Upcoming Events

August 2018

Get To Know Your Museum Tour

August 21, 2018, 11:00 am

Join us for an exciting exploration of the museum’s collection through this interactive tour.

Get To Know Your Museum Tour

August 21, 2018, 11:00 am

Whether you are brand new to the museum or have been a member for years, join us for an exciting exploration of the museum’s collection through an interactive tour which will include museum surprises, secrets, fun facts to share with family and friends, and tips on how to get special member discounts every time you visit!

This tour is FREE for Akron Art Museum members but registration is required. Please click the button / link below to choose a date and reserve your space. Space is limited! Only 20 spots per tour.

Not a member? Join here! 

Photo: Shane Wynn

Live Creative Summer Studio

August 21, 2018

Unplug and make lasting memories together without worrying about the calendar!  

Live Creative Summer Studio

August 21, 2018

Tuesday through Friday • 11 am – 4 pm
June 5 – August 24

Unplug and make lasting memories together without worrying about the calendar! Play and explore a variety of art-making techniques and materials as you spend time with your family in the museum’s Live Creative Summer Studio. Drop in and create masterpieces and memories.

No registration required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Free for members and all children (age 17 and under with an adult) every day. Regular admission applies to nonmember adults Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, with the exception of Free Thursdays when admission is free to all.

Summer Studio is made possible by the presenting sponsor KeyBank with additional support from the Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation and the Charles E. and Mabel M. Ritchie Foundation. 

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Photos: Tim Fitzwater

Free Thursday

August 23, 2018, 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

August 23, 2018, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Connect to your creative life. 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.

Become a New Member of the Akron Art Museum on Thursday (in-person or online) for 25% off the regular price. Join today!

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

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TMT Trio Performs in Jerry Birchfield: Asleep in the Dust

August 23, 2018, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

TMT Trio will create an improvisational jazz experience in conversation with the art of Jerry Birchfield.  

TMT Trio Performs in Jerry Birchfield: Asleep in the Dust

August 23, 2018, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Free and Open to All

TMT Trio will create an improvisational jazz experience in conversation with the art of Jerry Birchfield. Listeners can join at any time and view art during the performance. 

Family Summer Adventure Tours

August 23, 2018, 11:30 am

Explore the galleries and investigate artwork on a museum adventure designed just for families. 

Family Summer Adventure Tours

August 23, 2018, 11:30 am

Every Thursday • 11:30 am
Through August 23

Explore the galleries and investigate artwork on a museum adventure designed just for families. You’ll discover treasures, hunt for clues and see the world in a whole new way—without the hassle of packing a suitcase! Adventure tours include a 30-minute gallery experience and a 30-minute hands-on experience in the museum’s Summer Studio space.

Registration required. Register online using the link / button below. 

Family Summer Adventure Tours are made possible with support from the Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation. 

Photo: Shane Wynn

Rubber City Jazz Fest: Piano-palooza

August 24, 2018, 12:00 – 1:30 pm

Get a taste of the vibrant Akron jazz scene at these lunchtime piano concerts at the museum during the 3rd annual Rubber City Jazz & Blues Fest.  

Rubber City Jazz Fest: Piano-palooza

August 24, 2018, 12:00 – 1:30 pm

Friday, August 24 • 12 – 1:30 pm • George Foley Power Lunch
Saturday, August 25 • 12 – 1:30 pm • Joe Hunter Power Lunch

Free and Open to All

Get a taste of the vibrant Akron jazz scene at these lunchtime piano concerts at the museum during the 3rd annual Rubber City Jazz & Blues Fest. These free performances are not to be missed!

No registration required. This event takes place in the Beatrice Knapp McDowell Grand Lobby. 

Rubber City Jazz Fest: Piano-palooza

August 25, 2018, 12:00 – 1:30 pm

Get a taste of the vibrant Akron jazz scene at these lunchtime piano concerts at the museum during the 3rd annual Rubber City Jazz & Blues Fest. 

Rubber City Jazz Fest: Piano-palooza

August 25, 2018, 12:00 – 1:30 pm

Friday, August 24 • 12 – 1:30 pm • George Foley Power Lunch
Saturday, August 25 • 12 – 1:30 pm • Joe Hunter Power Lunch

Free and Open to All

Get a taste of the vibrant Akron jazz scene at these lunchtime piano concerts at the museum during the 3rd annual Rubber City Jazz & Blues Fest. These free performances are not to be missed!

No registration required. This event takes place in the Beatrice Knapp McDowell Grand Lobby. 

Last Look Frameworks Tour

August 25, 2018, 10:30 am

Ever wonder how to look at abstract painting? Join Chief Curator Ellen Rudolph on a tour of abstract art by the Northeast Ohio artists in Frameworks. 

Last Look Frameworks Tour

August 25, 2018, 10:30 am

Ever wonder how to look at abstract painting? Join Chief Curator Ellen Rudolph on a journey through space and time experiencing the work of three Northeast Ohio artists who use painting as a process of exploring the intersections of memory, time, place and the digital realm. Find out more about Frameworks: Paintings by Dragana Crnjak, Andrea Joki and Matthew Kolodziej.

This tour is FREE for Akron Art Museum members but registration is required. Please click the button / link below to reserve your space. Space is limited! Only 20 spots per tour.

Make the most of your Akron Art Museum membership by checking out our calendar for more upcoming programs and events!

Not a member? Join here! 

Photo: Shane Wynn

Free Thursday

August 30, 2018, 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

August 30, 2018, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Connect to your creative life. 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.

Become a New Member of the Akron Art Museum on Thursday (in-person or online) for 25% off the regular price. Join today!

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

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Artist Talks: Curated Storefront & Akron Soul Train

August 30, 2018, 6:30 pm

Four local and regional artists with artwork featured in the Curated Storefront project in downtown Akron will each give short artist talks about their work. 

Artist Talks: Curated Storefront & Akron Soul Train

August 30, 2018, 6:30 pm

This is a Curated Storefront and Akron Soul Train Event

Free and Open to All

Four local and regional artists with artwork featured in the Curated Storefront project in downtown Akron will each give short artist talks about their work and artistic process. The talks will conclude in a panel Q&A with all of the artists.

Registration is required. Register online using the button / link below.

Four local and regional artists with artwork featured in the Curated Storefront project in downtown Akron, including Akron Soul Train artist fellows, will each give short artist talks about their work and artistic process. The talks will conclude in a panel Q&A with all of the artists. Artist talks will be from Stephen Tomasko and Gabe Gott from AKron Soul Train, and those from Curated Storefront will be announced soon!

Stephen Tomasko is represented in public and private collections, both nationally and internationally, including the permanent collection of the Akron Art Museum. His work has been exhibited widely in regional group exhibitions and the subject of solo gallery exhibitions in Los Angeles, Australia, and France. Since the mid-1980s, Tomasko has made images of America, including bodies of photographs with diverse subjects ranging from jubilant celebrations of flowering gardens to the dynamic, strange beauty of county fairs. Today, he makes art full time in Bath, Ohio. Stephen was an Akron Soul Train fellow in September 2017.

Gabe Gott lives in Akron, Ohio, with his wife, Sarah, the unwitting caretakers of a home for retired house pets. During the day, he works as a team lead/trainer for a market intelligence company based out of Chicago, but during his free time writes fiction and poetry. He has published a novel, Escapes (2014), two flash fiction chapbooks, The Ever-Present Moment (2016) and Dispatches from the Information Age (2017), and a poetry collection, Live Organ Transplants (2017). Gabe was an AST fellow in March 2018.

image: Joe Levack/Studio Akron

September 2018

Tots Create - Slant, Smoosh, Reshape

September 1, 2018, 10:30 am – 12 pm

Wander the galleries and experience games, songs, and storytelling, then roll up your sleeves for some creative discovery time together.

Tots Create - Slant, Smoosh, Reshape

September 1, 2018, 10:30 am – 12 pm

Slant, Smoosh, Reshape

Best for ages 3-5 and their grown-ups

Wander with us in the galleries for playful looking and listening games, songs and colorful storytelling. Then, roll up your sleeves and enjoy some creative discovery time together, using familiar, everyday materials to nurture your young artist’s individualism, dreams and vision. Art smocks provided, please dress for an inspirational mess.

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

Not a member? Join today!

Tots Create is made possible with support from the Robert O. & Annamae Orr Family Foundation.

Kids Studio Class - Tech Scrap Sculpture

September 1, 2018, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Guided by an artist-educator, students engage with contemporary art up close then funnel personal responses into inspiring oops, wows and what-ifs in the studio.

Kids Studio Class - Tech Scrap Sculpture

September 1, 2018, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Best for ages 6 – 10

Aspiring artists need opportunities to question, make mistakes and test ideas. Guided by an artist-educator, students engage with contemporary art up close then funnel personal responses into inspiring oops, wows and what-ifs in the studio. Inventiveness using unique materials is a key component to our studio experience. Caregivers welcome. Dress for messy fun.

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

Not a member? Join today!

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

Free Thursday

September 6, 2018, 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 6, 2018, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Connect to your creative life. 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.

Become a New Member of the Akron Art Museum on Thursday (in-person or online) for 25% off the regular price. Join today!

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

The J. M. Smucker Company logo 

Panel Discussion: Disappeared in America

September 6, 2018, 6:30 pm

Join us for a discussion of Visible Collective’s Disappeared in America series led by filmmaker Josh Gippin in conversation with members of Akron’s Muslim community. 

Panel Discussion: Disappeared in America

September 6, 2018, 6:30 pm

Free and Open to All.

Join us for a discussion of Visible Collective’s Disappeared in America series led by filmmaker Josh Gippin in conversation with members of Akron’s Muslim community.

Registration is required. Register online using the button / link below.

image: Visible Collective, Disappeared in America III: Lingering Twenty (still), 2005, video, 4 min 47 sec, Courtesy of Visible Collective, disappearedinamerica.org

Creative Playdate -Jams and Jazz Traffic Painting

September 6, 2018, 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Make a date to celebrate your little scribbler’s creative side. 

Creative Playdate -Jams and Jazz Traffic Painting

September 6, 2018, 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Jams and Jazz Traffic Painting

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

Art meets play every first Thursday! Meaningful messes and inventive play are the foundation for big ideas. Make a date to celebrate your little scribbler’s creative side where, with a little imagination, everyday materials have infinite potential and “doing work” involves testing out unconventional methods for making a single object of wonder or collaboration with friends. This program is a sensory-rich, open-ended experience. Art smocks provided.

Free for members. $10/non-member child.
Registration required. Register online using the button / link below. 
(coming soon!)

Not a member? Join here!

Photo: Shane Wynn

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

Art, Yoga and Meditation

September 13, 2018, 6:30 - 7:45 pm

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.

Art, Yoga and Meditation

September 13, 2018, 6:30 - 7:45 pm

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 to members, $10/nonmember. Registration required. Register online using the link / button below.

Yoga in the Galleries is made possible with support from The Henry V. and Frances W. Christenson Foundation and the Samuel Reese Willis Foundation.

Free Thursday

September 13, 2018, 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 13, 2018, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Connect to your creative life. 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.

Become a New Member of the Akron Art Museum on Thursday (in-person or online) for 25% off the regular price. Join today!

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

The J. M. Smucker Company logo 

Synapse Lecture: Eric Gjerde

September 13, 2018, 6:30 pm

See reknowned paper artist Eric Gjerde discuss his work focused on the development of new biological paper processes and the geometry of origami tessellations.

Synapse Lecture: Eric Gjerde

September 13, 2018, 6:30 pm

Held in the Charles and Jane Lehner Auditorium

Free and open to all

When asked by his parents what he wanted to be when he grew up, five-year-old Gjerde replied, “a paperologist.” Throughout his childhood and adolescence, he enjoyed paper crafts and origami. As an adult, Gjerde discovered a deeper appreciation for the beauty of origami by exploring and researching new areas of folding. He is currently focused on the development of new biological paper processes and the geometry of origami tessellations.

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.

Poetry Reading

September 13, 2018, 6:00 pm

Join us for a poetry reading with Wick Poetry Center and Urban Vision below Nasser Al Salem's Arabi/Gharbi neon installation in the museum's lobby. 

Poetry Reading

September 13, 2018, 6:00 pm

Free and Open to All.

Join us for a poetry reading with Wick Poetry Center and Urban Vision below Nasser Al Salem's Arabi/Gharbi neon installation in the museum's lobby.

Registration is required. Register online using the button / link below.
 

After-School Mind Unwind

September 13, 2018, 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Our open studio is the perfect place for caregivers and kids to decompress and unwind after school. 

After-School Mind Unwind

September 13, 2018, 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Best for ages 5-12 and their grown-ups

Our open studio is the perfect place for caregivers and kids to decompress and unwind. We’re tech-free with a quality-time-together guarantee! Join an artist educator and learn how to encourage lifelong positive habits of the mind including creative journaling, deconstructive doodling and expressive story-sharing. Young visionaries meet up every 2nd Free Thursday.

Free and open to all. Registration required. Register using the link / button below. (coming soon!)
Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Photo: Shane Wynn

After-School Mind Unwind is made possible with support from the Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation. 

FRONT Tour: Consume or Consumed: Exploring Themes of Mass Production, Labor and Consumption

September 15, 2018, 2:00 pm

Join us for a curator-led, themed tour of FRONT at the Akron Art Museum. 

FRONT Tour: Consume or Consumed: Exploring Themes of Mass Production, Labor and Consumption

September 15, 2018, 2:00 pm

Join us for a curator-led, themed tour of FRONT at the Akron Art Museum.

Free for members. Free with the price of regular admission for nonmembers.

Registration is required. Register online using the button / link below.  

image: Maryam Jafri, Product Recall: An Index of Innovation. Pepsi Baby (detail), 2015, framed texts, photographs, objects. Objects: 7.9 x 2 x 2 in. and 3 x 2.4 x 0.9 in. Courtesy of the artist and Laveronica arte contemporanea

Art Babes - Baby Drivers on the Roll

September 20, 2018, 10:30 – 11:30 am

It’s a pint-sized artdate for caregivers and their rollers, sitters, scooters and dribblers. Stretch out your visit with a wee-art project accompanied by feeding, changing and dozing in our family-friendly classroom studio.

Art Babes - Baby Drivers on the Roll

September 20, 2018, 10:30 – 11:30 am

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

It’s a pint-sized artdate for caregivers and their rollers, sitters, scooters and dribblers. Park the stroller and cozy up in the gallery for sensory play, face-to-face bouncy rhymes, catchy tunes and social games to inspire baby’s curiosity and build first relationships. Crying babies welcome! Stretch out your visit with a wee-art project accompanied by feeding, changing and dozing in our family-friendly classroom studio.

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

Not a member? Join today!

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

Free Thursday

September 20, 2018, 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 20, 2018, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Connect to your creative life. 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.

Become a New Member of the Akron Art Museum on Thursday (in-person or online) for 25% off the regular price. Join today!

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

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Artist Talk: Nicholas Buffon

September 20, 2018, 6:30 pm

Artist Nicholas Buffon will talk about his work, including works on view in FRONT that highlight LGBTQ landmarks in Cleveland and Akron.

Artist Talk: Nicholas Buffon

September 20, 2018, 6:30 pm

Free and Open to All.

Artist Nicholas Buffon highlighted LGBTQ landmarks in Cleveland and Akron in a series of paintings, drawings and sculptures in the FRONT exhibition. In this talk, the artist will discuss his work and participate in a dialogue with members of those businesses and organizations depicted in the work.

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image: Nicholas Buffon, Akron Art Museum Entrance, 2018, acrylic paint, pencil, and carbon transfer on Bristol paper, 9 5/8 x 7 in. Courtesy of the artist and Callicoon Fine Arts, New York

FRONT International Tour: The Urban Fabric

September 22, 2018, 10:30 am

Join Chief Curator Ellen Rudolph in exploring the diverse artworks in Akron Art Museum’s FRONT presentation through the lens of civic organization. 

FRONT International Tour: The Urban Fabric

September 22, 2018, 10:30 am

Join Chief Curator Ellen Rudolph in exploring the diverse artworks in Akron Art Museum’s FRONT presentation through the lens of civic organization—how does it affect the social and economic dynamics of a city? Artists reflect on how public infrastructure and social spaces divide and unite us.

This tour is FREE for Akron Art Museum members but registration is required. Please click the button / link below to reserve your space. Space is limited! Only 20 spots per tour.

Not a member? Join here!

Find out more about FRONT International Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art at the Akron Art Museum.

image: Willie Doherty, Dreams of Longing Dreams of Regret I-V, 2017, 4 framed pigment prints mounted on dibond, dimensions variable, photo: Joerg Lohse, image courtesy of the artist, of Alexander and Bonin, New York, and Kerlin Gallery, Dublin 

Free Thursday

September 27, 2018, 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 27, 2018, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Connect to your creative life. 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.

Become a New Member of the Akron Art Museum on Thursday (in-person or online) for 25% off the regular price. Join today!

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

The J. M. Smucker Company logo 

Rebranding the City: A Humanizing Tour of Akron

September 27, 2018, 6:30 pm

Witness an original play by Josy Jones and Katie Beck based on interviews with residents from all 24 Akron neighborhoods.

Rebranding the City: A Humanizing Tour of Akron

September 27, 2018, 6:30 pm

Rebranding the City: A Humanizing Tour of Akron

Akron Art Museum, Bud and Susie Rogers Garden

Rebranding the City: A Humanizing Tour of Akron is an original play by Josy Jones and Katie Beck based on interviews with residents from all 24 Akron neighborhoods. Made up of 75% direct quotes from Akronites, the play explores a wide range of subjects, from a neighborhood dating game to immigration, addiction, racism and Facebook.

This program is presented by @PLAY, a Knight Cities project to foster civic engagement and increase neighborhood vibrancy with a series of interactive art challenges and playful activities in Akron neighborhoods.

Film: Kusama-Infinity

September 29, 2018, 1:00 pm

Join Filmmaker Heather Lenz for an exclusive screening of her documentary KUSAMA-INFINITY followed by a Q&A with Emily Davis Gallery Director and former Akron Art Museum Collections Manger Arnold Tunstall

Film: Kusama-Infinity

September 29, 2018, 1:00 pm

Northeast Ohio is consumed with Kusamamania as Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors have taken Cleveland by storm, but Akron isn’t a newcomer to the Kusama craze. Filmmaker Heather Lenz became familiar with Kusama’s work while interning at the Akron Art Museum. Following her experience in Akron, Lenz began a long journey to create a documentary about the artist. She will introduce her film KUSAMA-INFINITY at this exclusive Akron screening of the film and participate in a Q&A with Emily Davis Gallery Director and former Akron Art Museum Collections Manger Arnold Tunstall, who Lenz interned for.


$5/member, $10/nonmember. Registration required. Register online using the link / button below.


Not a member? Join today!

October 2018

Creative Playdate

October 4, 2018, 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Putting pencil to paper builds confidence. Join the world’s biggest celebration of drawing and embrace happy accidents through self-discovery. You can play with line at any age! 

Creative Playdate

October 4, 2018, 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

The Big Draw Festival 2018

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

Putting pencil to paper builds confidence. Join the world’s biggest celebration of drawing and embrace happy accidents through self-discovery. You can play with line at any age!

Art meets play every first Thursday! Meaningful messes and inventive play are the foundation for big ideas. Make a date to celebrate your little scribbler’s creative side where, with a little imagination, everyday materials have infinite potential and “doing work” involves testing out unconventional methods for making a single object of wonder or collaboration with friends. This program is a sensory-rich, open-ended experience. Art smocks provided.

Free for members. $10/non-member child.
Registration required. Register online using the button / link below. 
(coming soon!)

Not a member? Join here!

Photo: Shane Wynn

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

Tots Create - Tread N’ Track Textures

October 6, 2018, 10:30 am – 12 pm

Wander the galleries and experience games, songs, and storytelling, then roll up your sleeves for some creative discovery time together.

Tots Create - Tread N’ Track Textures

October 6, 2018, 10:30 am – 12 pm

Best for ages 3-5 and their grown-ups

Wander with us in the galleries for playful looking and listening games, songs and colorful storytelling. Then, roll up your sleeves and enjoy some creative discovery time together, using familiar, everyday materials to nurture your young artist’s individualism, dreams and vision. Art smocks provided, please dress for an inspirational mess.

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

Not a member? Join today!

Tots Create is made possible with support from the Robert O. & Annamae Orr Family Foundation.

Kids Studio Class - Mixed-Media Meltdown

October 6, 2018, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Guided by an artist-educator, students engage with contemporary art up close then funnel personal responses into inspiring oops, wows and what-ifs in the studio.

Kids Studio Class - Mixed-Media Meltdown

October 6, 2018, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Best for ages 6 – 10

Aspiring artists need opportunities to question, make mistakes and test ideas. Guided by an artist-educator, students engage with contemporary art up close then funnel personal responses into inspiring oops, wows and what-ifs in the studio. Inventiveness using unique materials is a key component to our studio experience. Caregivers welcome. Dress for messy fun.

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

Not a member? Join today!

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

The Fabricators Tour: How Did They Do That?

October 9, 2018, 11 am

The Fabricators Tour: How Did They Do That?

October 9, 2018, 11 am

The Fabricators Tour: How Did They Do That?

Unconventional processes lead to groundbreaking results. Join Associate Curator Theresa Bembnister to learn how the artists of The Fabricators folded, scrunched, sewed and weaved the paper and canvas in their innovative abstractions.

This tour is FREE for Akron Art Museum members but registration is required. Please click the button / link below to register. (coming soon!)
Space is limited! Only 20 spots per tour.

After-School Mind Unwind

October 11, 2018, 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Our open studio is the perfect place for caregivers and kids to decompress and unwind after school.

After-School Mind Unwind

October 11, 2018, 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Best for ages 5-12 and their grown-ups

Our open studio is the perfect place for caregivers and kids to decompress and unwind. We’re tech-free with a quality-time-together guarantee! Join an artist educator and learn how to encourage lifelong positive habits of the mind including creative journaling, deconstructive doodling and expressive story-sharing. Young visionaries meet up every 2nd Free Thursday.

Free and open to all. Registration required. Register using the link / button below. (coming soon!)

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

After-School Mind Unwind is made possible with support from the Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation.

Art, Yoga and Meditation

October 11, 2018, 6:30 - 7:45 pm

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.

Art, Yoga and Meditation

October 11, 2018, 6:30 - 7:45 pm

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 to members, $10/nonmember. Registration required. Register online using the link / button below.

Yoga in the Galleries is made possible with support from The Henry V. and Frances W. Christenson Foundation and the Samuel Reese Willis Foundation.

Synapse Lecture: Peter Galison

October 11, 2018, 6:30 pm

Join Peter Galison, Pellegrino University Professor of the History of Science and Physics at Harvard University, author, and filmmaker for a lecture on his work combining science and the arts. 

Synapse Lecture: Peter Galison

October 11, 2018, 6:30 pm

Synapse Lecture: Peter Galison

The Charles and Jane Lehner Auditorium

Peter Galison is the Pellegrino University Professor of the History of Science and Physics at Harvard University. His achievements include a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (1997); a Pfizer Award for Image and Logic (1998), the Max Planck and Humboldt Stiftung Prize (1999) and the Abraham Pais Award in the History of Physics (2018). He is an author and filmmaker. His films include Secrecy (2008) and Containment (2015). Galison has collaborated with artist William Kentridge on a multi-screen installation, The Refusal of Time (2012) and an associated chamber opera, Refuse the Hour.

Free and open to all.

Funded by the Knight Foundation, 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.

Art Babes - Bright Low Loud Quiet

October 18, 2018, 10:30 – 11:30 am

It’s a pint-sized artdate for caregivers and their rollers, sitters, scooters and dribblers. Stretch out your visit with a wee-art project accompanied by feeding, changing and dozing in our family-friendly classroom studio.

Art Babes - Bright Low Loud Quiet

October 18, 2018, 10:30 – 11:30 am

Bright Low Loud Quiet

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

It’s a pint-sized artdate for caregivers and their rollers, sitters, scooters and dribblers. Park the stroller and cozy up in the gallery for sensory play, face-to-face bouncy rhymes, catchy tunes and social games to inspire baby’s curiosity and build first relationships. Crying babies welcome! Stretch out your visit with a wee-art project accompanied by feeding, changing and dozing in our family-friendly classroom studio.

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

Not a member? Join today!

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

Panel Discussion: The Art of Collecting

October 18, 2018, 6 – 8 pm

Designed for all levels of collecting experience, this panel discussion will offer several perspectives on collecting art.

Panel Discussion: The Art of Collecting

October 18, 2018, 6 – 8 pm

Panel Discussion: The Art of Collecting

The Charles and Jane Lehner Auditorium

Designed for all levels of collecting experience, this panel discussion will offer several perspectives on collecting art. Panelists include Ellen Rudolph, Akron Art Museum chief curator, Rick Rogers, owner of Hieronymus art gallery and executive director of Curated Storefront and Jason Rulnick, senior specialist of post-war and contemporary art at artnet Auctions. The event will be moderated by art library program coordinator Jessica Fijalkovich.

Free and open to all

Night at the Museum: Student Art Shows - Firestone High School

October 18, 2018, 4 – 7 pm

Nearly all artists start by putting pen, paintbrush or pencil to paper in a classroom. Get a preview of what tomorrow’s famous artists are doing TODAY at one of the museum’s Student Art Shows.

Night at the Museum: Student Art Shows - Firestone High School

October 18, 2018, 4 – 7 pm

Night at the Museum: Student Art Shows

Featuring the students of Firestone High School

Nearly all artists start by putting pen, paintbrush or pencil to paper in a classroom. Get a preview of what tomorrow’s famous artists are doing TODAY at one of the museum’s Student Art Shows. Featuring schools and organizations from the community, these events highlight the talent of Northeast Ohio’s youngest artists, as well as their amazing teachers and mentors.

Free and open to the public.

Night at the Museum is made possible with support from the Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation.

Jeff Donaldson: Dig

October 27, 2018

This fall the Akron Art Museum will host an exhibition of work by AfriCOBRA artist Jeff Donaldson, and we're seeking feedback from the community on how you'd like to engage the exhibition. 

Jeff Donaldson: Dig

October 27, 2018

This fall the Akron Art Museum will host an exhibition of work by AfriCOBRA artist Jeff Donaldson. In order to design programs and interpretive materials that best serve its visitors, the museum is currently seeking feedback from the community. 

On Thursday July 19 at 6:00 PM, the museum hosted a community meeting about the exhibition. We will share the results of that conversation soon.

If you were unable to make it to the July 19 meeting, you can still share your ideas via our online survey.


About the Exhibition
In 1968, artist Jeff Donaldson co-founded the African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists (AfriCOBRA). In response to political and social unrest in an arts world that privileged white artists and audiences, AfriCOBRA sought to create a new kind of art that was not only politically engaged but reflected contemporary Black culture and appealed specifically to a Black audience.

Jeff Donaldson: Dig, the artist’s first museum retrospective, sheds light on Donaldson’s contribution to art history by exploring his four-decade career. Spanning the artist’s activist roots in Chicago to his influence on future generations as a professor at Howard University and Vice President of the Barnes Foundation, this major exhibition presents new scholarship and features works never before seen in public.

Interested in learning more about AfriCOBRA? Check out this video link:

November 2018

Night at the Museum: Student Art Shows - Boys and Girls Club of The Western Reserve

November 1, 2018, 4 – 7 pm

 Nearly all artists start by putting pen, paintbrush or pencil to paper in a classroom. Get a preview of what tomorrow’s famous artists are doing TODAY at one of the museum’s Student Art Shows.

Night at the Museum: Student Art Shows - Boys and Girls Club of The Western Reserve

November 1, 2018, 4 – 7 pm

Night at the Museum: Student Art Shows

Featuring the students of The Boys and Girls Club of The Western Reserve

Nearly all artists start by putting pen, paintbrush or pencil to paper in a classroom. Get a preview of what tomorrow’s famous artists are doing TODAY at one of the museum’s Student Art Shows. Featuring schools and organizations from the community, these events highlight the talent of Northeast Ohio’s youngest artists, as well as their amazing teachers and mentors.

Free and open to the public.

Night at the Museum is made possible with support from the Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation.

Reading Under the Roof Cloud Book Club: The Power by Naomi Alderman

November 1, 2018, 7:30 pm

Grab a drink in the café and join museum staff for a discussion of The Power a novel in which teenage girls have immense physical power!

Reading Under the Roof Cloud Book Club: The Power by Naomi Alderman

November 1, 2018, 7:30 pm

Reading Under the Roof Cloud Book Club: The Power by Naomi Alderman

In the book The Power, teenage girls have immense physical power—they can cause agonizing pain and even death. And, with this twist of nature, the world changes utterly. Grab a drink in the café and join museum staff for a discussion of The Power. The evening will conclude with a tour of Allison Zuckerman: Pirate and Muse.

Free and open to all

Creative Playdate -Rails, Wings and Cardboard Things

November 1, 2018, 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Meaningful messes and inventive play are the foundation for big ideas. Make a date to celebrate your little scribbler’s creative side. 

Creative Playdate -Rails, Wings and Cardboard Things

November 1, 2018, 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Rails, Wings and Cardboard Things

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

Art meets play every first Thursday! Meaningful messes and inventive play are the foundation for big ideas. Make a date to celebrate your little scribbler’s creative side where, with a little imagination, everyday materials have infinite potential and “doing work” involves testing out unconventional methods for making a single object of wonder or collaboration with friends. This program is a sensory-rich, open-ended experience. Art smocks provided.

Free for members. $10/non-member child.
Registration required. Register online using the button / link below. 
(coming soon!)

Not a member? Join here!

Photo: Shane Wynn

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

Tots Create -Wheely Cool Spin Prints

November 3, 2018, 10:30 am – 12 pm

Wander the galleries and experience games, songs, and storytelling, then roll up your sleeves for some creative discovery time together.

Tots Create -Wheely Cool Spin Prints

November 3, 2018, 10:30 am – 12 pm

Wheely Cool Spin Prints

Best for ages 3-5 and their grown-ups

Wander with us in the galleries for playful looking and listening games, songs and colorful storytelling. Then, roll up your sleeves and enjoy some creative discovery time together, using familiar, everyday materials to nurture your young artist’s individualism, dreams and vision. Art smocks provided, please dress for an inspirational mess.

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

Not a member? Join today!

Tots Create is made possible with support from the Robert O. & Annamae Orr Family Foundation.

Kids Studio Class - Paint Chips and Kool-Ade

November 3, 2018, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Guided by an artist-educator, students engage with contemporary art up close then funnel personal responses into inspiring oops, wows and what-ifs in the studio.

Kids Studio Class - Paint Chips and Kool-Ade

November 3, 2018, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Paint Chips and Kool-Ade

Best for ages 6 – 10

Aspiring artists need opportunities to question, make mistakes and test ideas. Guided by an artist-educator, students engage with contemporary art up close then funnel personal responses into inspiring oops, wows and what-ifs in the studio. Inventiveness using unique materials is a key component to our studio experience. Caregivers welcome. Dress for messy fun.

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

Not a member? Join today!

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

After-School Mind Unwind

November 8, 2018, 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Our open studio is the perfect place for caregivers and kids to decompress and unwind after school.

After-School Mind Unwind

November 8, 2018, 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Best for ages 5-12 and their grown-ups

Our open studio is the perfect place for caregivers and kids to decompress and unwind. We’re tech-free with a quality-time-together guarantee! Join an artist educator and learn how to encourage lifelong positive habits of the mind including creative journaling, deconstructive doodling and expressive story-sharing. Young visionaries meet up every 2nd Free Thursday.

Free and open to all. Registration required. Register using the link / button below. (coming soon!)

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

After-School Mind Unwind is made possible with support from the Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation.

Art, Yoga and Meditation

November 8, 2018, 6:30 - 7:45 pm

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.

Art, Yoga and Meditation

November 8, 2018, 6:30 - 7:45 pm

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 to members, $10/nonmember. Registration required. Register online using the link / button below.

Yoga in the Galleries is made possible with support from The Henry V. and Frances W. Christenson Foundation and the Samuel Reese Willis Foundation.

Art Talk: Tuliza Fleming

November 8, 2018, 6:30 pm

Join Dr. Tuliza Fleming is the Curator of American Art at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Art Talk: Tuliza Fleming

November 8, 2018, 6:30 pm

 Art Talk: Tuliza Fleming

Dr. Tuliza Fleming is the Curator of American Art at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. She has been instrumental in building the museum's American art collection, has served as the lead curator for Visual Art and the American Experience and co-curated Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing: How the Apollo Theater Shaped American Entertainment.

Free and open to all

Art Babes - Cognitive Games with a Cardboard

November 15, 2018, 10:30 – 11:30 am

It’s a pint-sized artdate for caregivers and their rollers, sitters, scooters and dribblers. Stretch out your visit with a wee-art project accompanied by feeding, changing and dozing in our family-friendly classroom studio.

Art Babes - Cognitive Games with a Cardboard

November 15, 2018, 10:30 – 11:30 am

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

It’s a pint-sized artdate for caregivers and their rollers, sitters, scooters and dribblers. Park the stroller and cozy up in the gallery for sensory play, face-to-face bouncy rhymes, catchy tunes and social games to inspire baby’s curiosity and build first relationships. Crying babies welcome! Stretch out your visit with a wee-art project accompanied by feeding, changing and dozing in our family-friendly classroom studio.

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

Not a member? Join today!

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

Woodrow Nash Studios and Gallery Tour

November 15, 2018, 7 - 8 pm

Join us for a tour of Woodrow Nash’s studio and gallery, home to one of the most renowned collections of ceramic tribal art in the world.

Woodrow Nash Studios and Gallery Tour

November 15, 2018, 7 - 8 pm

Join us for a tour of Woodrow Nash’s studio and gallery, home to one of the most renowned collections of ceramic tribal art in the world. Following the tradition of the great masters, Nash elevates the human spirit in the form of sculpture. On this tour you will learn about the artist’s process and technique, an innovative marriage of 15th century Benin and 18th century French Nouveau, creating what Nash has coined “African Nouveau.”

Free and open to all

Registration is required. Register using the button / link below. Space is limited! Only 20 spots per tour.

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