Upcoming Events

Events for Month of February 2018

Gallery Talk by Emily Sullivan Smith

February 1, 2018, 6:30 pm

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

Gallery Talk by Emily Sullivan Smith

February 1, 2018, 6:30 pm

Free and Open to All

Meet artist, Kent State University Alumnus, and Department of Art and Design at the University of Dayton assistant professor Emily Sullivan Smith, whose artwork Thousands and Thousands is on view at the Akron Art Museum in Heavy Metal. Smith will be talking about her work as well as other work in the museum that she finds inspiring.

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image:  Emily Sullivan Smith, Thousands and Thousands, 2015, Scales, lacquer, gold leafing, wire, tulle, Two 12 x 12 in. panels, courtesy of the aritst. Photography by Shane Wynn

Free Thursday

February 1, 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

February 1, 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 Thursdays are generously supported by The J.M. Smucker Company.

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Creative Playdate

February 1, 2018, 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

February 1, 2018, 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Playdough Love Monsters Inspired by the Art of Ed Emberley

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.  

Tots Create

February 3, 2018, 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

February 3, 2018, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Fingerprint Impression Art

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

February 3, 2018, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

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. 

Kids Studio

February 3, 2018, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Woodblock Printmaking with Ziplock Bags!?

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.

Photo: Shane Wynn

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

Moving Connections

February 6, 2018, 11:30 am

Moving Connections is a movement workshop designed for the senior community to encourage creativity, engage social interaction and deepen an appreciation of the arts through the joy of movement. 

Moving Connections

February 6, 2018, 11:30 am

Verb Ballets and the Akron Art Museum are proud to announce the return of Moving Connections

Tuesdays beginning January 23 through February 13, 2018 • 11:30 am

Moving Connections, a wellness program of Verb Ballets, is a movement workshop designed for the senior community to encourage creativity, engage social interaction and deepen an appreciation of the arts through the joy of movement. Moving Connections is led by professionally trained dancers and movement experts to help seniors develop flexibility, increase breath, exercise concentration that connects mind to body and increase cognitive function. The program is designed for all ability levels and can be done while seated.

Moving Connections will be offered for 4 sessions, once a week on Tuesdays through February 13, 2018

There is no cost to participate but registration is requried. Register online using the button / link below.

For more information about sessions contact Desmond Davis, Verb Ballets Education and Outreach Coordinator, at ddavis@verbballets.org or call 216-397-3757
 

Akron Coffee Roasters: Coffee Origins

February 8, 2018, 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Learn about the history of coffee, what a coffee shrub is, where it grows and how it is harvested and processed. 

Akron Coffee Roasters: Coffee Origins

February 8, 2018, 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Akron Coffee Roasters bring their coffee amazingness back to the Akron Art Museum.

Learn about the history of coffee, what a coffee shrub is, where it grows and how it is harvested and processed.

Registration is required. Register online using the link / button below. 
$10/Members • $15/Non Member admission

Become a member of the Akron Art Museum and receive early access, discounted, or even free admission to events like this one. Click here to join today!

Upcoming Akron Coffee Roasters events at the Akron Art Museum:

Thursday, March 8, 2018 • Roasting: Ever wonder how green coffee beans turn brown? This class covers the coffee roasting process and how development impacts flavor.

Thursday, April 19, 2018 • Brewing Basics: We'll discuss the four main variables involved in producing a good cup (coffee, water, ratio, time) and how to use them in various brewing techniques. 

Photo: Shane Wynn

Free Thursday

February 8, 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

February 8, 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 Thursdays are generously supported by The J.M. Smucker Company.

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Art, Yoga and Meditation

February 8, 2018, 6:30 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. 

Art, Yoga and Meditation

February 8, 2018, 6:30 pm

Enhance your health, wellness 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.

Upcoming dates for Art, Yoga and Meditation
Thursday, March 8 • 6:30 – 7:45 pm
Thursday, April 12 • 6:30 – 7:45 pm

FREE to members. $10 non-member. Register online using the link / button below.

Yoga in the Galleries is made possible with support from the Bemis Company Foundation 

Last Look Tour of Heavy Metal

February 10, 2018, 11:00 am

Join Associate Curator Theresa Bembnister and find out how the artists in this exhibition use metal or metal-like materials to develop innovative forms and imagery. 

Last Look Tour of Heavy Metal

February 10, 2018, 11:00 am

Exclusive Members Last Look Tour of Heavy Metal

Metal has served as inspiration and material for artists for centuries. Join Associate Curator Theresa Bembnister and find out how the artists in this exhibition use metal or metal-like materials to develop innovative forms and imagery. Find out more about Heavy Metal.

This tour is FREE for Akron Art Museum members but registration is required. Register online using the link below. Space is limited! Only 20 spots per tour.

Additional Last Look Tour of Heavy Metal date:
Wednesday, February 14 • 2:00 pm

Visit the museum café for special offers! 

Get To Know Your Museum Tour

February 13, 2018, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join us for an exciting exploration of the Museum’s collection through an interactive tour which will include Museum surprises, secrets, and fun facts. 

Get To Know Your Museum Tour

February 13, 2018, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

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 above to choose a date and reserve your space. Space is limited! Only 20 spots per tour.

Tour Specials: Head to the café after your tour and enjoy BOGO coffee and 20% off in the Museum Gift Shop!

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

Moving Connections

February 13, 2018, 11:30 am

Moving Connections is a movement workshop designed for the senior community to encourage creativity, engage social interaction and deepen an appreciation of the arts through the joy of movement.  

Moving Connections

February 13, 2018, 11:30 am

Verb Ballets and the Akron Art Museum are proud to announce the return of Moving Connections

Tuesdays beginning January 23 through February 13, 2018 • 11:30 am

Moving Connections, a wellness program of Verb Ballets, is a movement workshop designed for the senior community to encourage creativity, engage social interaction and deepen an appreciation of the arts through the joy of movement. Moving Connections is led by professionally trained dancers and movement experts to help seniors develop flexibility, increase breath, exercise concentration that connects mind to body and increase cognitive function. The program is designed for all ability levels and can be done while seated.

Moving Connections will be offered for 4 sessions, once a week on Tuesdays through February 13, 2018

There is no cost to participate but registration is requried. Register online using the button / link below.

For more information about sessions contact Desmond Davis, Verb Ballets Education and Outreach Coordinator, at ddavis@verbballets.org or call 216-397-3757
 

Last Look Tour of Heavy Metal

February 14, 2018, 2:00 pm

Join Associate Curator Theresa Bembnister and find out how the artists in this exhibition use metal or metal-like materials to develop innovative forms and imagery. 

Last Look Tour of Heavy Metal

February 14, 2018, 2:00 pm

Exclusive Members Last Look Tour of Heavy Metal

Metal has served as inspiration and material for artists for centuries. Join Associate Curator Theresa Bembnister and find out how the artists in this exhibition use metal or metal-like materials to develop innovative forms and imagery. Find out more about Heavy Metal.

This tour is FREE for Akron Art Museum members but registration is required. Register online using the link below. Space is limited! Only 20 spots per tour.

Visit the museum café for special offers! 

Free Thursday

February 15, 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

February 15, 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 Thursdays are generously supported by The J.M. Smucker Company.

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Art Moves

February 15, 2018, 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Art Moves replaces traditional sitting-and-looking exercises with engaging-and-interpreting, encouraging children to express themselves through kinesthetic experiences in the galleries. 

Art Moves

February 15, 2018, 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Moody Shadow Movements

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

Join the movement! Children are naturally inclined (and designed) to be active learners. Whether moving during imaginary play, exploring new concepts, or responding to what one sees, the body teaches the brain to think. Art Moves replaces traditional sitting-and-looking exercises with engaging-and-interpreting, encouraging children to express themselves through kinesthetic experiences in the galleries. In collaboration with the Cleveland-based dance company, The Movement Project, a professional dance instructor and museum educator embrace a whole-body approach to focused looking and process-based art making. Please wear comfortable clothing for bending and stretching.

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

Photo: Shane Wynn

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

Book Club: The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner

February 15, 2018, 6:00 pm

Join us in the Martha Stecher Reed Library for a lively discussion of Rachel Kushner’s award winning novel The Flamethrowers. Followed by a staff-led tour of Heavy Metal.

Book Club: The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner

February 15, 2018, 6:00 pm

Grab a beer, cup of coffee or glass of wine in the café and join museum staffers in the Martha Stecher Reed Library for a lively discussion of Rachel Kushner’s award winning novel The Flamethrowers and a staff led tour of the exhibition Heavy Metal.

The year is 1975 and Reno has come to New York intent on turning her fascination with motorcycles and speed into art. Her arrival coincides with an explosion of activity in the art world—artists have colonized a deserted and industrial SoHo, are staging actions in the East Village, and are blurring the line between life and art. Reno begins an affair with the son of a motorcycle magnate. Her relationship takes her to Italy where she falls in with a radical political group.

Book Club is made possible with support from the Bemis Company Foundation. 

Jun Kaneko: Blurred Lines Opening Reception

February 16, 2018, 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Join us for the first look at the groundbreaking, rule-breaking monumental works of internationally renowned ceramics artist Jun Kaneko. 

Jun Kaneko: Blurred Lines Opening Reception

February 16, 2018, 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Be the first to experience the groundbreaking, monumental works of internationally renowned artist Jun Kaneko at the Akron Art Museum. Chosen for their powerful yet contemplative presence, many works featured in Blurred Lines are drawn from the artist’s private collection and represent transformational moments in his career. See how Kaneko pushes the boundaries of ceramics, sculpture and painting, all the while melding influences from the East and West. Find out more about Jun Kaneko: Blurred Lines.

Director's Circle Preview (by invitation only) at 5:00 pm

Members-Only Preview at 6:30 pm

Exhibition open to all at 7:00 pm.

Museum members receive special offers and discounts throughout the night. Not a member? Join Today!

image: Jun Kaneko, Mirage (detail), 2016, acrylic on canvas, 108 x 792 x 30 in, courtesy of the artist. Photography by Takashi Hatakeyama

Free Thursday

February 22, 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

February 22, 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 Thursdays are generously supported by The J.M. Smucker Company.

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Akron Art Library Opening

February 22, 2018, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Celebrate the opening of the Akron Art Library, get the first look at the Art Library collection, and be among the first to reserve artwork for checkout! 

Akron Art Library Opening

February 22, 2018, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

***This Event Takes Place at the Akron-Summit County Library / Main Library, 60 S High St, Akron, OH 44326—directly across the street from the Akron Art Museum***

Free and Open to All

Celebrate the opening of the Akron Art Library, get the first look at the Art Library collection, and be among the first to reserve artwork for checkout!

Meet artists whose work is included in the Art Library collection, check out a demo by Micah Kraus in the library's TechZone. Kraus used the TechZone's laser engraver to create his artwork. Plus, a restoration specialist from Art Recovery Technologies will talk about the proper care and handling of art. The museum will provide art activities for all ages and light refeshments will be served.

The Akron Art Museum’s Art Library is a collection of original artworks ranging from paintings, prints, photographs and mixed-media works created by local, regional and international artists. Any Summit County resident with a library card is eligible to check-out artworks for up to four weeks at a time from the Akron-Summit County Public Library Main Library. Find out more about the Akron Art Library.

The Akron Art Library is organized by the Akron Art Museum and presented in partnership with the Akron-Summit County Public Library. It is made possible with the generous support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, GAR Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation, and the Lehner Family Foundation. Additional support was provided by members of the philanthropic community.

Image: Angelo Merendino, American, born 1973, Akron, Ohio; lives Cleveland, Ohio, Parents Waving Goodbye at Door, 2013, Inkjet print, Collection of the Akron Art Museum Art Library at the Akron Summit County Public Library

Art Babes (new start time!)

February 22, 2018, 10:30 – 11:30 am

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 (new start time!)

February 22, 2018, 10:30 – 11:30 am

Big Sculptures, Little Dumplings

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 

Ed Emberley Educator Workshop

February 24, 2018, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

During this teacher workshop, you’ll view the Ed Emberley: Better You Than Me exhibition, then try out some of his techniques yourself. You’ll be sure to find tons of inspiration for your classroom. 

Ed Emberley Educator Workshop

February 24, 2018, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

If you were a big fan of drawing as a child, illustrator Ed Emberley may have been one of your first teachers. As the creator of beloved how-to-draw books, as well as other picture books such as Go Away, Big Green Monster, Emberley has inspired thousands of children and adults to create artwork of their own. During this teacher workshop, you’ll view the Ed Emberley: Better You Than Me exhibition, then try out some of his techniques yourself. You’ll be sure to find tons of inspiration for your classroom.

FREE. Register online using the link / button below. 

Each attendee will receive professional development paperwork to submit to his/her LPDC.

Educator experiences are made possible with support from the Joseph G. and Sally A. Miller Family Foundation, the Laura R. & Lucian Q. Moffitt Foundation, and The Sandra L. and Dennis B. Haslinger Family Foundation. 

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