands-on activities relating to the museum’s collection. If you’re looking for an engaging storytelling experience, turn the page here.

Stories featuring comic heroes: Meanwhile; Fortunately; Superheroes A,B,Cs and 1,2,3s…
What qualities make someone a “super” hero? If you had just one superpower what would it be – and how would you use it to help others? Art activity follows.

All ages welcome with their grown-ups.

Free Thursdays = Free Admission

No registration required.

Story Time in the Galleries is made possible with support from the Robert O. & Annamae Orr Foundation.

Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Lecture: Doug DuBois

November 20, 2014, 6:30 pm

In collaboration with The University of Akron Myers School of Art, The Akron Art Museum presents a lecture by photographer Doug DuBois. DuBois' photographs are in the collections and exhibitions across the nation, Europe and Asia. His visit also includes a workshop and critiques with photography students at the Myers School of Art. 

FREE and open to the public

Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Lecture: Doug DuBois

November 20, 2014, 6:30 pm

In collaboration with The University of Akron Myers School of Art, The Akron Art Museum presents a lecture by photographer Doug DuBois.

Doug DuBois received his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and is an associate professor at Syracuse University where he teaches in the College of Visual and Performing Arts. His monograph, …all the days and nights, features a tightly edited sequence of photographs of his family made over a period of twenty years. Doug DuBois’ most recent work, My Last Day at Seventeen, is about coming of age in Ireland during the current economic downturn.

DuBois’ photographs are in the collections and exhibitions across the nation, Europe and Asia. He has received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the MacDowell Colony and The National Endowment for the Arts. His photographs have been published by Aperture, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, The New York Times, Time, The Telegraph and Outlook.

DuBois’ visit also includes a workshop and critiques with photography students at the Myers School of Art.

FREE and open to the public.

Seating is available on a first come, first seated basis.

This lecture sponsored by Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell and is presented in collaboration with The University of Akron Myers School of Art.

Free Thursday

November 20, 2014, 11 am - 9 pm

Gallery admission is FREE all day.

Free Thursday

November 20, 2014, 11 am - 9 pm

Gallery admission is FREE all day.

Story Time in the Galleries
11:15 am

Third Thursday Collection Conversations
11:30 am

Free Thursdays are generously supported by The J.M. Smucker Company, with additional support provided by The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.

Christopher Pekoc: Hand Made Opening Reception

November 23, 2014, 2 pm

While photographs—his own and from magazines—are starting points for Christopher Pekoc’s work, the acclaimed Cleveland artist proceeds to photocopy, enlarge, cut, collage, scratch, gild, perforate and sometimes even blowtorch his sources in assembling evocative images.

Join the artist to celebrate the opening of the exhibition. 

FREE and open to the public

Christopher Pekoc: Hand Made Opening Reception

November 23, 2014, 2 pm

While photographs—his own and from magazines—are starting points for Christopher Pekoc’s work, the acclaimed Cleveland artist proceeds to photocopy, enlarge, cut, collage, scratch, gild, perforate and sometimes even blowtorch his sources in assembling evocative images. A selection of the artist’s work dating from 1992 to present reveals Pekoc’s fascination with faces and hands, features critical to conveying emotions.These motifs predominate even as nature and the fragility of the environment assume increasing importance to the artist. Pekoc’s distinctive images are visually rich, sporting imperfections that result from the artist’s process and evoking those that characterize our lives.

Join the artist at the exhibition opening.

FREE and open to the public

Christopher Pekoc: Hand Made is organized by the Akron Art Museum and made possible by generous gifts from the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation, the John P. Murphy Foundation and the Ohio Arts Council.

Closed for Thanksgiving

November 27, 2014, 11:30 am - 9 pm

  The museum is closed on Thursday, November 25, 2014, for Thanksgiving.

Closed for Thanksgiving

November 27, 2014, 11:30 am - 9 pm

 The museum is closed on Thursday, November 25, 2014, for Thanksgiving. The museum will reopen on Friday, November 26, 2014. 

December 2014

Creative Playdate: Winter Wonderland

December 4, 2014, 11:15 am - 12:30 pm

Creative Playdates encourage little ones 0-5 years to learn through play.

FREE

Registration required

Creative Playdate: Winter Wonderland

December 4, 2014, 11:15 am - 12:30 pm

Little ones learn best through inventive, open-ended play and in every adult there’s a kid-at-heart, so set time aside for a playdate together and make precious memories at the museum. Stretch your imagination, feed your senses, meet new friends and create a masterpiece to carry home. 

Spring may be just around the corner but bundle up and button your boots as we explore the elements of art in nature outdoors on the Museum’s terrace; Have fun discovering the creative process by investigating light and shadow, squirt painting in the snow, building colored ice sculptures, painting frozen footprints and creating masterpieces in nature using organic materials. When your toes get cold, come inside for a mug of hot cocoa before warming up in the galleries.

For children 0-5 and their grown-ups. Registration required.

Creative Playdates are made possible with support from the Robert O. & Annamae Orr Foundation.

Vet Art Project for Young People (ages 9-14)

December 4, 2014, 6:30 pm

Programming for Veterans, Family Members, and Friends at the Akron Art Museum

Vet Art Project for Young People (ages 9-14)

December 4, 2014, 6:30 pm

  Program begins with a personalized tour of the Akron Art Museum's collection followed by time in the art studio to create, connect, and share stories.

Advance registration is strongly encouraged

This is a community partners event, please contact Vet Art Project with questions and to register

RSVP or Questions: 330-298-5397 or vetartproject@gmail.com

No cost to participate

Vegan Cooking Demonstration

December 4, 2014, 6:30 pm

Learn about veganism as you craft and taste a vegan menu.

Vegan Cooking Demonstration

December 4, 2014, 6:30 pm

Trenton Doyle Hancock creates elaborative narratives featuring the Mounds and their aggressors the Vegans. The Vegans were inspired by Trenton’s preachy vegan graduate school roommates. We’ll remove the villain from veganism at this tasty cooking workshop. Learn about veganism as you craft and taste a vegan menu.

Free Thursday

December 4, 2014, 11 am - 9 pm

Gallery admission is FREE all day.

Free Thursday

December 4, 2014, 11 am - 9 pm

Gallery admission is FREE all day.

Free Thursdays are generously supported by The J.M. Smucker Company, with additional support provided by The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.

Family Day: Island of Misfit Toys REGISTRATION REQUIRED

December 7, 2014, 11:30 am - 5 pm

From art making activities to interactive music, films, tours, and performances, family days are a blast for babes, teens, grown-ups and everyone in between.

FREE but registration is required for children and grown-ups

Toy donation requested for Toys for Tots

Family Day: Island of Misfit Toys REGISTRATION REQUIRED

December 7, 2014, 11:30 am - 5 pm

From art making activities to interactive music, films, tours, and performances, family days are a blast for babes, teens, grown-ups and everyone in between.

Make room for new toys by bashing old ones into bits and pieces. Then, use doll arms, truck wheels, and googly eyes to construct your own one-of-a-kind sculpture. Later, stop in the auditorium for special musical performances.

In place of a fee for this event, please bring one new, unwrapped toy (per family) for Toys for Tots.

Toy donation requested for Toys for Tots

Registration for children and their grown-ups is required for event.

FREE activities and gallery admission for children.

Families sign up for one of three time slots: 11:30am-1:00pm, 1:30-3:00 pm, 3:30-5:00 pm.

Families enjoy musicians in The Lehner Auditorium from 1-1:30 pm and 3:00-3:30 pm.

Musical performances curated by Tuesday Musical Association. Family Days are made possible with support from the Dominion Foundation, the R.C. Musson & Katherine M. Musson Charitable Foundation, and George and Sue Klein.

Film: Superman

December 11, 2014, 7 pm

Come watch the classic 1978 Superman starring Christopher Reeve, one of Trenton Doyle Hancock’s favorite films.

Superhero costumes encouraged

Film: Superman

December 11, 2014, 7 pm

Before there was Torpedo Boy, there was Superman. Come watch the classic 1978 Superman starring Christopher Reeve, one of Trenton Doyle Hancock’s favorite films. “Superman is a pure delight, a wondrous combination of all the old-fashioned things we never really get tired of: adventure and romance, heroes and villains, earthshaking special effects, and you know what else? Wit,” comments film critic Roger Ebert.

Superhero costumes encouraged.

Free Thursday

December 11, 2014, 11 am - 9 pm

Gallery admission is FREE all day.

Free Thursday

December 11, 2014, 11 am - 9 pm

Gallery admission is FREE all day.

Free Thursdays are generously supported by The J.M. Smucker Company, with additional support provided by The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.

Kids Studio Class: Comic Collage

December 13, 2014, 1-3 pm

Studio classes at the museum venture far beyond your standard classroom offerings.

Registration required. $10 member child, $15 nonmember child.

Kids Studio Class: Comic Collage

December 13, 2014, 1-3 pm

Broaden the mind of your budding artist by venturing beyond the typical classroom borders. Guided by local working, teaching artists, students create with unique materials, experiential techniques and processes, and mind-opening concepts. Extending outside the studio walls, educators bridge connections between students and artists by exploring art up-close and personal in the museum’s galleries.

Do you doodle? Do you imagine yourself as a comic book hero? Dabble with sequential thinking, word bubbles, capturing action in a single frame and bringing imaginary people to life through caricature as you cartoon your day away at the museum. Guest Artist/Instructor: Alex Strader.

Cost per class is $10/member child, $15/nonmember child.

For kids 7-12 (adults welcome to join or go off-site). 

Kids Studio Classes are made possible with support from the Charles E. and Mabel M. Ritchie Foundation.

Art Babes: Baby Shape-Up

December 17, 2014, 11:15 am - 12 pm

 From the first moment your child reaches out to touch your face, gazes into your eyes while blowing bubbles, squishes peas or begins army crawling, they are discovering and fine tuning their innate and learned responses to the world around them.

REGISTRATION IS FULL

Art Babes: Baby Shape-Up

December 17, 2014, 11:15 am - 12 pm

From the first moment your child reaches out to touch your face, gazes into your eyes while blowing bubbles, squishes peas or begins army crawling, they are discovering and fine tuning their innate and learned responses to the world around them. By immersing babies in a museum environment rich with the ingredients for early neuron connectors such as color, texture and shape (and meeting other baby friends), you will nurture your baby’s early visual literacy skills and contributing to his/her sense of self. Roll along with us as we explore the elements of art fit for wee hands. Pack your stroller, Bumbo and Boppy for sensory-based floor time in the studio, followed by a pint-sized stroll through the galleries.

Babies spend a lot of time trying to figure out how things move around them, how small things fit in big things and how their size is relative to objects within their reach. As your baby plays with blocks or watches balls bounce and roll, he is learning about spatial relations. Encourage your child to stack, sort and tunnel to improve his understanding of spatial relations then get in shape with a gallery walk together.

Free Thursday = Free Admission

For children 0-2 and their grown-ups; REGISTRATION IS FULL

Story Time in the Galleries: Folk stories

December 18, 2014, 11:15 am - 12:30 pm

All ages are invited to Story Time in the Galleries, where grown-ups and children will hear beautiful picture books read aloud, sing silly songs and play wacky games – all while surrounded by amazing artwork.

FREE

Story Time in the Galleries: Folk stories

December 18, 2014, 11:15 am - 12:30 pm

Start with a book, then take a closer look. During Story Time, grown-ups and children are immersed in a print-rich environment strengthened by the visual literacy of hands-on activities relating to the museum’s collection. If you’re looking for an engaging storytelling experience, turn the page here.

Stretch your imagination for folk heroes and tall tales. Art activity follows.

For all ages and their grown-ups. No registration required.

Free Thursdays = Free Admission 

Story Time in the Galleries is made possible with support from the Robert O. & Annamae Orr Foundation.

Free Thursday

December 18, 2014, 11 am - 9 pm

Gallery admission is FREE all day.

Free Thursday

December 18, 2014, 11 am - 9 pm

Gallery admission is FREE all day.

Story Time in the Galleries
11:15 am

Third Thursday Collection Conversations
11:30 am

Free Thursdays are generously supported by The J.M. Smucker Company, with additional support provided by The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.

Museum Closed

December 24, 2014

The museum is closed December 24-25, 2014, and will reopen on Friday, December 26, 2014.

Museum Closed

December 24, 2014

The museum is closed December 24-25, 2014, and will reopen on Friday, December 26, 2014.

Museum Closed

December 25, 2014

The museum is closed December 24-25, 2014, and will reopen on Friday, December 26, 2014.

Museum Closed

December 25, 2014

The museum is closed December 24-25, 2014, and will reopen on Friday, December 26, 2014. 

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