Upcoming Events

November 2018

Museum Closed: Happy Thanksgiving!

November 22, 2018

The Akron Art Museum is closed on Thursday, November 22, 2018 in observance of Thanksgiving. 

Museum Closed: Happy Thanksgiving!

November 22, 2018

The Akron Art Museum is closed on Thursday, November 22, 2018 in observance of Thanksgiving. We will reopen on Friday, November 23, 2018 at 11:00 am. Happy Thanksgiving! 

Image: William Keith, Napa River, Autumn, c. 1880s-1890s, oil on canvas, 20 3/8 x 30 3/8 in. Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Lois Sisler McFawn

Find out more about William Keith.

Thanksgiving Weekend Hours

November 23, 2018, 11 am – 5 pm

Live Creative with family and friends this holiday weekend! View museum hours and happenings for November 23, 24 and 25.

Thanksgiving Weekend Hours

November 23, 2018, 11 am – 5 pm

Live Creative with family and friends this holiday weekend!

Museum Gallery Hours are:
11:00 am – 5:00 pm • Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Bud and Susie Rogers Garden Hours are:
9:00 am – 6:00 pm • Friday
10:00 am – 5:00 pm • Saturday and Sunday

Museum is closed on Thankgiving Day (Thursday, November 22, 2018)

Exhibitions on View

Allison Zuckerman: Pirate and Muse • Through January 21, 2019

Jeff Donaldson: Dig • Through January 21, 2019

Brian Bress: Pictures Become You • Through April 14, 2019

The Fabricators • Through March 3, 2019

Give the Gift of Membership!

Share the joy of art by giving an Akron Art Museum gift membership this year. Memberships start at just $25 for an Art Seeker and $50 for an Individual Art Enthusiast. Household memberships start at $75.

When you purchase your gift membership at the museum, we will include a gift wrapped copy of Akron Art Museum: Art Since 1850, An Introduction to the Collection, which beautifully illustrates and discusses 100 works from the museum’s collection. You will also receive a tote bag to carry your gift home!

For more information on membership levels and benefits, or to purchase a gift membership today, call 330.376.9186 x225 or visit AkronArtMuseum.org/memberships

Unique Gifts in the Museum Shop

Browse, Discover and Shop for your loved ones this holiday season. From creative educational toys to fun apparel, locally-made jewelry and handmade décor, the Museum Shop has something for everyone. Shop online in the museum's eBay store or through our Shopify page.

Image: Joseph O'Sickey, Table, Still Life in Garden, 1986, watercolor, ink, graphite and pastel on paper, 21 x 29 in. Collection of the Akron Art Museum. The Mary S. and Louis S. Myers Endowment Fund for Painting and Sculpture.

Get to Know Your Museum Tour

November 27, 2018, 11 am

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, and more!

Get to Know Your Museum Tour

November 27, 2018, 11 am

Get to Know Your Museum Tour

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 register. (coming soon!)

Space is limited! Only 20 spots per tour.

Not a member? Join here! 

Free Thursday

November 29, 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

November 29, 2018, 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!

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

The J. M. Smucker Company logo 

Art Talk: Brian Bress

November 29, 2018, 6:30 pm

Learn about Bress' unique process including character development, costume creation, performance and film-production as the artist illustrates how he arrived at making his hybrid painting-videos.

Art Talk: Brian Bress

November 29, 2018, 6:30 pm

Art Talk: Brian Bress

Learn about Bress' unique process including character development, costume creation, performance and film-production as the artist illustrates how he arrived at making his hybrid painting-videos.

Free and open to all.

Image: Brian Bress, Organizing The Physical Evidence (Gradients on Gradients), 2018, high definition dual-channel video (color), two high definition monitors and players, wall mounts, framed, 49 x 39.5 x 3.25 in., TRT: 16 min., 36 sec., loop, Courtesy Philip Martin Gallery, Los Angeles

December 2018

North Hill Trolley Tour with Shane Wynn

December 1, 2018, 2pm & 3pm

Bundle up and head over to the Exchange House in North Hill for a trolley tour of photographer Shane Wynn's life-sized portrait series showcasing immigrants and former refugee families throughout the neighborhood.

North Hill Trolley Tour with Shane Wynn

December 1, 2018, 2pm & 3pm

North Hill Trolley Tour with Shane Wynn

Bundle up and head over to the Exchange House in North Hill for a trolley tour of photographer Shane Wynn's life-sized portrait series showcasing immigrants and former refugee families throughout the neighborhood.

There will be two tours led by Wynn, departing from the Exchange House at 2 pm and 3 pm. Be sure to stop inside for a warm beverage and snacks from Nepali Kitchen!

FREE, registration recommended. *SOLD OUT*

This tour is part of the Akron Art Library, an art lending program in partnership with the Akron-Summit County Public Library. Shane Wynn is a featured artist in the lending collection, to reserve a photograph by Wynn or browse the collection, visit www.akronlibrary.org

Tots Create: Spools N' Bobbins Textile Sampling

December 1, 2018, 10:30 am – 12 pm

Wee creatives crave active learning experiences that stretch the way they interpret the world around them. Guided by an early childhood art educator, children explore the elements of art both at the work table and through movement, simple games and stories.

Tots Create: Spools N' Bobbins Textile Sampling

December 1, 2018, 10:30 am – 12 pm

Tots Create: Spools N' Bobbins Textile Sampling

Best for ages 3-5 and their grown-ups.

Wee creatives crave active learning experiences that stretch the way they interpret the world around them. Guided by an early childhood art educator, children explore the elements of art both at the work table and through movement, simple games and stories. Jumpstart your Saturday with curiosity, process-play and networking with other inspiring kids. Dress for messy fun. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

$5/member child, $10/nonmember child. *Registration required.

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

Kid's Studio: Scrap Wrap Sculpture

December 1, 2018, 1 – 3 pm

Aspiring artists need opportunities to question, make mistakes and test ideas. Guided by a practicing studio 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: Scrap Wrap Sculpture

December 1, 2018, 1 – 3 pm

Kid's Studio: Scrap Wrap Sculpture

Best for ages 6 – 10

Aspiring artists need opportunities to question, make mistakes and test ideas. Guided by a practicing studio 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 and exploring the creative process of art-making are key components to our studio experience. Caregivers welcome to participate but not required to stay.

$5/member child, $10/nonmember child. *Registration required.

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.

Teacher Tour: New Exhibitions

December 6, 2018, 4:30 PM

This fall, four new exhibitions have been unveiled. Covering technology to history, personal stories to worldwide events, this new batch of art has something to offer everyone.

Teacher Tour: New Exhibitions

December 6, 2018, 4:30 PM

Teacher Tour: New Exhibitions

If you haven’t been to the museum in a while, you might not recognize the place. This fall, four new exhibitions have been unveiled. Covering technology to history, personal stories to worldwide events, this new
batch of art has something to offer everyone. So, invite your colleagues (social studies, math and science teachers too, please!) and head to the museum for a VIP tour filled with info, secrets and behind-the-scenes goodies.

Free, space is limited. Registration required.

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

The Radical Notion: Screen Printing Workshop

December 6, 2018, 6:30 pm

Create your own custom screenprint with Youngstown’s The Radical Notion. During this class, you’ll create a custom poster bearing the names of women artists in the Akron Art Museum collection and get a tour of Allison Zuckerman: Pirate and Muse.

The Radical Notion: Screen Printing Workshop

December 6, 2018, 6:30 pm

The Radical Notion: Screen Printing Workshop

Create your own custom screenprint with Youngstown’s The Radical Notion. Heather Seno is known for shirts bearing quippy, art history-inspired feminist slogans. During this class, you’ll create a custom poster bearing the names of women artists in the Akron Art Museum collection and get a tour of Allison Zuckerman: Pirate and Muse.

$15/members, $25/nonmember

Kid's Creative Playdate: Jazz and Geometry Color Jam

December 6, 2018, 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Art meets inventive play every first Thursday. Imaginative potential is something we’re all born with and giving children permission to make meaningful messes is the foundation for big ideas. Make a date to celebrate your child’s creative potential.

Kid's Creative Playdate: Jazz and Geometry Color Jam

December 6, 2018, 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Kid's Creative Playdate: Jazz and Geometry Color Jam

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

Art meets inventive play every first Thursday. Imaginative potential is something we’re all born with and giving children permission to make meaningful messes is the foundation for big ideas. Make a date to celebrate your little scribbler’s creative potential. This program is a sensory-rich, open-ended experience that involves testing out unconventional methods for making a single object of wonder or collaboration with friends. Art smocks provided.

Free for member s, $10/nonmember child. *Registration required.

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

Be Inspired by Art, Yoga, and Meditation

December 13, 2018, 6:30 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.

Be Inspired by Art, Yoga, and Meditation

December 13, 2018, 6:30 pm

Be Inspired by Art, Yoga, and Meditation

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 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.

Photo by Shane Wynn Photography

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

Night at the Museum: Franklin Elementary, Wadsworth City Schools

December 13, 2018, 11 am – 9 pm

Nearly all artists start out by learning and developing skills in a classroom. Get a preview of what tomorrow’s famous artists are doing TODAY by attending one of the museum’s Student Art Shows.

Night at the Museum: Franklin Elementary, Wadsworth City Schools

December 13, 2018, 11 am – 9 pm

Night at the Museum: Franklin Elementary, Wadsworth City Schools

Nearly all artists start out by learning and developing skills in a classroom. Get a preview of what tomorrow’s famous artists are doing TODAY by attending one of the museum’s Student Art Shows. Featuring schools and
organizations in the surrounding community, the 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 events are made possible with support from the Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation and Fifth Third Bank.

Photo by Shane Wynn

Dig In: Jenniva Cummings, Special Effects and Makeup

December 13, 2018, 6:30 pm

Join us for a performance by one of three reknowned local African-American artists. Each of the featured artists will create a work of art inspired by Donaldson that will be performed live in the museum. Video of the performances will be presented throughout the run of the exhibition.

Dig In: Jenniva Cummings, Special Effects and Makeup

December 13, 2018, 6:30 pm

Dig In: Jenniva Cummings, Special Effects and Makeup

Akron arts publication The Devil Strip teamed up with the museum to create video profiles of three African-American artists in the Akron community that will be on view in the museum’s Jerry and Patsy Shaw Video Box during the run of Jeff Donaldson: Dig. Each of the featured artists will create a work of art inspired by Donaldson that will be performed live in the museum. Video of the performances will be presented throughout the run of the exhibition.

Free and Open to the Public

Kid's After-School Mind Unwind: Draw and Stitch Dreamscape

December 13, 2018, 4 - 6 PM

Our open studio is the perfect place for caregivers and kids to express themselves and unwind. We’re tech-free with a quality-time-together guarantee!

Kid's After-School Mind Unwind: Draw and Stitch Dreamscape

December 13, 2018, 4 - 6 PM

Kid's After-School Mind Unwind: Draw and Stitch Dreamscape

Best for ages 5-12 and their grown-ups

Our open studio is the perfect place for caregivers and kids to express themselves and unwind. We’re tech-free with a quality-time-together guarantee! Hang out with other young visionaries and learn how to develop lifelong positive habits of the mind with fun, energizing art experiences. Don’t settle for bored and tired, get inspired! Every 2nd Free Thursday.

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.

Talk: Wadsworth and Jae Jarrell

December 15, 2018, 2:00 PM

In 1968, Wadsworth and Jae Jarrell founded AfriCOBRA with artists Jeff Donaldson, Barbara J. Jones and Gerald Williams. The couple, who now live in Cleveland’s Glenville neighborhood, will give a talk about their careers.

Talk: Wadsworth and Jae Jarrell

December 15, 2018, 2:00 PM

Talk: Wadsworth and Jae Jarrell

In 1968, Wadsworth and Jae Jarrell founded AfriCOBRA with artists Jeff Donaldson, Barbara J. Jones and Gerald Williams. Headquartered in Chicago, the group gathered in Wadsworth’s studio to develop an approach to art that was inspired by the colors, rhythms and patterns that the artists found in the music, fashion and art of the African continent, creating a style and identity that celebrated the richness of their creative heritage and delivering strong, positive messages for black communities. The couple, who now live in Cleveland’s Glenville neighborhood, will give a talk about their careers.

Wadsworth Jarrell’s work is found in the collections of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the High Museum of Art, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Detroit Institute of Art. Jae Jarrell’s work has appeared in several major exhibitions, including the Brooklyn Museum of Art’s 2014 exhibition Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties and the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland’s 2015 exhibition How to Remain Human. Her garments belong to private collections as well as to a permanent collection in the Brooklyn Museum of Art.

Island of Misfit Toys:Toy-Building Workshop

December 16, 2018, 11:30 am – 1 pm, 1:30 – 3 pm, 3:30 – 5 pm

If you dream of engineering something old into something new, our trove of misfit toys is waiting here f or you! Visit our unique maker’s space where kids are encouraged to bash, bend, drill and glue, transforming pieces and par ts of broken toys into upcycled one-of-a-kind sculptures.

Island of Misfit Toys:Toy-Building Workshop

December 16, 2018, 11:30 am – 1 pm, 1:30 – 3 pm, 3:30 – 5 pm

Island of Misfit Toys:Toy-Building Workshop

Multiple session times:
11:30 am – 1 pm
1:30 – 3 pm
3:30 – 5 pm

If you dream of engineering something old into something new, our trove of misfit toys is waiting here f or you! Visit our unique maker’s space where kids are encouraged to bash, bend, drill and glue, transforming pieces and par ts of broken toys into upcycled one-of-a-kind sculptures.

Free; however, please bring one new, unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots. Gallery admission is free for members and children (age 17 and under). Adults must be accompanied by a child. *Registration required. Choose one session.

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.

Art Babes: Baby Boogie: Rhythm and Pattern Play

December 20, 2018, 10:30 – 11:30 am

It’s a pint-sized artdate for caregivers and their rollers, sitters, scooters and dribblers.

Art Babes: Baby Boogie: Rhythm and Pattern Play

December 20, 2018, 10:30 – 11:30 am

Art Babes: Baby Boogie: Rhythm and Pattern Play

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 a while in our baby-friendly space.

$5/member child, $10/nonmember child. *Registration required.

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

Live Music by Missile Toe

December 20, 2018, 6:30 pm

It was the Thursday before Christmas and all through the museum, every surface was vibrating with Missile Toe’s upbeat rock and roll versions of holiday classics.

Live Music by Missile Toe

December 20, 2018, 6:30 pm

Live Music by Missile Toe

It was the Thursday before Christmas and all through the museum, every surface was vibrating with Missile Toe’s upbeat rock and roll versions of holiday classics. What better way to spend a chilly December evening than shopping in the museum store, dancing to the world’s greatest Christmas band and enjoying a cocktail with friends? Unwind and kick off your holiday celebration at the Akron Art Museum.

Free and open to the public.

Photography by Tim Fitzwater

Member Shopping Days

December 21, 2018, 11 - 5pm

Looking for that perfect holiday gift? Join us on one of our Member Shopping Days for a double discount, sample some holiday cookies and special offers in the café!

Member Shopping Days

December 21, 2018, 11 - 5pm

Member Shopping Days

Looking for that perfect holiday gift? Join us on one of our Member Shopping Days for a double discount, sample some holiday cookies and special offers in the café!

Member Shopping Days

December 22, 2018, 11 - 5pm

Looking for that perfect holiday gift? Join us on one of our Member Shopping Days for a double discount, sample some holiday cookies and special offers in the café!

Member Shopping Days

December 22, 2018, 11 - 5pm

Looking for that perfect holiday gift? Join us on one of our Member Shopping Days for a double discount, sample some holiday cookies and special offers in the café!

January 2019

Girls to the Front: Women Artists in the Akron Art Museum and Beyond

January 3, 2019, 6:30 pm

Explore female identifying artists in the collection on this hour-long tour that will culminate in an exploration of Allison Zuckerman: Pirate and Muse.

Girls to the Front: Women Artists in the Akron Art Museum and Beyond

January 3, 2019, 6:30 pm

Girls to the Front: Women Artists in the Akron Art Museum and Beyond

Famed art historian Linda Nochlin once pondered, “Why have there been no great women artists?” That is simply no longer the case. From Alma Thomas’ colorful Pond - Spring Awakening to Viola Frey’s massive sculpture The World and the Woman, the Akron Art Museum collection is full of great women artists. Explore female identifying artists in the collection on this hour-long tour that will culminate in an exploration of Allison Zuckerman: Pirate and Muse.

Viola Frey, The World and the Woman, 1992, glazed ceramic, 80 x 142 x 75 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Gift of Irving and Harriett Sands

Kids Creative Playdate: Supersized Masks and Mixed-Up Faces

January 3, 2019, 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Art meets inventive play every first Thursday. Imaginative potential is something we’re all born with and giving children permission to make meaningful messes is the foundation for big ideas. Make a date to celebrate your little scribbler’s creative potential.

Kids Creative Playdate: Supersized Masks and Mixed-Up Faces

January 3, 2019, 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Kids Creative Playdate: Supersized Masks and Mixed-Up Faces

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

Art meets inventive play ever y first Thursday. Imaginative potential is something we’re all born with and giving children permission to make meaningful messes is the foundation for big ideas. Make a date to celebrate your little scribbler ’s creative potential. This program is a sensory-rich, open-ended experience that involves testing out unconventional methods for making a single object of wonder or collaboration with friends. Art smocks provided.

Free for members, $10/nonmember child. *Registration required. (Coming Soon!)

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

Tots Create: Tutti-Frutti Fizzy Painting

January 5, 2019, 10:30 am – 12 pm

Jumpstart your Saturday with curiosity, process-play and networking with other inspiring tots. Dress for messy fun. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Tots Create: Tutti-Frutti Fizzy Painting

January 5, 2019, 10:30 am – 12 pm

Tots Create: Tutti-Frutti Fizzy Painting

Best for ages 3-5 and their grown-ups

Wee creatives crave active learning experiences that stretch the way they interpret the world around them. Guided by an early childhood art educator, little ones explore the elements of art both at the work table and through movement, simple games and stories. Jumpstart your Saturday with curiosity, process-play and networking with other inspiring tots. Dress for messy fun. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

$5/member child, $10/nonmember child. *Registration required. (Coming Soon!)

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

Get Zucked: An Allison Zuckerman Inspired Tour Experience

January 10, 2019, 6:30 pm

Explore feminism, art history and digital art in an interactive scavenger hunt inspired by Allison Zuckerman: Pirate and Muse. Make a Zuckerman-inspired selfie, answer trivia questions and create an artwork ripped from the pages of an art history textbook.

Get Zucked: An Allison Zuckerman Inspired Tour Experience

January 10, 2019, 6:30 pm

Get Zucked: An Allison Zuckerman Inspired Tour Experience

Explore feminism, art history and digital art in an interactive scavenger hunt inspired by Allison Zuckerman: Pirate and Muse. Make a Zuckerman-inspired selfie, answer trivia questions and create an artwork ripped from the pages of an art history textbook.

Allison Zuckerman, All Is Well, 2018, acrylic and archival CMYK ink on canvas, 60 x 80 in., Collection of Nicole D. Liarakos

Be Inspired by Art, Yoga, and Meditation

January 10, 2019, 6:30 pm

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.

Be Inspired by Art, Yoga, and Meditation

January 10, 2019, 6:30 pm

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 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.

Photo by Shane Wynn Photography

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

Get to Know your Museum with Dot Tour

January 11, 2019, 12 pm

 Join our Chief of Staff Jennifer Shipman and learn more about the Akron Art Museum with Dot—the museum’s first major institutional advancement integrating digital technology into the museum experience. Learn how Dot is connecting people to our collection and to each other!

Get to Know your Museum with Dot Tour

January 11, 2019, 12 pm

Get to Know your Museum with Dot Tour

Join our Chief of Staff Jennifer Shipman and learn more about the Akron Art Museum with Dot—the museum’s first major institutional advancement integrating digital technology into the museum experience. Learn how Dot is connecting people to our collection and to each other!

Free for Members. Registration Required

Book Club: Reading Under the Roof Cloud

January 17, 2019, 6 pm

Explore the genre of Afrofuturism and the artwork of Jeff Donaldson as we explore the novella Binti by Nnedi Okorafor with guest moderator Bronlynn Thurman, local science fiction and art aficionado.

Book Club: Reading Under the Roof Cloud

January 17, 2019, 6 pm

Explore the genre of Afrofuturism and the artwork of Jeff Donaldson as we explore the novella Binti by Nnedi Okorafor with guest moderator Bronlynn Thurman, local science fiction and art aficionado.

Binti is the first of the Himba people to be offered a place at Oomza University, the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. But to accept the offer will mean giving up her place in her family to travel between the stars among strangers who do not share her ways or respect her customs. Binti is the Hugo and Nebula award-winning first novella in Okorafor’s Binti series.

Art Babes: Texture, Reach, and Grasp

January 17, 2019, 10:30 – 11:30 am

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: Texture, Reach, and Grasp

January 17, 2019, 10:30 – 11:30 am

Art Babes: Texture, Reach, and Grasp

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 a while in our baby-friendly space.

$5/member child, $10/nonmember child. *Registration required. (Coming Soon!)

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

Photo by John Aylward

Last Look Tour

January 19, 2019, 10:30 AM

Catch the works of Jeff Donaldson and Allison Zuckerman before the exhibitions close! Chief Curator Ellen Rudolph and Associate Curator Theresa Bembnister will discuss the ways in which both artists reference art history in their work.

Last Look Tour

January 19, 2019, 10:30 AM

Last Look Tour

Catch the works of Jeff Donaldson and Allison Zuckerman before the exhibitions close! Chief Curator Ellen Rudolph and Associate Curator Theresa Bembnister will discuss the ways in which both artists reference art history in their work.

Free for members. Registration required.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration

January 21, 2019, 1 - 4pm

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy inspires transformation through creativity. Celebrate King’s vision by recharging your imagination with hands-on art activities, games and storytelling paired with artists from the museum’s contemporary collection.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration

January 21, 2019, 1 - 4pm

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy inspires transformation through creativity. Celebrate King’s vision by recharging your imagination with hands-on art activities, games and storytelling paired with artists from the museum’s contemporary collection.

Free. No registration required. Gallery admission is free for all. Adults must be accompanied by a child.

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

Photo by John Aylward

Collection Tour: Stark State College Akron

January 22, 2019, 6 pm

Join Akron Art Museum and ArtsNow for a tour of the art installations at the new Akron campus of Stark State College.

Collection Tour: Stark State College Akron

January 22, 2019, 6 pm

Collection Tour: Stark State College Akron

Stark State College Akron | 360 Perkins St, Akron, OH

Join Akron Art Museum and ArtsNow for a tour of the art installations at the new Akron campus of Stark State College. The collection features work by over twenty Ohio artists selected through the Ohio Arts Council’s Ohio Percent for Art program. Some of the artists will be participating in the tour to talk about their work.

Free and open to all. Registration required.

Anthony Depew, Kenny Scharf (detail), 2012, acrylic on canvas , 36 x 36 in., Courtesy the artist

Film Screening: Garry Winogrand: All Things are Photographable

January 24, 2019, 7 pm

Garry Winogrand: All Things Are Photographable is a stunningly intimate portrait of an artist who both personified his era and transformed it.

Film Screening: Garry Winogrand: All Things are Photographable

January 24, 2019, 7 pm

Film Screening: Garry Winogrand: All Things are Photographable

“What is a photograph?” Akron Art Museum collection artist Garry Winogrand asks in his iconic, gravelly Bronx accent. Decades before digital technology transformed how we make and see pictures, Winogrand made hundreds of thousands of them with his 35mm Leica, creating an encyclopedic portrait of America from the late 1950s to the early 1980s in the process. Forged by the artist’s own words and images, Garry Winogrand: All Things Are Photographable is a stunningly intimate portrait of an artist who both personified his era and transformed it.

Free to members, $10/nonmember. Registration required.

Beautiful Risks: Having the Courage to Teach and Learn with Creativity with Dr. Ron Beghetto

January 26, 2019, 10 am

During this interactive presentation and workshop, you’ll learn from an internationally-recognized expert on creative thought and action in education how making slight changes to existing teaching, learning and leadership practices can result in transformative ways of thinking and acting.

Beautiful Risks: Having the Courage to Teach and Learn with Creativity with Dr. Ron Beghetto

January 26, 2019, 10 am

Beautiful Risks: Having the Courage to Teach and Learn with Creativity with Dr. Ron Beghetto

Are you feeling a little less energized about teaching than you’d like to be? We all need an attitude
adjustment now and again. During this interactive presentation and workshop, you’ll learn from an
internationally-recognized expert on creative thought and action in education how making slight changes
to existing teaching, learning and leadership practices can result in transformative ways of thinking and
acting.

Dr. Beghetto serves as Professor of Educational Psychology, Director of the University of Connecticut’s
Innovation House and Graduate Program Coordinator for the Cognition, Instruction, Learning, &
Technology Program in the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. He is the editor
for the Journal of Creative Behavior, series editor for Creative Theory and Action in Education and serves
as a creativity advisor for the LEGO Foundation.

Free, space is limited. Registration required.

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

Tour: Brian Bress: Pictures Become You

January 31, 2019, 6 pm

Join Chief Curator Ellen Rudolph in the Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Gallery for an extended look at Bress’ video-paintings along with conversation about the humor, craft and philosophical aspects of the artist’s work.

Tour: Brian Bress: Pictures Become You

January 31, 2019, 6 pm

Tour: Brian Bress: Pictures Become You

Join Chief Curator Ellen Rudolph in the Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Gallery for an extended look at Bress’ video-paintings along with conversation about the humor, craft and philosophical aspects of the artist’s work.

Registration required.

Brian Bress, Chefs #4 (on green, violet and pink waves), 2016, high definition three-channel video (color), high definition monitors and players, wall mounts, framed, 39 1/2 x 73 7/8 x 3 1/4 in., Courtesy of the artist and Philip Martin Gallery, Los Angeles

February 2019

Get to Know your Museum with Dot Tour

February 2, 2019, 11 am

Join our Chief of Staff Jennifer Shipman and learn more about the Akron Art Museum with Dot—the museum’s first major institutional advancement integrating digital technology into the museum experience. Learn how Dot is connecting people to our collection and to each other!

Get to Know your Museum with Dot Tour

February 2, 2019, 11 am

Get to Know your Museum with Dot Tour

Join our Chief of Staff Jennifer Shipman and learn more about the Akron Art Museum with Dot—the museum’s first major institutional advancement integrating digital technology into the museum experience. Learn how Dot is connecting people to our collection and to each other!

Free for Members. Registration Required

Tots Create: Big Emotion, Big Block Printmaking

February 2, 2019, 10:30 am – 12 pm

Jumpstart your Saturday with curiosity, process-play and networking with other inspiring tots. Dress for messy fun. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Tots Create: Big Emotion, Big Block Printmaking

February 2, 2019, 10:30 am – 12 pm

Tots Create: Big Emotion, Big Block Printmaking

Best for ages 3-5 and their grown-ups

Wee creatives crave active learning experiences that stretch the way they interpret the world around them. Guided by an early childhood art educator, little ones explore the elements of art both at the work table and through movement, simple games and stories. Jumpstart your Saturday with curiosity, process-play and networking with other inspiring tots. Dress for messy fun. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

$5/member child, $10/nonmember child. *Registration required. (Coming Soon!)

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

Kids Studio: Toothpaste-Resist Fabric Dying - Cubist Style

February 2, 2019, 1 – 3 pm

Aspiring artists need opportunities to question, make mistakes and test ideas. Guided by a practicing studio 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: Toothpaste-Resist Fabric Dying - Cubist Style

February 2, 2019, 1 – 3 pm

Kids Studio: Toothpaste-Resist Fabric Dying - Cubist Style

Best for ages 6 – 10

Aspiring artists need opportunities to question, make mistakes and test ideas. Guided by a practicing studio 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 and exploring the creative process of art-making are key components to our studio experience. Caregivers welcome to participate but not required to stay. Dress for messy fun.

$5/member child, $10/nonmember child. *Registration required. (Coming Soon!)

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.

Photo by John Aylward

Coffee with a Curator

February 6, 2019, 9:30 am

Chat with Chief Curator Ellen Rudolph about the upcoming exhibition Nick Cave: Feat. and the accompanying community project Nick Cave: Feat. Akron. Learn about some of the preparation for the exhibition and the efforts in motion to build toward the public event that will connect and spotlight residents of various Akron neighborhoods.

Coffee with a Curator

February 6, 2019, 9:30 am

Coffee with a Curator

Chief Curator, Ellen Rudolph

Chat with Chief Curator Ellen Rudolph about the upcoming exhibition Nick Cave: Feat. and the accompanying community project Nick Cave: Feat. Akron. Learn about some of the preparation for the exhibition and the efforts in motion to build toward the public event that will connect and spotlight residents of various Akron neighborhoods.

Free for members. Registration required.

Nick Cave. Wall Relief, 2013. Mixed media, including ceramic birds, metal flowers, afghans, strung crystals, and gramophone,97 x 74 x 21 in. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. © Nick Cave. Photo: James Prinz Photography

One Work, One Hour

February 7, 2019, 6:30 pm

Ever feel like you don’t get a chance to stop and look? Spend an hour carefully looking at and discussing Mickalene Thomas’ Girlfriends and Lovers.

One Work, One Hour

February 7, 2019, 6:30 pm

One Work, One Hour

Ever feel like you don’t get a chance to stop and look? Spend an hour carefully looking at and discussing Mickalene Thomas’ Girlfriends and Lovers. Studies show that looking at art can help you de-stress and
improve your brain function. Everything from shapes and colors to art historical and pop culture references will be discussed

Free and open to the public.

Mickalene Thomas, Girlfriends and Lovers, 2008, acrylic, enamel and rhinestones on panel, 108 x 144 in.,
Collection of the Akron Art Museum, The Mary S. and Louis S. Myers Endowment Fund for Painting and
Sculpture 2010.01

Be Inspired by Art, Yoga, and Meditation

February 7, 2019, 6:30 pm

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.

Be Inspired by Art, Yoga, and Meditation

February 7, 2019, 6:30 pm

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 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.

Photo by Shane Wynn Photography

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

Kids Creative Playdate: Crunch, Crumple, Fold, and Tear

February 7, 2019, 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Art meets inventive play ever y first Thursday. Imaginative potential is something we’re all born with and giving children permission to make meaningful messes is the foundation for big ideas. Make a date to celebrate your little scribbler ’s creative potential.

Kids Creative Playdate: Crunch, Crumple, Fold, and Tear

February 7, 2019, 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Kids Creative Playdate: Crunch, Crumple, Fold, and Tear

Art meets inventive play ever y first Thursday. Imaginative potential is something we’re all born with and giving children permission to make meaningful messes is the foundation for big ideas. Make a date to celebrate your little scribbler ’s creative potential. This program is a sensory-rich, open-ended experience that involves testing out unconventional methods for making a single object of wonder or collaboration with friends. Art smocks provided.

Free for member s, $10/nonmember child. *Registration required. (Coming Soon!)

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

Night at the Museum: Miller South School for Visual and Performing Arts

February 7, 2019, 7 pm

Nearly all artists start out by learning and developing skills in a classroom. Get a preview of what tomorrow’s famous artists are doing TODAY by attending one of the museum’s Student Art Shows.

Night at the Museum: Miller South School for Visual and Performing Arts

February 7, 2019, 7 pm

Night at the Museum: Miller South School for Visual and Performing Arts

Nearly all artists start out by learning and developing skills in a classroom. Get a preview of what tomorrow’s famous artists are doing TODAY by attending one of the museum’s Student Art Shows. Featuring schools and
organizations in the surrounding community, the events highlight the talent of Northeast Ohio’s youngest artists,
as well as their amazing teachers and mentors.

Dance Performance. Open to the public but seating is limited.

Night at the Museum events are made possible with support from the Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation and Fifth Third Bank.

Photo by Shane Wynn

Coffee with a Curator

February 9, 2019, 10:30 am

Warm up with a cup of coffee and or hot chocolate and chat about the upcoming exhibition Joe Vitone: Family Records with Associate Curator Theresa Bembnister. Family Records is an ongoing series of portraits of Vitone’s extended family living in and around Akron, Ohio. 

Coffee with a Curator

February 9, 2019, 10:30 am

Coffee with a Curator

Associate Curator Theresa Bembnister

Warm up with a cup of coffee and or hot chocolate and chat about the upcoming exhibition Joe Vitone: Family Records with Associate Curator Theresa Bembnister. Family Records is an ongoing series of portraits of Vitone’s extended family living in and around Akron, Ohio. Begun in 1998, this photographic series documents evolving interpersonal connections between parents and children, siblings, spouses, cousins and other relations through the highs and lows of life in the Rust Belt region.

Free for members. Registration required.

Joseph Vitone, Marjorie Angel in her back yard with hollyhocks, Akron, Ohio, 1998, gelatin silver print, 20 x 24 in. Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Gift of the artist 2004.10

Valentine's Day Tour

February 14, 2019, 6 pm

Explore the galleries with rose colored glasses on a Valentine’s Day inspired love tour. We’ll discover all of the scandalous, sweet and sappy love stories behind the artworks on view. Then, cap off your romantic adventure with champagne and chocolates.

Valentine's Day Tour

February 14, 2019, 6 pm

Is it getting steamy in here? Explore the galleries with rose colored glasses on a Valentine’s Day inspired love tour. We’ll discover all of the scandalous, sweet and sappy love stories behind the artworks on view. Then, cap off your romantic adventure with champagne and chocolates, naturally. Bring your long-time love or new boo for a date night you won’t soon forget.

Members only. Registration required.

Photo by Shane Wynn Photography

After-School Mind Unwind: Meme Collage Valentines

February 14, 2019, 4 – 6 pm

Our open studio is the perfect place for caregivers and kids to express themselves and unwind. We’re tech-free with a quality-time-together guarantee.

After-School Mind Unwind: Meme Collage Valentines

February 14, 2019, 4 – 6 pm

After-School Mind Unwind: Meme Collage Valentines

Best for ages 5-12 and their grown-ups

Our open studio is the perfect place for caregivers and kids to express themselves and unwind. We’re tech-free with a quality-time-together guarantee. Hang out with other young visionaries and learn how to develop lifelong positive habits of the mind with fun, energizing art experiences. Don’t set tle for bored and tired, get inspired! Every 2nd Free Thursday.

Free. *Registration required. (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.

Photo by Shane Wynn

March 2019

Synapse Lecture: Fred Tomaselli

March 7, 2019, 6:30 pm

Drawing on art historical sources and Eastern and Western decorative traditions, Fred Tomaselli’s works explode in mesmerizing patterns that appear to grow organically across his compositions. Hear him speak about his work. 

Synapse Lecture: Fred Tomaselli

March 7, 2019, 6:30 pm

Synapse Lecture: Fred Tomaselli

Drawing on art historical sources and Eastern and Western decorative traditions, Fred Tomaselli’s works explode in mesmerizing patterns that appear to grow organically across his compositions. Tomaselli has had numerous solo exhibitions and has been included in international biennial exhibitions. His work has been collected by the Museum of Modern Art, NY, Whitney Museum of American Art, the Brooklyn Museum, Albright Knox Gallery and the Museum of Contemporary Art, LA.

Free and open to the public. 

Funded by the Knight Foundation, the University of Akron Synapse series explores enlightened collaborations between art and science.

Fred Tomaselli, Black Star, 2013, mixed media and resin on wood panel , 60 x 60 in., Courtesy the artist

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