Upcoming Events

Events for Month of November 2017

Free Thursday

November 2, 2017, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

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

Free Thursday

November 2, 2017, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

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

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

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Creative Playdate

November 2, 2017, 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

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

Creative Playdate

November 2, 2017, 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

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

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

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

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

Synapse Lecture: Rachel Sussman

November 2, 2017, 6:30 pm

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

Synapse Lecture: Rachel Sussman

November 2, 2017, 6:30 pm

Free and open to all

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

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

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

image 1: Rachel Sussman, Study for Sidewalk Kintsukuroi #11 (Toluca Lake, California), 2017, enamel and metallic dust on archival pigment print, 8 1/2 x 11 in. Courtesy of the artist. image 2:  Rachel Sussman, Welwitchia mirabilis #0707-22411 (2,000 years old, Namib Naukluft Desert, Namibia), courtesy of the artist.

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

Artist Talk: Jenniffer Omaitz

November 9, 2017, 6:30 pm

Join Akron Soul Train fellow Jenniffer Omaitz at the Akron Art Museum for an artist talk. 

Artist Talk: Jenniffer Omaitz

November 9, 2017, 6:30 pm

Free and Open to All

Join Akron Soul Train fellow Jenniffer Omaitz at the Akron Art Museum for an artist talk. This is an exciting opportunity to gain some insights into Jenniffer's artistic practice!

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Jenniffer’s work explores states of change between order and chaos present in urban environment, as it is in a constant state of transformation. Her paintings are a meditation on movement, permutation, and gesture; boundary coordinates operating between space and color. These ideas are present in two two ongoing series; Solid Movement, which investigates gesture and its ability to encapsulate time and psyche, and Folding Gesture, which explores changes in spatial order that appears fragmented. Her installation work is site specific using painted painting and drawing in combination with found objects while responding to the site’s architecture. Her installation work often encompass three-dimensional landscapes frozen in the midst of a chaotic event.

Jenniffer Omaitz is a local painter and installation artist who lives in Kent, OH. She received her MFA in Painting from Kent State University and her BFA in Painting from the Cleveland Institute of Art. Solo exhibitions of her work have been held at The Sculpture Center, Cleveland; Sandy Carson Gallery, Denver; and Kent State University, Hinterland, Denver, and the 1point618 Gallery, Cleveland. Omaitz is currently a Senior Lecturer at The University of Akron’s Myers School of Art. Jenniffer will be an Akron Soul Train fellow from October 1-30, 2017.

Free Thursday

November 9, 2017, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

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

Free Thursday

November 9, 2017, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

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

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

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Art Moves

November 9, 2017, 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

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

Art Moves

November 9, 2017, 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

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

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

Requested attire: Colorful socks!

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

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

Art, Yoga and Meditation

November 9, 2017, 6:30 – 7:45 pm

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

Art, Yoga and Meditation

November 9, 2017, 6:30 – 7:45 pm

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

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

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

Upcoming Art, Yoga and Meditation Sessions

November 9 • Alchemy 

Photo courtesy of @kcjenk42

Tots Create

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

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

Tots Create

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

Best for ages 3-5 and their grown-ups

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

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

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

Kids Studio Class

November 11, 2017, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

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

Kids Studio Class

November 11, 2017, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Best for ages 6 – 10

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

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

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

Curator Tour: Micro/Macro

November 11, 2017, 2:00 pm

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

Curator Tour: Micro/Macro

November 11, 2017, 2:00 pm

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

Micro/Macro with Elizabeth Carney, Assistant Curator 

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

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

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

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

Free Thursday

November 16, 2017, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

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

Free Thursday

November 16, 2017, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

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

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

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Art Babes

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

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

Art Babes

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

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

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

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

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

Gallery Talk by Mahwish Chishty

November 16, 2017, 6:30 pm

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

Gallery Talk by Mahwish Chishty

November 16, 2017, 6:30 pm

Free and Open to All

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

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image: Mahwish Chishty, MQ-9/ PREDATOR (detail), gouache and tea stain on paper, 2011, 24 x 12 in. Courtesy of the artist; Mahwish Chishty in the gallery beneath Hellfire, 2016, mixed media on cardboard, 62 x 15 x 15 in., Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Shane Wynn.

Upcoming Heavy Metal gallery talks:

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

Museum Closed: Happy Thanksgiving!

November 23, 2017

The Akron Art Museum is closed on Thursday, November 23, 2017 in observance of Thanksgiving. 

Museum Closed: Happy Thanksgiving!

November 23, 2017

The Akron Art Museum is closed on Thursday, November 23, 2017 in observance of Thanksgiving. We will reopen on Friday, November 24, 2017 at 11:00 am. Happy Thanksgiving! 

Image: Honoré Guilbeau, Turkey In The Straw, undated, linocut on paper, 10 in. x 12 in. Collection of the Akron Art Museum. Gift of Mrs. Stanley Okey.

Find out more about Honoré Guilbeau.

The 9th Annual Crafty Mart

November 25, 2017, 11:00 – 6:00 pm

This annual Thanksgiving weekend event gives Akronites a unique opportunity to shop local and handmade in the heart of Downtown Akron’s Historic Art District! 

The 9th Annual Crafty Mart

November 25, 2017, 11:00 – 6:00 pm

The Rubber City’s longest-running indie handmade market takes place at the Akron Art Museum, Summit Artspace and Musica. This annual Thanksgiving weekend event gives Akronites a unique opportunity to shop local and handmade in the heart of Downtown Akron’s Historic Art District!

Admission to Crafty Mart is FREE.
Admission to the museum galleries is Free for Members; $10 for non-members.

Find out more about the 9th Annual Crafty Mart.

Crafty Mart vendors who will be at the Akron Art Museum:

Klink Creatively

Red Bud Suds

Champaign Paper

Tea Dude

Glam and Grace

snow.

Wright and Rede

Tiny Cloud Ceramics

Petite Stegosaurus

Memento Cat

Änderung Design

APE Made

Papyrus

Tindercraft Ceramics

Department 100

Whiskertin Lighting

Pierce Jewelry

Traveling Dog Company

Sarah Harste Weavings

Jen Couch

Wildfoot Studios

Wood Ohio

Early Bird access tickets to Crafty Mart at Summit Artspace are available online. Early Bird tickets entitle you to early entry (10 am) at Summit Artspace, a free coffee or mimosa, a raffle ticket for the charity auction, and a swag bag! Ticketholders must enter at Summit Artspace.

Thanksgiving Weekend Hours

November 25, 2017, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Live Creative with family and friends this holiday weekend! 

Thanksgiving Weekend Hours

November 25, 2017, 11:00 am – 5:00 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 23, 2017)


Exhibitions on View

Find a Face • Through December 31, 2017
Heavy Metal • Through February 18, 2018
Micro/Macro • Through March 11, 2018
Alchemy: Transformations in Gold • Through January 21, 2018


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

9th Annual Crafty Mart • Saturday, November 25

The Rubber City’s longest-running indie handmade market takes place at the Akron Art Museum, Summit Artspace and Musica. This annual Thanksgiving weekend event gives Akronites a unique opportunity to shop local and handmade in the heart of Downtown Akron’s Historic Art District!

Admission to Crafty Mart is FREE. FREE parking is available on the street and in the Main Library Parking Deck.

Find out more about the 9th Annual Crafty Mart.

Unique Gifts in the Museum Shop

Our 2017 Holiday Gift Guide is online! Find something Artful and Inspiring for your loved ones this holiday season. From creative educational toys to chic apparel and housewares, the Museum Shop has something for everyone. Museum Members receive 20% discounts on shop purchases!

Akron Art Museum Shop Gift Guide

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. 

#GivingBACKTuesday

November 28, 2017, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

We're celebrating #GivingBACKTuesday with a special, one-day-only membership event: you can join for a full year, for free! 

#GivingBACKTuesday

November 28, 2017, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

The Akron Art Museum is proud to reopen its doors to the public on Tuesdays from 11 am to 5 pm for the first time since 2009 on #GivingBACKTuesday, November 28. The reopening is part of a renewed commitment to expand the community’s access to the museum’s world-class art exhibitions and public programs.

“Being able to reopen the museum to the community on Tuesdays is an expression of joyous revival for us.”—Akron Art Museum John S. Knight Executive Director and CEO Mark Masuoka. Find out more about our Tuesday hours and our commitment to expanding access to meaningful art experiences.

To celebrate the start of the new Tuesday hours, the Akron Art Museum is offering visitors (both online and in-person) the opportunity to become New Members at the Art Enthusiast individual ($50) level for Free. You can also upgrade to an Art House Family membership for just $25, or get reciprocal membership privileges for $50 off the regular price for Art Advocate, Modern Contemporaries and Culture Club levels.

This offer is good on #GivingBACKTuesday, November 28, 2017, only, so don’t miss out!

#GivingBACKTuesday Quick Guide:

  • New Memberships only
  • November 28, 2017 only
  • Available in-person at the museum and online through the museum website
  • New Membership is for one year only
  • Upgrade to Art House Family Membership for $25
  • Upgrade to any other membership level for $50 off the regular price
  • Can be applied to Gift Memberships 

Free Thursday

November 30, 2017, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

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

Free Thursday

November 30, 2017, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

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

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

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Heavy Metal Charm Necklace

November 30, 2017, 6:30 pm

Taught by Sofia Calderwood from the Myers School of Art. 

Heavy Metal Charm Necklace

November 30, 2017, 6:30 pm

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

$15 members, $20 non-members. Register online using the button / link below, or call 330.376.9186.

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

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