Upcoming Events

April 2014

Free Thursday

April 17, 2014, 11 am - 9 pm

Gallery admission is FREE every Thursday.

Free Thursday

April 17, 2014, 11 am - 9 pm

Gallery admission is FREE every Thursday.

Third Thursday Collection Conversations
11:30 am

Art History 101: Photographic Portraiture with Collections Manager Arnold Tunstall
6:30 pm

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

April 17, 2014, 11:15 am

Start with a book, and then take a look.

Story Time in the Galleries

April 17, 2014, 11:15 am

The Curious Garden by Peter Brown
A struggling garden is transformed into a lush, green world. Explore elements of nature in a guided stroll through the Museum’s collection, followed by an eco-friendly craft. Books: Curious Garden, The Surprise Garden, Home for a Bunny and Color Garden. Follow-up activities include: up-cycled Styrofoam cup watering cans and flower pots with muffin cup daisies – for older artists - and a watercolor bunny-in-the-grass painting for wee-artists.

FREE. No registration required. Story Time in the Galleries takes place at 11:15 am on the third Thursday of each month.

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

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

Third Thursday Collection Conversations: THE INNOVATIVE ART OF MINDFUL CREATIVE LIVING

April 17, 2014, 11:30 am

Do you think you need to travel to New York to see great art? Think again.

Third Thursday Collection Conversations: THE INNOVATIVE ART OF MINDFUL CREATIVE LIVING

April 17, 2014, 11:30 am

Do you think you need to travel to New York to see great art? Think again. The Akron Art Museum’s collection is full of gems by well-known artists (do the names Andy Warhol, Chuck Close or Philip Guston ring any bells?), as well as fantastic work by regional and outsider artists.

Join the museum’s docents the third Thursday of every month to discover the stories behind these treasures as they lead a gallery talk focusing on interesting themes and ideas from the collection.. There is no need to RSVP, just come and enjoy!

Dr. Ray Gehani, a relative rookie Akron Art Museum docent since the Fall 2012, will lead a gallery talk centered around the idea of living a creative life. Based on his research in business innovation and mindful leadership, he will make connections between those studies and the work of two artists featured in the museum’s current special exhibitions.

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

Art History 101: Photographic Portraiture with Collections Manager Arnold Tunstall

April 17, 2014, 6:30 pm

Looking for inspiration for your latest selfie? 

Art History 101: Photographic Portraiture with Collections Manager Arnold Tunstall

April 17, 2014, 6:30 pm

Get to know more about the artists and sitters featured in Invitation to Stare, from iconic portraits by Diane Arbus and Harry Callahan to cool contemporaries like Jen Davis and Loretta Lux.

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

Night at the Museum: Myers School of Art New Media

April 17, 2014, 5:30 - 9 pm

 Discover where art and technology meet 

Night at the Museum: Myers School of Art New Media

April 17, 2014, 5:30 - 9 pm

Discover where art and technology meet. This sample of artworks by new media students at the Myers School of Art at the University of Akron is on display in the museum’s lobby for a special free Thursday viewing.

Alex Bach - Filler
Individual shapes are given simple movement commands. The piece is the result of each shape following their commands and filling the surface.

Anita Marquart - All Around Akron
Views of Akron past history and the surrounding area through my photography. Using Processing Codes to animate them.

Darrell Stout - Curvilinear
Concentrated light on a three dimensional sculpture transforming a two dimensional projection.

Eric Ford- Linear Movement
Stop-motion video using line weight and integrity to illustrate the versatility and personality of line.

Karina Barahona-Reminskaya - Lucem
Recognizing the forms of defined lines, this piece outlines the shape of stairs by projecting contour light

Free Thursday

April 24, 2014, 11 am - 9 pm

Gallery admission is FREE all day.

Free Thursday

April 24, 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.

Night at the Museum: Akron Public Schools Student Art Show

April 24, 2014, 4-7 pm

Join us for an evenings of fun as we celebrate Akron Public Schools' Art and Math program.

Night at the Museum: Akron Public Schools Student Art Show

April 24, 2014, 4-7 pm

Join us for an evenings of fun as we celebrate Akron Public Schools' Art and Math program. This year, students worked to strengthen math skills and create fantastic works of art through the exciting Art and Math integration program. The program included field trips to the Akron Art Museum to explore the museum’s artworks through the eyes of mathematicians.

  • From 4-7 pm: Enjoy refreshments in the lobby while admiring fantastic artwork created by students in the Art and Math integration program.
  • From 4-7pm: Get messy with a family-friendly art project

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

Akron Film+Pixel Film Screening: Breadcrumb Trail

April 24, 2014, 7 pm

Once a month Akron Film+Pixel programs a first-run, art house film.
Film: Breadcrumb Trail, a documentary about the band Slint

Akron Film+Pixel Film Screening: Breadcrumb Trail

April 24, 2014, 7 pm

Once a month Akron Film+Pixel programs a first-run, art house film.

Epochal post-rock pioneers Slint are the subjects of a new documentary, Breadcrumb Trail, by Lance Bangs. In 1991, the Louisville-based band made the now-classic Spiderland for Touch and Go and, just before its release, promptly disbanded. In the years since, the album has remained enormously influential, making its mark on math rock, post-hardcore and various other sub-genres.

Theatrical Teaser

Free

Family Day: Earth Day

April 26, 2014, 12-4 pm

Family Days are a blast for babes, teens, grown-ups, and everyone in between.

Family Day: Earth Day

April 26, 2014, 12-4 pm

Drop by and get your hands dirty with plantable art and recycled art activities using everyday objects, then feed your senses as you grow to the rhythm with our guest musicians from Tuesday Musical Association. Activities include: Soup can robots, birdseed pinecones, homemade paper pulp seed starters, crayon mobile, plastic bag bike handles, and contributions from local GOJO company to create up-cycled birdhouses from used soap and PURELL containers.

Appropriate for all ages. Free activities for families; gallery admission is free for childern

Family Days are made possible with support from the Dominion Foundation and the R.C. Musson & Katherine M. Musson Charitable Foundation.

May 2014

Free Thursday

May 1, 2014, 11 am - 9 pm

Gallery admission is FREE all day.

Free Thursday

May 1, 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.

Creative Playdates: Delicious Faces

May 1, 2014, 11:15 am

Little ones learn best through play.

Creative Playdates: Delicious Faces

May 1, 2014, 11:15 am

Explore the human face while playing with your fruits and vegetables! Activities include: I-Spy faces in the collection followed by making healthy tortilla faces with personality-- No cookies, no marshmallows…just veggies and squeezable paint made from edible dips and sauces!

FREE. No registration required. Creative Playdates take place at 11:15 am on the first Thursday of each month.

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

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

A Pop-Up Workshop with Robert Sabuda

May 1, 2014, 6:30 pm

Ever wonder how pop up books work? Learn from the world’s leading expert!

A Pop-Up Workshop with Robert Sabuda

May 1, 2014, 6:30 pm

Ever wonder how pop-up books work? Learn from the world’s leading expert! Join bestselling children's pop-up book artist and paper engineer Robert Sabuda as he leads children and their grownups on a pop-up making escapade. Sabuda will also be available to sign books.

This event is free but requires registration.

Free Thursday

May 8, 2014, 11 am - 9 pm

Gallery admission is FREE all day.

Free Thursday

May 8, 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.

Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School: Hansel and Gretel

May 8, 2014, 6-9 pm

Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School is the world's premier alt.drawing movement.

Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School: Hansel and Gretel

May 8, 2014, 6-9 pm

Throw back a Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. brew and get sketching! Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School is the world's premier alt.drawing movement. Come to the Akron Art Museum for a special installment of this drink and draw event where artists of all backgrounds are invited to draw glamorous underground performers in an atmosphere of boozy conviviality. This year Dr. Sketchy Akron is meeting up in bars and brew halls across the city to create drawings based on the Grimm Brothers' Fairy Tales.

Kids Studio Classes: Me, My "Selfie" and I

May 10, 2014, 1-3 pm

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

Kids Studio Classes: Me, My "Selfie" and I

May 10, 2014, 1-3 pm

Express your inner feelings by experimenting with portrait styles as you create your one-of-a-kind self-portrait. Students strike a pose for instant portraits and learn metal working techniques featuring faces. Focal exhibition: Photographic Portraits: Invitation to Stare. Guest Artist/Instructor: Rachel Smith.

All classes take place from 1-3 pm. Cost per class is $10/member child, $15/nonmember child. Parents are welcome but not required to stay.

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

Free Thursdays

May 15, 2014, 11 am - 9 pm

Gallery admission is FREE all day.

Free Thursdays

May 15, 2014, 11 am - 9 pm

Gallery admission is FREE all day.

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.

Story Time in the Galleries

May 15, 2014, 11:15 am

Start with a book, and then take a look.

Story Time in the Galleries

May 15, 2014, 11:15 am

Angel Face by Sarah Weeks
Every child is beloved and unique -- especially in his parent's eyes. Explore faces in the galleries then create your own expressionistic silly mask to take home.

FREE. No registration required. Story Time in the Galleries takes place at 11:15 am on the third Thursday of each month.

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

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

Third Thursday Collection Conversations

May 15, 2014, 11:30 am

There's no need to travel to see great art. Come hear from our docents about what makes our collection so special.

Third Thursday Collection Conversations

May 15, 2014, 11:30 am

Do you think you need to travel to New York to see great art? Think again. The Akron Art Museum’s collection is full of gems by well-known artists (do the names Andy Warhol, Chuck Close or Philip Guston ring any bells?), as well as fantastic work by regional and outsider artists.

Join the museum’s docents the third Thursday of every month to discover the stories behind these treasures as they lead a gallery talk focusing on interesting themes and ideas from the collection.. There is no need to RSVP, just come and enjoy!

Free Thursday

May 22, 2014, 11 am - 9 pm

Gallery admission is FREE all day.

Free Thursday

May 22, 2014, 11 am - 9 pm

Gallery admission is FREE all day.

Book Club: But is it art?
6 pm

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

Book Club: But Is it Art?

May 22, 2014, 6 pm

Join us for a discussion of Cynthia Freeland’s But is it Art? A guided tour of the Tony Feher exhibition led by Director of Education Alison Caplan will follow the discussion.

Book Club: But Is it Art?

May 22, 2014, 6 pm

A survey of everything from aesthetic theory to digital imaging, and of everyone from Goya to Damien Hirst, is packed into seven fast-break chapters here. Freeland, a philosophy professor at the University of Houston, is familiar enough with the impenetrable artspeak and rhetoric surrounding such issues as identity politics, censorship and public funding not to be intimidated by them; her cut-to-the-chase approach to such critical minefields as the use of bodily fluids in art produces clear and often pungent analyses.


Join us for a discussion of Cynthia Freeland’s But is it Art? A guided tour of the Tony Feher exhibition led by Director of Education Alison Caplan will follow.

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

Akron Film+Pixel Film Screening

May 22, 2014, 7 pm

Once a month Akron Film+Pixel programs a first-run, art house film.
Film TBD

Akron Film+Pixel Film Screening

May 22, 2014, 7 pm

Once a month Akron Film+Pixel programs a first-run, art house film.
Film TBD

Family Day: Project Snapshot

May 24, 2014, 12-4 pm

Family Days are a blast for babes, teens, grown-ups, and everyone in between.

Family Day: Project Snapshot

May 24, 2014, 12-4 pm

Picture yourself in a painting as you explore familiar faces in the museum’s portrait collection, enjoy face painting on the Terrace and put yourself behind the camera lens as you take picture-perfect snapshots.

Appropriate for all ages. Free activities for families; gallery admission is free for children.

Family Days are made possible with support from the Dominion Foundation and the R.C. Musson & Katherine M. Musson Charitable Foundation.

Film: Disfarmer, A Portrait of America

May 29, 2014, 6:30 pm

Discover an American master portrait photographer, his influence on the modern Manhattan art world and the legacy he left behind in his hometown of Heber Springs, Arkansas.

Film: Disfarmer, A Portrait of America

May 29, 2014, 6:30 pm

Discover an American master portrait photographer, his influence on the modern Manhattan art world and the legacy he left behind in his hometown of Heber Springs, Arkansas.

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

June 2014

Creative Playdate: Yoga and a Picnic Basket

June 5, 2014, 11:15 am

Little ones learn best through play.

Creative Playdate: Yoga and a Picnic Basket

June 5, 2014, 11:15 am

Join Nirvana Yoga instructors in guided yoga exercises followed by a reflective studio arts activity. Bring your snack basket and meet a friend over a picnic lunch in the sun.


FREE. No registration required. Creative Playdates take place at 11:15 am on the first Thursday of each month.


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

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

Kids Studio Class: Incredible Shrinking Art

June 12, 2014, 1-3 pm

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

Kids Studio Class: Incredible Shrinking Art

June 12, 2014, 1-3 pm

Studio classes at the museum venture far beyond your standard classroom offerings. Students will get creative with unique materials, outlandish techniques and imaginative ideas as they create projects that will raise the bar for your refrigerator art gallery.

All classes take place from 1-3 pm. Cost per class is $10/member child, $15/nonmember child. Parents are welcome but not required to stay.

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

Art on the Rocks: Mojitos, Margaritas and Cupcakes with Kristen Cliffel

June 12, 2014, 6:30 pm

Get to know some of our favorite artists over a drink.

Art on the Rocks: Mojitos, Margaritas and Cupcakes with Kristen Cliffel

June 12, 2014, 6:30 pm

We think artists provide the best barside conversation. Get to know some of our favorite artists over a drink as they discuss what goes into their artistic processes as well as their favorite cocktails.

Some foods just belong together—peanut butter and jelly, milk and cookies, cupcakes and mojitos. Cupcakes and mojitos may not seem like the most obvious pairing, but ceramicist Kristen Cliffel doesn’t see it that way. Join Cliffel for mojitos, margaritas and cupcakes as she discusses her artwork, including Dirty Dozen, which is on view in the exhibition Language in Art.

Free, registration required.

19th Annual Auction

June 14, 2014

Save the date for the 19th Annual Akron Auction to benefit the Akron Art Museum.

19th Annual Auction

June 14, 2014

ART • FOOD • WINE

Fine wine, great food, tempting auction lots and some of the most exciting people in Akron contribute to one of the most successful events in our community – the Akron Auction to benefit the Akron Art Museum.

Story Time in the Galleries

June 19, 2014, 11:15 am

Start with a book, and then take a look.

Story Time in the Galleries

June 19, 2014, 11:15 am

Start with a book, and then take a look. During Story Time in the Galleries grown-ups and children will see beautiful picture books, hear fantastic stories, sing silly songs and play wacky games—all while surrounded by amazing artwork.

FREE. No registration required. Story Time in the Galleries takes place at 11:15 am on the third Thursday of each month.

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

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

Third Thursday Collection Conversations

June 19, 2014, 11:30 am

No need to travel to see great art. Come hear from our docents about interesting themes and ideas from the collection.

Third Thursday Collection Conversations

June 19, 2014, 11:30 am

Do you think you need to travel to New York to see great art? Think again. The Akron Art Museum’s collection is full of gems by well-known artists (do the names Andy Warhol, Chuck Close or Philip Guston ring any bells?), as well as fantastic work by regional and outsider artists.

Join the museum’s docents the third Thursday of every month to discover the stories behind these treasures as they lead a gallery talk focusing on interesting themes and ideas from the collection. There is no need to RSVP, just come and enjoy!

Kids Studio Classes: Nature Odyssey

June 26, 2014, 1-3 pm

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

Kids Studio Classes: Nature Odyssey

June 26, 2014, 1-3 pm

Studio classes at the museum venture far beyond your standard classroom offerings. Students will get creative with unique materials, outlandish techniques and imaginative ideas as they create projects that will raise the bar for your refrigerator art gallery.

All classes take place from 1-3 pm. Cost per class is $10/member child, $15/nonmember child. Parents are welcome but not required to stay.

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

July 2014

Creative Playdate: Water and Music Play

July 3, 2014, 11:15 am

Little ones learn best through play.

Creative Playdate: Water and Music Play

July 3, 2014, 11:15 am

Little ones learn best through play. So, bring them to the museum to learn their hearts out as they make masterpieces, move their dancing feet and stretch their imaginations. Each experience will center on a theme ranging from the time of year to the artwork in the galleries.


FREE. No registration required. Creative Playdates take place at 11:15 am on the first Thursday of each month.


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

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

Kids Studio Class: Mystical Mark Making

July 10, 2014, 1-3 pm

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

Kids Studio Class: Mystical Mark Making

July 10, 2014, 1-3 pm

Studio classes at the museum venture far beyond your standard classroom offerings. Students will get creative with unique materials, outlandish techniques and imaginative ideas as they create projects that will raise the bar for your refrigerator art gallery.

All classes take place from 1-3 pm. Cost per class is $10/member child, $15/nonmember child. Parents are welcome but not required to stay.

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

Story Time in the Galleries

July 17, 2014, 11:15 am

Start with a book, and then take a look.

Story Time in the Galleries

July 17, 2014, 11:15 am

Start with a book, and then take a look. During Story Time in the Galleries grown-ups and children will see beautiful picture books, hear fantastic stories, sing silly songs and play wacky games—all while surrounded by amazing artwork.

FREE. No registration required. Story Time in the Galleries takes place at 11:15 am on the third Thursday of each month.

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

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

Family Day: Sidewalk Beach Party

July 19, 2014, 12-4 pm

Family Days are a blast for babes, teens, grown-ups, and everyone in between.

Family Day: Sidewalk Beach Party

July 19, 2014, 12-4 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.

Appropriate for all ages. Free activities for families; gallery admission is free for childern

Family Days are made possible with support from the Dominion Foundation and the R.C. Musson & Katherine M. Musson Charitable Foundation.

Kids Studio Class: The Science of Art

July 24, 2014, 1-3 pm

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

Kids Studio Class: The Science of Art

July 24, 2014, 1-3 pm

Studio classes at the museum venture far beyond your standard classroom offerings. Students will get creative with unique materials, outlandish techniques and imaginative ideas as they create projects that will raise the bar for your refrigerator art gallery.

All classes take place from 1-3 pm. Cost per class is $10/member child, $15/nonmember child. Parents are welcome but not required to stay.

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

August 2014

Creative Playdate: Firefly Tea Party

August 7, 2014, 11:15 am

Little ones learn best through play.

Creative Playdate: Firefly Tea Party

August 7, 2014, 11:15 am

Little ones learn best through play. So, bring them to the museum to learn their hearts out as they make masterpieces, move their dancing feet and stretch their imaginations. Each experience will center on a theme ranging from the time of year to the artwork in the galleries.


FREE. No registration required. Creative Playdates take place at 11:15 am on the first Thursday of each month.


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

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

Kids Studio Class: Pixilated Paintings

August 14, 2014, 1-3 pm

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

Kids Studio Class: Pixilated Paintings

August 14, 2014, 1-3 pm

Studio classes at the museum venture far beyond your standard classroom offerings. Students will get creative with unique materials, outlandish techniques and imaginative ideas as they create projects that will raise the bar for your refrigerator art gallery.

All classes take place from 1-3 pm. Cost per class is $10/member child, $15/nonmember child. Parents are welcome but not required to stay.

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

Story Time in the Galleries

August 21, 2014, 11:15 am

Start with a book, and then take a look.

Story Time in the Galleries

August 21, 2014, 11:15 am

Start with a book, and then take a look. During Story Time in the Galleries grown-ups and children will see beautiful picture books, hear fantastic stories, sing silly songs and play wacky games—all while surrounded by amazing artwork.

FREE. No registration required. Story Time in the Galleries takes place at 11:15 am on the third Thursday of each month.

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

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

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