Art Works Business Membership Spotlight:
Central Graphics Inc.

David Soulsby, President
Field: Signs, Banners, Sports Arena Branding, Museum Prints, Trade Show 

City: Cuyahoga Falls, OH

Pictured below: Joe Kist, director of sales, Central Graphics, Inc., and family in the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden with untitled, heads, by Jun Kaneko, from Jun Kaneko: Blurred Lines. Photography by Shane Wynn.

What made you decide to have your business become an Art Works Business Member?
A few years ago, we started working with the Akron Art Museum on the Inside|Out Project, and that has blossomed into an amazing relationship with both the museum, as well as the City of Akron. One of my favorite things last summer was driving by The Kohl Family YMCA and seeing Chuck Close’s Linda hanging on the outside wall! The museum doesn’t just spotlight local artists, but they also use local companies, like ours, to produce pieces that the entire community can enjoy, both inside and outside of the museum walls.

Joe Kist, director of sales, Central Graphics, Inc., and family in the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden with untitled, heads, by Jun Kaneko, from Jun Kaneko: Blurred Lines. Photogrpahy by Shane Wynn.

How frequently do you visit the Akron Art Museum?
Someone in our office or in our family makes it to the museum at least twice a month. My son, Joseph Soulsby, a senior at Hoban High School, likes to take friends to the museum at least once per month. The museum staff is knowledgeable and helpful during your entire visit. The Akron Art Museum is also in a great location, with the parking decks directly across the street and some great restaurants in the vicinity. It’s definitely not a difficult task to get the kids together for a trip through the museum and a bite at the café!

"The Akron Art Museum is like a treasure chest filled with moments from our past, documented by people from our community, from a perspective you can’t always get from history books—that is, the emotional and creative expression of humanity."

What benefit of Art Works Business Membership do you appreciate the most and why? 
The Akron Art Museum brings all walks of life together, in order to appreciate art. It's a true gem in downtown Akron. And it’s an honor to be associated as a Business Member. We enjoy being plugged in to the Akron Art Museum community!

How has the Akron Art Museum impacted you? Your business? The region as a whole?
First of all, I love the building and its unique and amazing architecture! The museum is one of the most easily recognizable structures in our city. Secondly, I would be hard pressed to name another organization that encourages and fosters artistic expression in our community as much as the Akron Art Museum. Speaking personally, my son Joseph Soulsby was raised attending the museum, and the way his creativity was nurtured through this organization is evident in his own works of art today. He’s attending an art school in Savannah, GA called SCAD and he intends on pursuing a career in the arts. He’s hoping one day to have his work in the Akron Art Museum! The museum has gone to great lengths to not only bring awareness to the arts as a whole, or to highlight the talents of local artists, but the museum has also made sure to bring art out into the community and the public consciousness. Lastly, they support our community and the local businesses represented therein. Their support is felt by our entire 14-person staff every time the museum places another order! The Akron Art Museum makes it evident that art and creativity are communal things, meant to be celebrated by a community of people.

Are there particular works of art in the collection or current/past exhibitions that are special to you? Which ones and why? 
Linda by Chuck Close is my favorite. The detail in it is amazing to see! It’s incredible to think that someone is capable of even noticing all those minute details that give a person real dimension, let alone use his hands to create them! Jeff Loofboro, our Managing Director, likes Man Eating Trees. He has a passion for wood working and so the chosen medium of the piece (tar and varnish) speaks to him just as much as the content. Our receptionist, Brittany Collins, likes Carl Gaertner’s Riverside Plant. She finds the scene both calming and informative of a time in our history when life and business was changing and evolving and, as a wife and mother, she likes to imagine what adaptation those changes must have required for an average family of that time period.

Why do you feel the Akron Art Museum is important – for individuals, families, communities – your employees?
Art is the collective expression of the values and consciousness of the culture of a particular community, during a particular moment in time. The Akron Art Museum is like a treasure chest filled with moments from our past, documented by people from our community, from a perspective you can’t always get from history books—that is, the emotional and creative expression of humanity. You can get facts about our past from newspapers or books, but the pieces at the museum can give you a sense of what it might have FELT like to experience those moments. The values of our culture, expressed creatively, are an important part of any community’s history. There is nowhere better, in the city of Akron, than the Akron Art Museum to get a sense of this. Not only do we get to experience the rich cultural history of our community, and other communities, at the museum; but the Akron Art Museum also inspires and equips new generations in our community to express themselves and tell their stories through art. All of us have a story and a unique perspective, from my employees, to their families, to the community at large. Our values during these moments of history will someday be felt by a future generation, as new artists are inspired to express themselves, nurtured by their predecessors and encouraged by the Akron Art Museum.

Do you have a story or memory that you would like to share about the Akron Art Museum? 
Our Marketing Director Joe Kist’s family (pictured) saw Viola Frey's The Woman and the World before it was installed (in huge pieces) One of the installers talked to them about the installation process while they watched. The family returned weeks later and saw it fully installed. His children’s school Spring Garden Waldorf School has presented its art at the Akron Art Museum. And Joe’s wife Jo Ann volunteered during the Andy Warhol exhibit years ago. The list goes on and on…

Join the growing list of companies such as Akron Children’s Hospital; Amer Insurance; Best Commercial Energy Services, Inc.; Brennan, Manna & Diamond, LLC; Central Graphics & Signs; Cohen & Company; EarthQuaker Devices; Emery Electric, Inc.; Famous Supply; Fidelity Investments, Fairlawn Office; FirstEnergy; Grants Plus; Greater Akron Chamber; Harwick Standard; Josh the Window Cleaner & Janitorial; Lake Business Products; Myers School of Art; Ohio CAT; Oldham Company, LLC; Printing Concepts; Risk International Services, Inc.; Roderick Linton Belfance LLP; S.A. Comunale, Co. Inc.; Securitec One, Inc.;Sequoia Financial Group; Sikich LLP; Star Printing Company, Inc.; State and Federal Communications, Inc.; The J.M. Smucker Company and TKM in demonstrating support for the arts in our community.

Join online at AkronArtMuseum.org/memberships or call Senior Development Officer Jeneé Garlando at 330.376.9186 x222.    

    

Personal Memberships

Culture Club

$500
All Modern Contemporaries member benefits plus exclusive access to art tours, discussions with renowned artists, curators, collectors and guest lecturers, and invitations to exclusive Culture Club events

Culture Club

$500

All Art Advocate membership benefits, including:

  • Unlimited free admission to the galleries
  • Complimentary parking
  • 10% discounts in the museum shop and café
  • Half-off guest admission tickets
  • Access to exclusive art experiences, Members-Only exhibition preview events and programs, as well as free children's and family educational programs
  • Reciprocal membership privileges at 13 Ohio art museums, 90 museums across North America and 40 world-class U.S. contemporary art museums
  • Eight guest admission passes
  • Exclusive access to art tours, discussions with renowned artists, curators, collectors and guest lecturers, and invitations to exclusive Culture Club events

Modern Contemporaries

$250
All Art Advocate member benefits plus access to unique events and opportunities to experience modern and contemporary art in a social setting with friends and other young professionals

Modern Contemporaries

$250

A special membership level designed for young professionals

All Art Advocate membership benefits, including:

  • Unlimited free admission to the galleries
  • Complimentary parking 
  • 10% discounts in the museum shop and café
  • Half-off guest admission tickets
  • Access to exclusive art experiences, Members-Only exhibition preview events and programs, as well as free children's and family educational programs
  • Reciprocal membership privileges at 13 Ohio art museums, 90 museums across North America and 40 world-class U.S. contemporary art museums
  • Four guest admission passes
  • Access to unique events and opportunities to experience modern and contemporary art in a social setting 

Art Advocate

$150
Access to exclusive art experiences, Members-Only exhibition preview events and programs, as well as free children's and family educational programs

Art Advocate

$150

All Art House membership benefits, including:

  • Unlimited free admission to the galleries
  • Complimentary parking 
  • 10% discounts in the museum shop and café
  • Half-off guest admission tickets
  • Access to exclusive art experiences, Members-Only exhibition preview events and programs, as well as free children's and family educational programs
  • Reciprocal membership privileges at 13 Ohio art museums, 90 museums across North America and 40 world-class U.S. contemporary art museums

Art House – Families

$75
Access to exclusive art experiences, Members-Only exhibition preview events and programs, as well as free children's and family educational programs

Art House – Families

$75

The following benefits for two adults, and children under 18 years of age, living at the same residence: 

  • Unlimited free admission to the galleries
  • Complimentary parking 
  • 10% discounts in the museum shop and café
  • Half-off guest admission tickets
  • Access to exclusive art experiences, Members-Only exhibition preview events and programs, as well as free children's and family educational programs

Art Enthusiast – Individual

$50
Access to exclusive art experiences, Members-Only exhibition preview events and programs, as well as free children's and family educational programs

Art Enthusiast – Individual

$50
  • Unlimited free admission to the galleries 
  • Complimentary parking 
  • 10% discounts in the museum shop and café
  • Half-off guest admission tickets
  • Access to exclusive art experiences, Members-Only exhibition preview events and programs, as well as free children's and family educational programs

Business Memberships

Art Works Business Member (500+ employees)

$5000
Free admission, facility rental, recognition in publications, discounts, and more.

Art Works Business Member (500+ employees)

$5000
  • Free admission for employees
  • Invitations to your CEO to our special Director’s Circle and Member only events
  • Listing on the museum’s website
  • Recognition in the museum’s quarterly publication for one year
  • Opportunity for a “Company Day” at the Akron Art Museum**
  • Discount for employees to upgrade to family memberships
  • A 25% discount on any facility rental at the Akron Art Museum*
  • 10% discount for employees in the café and museum shop
*“Company Day” is during regular Akron Art Museum gallery hours. Additional costs may apply.
**Discounted or free facility rental is for event space only. Additional costs may apply. This benefit applies to a corporate event only and is non-transferable.

Art Works Business Member (100-499 employees)

$2500
Free admission, recognition in publications, discounts in the shop and cafe, and more.

Art Works Business Member (100-499 employees)

$2500
  • Free admission for employees
  • Invitations to your CEO to our special Director’s Circle and Member only events
  • Recognition in the museum’s quarterly publication for one year
  • Listing on the museum’s website
  • Opportunity for a “Company Day” at the Akron Art Museum**
  • Discount for employees to upgrade to family memberships
  • A 25% discount on any facility rental at the Akron Art Museum*
  • 10% discount for employees in the café and museum shop

*Discounted facility rental is for event space only. Additional costs may apply. This benefit applies to a corporate event only and is non-transferable.
**“Company Day” is during regular Akron Art Museum hours. Additional costs may apply.

Art Works Business Member (50-99 employees)

$1000
Free admission, recognition in publications, discounts in the shop and cafe, and more.

Art Works Business Member (50-99 employees)

$1000
  • Free admission for employees
  • Invitations to your CEO to our special Director’s Circle and Member only events
  • Recognition in the museum’s quarterly publication for one year
  • Listing on the museum’s website
  • Opportunity for a “Company Day” at the Akron Art Museum**
  • Discount for employees to upgrade to family memberships
  • A 25% discount on any facility rental at the Akron Art Museum*
  • 10% discount for employees in the café and museum shop

*Discounted facility rental is for event space only. Additional costs may apply. This benefit applies to a corporate event only and is non-transferable.
**“Company Day” is during regular Akron Art Museum hours. Additional costs may apply.

Art Works Business Member (2 - 49 employees)

$500
Free admission, discounts in the shop and cafe, and more.

Art Works Business Member (2 - 49 employees)

$500
  • Free admission for employees
  • Recognition in the museum’s quarterly publication for one year
  • Listing on the museum’s website
  • Opportunity for a “Company Day” at the Akron Art Museum**
  • Discount for employees to upgrade to family memberships
  • A 25% discount on any facility rental at the Akron Art Museum*
  • 10% discount for employees in the café and museum shop

*Discounted facility rental is for event space only. Additional costs may apply. This benefit applies to a corporate event only and is non-transferable.
**“Company Day” is during regular Akron Art Museum hours. Additional costs may apply.

Director's Circle

Director's Circle Crystal

$10000
All Director's Circle Platinum member benefits plus champagne VIP tour of exhibition for eight with the John S. Knight Director and CEO or a museum Curator

Director's Circle Crystal

$10000
  • Unlimited admission to the collection and all exhibitions galleries for one year
  • Invitations to exhibition preview events
  • Discounts in the museum store and on educational workshops, lectures and programs
  • Invitation to exclusive Members Only events such as day trips, family events, weekend art getaways, behind-the-scenes tours and wine tastings
  • Subscription to the museum’s quarterly magazine
  • Complimentary parking
  • Tax deduction in accordance with IRS regulations
  • Reciprocal membership privileges at 13 Ohio art museums, 90 museums across North America and 40 world-class U.S. contemporary art museums
  • Champagne VIP tour of exhibition for eight with Director or Curator
  • All exhibition catalogs (three to four per year)
  • Ten guest admission passes

Director's Circle Platinum

$5000
All Director's Circle Gold member benefits plus invitation for two to an event at the John S. Knight Director and CEO's home

Director's Circle Platinum

$5000
  • Unlimited admission to the collection and all exhibitions galleries for one year
  • Invitations to exhibition preview events
  • Discounts in the museum store and on educational workshops, lectures and programs
  • Invitation to exclusive Members Only events such as day trips, family events, weekend art getaways, behind-the-scenes tours and wine tastings
  • Subscription to the museum’s quarterly magazine
  • Complimentary parking 
  • Tax deduction in accordance with IRS regulations
  • Reciprocal membership privileges at 13 Ohio art museums, 90 museums across North America and 40 world-class U.S. contemporary art museums
  • Invitation for two to an event at the Director’s home
  • Choice of one exhibition catalog per year
  • Six guest admission passes

Director's Circle Gold

$2500
All Director's Circle Silver member benefits plus private lunch for two with the John S. Knight Director and CEO upon request

Director's Circle Gold

$2500
  • Unlimited admission to the collection and all exhibitions galleries for one year
  • Invitations to exhibition preview events
  • Discounts in the museum store and on educational workshops, lectures and programs
  • Invitation to exclusive Members Only events such as day trips, family events, weekend art getaways, behind-the-scenes tours and wine tastings
  • Subscription to the museum’s quarterly magazine
  • Complimentary parking 
  • Tax deduction in accordance with IRS regulations
  • Reciprocal membership privileges at 13 Ohio art museums, 90 museums across North America and 40 world-class U.S. contemporary art museums
  • Private lunch for two with the Director upon request
  • Private docent tour for up to eight
  • Six guest admission passes

Director's Circle Silver

$1500
All Director's Circle member benefits plus one complimentary one-year dual/household level gift membership (designate a new recipient each year)

Director's Circle Silver

$1500
  • Unlimited admission to the collection and all exhibitions galleries for one year
  • Invitations to exhibition preview events
  • Discounts in the museum store and on educational workshops, lectures and programs
  • Invitation to exclusive Members Only events such as day trips, family events, weekend art getaways, behind-the-scenes tours and wine tastings
  • Subscription to the museum’s quarterly magazine
  • Complimentary parking 
  • Tax deduction in accordance with IRS regulations
  • Reciprocal membership privileges at 13 Ohio art museums, 90 museums across North America and 40 world-class U.S. contemporary art museums
  • One complimentary one-year dual/household level gift membership (designate a new recipient each year)
  • Six guest admission passes

Director's Circle

$1000
Invitations to special preview dinners of exhibitions and opportunities for tours and travel with the John S. Knight Director and CEO

Director's Circle

$1000
  • Unlimited admission to the collection and all exhibitions galleries for one year
  • Invitations to exhibition preview events
  • Discounts in the museum store and on educational workshops, lectures and programs
  • Invitation to exclusive Members Only events such as day trips, family events, weekend art getaways, behind-the-scenes tours and wine tastings
  • Subscription to the museum’s quarterly magazine
  • Complimentary parking 
  • Tax deduction in accordance with IRS regulations
  • Reciprocal membership privileges at 13 Ohio art museums, 90 museums across North America and 40 world-class U.S. contemporary art museums
  • Invitations to special preview dinners of exhibitions and opportunities for tours and travel with the Director
  • Private shopping day at the museum store in conjunction with Director’s Reception
  • Complimentary copy of a newly published museum catalog/book