Upcoming Events

September 2017

Free Thursday

September 21, 2017, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Spend Thursdays at the Akron Art Museum—admission to the galleries is free all day and all evening, from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm. 

Free Thursday

September 21, 2017, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Spend Thursdays at the Akron Art Museum—admission to the galleries is free all day and all evening, from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm.

Free Thursdays are generously supported by The J.M. Smucker Company.

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Art Moves

September 21, 2017, 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Journey through the galleries and discover the inspiration behind great art as we bring it to life through storytelling, dance, dramatic play and learning to interpret what we see. 

Art Moves

September 21, 2017, 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Best for ages 3+ and their grown-ups (siblings welcome)

We’re taking a journey and our suitcase is packed with poetry, color scarves, magic paintbrushes and razzmatazz. Journey through the galleries and discover the inspiration behind great art as we bring it to life through storytelling, dance, dramatic play and learning to interpret what we see. Then tie on your apron in the studio for a closer look at how art is made and experiment with a creative process or two.

Requested attire: Colorful socks!

Upcoming Art Moves:
Thursday, October 12
Thursday, November 9

Free for members. $10/non-member child.
Registration required.

Art Moves is made possible with support from the Robert O. & AnnaMae Orr Family Foundation. 

Film: Burden

September 21, 2017, 7:00 pm

Burden explores the life of the always provocative artist Chris Burden, whose work consistently challenged ideas about the limits and nature of modern art. 

Film: Burden

September 21, 2017, 7:00 pm

Free and open to the public • Share this Screening on Facebook

Best known for his extreme performances, like Shoot, where a friend shot him in the arm with a rifle, Chris Burden is a heavy metal artist. Illustrated with performances, private videos and recollections from those who knew him, Burden explores the life of the always provocative artist Chris Burden, whose work consistently challenged ideas about the limits and nature of modern art, from his notorious performances in the 1970s to his later assemblages, installations, kinetic and static sculptures and scientific models.

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Inside|Out Community-Wide pARTy

September 21, 2017, 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Celebrate community and culture at the Inside|Out Community-Wide pARTy at the Akron Art Museum.  

Inside|Out Community-Wide pARTy

September 21, 2017, 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Free and open to all • Food and treats will be provided

Celebrate community and culture at the Inside|Out Community-Wide pARTy at the Akron Art Museum. Community leaders, business owners and residents of Copley Township, West Akron & Sherbondy Hill, Middlebury and Ellet have welcomed reproductions of artworks from the collection into their neighborhoods from May through October 2017 via this community activated art project and we welcome you back in to the museum to see the original works of art.

Join us and celebrate with your neighbors, learn about happenings in the neighborhoods and experience the originals while they are still on display through the length of the project. The artworks will be up in the museum and on display out in the communities through October 31, 2017.

Find out more about Inside|Out.

Photo: Chris Rutan Photography

2017 Annual Meeting

September 26, 2017, 5:30 – 8:00 pm

Join Board President Christine Myeroff, the Board of Directors, and Executive Director and CEO Mark Masuoka for our Annual Meeting at the Akron Art Museum 

2017 Annual Meeting

September 26, 2017, 5:30 – 8:00 pm

Join Board President Christine Myeroff, the Board of Directors, and Executive Director and CEO Mark Masuoka for our Annual Meeting at the Akron Art Museum. We will recap the past year's programs and events, and elect newly nominated board members.

Thank you to our departing Directors for their dedication and support: Fred Bidwell, C. Gordon Ewers and Stephen Radwany.

The Governance Committee recommends the re-election of the following directors for another four-year term (2017-2021):

Jeff Bruno
Myriam Altieri Haslinger
Richard Harris
Elizabeth Sheeler


The Governance Committee recommends the election of the following individuals for one, four-year term (2017-2021):

Rose Andrews
Nancy Brennan
Sarah Johnston
Steve Myers

Free Thursday

September 28, 2017, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Spend Thursdays at the Akron Art Museum—admission to the galleries is free all day and all evening, from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm. 

Free Thursday

September 28, 2017, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Spend Thursdays at the Akron Art Museum—admission to the galleries is free all day and all evening, from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm.

Free Thursdays are generously supported by The J.M. Smucker Company.

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Art Babes

September 28, 2017, 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Park the stroller and crawl on up for bouncy rhymes, singing, puppets and sensory play that will awaken your baby’s curiosity and create a page for the baby book.  

Art Babes

September 28, 2017, 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Best for ages 0-12 months and their grown-ups

Calling all rollers, sitters, dribblers and gigglers for a pint-sized playdate where we’ll explore blobs of color, fuzzy edges, shapes and shadows, scents and touch. Park the stroller and crawl on up for bouncy rhymes, singing, puppets and sensory play that will awaken your baby’s curiosity and create a page for the baby book. Crying and cooing welcome. And don’t let the art disrupt feeding, sleeping or changing schedules; We have a designated, quiet family-friendly classroom for stretching out your visit.

Upcoming Art Babes:
Thursday, October 19
Thursday, November 16

$5 for members. $10/non-member child.
Registration required. Register online using the link / button below, or call 330.376.9186.

Art Babes is made possible with support from the Robert O. & Annamae Orr Family Foundation.

Synapse Lecture: Charles Lindsay

September 28, 2017, 6:30 pm

Join Charles Lindsay as he discusses his evolving hybrid installation FIELD STATION, on view in Alchemy, along with other current projects. 

Synapse Lecture: Charles Lindsay

September 28, 2017, 6:30 pm

Free and open to all • Share this artist talk on Facebook

Charles Lindsay is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work synthesizes ideas about technology, ecosystems, semiotics and humor. He creates immersive environments, sound installations, sculptures built from salvaged aerospace and bio-tech equipment, photographs and videos. His career trajectory has been diverse, ranging from exploration geology in the Arctic to photojournalism in the jungles of southeast Asia. He invented a carbon-based imaging process and merged that with sound and sensors to create immersive installations.

Lindsay serves as the SETI Artist in Residence Program Director. He is a Guggenheim Fellow, recipient of the Robert Rauschenberg Residency, Artist in Residence at Imagine Science Films, and the innovator behind OSA EARS – a project designed to deliver real-time sound from one of the world’s most bio-diverse rain forests to anyone anywhere via Internet. His work has been profiled by WIRED, Motherboard, ARTonAIR.org, Viralnet, NPR, and CNN International.

Works from the FIELD STATION, an evolving hybrid installation, are on view at the Akron Art Museum as part of the exhibition Alchemy: Transformations in Gold, Oct. 7, 2017 – Jan. 21, 2018.

image: Charles Lindsay, Sputterer, from FIELD STATION, 2016-17, courtesy of the artist

The Synapse series explores enlightened collaborations between art and science. This initiative at The University of Akron probes the ideas, images, and mutual interests connecting art and science professionals and disciplines. The Synapse series is funded through the generous support of the Knight Foundation.
 

October 2017

Apollo's Fire: Israel & Egypt – A Multicultural Celebration

October 1, 2017, 3:00 pm

Apollo’s Fire sets the stage for its upcoming performances of Handel’s Israel in Egypt with a celebration of Jewish and Arabic folk music and cultural traditions. 

Apollo's Fire: Israel & Egypt – A Multicultural Celebration

October 1, 2017, 3:00 pm

Apollo’s Fire sets the stage for its upcoming performances of Handel’s Israel in Egypt with a celebration of Jewish and Arabic folk music and cultural traditions—as well as a few highlights from Handel’s masterpiece. Soprano Amanda Powell is joined by a colorful ensemble of medieval harp, shawm, flute, violin, cello, and harpsichord.

Q&A discussion with the musicians follows the 45-minute performance. 

Free, but Registration is requested. Click the link / button below to register online.

Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

A MusicAlive! event, sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
 

On the Table: Creative Conversations

October 3, 2017, 11:00 am & 5:30 pm

What can our creative community do to make Akron a stronger city? 

On the Table: Creative Conversations

October 3, 2017, 11:00 am & 5:30 pm

What can our creative community do to make Akron a stronger city?

The Akron Community Foundation has launched On the Table, a first-of-its-kind initiative that will bring together thousands of diverse residents from all walks of life to share a meal and discuss meaningful ideas to strengthen our community.

On Tuesday October 3, the Akron Art Museum will serve as a super host, hosting several On the Table conversations throughout the day. Want to contribute to the creative exchange? Join us in the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden for a morning cup of coffee and conversation at 11:30 am or connect up for a nightcap in the museum’s café at 5:30 pm and let the ideas flow.

Free and open to all. Register online by clicking the button / link below.
 

Free Thursday

October 5, 2017, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Spend Thursdays at the Akron Art Museum—admission to the galleries is free all day and all evening, from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm. 

Free Thursday

October 5, 2017, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Spend Thursdays at the Akron Art Museum—admission to the galleries is free all day and all evening, from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm.

Free Thursdays are generously supported by The J.M. Smucker Company.

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Creative Playdate

October 5, 2017, 11:15 am – 12:00 pm

Follow your child’s natural instinct to wiggle, squeal and make a mess while exploring the creative process.

Creative Playdate

October 5, 2017, 11:15 am – 12:00 pm

Best for ages 12 months – 5 years and their grown-ups (siblings welcome)

Little ones learn best through intuitive, open-ended play that feeds their senses. Follow your child’s natural instinct to wiggle, squeal and make a mess while exploring the creative process. Our playdates are structured to be child-led and come with our Live Creative Mess Guarantee: Please dress for experimentation with messy mediums and prepare to be inspired by your child’s creative collaborations and concoctions!

Upcoming Creative Playdates:
Thursday, November 2

Free for members. $10/non-member child.
Registration required. Register online using the button / link below, or call 330.376.9186.

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

Time to Shine! Alchemy Opening Party

October 6, 2017, 6:00 pm

All that glitters is gold, well at least at the Akron Art Museum. You are invited to the celebration of the dazzling works of Alchemy!  

Time to Shine! Alchemy Opening Party

October 6, 2017, 6:00 pm

Doors Open To All on Friday, October 6 at 6:00 pm for The Glitziest Party Of The Season

Director’s Circle PREVIEW • 5:00 pm (by invitation only)

Members-only PREVIEW • 6:30 pm

EXHIBITION OPEN TO ALL • 7:00 pm

Members receive special offers and discounts throughout the night.
Click here to Become a Member Today! 

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All that glitters is gold, well at least at the Akron Art Museum. You are invited to the celebration of the dazzling works of Alchemy! Transform into your shiniest attire for the glitziest party of the season; black, gold, metallic
fashions and jewels galore are the order of the night! While the artists and media presented in Alchemy vary greatly, the thematic material along with the universal love for all things gold, makes this a must-see exhibition for everyone!

Party with us in our specially gilded museum Crystal, and treat yourself to a night filled with art, drinks, snacks and music. Make sure you enjoy all of the luxuries of the night, like strutting down our gold carpet and posing for photos in front of our flashy paparazzi wall! 

Image: Lalla Essaydi (Moroccan, born 1956), Bullets Revisited #3, 2012, three Chromogenic prints mounted to aluminum with a UV protective laminate, Each Panel 88 x 71 in., Courtesy Edwynn Houk Gallery

Free Thursday

October 12, 2017, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Spend Thursdays at the Akron Art Museum—admission to the galleries is free all day and all evening, from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm. 

Free Thursday

October 12, 2017, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Spend Thursdays at the Akron Art Museum—admission to the galleries is free all day and all evening, from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm.

Free Thursdays are generously supported by The J.M. Smucker Company.

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Art Moves

October 12, 2017, 11:15 am – 12:00 pm

Journey through the galleries and discover the inspiration behind great art as we bring it to life through storytelling, dance, dramatic play and learning to interpret what we see. 

Art Moves

October 12, 2017, 11:15 am – 12:00 pm

Best for ages 3+ and their grown-ups (siblings welcome)

We’re taking a journey and our suitcase is packed with poetry, color scarves, magic paintbrushes and razzmatazz. Journey through the galleries and discover the inspiration behind great art as we bring it to life through storytelling, dance, dramatic play and learning to interpret what we see. Then tie on your apron in the studio for a closer look at how art is made and experiment with a creative process or two.

Requested attire: Colorful socks!

Upcoming Art Moves:
Thursday, November 9

Free for members. $10/non-member child.
Registration required. Register online using the link / button below, or call 330.376.9186.

Art Moves is made possible with support from the Robert O. & AnnaMae Orr Family Foundation. 

Campbell Lecture: From Art Objects to Art Subjects, Lane Relyea

October 12, 2017, 6:30 pm

Is it time to rethink the institution of art? Artists increasingly devote as much attention to organizing as to object making. 

Campbell Lecture: From Art Objects to Art Subjects, Lane Relyea

October 12, 2017, 6:30 pm

Free and open to all

Campbell Lecture: Lane Relyea, professor and chair, Department of Art Theory & Practice, Northwestern University

Is it time to rethink the institution of art? Artists increasingly devote as much attention to organizing as to object making. The old “white cube” system is today being replaced by a new system that aims to produce and distribute not so much art objects but rather artists themselves and their audiences. In other words, this system increasingly tends to develop art subjects. Lane Relyea chairs the Department of Art Theory & Practice
at Northwestern University and is a former editor of Art Journal. He has written widely on contemporary art since 1983, and his book Your Everyday Art World, on the effects of communication networks on artistic practice and its contexts, was published by MIT Press in 2013.

This free lecture is part of The University of Akron’s Catherine H. Campbell Memorial Art History Lecture Series, which brings prominent art historians to Akron each year for public lectures and to work closely with UA art students. 

Art, Yoga and Meditation

October 12, 2017, 6:30 – 7:45 pm

Enhance your health, wellness and experience the current exhibitions at the Akron Art Museum.  

Art, Yoga and Meditation

October 12, 2017, 6:30 – 7:45 pm

Enhance your health, wellness and experience the current exhibitions at the Akron Art Museum. Yoga in the galleries begins in September. Each month an all-levels yoga class will be presented in conjunction with a specific exhibition, providing an opportunity to stretch and strengthen your body and your mind.

Led by certified and local Akron Yoga Instructors, this enriching experience is not to be missed. Bring a yoga mat and an open, creative mind.

Free for Members, $10 non-members. Registration is required. Click the link / button below to register online.

Upcoming Art, Yoga and Meditation Sessions
October 12 • Micro/Macro
November 9 • Alchemy 

Photo courtesy of @kcjenk42

Tots Create

October 14, 2017, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Roll up your sleeves and enjoy some inventing time together using familiar, everyday materials to nurture your young artist’s self-expression, imagination and creativity.

Tots Create

October 14, 2017, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Best for ages 3-5 and their grown-ups

If you can wiggle on a line, smell the color orange and touch soft pink clouds you’re ready for our wonder-filled art adventure. Wander with us in the galleries for fun looking and listening games, songs and rainbow play. After class, roll up your sleeves and enjoy some inventing time together using familiar, everyday materials to nurture your young artist’s self-expression, imagination and creativity. Preferred attire: Your messy best.

Upcoming Tots Create Classes:
Saturday, November 11

$5/members • $10/non-member child.
Registration required. Click the link / button below to register online or call 330.376.9186.

Tots Create is made possible with support from the Robert O. & Annamae Orr Family Foundation and the Charles E. and Mabel M. Ritchie Foundation.

Kids Studio Class

October 14, 2017, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Museum educators and local teaching artists team up to build meaningful connections with contemporary art, followed by offbeat art “experiments” in our non-traditional classroom your kids will love! 

Kids Studio Class

October 14, 2017, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Best for ages 6 – 10

Bring your curiosity and leave inspired! Museum educators and local teaching artists team up to build meaningful connections with contemporary art, followed by offbeat art “experiments” in our non-traditional classroom your kids will love! No experience is necessary, and all materials are supplied. Our Kids Studio classes are designed to build confidence in creative risk taking with unique materials and processes rather than learning formal techniques for art-making. Along their journey, students learn how to express ideas, solve problems constructively and transform imaginative concept into design. Class size is limited. Art smock provided, please wear comfortable clothes that may get stained.

Upcoming Kids Studio Classes:
Saturday, November 11

$5/members, $10/non-member child. 
Registration required. Click the link / button below to register online or call 330.376.9186.

Kids Studio is made possible with support from the Robert O. & Annamae Orr Family Foundation and the Charles E. and Mabel M. Ritchie Foundation.

Educator Open House

October 14, 2017, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Educators, experience the new Alchemy exhibition, preview upcoming gallery changes, schedule free field trips for your students and much more at our open house.

Educator Open House

October 14, 2017, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Calling all teachers! Head down to the museum to experience the new Alchemy exhibition, preview upcoming gallery changes, schedule (FREE!) field trips for your students, watch an artist demonstration, enjoy refreshments, and network with your fellow educators. If you have little ones in tow, send them off to create with a museum instructor while you gather inspiration for your classroom. All activities will occur throughout the event time.

Free, but Registration is required. Use the link / button below to register online.

This event is designed for educators of all kinds (including scout leaders and homeschoolers) and all subject areas. Each participant will receive professional development paperwork to submit to his/her LPDC.

Contact Associate Educator Gina Thomas McGee at 330.376.9186 x247 or gthomas@akronartmuseum.org with questions. 

Photo by Fitzwater Photography.

Curator Tour: Heavy Metal

October 14, 2017, 2:00 pm

Looking to learn a little more than what’s on the label? 

Curator Tour: Heavy Metal

October 14, 2017, 2:00 pm

Looking to learn a little more than what’s on the label? Get the information at upcoming second Saturday curator tours.

Heavy Metal with Theresa Bembnister, Associate Curator 

Sometimes weighty, other times lighthearted, the themes expressed in Heavy Metal are articulated both through abstraction and realistic representation.

Members: FREE; Non-members: Free with gallery admission.

Support the Akron Art Museum and programs like Second Saturday Curator Gallery Talks, become a member of the museum.

image: Sarah Paul, Golden Balls, 2017, video still, courtesy of the artist. On view in Heavy Metal through February 18, 2018.

Free Thursday

October 19, 2017, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Spend Thursdays at the Akron Art Museum—admission to the galleries is free all day and all evening, from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm. 

Free Thursday

October 19, 2017, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Spend Thursdays at the Akron Art Museum—admission to the galleries is free all day and all evening, from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm.

Free Thursdays are generously supported by The J.M. Smucker Company.

The J. M. Smucker Company logo 

Art Babes

October 19, 2017, 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Calling all rollers, sitters, dribblers and gigglers for a pint-sized playdate where we’ll explore blobs of color, fuzzy edges, shapes and shadows, scents and touch.

Art Babes

October 19, 2017, 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Best for ages 0-12 months and their grown-ups

Calling all rollers, sitters, dribblers and gigglers for a pint-sized playdate where we’ll explore blobs of color, fuzzy edges, shapes and shadows, scents and touch. Park the stroller and crawl on up for bouncy rhymes, singing, puppets and sensory play that will awaken your baby’s curiosity and create a page for the baby book. Crying and cooing welcome. And don’t let the art disrupt feeding, sleeping or changing schedules; We have a designated, quiet family-friendly classroom for stretching out your visit.

Upcoming Art Babes:
Thursday, November 16

$5 for members. $10/non-member child.
Registration required. Register online using the link / button below, or call 330.376.9186.

Art Babes is made possible with support from the Robert O. & Annamae Orr Family Foundation

Book Club The Lady In Gold by Anne-Marie O'Connor

October 19, 2017, 6:00 pm

Join the museum’s book club for a discussion of Lady in Gold: The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt’s Masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Block-Bauer.

Book Club The Lady In Gold by Anne-Marie O'Connor

October 19, 2017, 6:00 pm

Free and open to all! • The book is available for purchase in the Museum Shop for $17.95

Join the museum’s book club for a discussion of Lady in Gold: The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt’s Masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Block-Bauer, a book that brilliantly tells the galvanizing story of Gustav Klimt’s 1907 masterpiece—the breathtaking portrait of a Viennese Jewish socialite, Adele Bloch-Bauer. The
celebrated painting, stolen by Nazis during World War II, subsequently became the subject of a decade-long dispute between her heirs and the Austrian government.

When the U.S. Supreme Court became involved in the case, its decision had profound ramifications in the art world. Expertly researched, masterfully told, The Lady in Gold is at once a stunning depiction of fin-de siècle Vienna, a riveting tale of Nazi war crimes, and a fascinating glimpse into the high-stakes
workings of the contemporary art world.

The discussion will conclude with a tour of Alchemy: Transformations in Gold. 

Free Thursday

October 26, 2017, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Spend Thursdays at the Akron Art Museum—admission to the galleries is free all day and all evening, from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm. 

Free Thursday

October 26, 2017, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Spend Thursdays at the Akron Art Museum—admission to the galleries is free all day and all evening, from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm.

Free Thursdays are generously supported by The J.M. Smucker Company.

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Trick or Treat on South High St.

October 26, 2017, 5:00 – 9:00 pm

Break out your costume early for a family-friendly Halloween party where you can explore the museum in surprising ways.  

Trick or Treat on South High St.

October 26, 2017, 5:00 – 9:00 pm

For all ages and their grown-ups

There's nothing to fear, there’s only amazing art here! Break out your costume early for a family-friendly Halloween party where you can explore the museum in surprising ways. Families can hunt for artsy treats in the galleries, build-a-giant emoji face with loose parts, creep through an outdoor glow maze in the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden and shimmy down at our kid-approved heavy metal dance party. The fun will be nonstop throughout the evening and our costume parade is not to be missed!

5 – 8:30 pm • Self-guided trick-or-treating in the galleries, maker stations, outdoor maze and games

7 pm • Costume parade and dance party

FREE for members. $10/non-member child.

Registration required. Register online using the link / button below, or call 330.376.9186.

Photo by Shane Wynn

PNC Logo

Family Days are made possible by the presenting sponsor PNC with additional support from the R.C. Musson and Katharine M. Musson Charitable Foundation and the Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation. 

November 2017

Free Thursday

November 2, 2017, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Spend Thursdays at the Akron Art Museum—admission to the galleries is free all day and all evening, from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm. 

Free Thursday

November 2, 2017, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Spend Thursdays at the Akron Art Museum—admission to the galleries is free all day and all evening, from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm.

Free Thursdays are generously supported by The J.M. Smucker Company.

The J. M. Smucker Company logo 

Creative Playdate

November 2, 2017, 11:15 am – 12:00 pm

Follow your child’s natural instinct to wiggle, squeal and make a mess while exploring the creative process.

Creative Playdate

November 2, 2017, 11:15 am – 12:00 pm

Best for ages 12 months – 5 years and their grown-ups (siblings welcome)

Little ones learn best through intuitive, open-ended play that feeds their senses. Follow your child’s natural instinct to wiggle, squeal and make a mess while exploring the creative process. Our playdates are structured to be child-led and come with our Live Creative Mess Guarantee: Please dress for experimentation with messy mediums and prepare to be inspired by your child’s creative collaborations and concoctions!

Free for members. $10/non-member child.
Registration required. Register online using the button / link below, or call 330.376.9186.

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

Synapse Lecture: Rachel Sussman

November 2, 2017, 6:30 pm

Join artist Rachel Sussman as she discusses her series The Oldest Living Things in the World, as well as her Sidewalk Kintsukuroi series.

Synapse Lecture: Rachel Sussman

November 2, 2017, 6:30 pm

Free and open to all

Rachel Sussman is a contemporary artist based in Brooklyn. Her critically acclaimed, decade-long project The Oldest Living Things in the World combines art, science and philosophy into a traveling exhibition and New York Times bestselling book. After conducting research and consulting with biologists, the artist traveled the world to photograph continuously living organisms 2,000 years old and older. Sussman’s series Sidewalk Kintsukuroi expands the traditional Japanese art of kintsukuroi—the practice of repairing cracks in ceramics by filling them with gold—by taking it, literally, out into the streets. In 2014, she began developing new installation work deepening her explorations of personal and cosmic time, the universe, nature, philosophy, and beauty.

Sussman is a Guggenheim, NYFA, and MacDowell Colony Fellow, and two-time TED speaker. She is currently an artist in residence with the SETI Institute. Her exhibition record spans more than a decade in museums and galleries in the US, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. With the support of the LACMA Lab, and working with SpaceX, NASA, and CERN, and her new work can be found at MASS MoCA, the New Museum Los Gatos, and the Des Moines Art Center.

Photographs from Sussman’s Sidewalk Kintsukuroi series are on view at the Akron Art Museum as part of the exhibition Alchemy: Transformations in Gold, Oct. 7, 2017 – Jan. 21, 2018. In early November, Sussman will install a Sidewalk Kintsukuroi in the museum’s lobby by filling a crack in the concrete with gold.

The Synapse series explores enlightened collaborations between art and science. This initiative at The University of Akron probes the ideas, images, and mutual interests connecting art and science professionals and disciplines. The Synapse series is funded through the generous support of the Knight Foundation.
 

Free Thursday

November 9, 2017, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Spend Thursdays at the Akron Art Museum—admission to the galleries is free all day and all evening, from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm. 

Free Thursday

November 9, 2017, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Spend Thursdays at the Akron Art Museum—admission to the galleries is free all day and all evening, from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm.

Free Thursdays are generously supported by The J.M. Smucker Company.

The J. M. Smucker Company logo 

Art Moves

November 9, 2017, 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Journey through the galleries and discover the inspiration behind great art as we bring it to life through storytelling, dance, dramatic play and learning to interpret what we see.  

Art Moves

November 9, 2017, 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Best for ages 3+ and their grown-ups (siblings welcome)

We’re taking a journey and our suitcase is packed with poetry, color scarves, magic paintbrushes and razzmatazz. Journey through the galleries and discover the inspiration behind great art as we bring it to life through storytelling, dance, dramatic play and learning to interpret what we see. Then tie on your apron in the studio for a closer look at how art is made and experiment with a creative process or two.

Requested attire: Colorful socks!

Free for members. $10/non-member child.
Registration required. Register online using the link / button below, or call 330.376.9186.

Art Moves is made possible with support from the Robert O. & AnnaMae Orr Family Foundation. 

Art, Yoga and Meditation

November 9, 2017, 6:30 – 7:45 pm

Enhance your health, wellness and experience the current exhibitions at the Akron Art Museum.  

Art, Yoga and Meditation

November 9, 2017, 6:30 – 7:45 pm

Enhance your health, wellness and experience the current exhibitions at the Akron Art Museum. Yoga in the galleries begins in September. Each month an all-levels yoga class will be presented in conjunction with a specific exhibition, providing an opportunity to stretch and strengthen your body and your mind.

Led by certified and local Akron Yoga Instructors, this enriching experience is not to be missed. Bring a yoga mat and an open, creative mind.

Free for Members, $10 non-members. Registration is required. Use the link / button below to register online.

Upcoming Art, Yoga and Meditation Sessions

November 9 • Alchemy 

Photo courtesy of @kcjenk42

Tots Create

November 11, 2017, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Roll up your sleeves and enjoy some inventing time together using familiar, everyday materials to nurture your young artist’s self-expression, imagination and creativity.

Tots Create

November 11, 2017, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Best for ages 3-5 and their grown-ups

If you can wiggle on a line, smell the color orange and touch soft pink clouds you’re ready for our wonder-filled art adventure. Wander with us in the galleries for fun looking and listening games, songs and rainbow play. After class, roll up your sleeves and enjoy some inventing time together using familiar, everyday materials to nurture your young artist’s self-expression, imagination and creativity. Preferred attire: Your messy best.

$5/members • $10/non-member child.
Registration required. Click the link / button below to register online or call 330.376.9186.

Tots Create is made possible with support from the Robert O. & Annamae Orr Family Foundation and the Charles E. and Mabel M. Ritchie Foundation.

Kids Studio Class

November 11, 2017, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Museum educators and local teaching artists team up to build meaningful connections with contemporary art, followed by offbeat art “experiments” in our non-traditional classroom your kids will love! 

Kids Studio Class

November 11, 2017, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Best for ages 6 – 10

Bring your curiosity and leave inspired! Museum educators and local teaching artists team up to build meaningful connections with contemporary art, followed by offbeat art “experiments” in our non-traditional classroom your kids will love! No experience is necessary, and all materials are supplied. Our Kids Studio classes are designed to build confidence in creative risk taking with unique materials and processes rather than learning formal techniques for art-making. Along their journey, students learn how to express ideas, solve problems constructively and transform imaginative concept into design. Class size is limited. Art smock provided, please wear comfortable clothes that may get stained.

$5/members, $10/non-member child. 
Registration required. Click the link / button below to register online or call 330.376.9186.

Kids Studio is made possible with support from the Robert O. & Annamae Orr Family Foundation and the Charles E. and Mabel M. Ritchie Foundation.

Curator Tour: Micro/Macro

November 11, 2017, 2:00 pm

Looking to learn a little more than what’s on the label? 

Curator Tour: Micro/Macro

November 11, 2017, 2:00 pm

Looking to learn a little more than what’s on the label? Get the information at upcoming second Saturday curator tours.

Micro/Macro with Elizabeth Carney, Assistant Curator 

Marilyn Bridges and Jeannette Klute both chose Earth’s natural and human-touched terrain as their subject matter. Micro/Macro illustrates how photographs of the Earth on both an intimate and aerial scale can be disorienting as well as familiar, and the inherent compositional parallels between the work of two very different artists.

Members: FREE; Non-members: Free with gallery admission.

Support the Akron Art Museum and programs like Second Saturday Curator Gallery Talks, become a member of the museum.

images: Exterior: Jeannette Klute, Tide Pool, c. 1952-55, dye transfer print, 13 3/4 x 10 1/2 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Gift of Mark Reichman. Interior: Marilyn Bridges, Swimmers, Gulf of Nauplia, Greece, 1984, gelatin silver print, 20 x 24 in. Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Gift of Dr. George Thomsen

Free Thursday

November 16, 2017, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Spend Thursdays at the Akron Art Museum—admission to the galleries is free all day and all evening, from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm. 

Free Thursday

November 16, 2017, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Spend Thursdays at the Akron Art Museum—admission to the galleries is free all day and all evening, from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm.

Free Thursdays are generously supported by The J.M. Smucker Company.

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Art Babes

November 16, 2017, 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Park the stroller and crawl on up for bouncy rhymes, singing, puppets and sensory play that will awaken your baby’s curiosity and create a page for the baby book.  

Art Babes

November 16, 2017, 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Best for ages 0-12 months and their grown-ups

Calling all rollers, sitters, dribblers and gigglers for a pint-sized playdate where we’ll explore blobs of color, fuzzy edges, shapes and shadows, scents and touch. Park the stroller and crawl on up for bouncy rhymes, singing, puppets and sensory play that will awaken your baby’s curiosity and create a page for the baby book. Crying and cooing welcome. And don’t let the art disrupt feeding, sleeping or changing schedules; We have a designated, quiet family-friendly classroom for stretching out your visit.

$5 for members. $10/non-member child.
Registration required. Register online using the link / button below, or call 330.376.9186.

Art Babes is made possible with support from the Robert O. & Annamae Orr Family Foundation

Artist Talk: Mahwish Chishty

November 16, 2017, 6:30 pm

Connect with artists featured in Heavy Metal at these free, artist-led gallery talks. Discover how each artist works and what inspires them. 

Artist Talk: Mahwish Chishty

November 16, 2017, 6:30 pm

Free and Open to All

Connect with artists featured in Heavy Metal at these artist-led gallery talks. Discover how each artist works and what inspires them. Meet in the gallery at 6:30 pm for these free dialogues.

image: Mahwish Chishty, MQ-9/ PREDATOR (detail), gouache and tea stain on paper, 2011, 24 x 12 in. Courtesy of the artist.

Upcoming Heavy Metal artist talks:

Thursday, December 7 • Corrie Slawson 
Thursday, January 4 • Kathy Buszkiewicz 
Thursday, January 18 • Sherry Simms 
Thursday, February 1 • Sarah Paul 

Free Thursday

November 30, 2017, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Spend Thursdays at the Akron Art Museum—admission to the galleries is free all day and all evening, from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm. 

Free Thursday

November 30, 2017, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Spend Thursdays at the Akron Art Museum—admission to the galleries is free all day and all evening, from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm.

Free Thursdays are generously supported by The J.M. Smucker Company.

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Heavy Metal Charm Necklace

November 30, 2017, 6:30 pm

Taught by Sofia Calderwood from the Myers School of Art. 

Heavy Metal Charm Necklace

November 30, 2017, 6:30 pm

Repurpose vintage toys into a glamorous golden necklace. Learn about the history and value of gold and experiment with basic jewelry making techniques as you create a glamorous faux-gold animal necklace. Taught by Sofia Calderwood from the Myers School of Art.

$15 members, $20 non-members (registration coming soon)

image: Alicia Ross, Prick (Un petit somme d'Après-midi), 2008, cotton, needles, 12 x 14 x 8 in. Courtesy of the artist. On view in Heavy Metal through February 18, 2018. Photography by Joe Levack/Studio Akron

December 2017

Free Thursday

December 7, 2017, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Spend Thursdays at the Akron Art Museum—admission to the galleries is free all day and all evening, from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm 

Free Thursday

December 7, 2017, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Spend Thursdays at the Akron Art Museum—admission to the galleries is free all day and all evening, from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm.

Free Thursdays are generously supported by The J.M. Smucker Company.

The J. M. Smucker Company logo 

Artist Talk: Corrie Slawson

December 7, 2017, 6:30 pm

Connect with artists featured in Heavy Metal at these free, artist-led gallery talks. Discover how each artist works and what inspires them. 

Artist Talk: Corrie Slawson

December 7, 2017, 6:30 pm

Free and Open to All

Connect with artists featured in Heavy Metal at these artist-led gallery talks. Discover how each artist works and what inspires them. Meet in the gallery at 6:30 pm for these free dialogues.

image: Corrie Slawson, “The sun rises over the canyon mixing with ocean air. It lifts a crimson haze on a succulent studded hillside. Palm trees shudder. The ocean hammers the rocks below.” (detail), 2017, photo lithography, screenprint, colored pencil, oil, acrylic, gold leaf and spray paint on paper, 23 x 63.75 in. Courtesy of the artist.

Upcoming Heavy Metal artist talks:

Thursday, January 4 • Kathy Buszkiewicz 
Thursday, January 18 • Sherry Simms 
Thursday, February 1 • Sarah Paul 

Free Thursday

December 14, 2017, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Spend Thursdays at the Akron Art Museum—admission to the galleries is free all day and all evening, from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm. 

Free Thursday

December 14, 2017, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Spend Thursdays at the Akron Art Museum—admission to the galleries is free all day and all evening, from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm.

Free Thursdays are generously supported by The J.M. Smucker Company.

The J. M. Smucker Company logo 

Apollo's Fire: An Irish-Appalachian Christmas

December 14, 2017, 7:00 pm

From quiet memories of Christmas Eve in Old Ireland, to a down-home Appalachian Christmas—haunting Irish carols meet toe-tapping spirituals.  

Apollo's Fire: An Irish-Appalachian Christmas

December 14, 2017, 7:00 pm

From quiet memories of Christmas Eve in Old Ireland, to a down-home Appalachian Christmas—haunting Irish carols meet toe-tapping spirituals. Soprano Amanda Powell reminisces about childhood Christmases in rural West Virginia, along with Apollo's Fire folk players on flute, fiddle, lute, banjo, cello, and hammered dulcimer.

Rock the museum lobby! – Food & drink available at the museum café as you enjoy this 50-minute show. Children age 8 and up are welcome with a parent or guardian. 

Free, but registration is requested. Click on the link / button below to register online. 

Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

A MusicAlive! event, sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
 

Free Thursday

December 21, 2017, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Spend Thursdays at the Akron Art Museum—admission to the galleries is free all day and all evening, from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm. 

Free Thursday

December 21, 2017, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Spend Thursdays at the Akron Art Museum—admission to the galleries is free all day and all evening, from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm.

Free Thursdays are generously supported by The J.M. Smucker Company.

The J. M. Smucker Company logo 

Free Thursday

December 28, 2017, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Spend Thursdays at the Akron Art Museum—admission to the galleries is free all day and all evening, from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm. 

Free Thursday

December 28, 2017, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Spend Thursdays at the Akron Art Museum—admission to the galleries is free all day and all evening, from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm.

Free Thursdays are generously supported by The J.M. Smucker Company.

The J. M. Smucker Company logo 

January 2018

Artist Talk: Kathy Buszkiewicz

January 4, 2018, 6:30 pm

Connect with artists featured in Heavy Metal at these free, artist-led gallery talks. Discover how each artist works and what inspires them.  

Artist Talk: Kathy Buszkiewicz

January 4, 2018, 6:30 pm

Free and Open to All

Connect with artists featured in Heavy Metal at these artist-led gallery talks. Discover how each artist works and what inspires them. Meet in the gallery at 6:30 pm for these free dialogues.

image:  Kathy Buszkiewicz, Double Dutch: Skip the Rhetoric, 2016, United States currency, wood, 24K yellow gold 46 x 8 x 1.5 in. Courtesy of the artist.

Upcoming Heavy Metal artist talks:

Thursday, January 18 • Sherry Simms 
Thursday, February 1 • Sarah Paul 

Artist Talk: Sherry Simms

January 18, 2018, 6:30 pm

Connect with artists featured in Heavy Metal at these free, artist-led gallery talks. Discover how each artist works and what inspires them. 

Artist Talk: Sherry Simms

January 18, 2018, 6:30 pm

Free and Open to All

Connect with artists featured in Heavy Metal at these artist-led gallery talks. Discover how each artist works and what inspires them. Meet in the gallery at 6:30 pm for these free dialogues.

image:  Sherry Simms, 1009 Roses, 2001, pendant, Nickel-plated copper, copper and enamel paint, 4 x 3 in. Full length of necklace: 29 in. Courtesy of the artist.

Upcoming Heavy Metal artist talks:

Thursday, February 1 • Sarah Paul 

February 2018

Artist Talk: Sarah Paul

February 1, 2018, 6:30 pm

Connect with artists featured in Heavy Metal at these free, artist-led gallery talks. 

Artist Talk: Sarah Paul

February 1, 2018, 6:30 pm

Free and Open to All

Connect with artists featured in Heavy Metal at these artist-led gallery talks. Discover how each artist works and what inspires them. Meet in the gallery at 6:30 pm for these free dialogues.

image:  Sarah Paul, Golden Balls, 2017, video still. Courtesy of the artist.

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