Upcoming Events

When the building is open, the museum does its best to run programs. In the unfortunate instance something unforeseen occurs, the museum works hard to contact possible participants and/ or find an alternate date.

October 2019

Free Thursday

October 24, 2019, 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 24, 2019, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Free Thursday

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!

Make a Visit to the Akron Art Museum the Best Part of Your Day, with #AAMEveryday.

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

The J. M. Smucker Company logo 

Art Talk: Joe Vitone

October 24, 2019, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Since 1998, Akron-native Joe Vitone has returned home each year to take photographs for Family Records, an ongoing series of portraits documenting the artist’s relatives living in the area. Vitone will discuss the motivation and process behind this important body of work on the occasion of its first Northeast Ohio showing.

Art Talk: Joe Vitone

October 24, 2019, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Art Talk: Joe Vitone

At the University of Akron Myers School of Art, 150 E. Exchange St., Akron

Since 1998, Akron-native Joe Vitone has returned home each year to take photographs for Family Records, an ongoing series of portraits documenting the artist’s relatives living in the area. Vitone will discuss the motivation and process behind this important body of work on the occasion of its first Northeast Ohio showing.

Free and open to the public

Joe Vitone, (l. to r.) Charlie Morlan and Gabe Booth in combat fatigues with toy guns, Orrville, Ohio, 2006, archival inkjet print, 20 x 24 in., Courtesy of the artist

Trick or Treat on South High Street

October 24, 2019, 6 – 8:30 PM

Break out your costume early for a family-friendly Halloween bash and explore the museum in unexpected ways.

Trick or Treat on South High Street

October 24, 2019, 6 – 8:30 PM

Trick or Treat on South High Street

It’s nothing to fear, there’s only amazing art here! Break out your costume early for a family-friendly Halloween bash and explore the museum in unexpected ways. Meet enchanting new friends and creatures while creeping through the galleries. Collect art trinkets, mix up creative concoctions in our idea laboratory and show off your monster moves on the dance floor.

Trinket Collecting in the Galleries
6 – 8 pm

Art-Making and Discovery Activities
6 – 8:30 pm

Complimentary admission for members, $12/nonmember child. Registration required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please refrain from wearing costume apparel that covers the face.

Family Days are made possible by PNC with additional support from the Kathy Moses Salem Philanthropic Fund of Akron Community Foundation, The R.C. Musson and Katharine M. Musson Charitable Foundation and the Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation.

Photo by Shane Wynn

Explore: Open World: Video Games & Contemporary Art

October 26, 2019, 11 AM - 12 PM

Join Curator of Exhibitions Theresa Bembnister to learn how some of the most beloved video game franchises—Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda and The Sims, among others—inspire the artists in Open World.

Explore: Open World: Video Games & Contemporary Art

October 26, 2019, 11 AM - 12 PM

Explore: Open World: Video Games & Contemporary Art

The cultural reach of video games seems to be everywhere these days, affecting movies, TV and music. Video games influence contemporary artists too. Join Curator of Exhibitions Theresa Bembnister to learn how some of the most beloved video game franchises—Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda and The Sims, among others—inspire the artists in Open World.

Complimentary admission for members, $12/nonmembers

Butt Johnson, The Ambassadors, 2008, ballpoint pen ink on paper, 30 x 40 in., Private collection, courtesy of Miles McEnery Gallery, New York, NY. Image courtesy of the artist

Free Thursday

October 31, 2019, 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 31, 2019, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Free Thursday

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!

Make a Visit to the Akron Art Museum the Best Part of Your Day, with #AAMEveryday.

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

The J. M. Smucker Company logo 

November 2019

Kid's Studio

November 2, 2019, 1 – 3 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.

Kid's Studio

November 2, 2019, 1 – 3 PM

Kids Studio

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. Dress for messy fun.

$5/member child, $12/nonmember child. Registration required.
Caregivers welcome to participate but not required to stay.

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

Tots Create

November 2, 2019, 10 – 11:30 AM

Guided by a sensory-friendly educator, little ones explore the museum by stretching with shapes, waking up colors and sharing stories.

Tots Create

November 2, 2019, 10 – 11:30 AM

Tots Create

Best for ages 3 – 5 and their grown-ups

Wee creatives crave active learning experiences and permission to engineer a mess. Guided by a sensory-friendly educator, little ones explore the museum by stretching with shapes, waking up colors and sharing stories. At the worktable, tots and caregivers experiment together with familiar and curious materials to boost imagination and early problem-solving skills. Dress for messy fun.

$5/member child, $12/nonmember child. *Registration required. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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

Kids Creative Playdate

November 7, 2019, 11 AM - 1 PM

This program combines play with loose parts with unconventional idea-making. Art smocks provided, mess-making guaranteed.

Kids Creative Playdate

November 7, 2019, 11 AM - 1 PM

Kids Creative Playdate

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 in a sensory-rich space where everyday materials provide fuel for imagination. This program combines play with loose parts with unconventional idea-making. Art smocks provided, mess-making guaranteed.

Complimentary admission for members, $12/nonmember child. *Registration required. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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

Be Inspired by Art, Yoga and Meditation

November 9, 2019, 11:00 am

Led by certified Akron yoga instructors, this enriching experience is not to be missed.

Be Inspired by Art, Yoga and Meditation

November 9, 2019, 11:00 am

Now on Saturday mornings!

Enhance your health and experience the current exhibitions at the Akron Art Museum. 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 Akron yoga instructors, this enriching experience is not to be missed. Bring a yoga mat and an open, creative mind.

Complimentary admission for members, $12/nonmember • Registration is required. Use the button or link below to register

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

Photo: Shane Wynn

Teacher Workshop: Game-ify Your Classroom

November 9, 2019, 11 AM - 1 PM

School is all fun and games until…well, until forever if you choose! Head to the museum to experience the power and joy of turning your teaching into a game for you and your students.

Teacher Workshop: Game-ify Your Classroom

November 9, 2019, 11 AM - 1 PM

Teacher Workshop: Game-ify Your Classroom

School is all fun and games until…well, until forever if you choose! Head to the museum to experience the power and joy of turning your teaching into a game for you and your students. Inspired by the museum’s exhibition Open World: Video Games & Contemporary Art, we’ll explore how games of all sorts can help students develop meaningful, long-lasting connections to classroom curriculum. The event will feature keynote speaker J. Collins, who is the Computer Science Teacher and Robotics Coach at Hathaway Brown School. Collins is also the Ohio Esports Triathlon Tournament Organizer and played an integral role in the Open World Arcade. Collins’ talk will be followed by a cornucopia of games that transforms all subjects from physics to storytelling into playful learning opportunities.

Each $10 registration includes discounted gallery admission AND a drink ticket for the beverage of your choice in the museum’s café. All participants will receive professional development paperwork to submit to their LPDCs.

JooYoung Choi, Journey Vision 5000 - Sweet Cretaceous Edition BR, 2018, flat screen, plywood, digital video file and acrylic paint, 24 x 25 x 6 in., Courtesy of the artist. Photo by Tom DuBrock

Energize for Educators events are made possible by the FirstEnergy Foundation with additional support from the Sandra L. and Dennis B. Haslinger Family Foundation, the Joseph G. and Sally A. Miller Family Foundation and the Laura R. & Lucian Q. Moffitt Foundation.

Art Talk: Angela Washko

November 9, 2019, 2 - 3 PM

Washko will discuss her interdisciplinary practice melding performance, video, installation and game-making.

Art Talk: Angela Washko

November 9, 2019, 2 - 3 PM

For her project The Council on Gender Sensitivity and Behavioral Awareness in World of Warcraft, Angela Washko conducted a series of conversations on feminism within the world’s most popular online role-playing game. Washko will discuss her interdisciplinary practice melding performance, video, installation and game-making.

Complimentary admission for members, $12/nonmembers • Registration is required

Angela Washko, Playing a Girl, from The Council on Gender Sensitivity and Behavioral Awareness in World of Warcraft, 2013, video, 20 minutes, 48 seconds, Courtesy of the artist

Experimental Collage Workshop with Andrea Myers

November 13, 2019, 3:30 - 4:40 PM

Akron Art Library collection artist Andrea Myers challenges the distinctions between two and three-dimensional art. Join us to hear how she explores this in-between space through hybridizing painting, sculpture and fiber arts. In this workshop you will also have a chance to make your own collage using the artist’s experimental approach.

Experimental Collage Workshop with Andrea Myers

November 13, 2019, 3:30 - 4:40 PM

Experimental Collage Workshop with Andrea Myers

Akron Art Library collection artist Andrea Myers challenges the distinctions between two and three-dimensional art. Join us to hear how she explores this in-between space through hybridizing painting, sculpture and fiber arts. In this workshop you will also have a chance to make your own collage using the artist’s experimental approach.

Assistant Professor of Sculpture and Expanded Media at Kent State University at Stark, Myers is a recipient of the 2018 Greater Columbus Arts Council Artist Exchange in Dresden, Germany, and has recently completed the 2019 Artist Residency at coGalleries in Berlin. In addition to artwork commissioned for the Akron Art Library, the artist’s large-scale sculptures have been exhibited in the windows of the Polsky Building at the University of Akron for Curated Storefront.

Free and open to the public. Registration required. 

Andrea Myers, Weathering I, 2018, acrylic on layered paper, 15 x 11 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museum Art Library at the Akron-Summit County Public Library

Art Talk & Tour: Jade Dellinger: The Moon Museum

November 14, 2019, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

The Moon Museum is a tiny wafer made in a small edition, stowed away on the Apollo 12 moon lander. Come hear the epic tale and celebrate the opening of The Distance of the Moon with a first look tour.

Art Talk & Tour: Jade Dellinger: The Moon Museum

November 14, 2019, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Art Talk & Tour: Jade Dellinger: The Moon Museum

The Moon Museum may sound like science fiction, but it’s true: Six artists and their unidentified collaborator snuck a minuscule artwork on the moon! Featuring imagery by Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg and Robert Rauschenberg, The Moon Museum is a tiny wafer made in a small edition, stowed away on the Apollo 12 moon lander. Come hear the epic tale and celebrate the opening of The Distance of the Moon with a first look tour.

Free and open to the public. Registration required. (Coming soon)

The Moon Museum, featuring works by Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg, Forrest Myers, David Novros and John Chamberlain, 1969, lithograph of tantalum nitride film on ceramic wafer, 9/16 × 3/4 in., Fabricated by Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, New Jersey, Photograph by Jade Dellinger, Courtesy Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at Florida Southwestern State College, Fort Myers, Florida

Kids After-School Mind Unwind

November 14, 2019, 4 – 6 PM

Join an artist-educator and learn how to encourage lifelong positive habits of the mind including creative journaling, deconstructive doodling and expressive story-sharing.

Kids After-School Mind Unwind

November 14, 2019, 4 – 6 PM

Kids After-School Mind Unwind

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.

Free. Registration required. 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.

AAM After Work: Open World Play

November 21, 2019, 5:30 - 8 PM

The first of AAM’s happy hour events will celebrate our exhibition Open World: Video Games & Contemporary Art. Join us for an evening of free board games and live music. Beer is on you.

AAM After Work: Open World Play

November 21, 2019, 5:30 - 8 PM

AAM After Work: Open World Play

The first of AAM’s happy hour events will celebrate our exhibition Open World: Video Games & Contemporary Art. Join us for an evening of free board games and live music. Beer is on you.

Free and open to the public

Art Babes

November 21, 2019, 10 AM – 12 PM

Park the stroller and cozy up in our circle of babes for sensory play, face-to-face bouncy rhymes and social games to inspire baby’s curiosity and build first relationships.

Art Babes

November 21, 2019, 10 AM – 12 PM

Art Babes

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 our circle of babes for sensory play, face-to-face bouncy rhymes and social games to inspire baby’s curiosity and build first relationships. Happy babbles and crying are welcome! After class, make time for coffee talk and play awhile in our baby-friendly space.

$5/member child, $12/nonmember child. *Registration required.

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

December 2019

Open World Arcade

December 7, 2019, 11 AM - 5 PM

 Level up! For one day, our galleries and lobby will transform into the Open World Arcade.

Open World Arcade

December 7, 2019, 11 AM - 5 PM

Open World Arcade

Try the video games that inspired artists in the exhibition Open World: Video Games & Contemporary Art. Explore a showcase of indie tabletop and video games and meet their designers. This family-friendly event offers fun for gamers of all levels. Can you earn the top score?

Choose from 3 arcade sessions

  • 11 am – 1 pm
  • 1 – 3 pm
  • 3 – 5 pm

$10 members, $24/nonmembers, Free for children 12 and under
Children must be accompanied by an adult.

March 2020

The 13th Annual Art & Ale

March 28, 2020, 2:00 to 5:00 P.M. and 6:00 to 9:00 P.M

The 13th annual Art & Ale moves to Saturday, March 28, 2020. The Akron Art Museum’s popular craft beer tasting event will again feature two sessions: 2:00 to 5:00 P.M. and 6:00 to 9:00 P.M.

The 13th Annual Art & Ale

March 28, 2020, 2:00 to 5:00 P.M. and 6:00 to 9:00 P.M

The 13th annual Art & Ale moves to Saturday, March 28, 2020. The Akron Art Museum’s popular craft beer tasting event will again feature two sessions: 2:00 to 5:00 P.M. and 6:00 to 9:00 P.M. VIP, general admission, museum members and designated driver ticket options will all be offered in 2020, with more tickets added to the sought-after VIP level. Art & Ale pairs exceptional craft brews with delicious offerings from local food purveyors and includes coveted awards for best overall brew and people’s choice.

Tickets coming soon!

Photo by Shane Wynn

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