Upcoming Events

Events for Month of May 2018

Ed Emberley Mini-Tour and Hands On Experience for Pre-School Children

May 1, 2018, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Stop by the museum for a special storytime tour of Ed Emberley: Better You Than Me. 

Ed Emberley Mini-Tour and Hands On Experience for Pre-School Children

May 1, 2018, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

This tour is best for kids 2-5 and their adults.

Stop by the museum for a special storytime tour of Ed Emberley: Better You Than Me. Participate in an interactive read aloud, play hide and seek with the A,B,C’s and create your own fingerprint masterpiece in this special family tour experience.

This tour is FREE for Akron Art Museum members but registration is required. Register online using the link / button below. Space is limited! Only 12 spots per tour. 

Photo: Shane Wynn

Free Thursday

May 3, 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

May 3, 2018, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

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

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

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Creative Playdate

May 3, 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

May 3, 2018, 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Picture Pie Picnic, Ed Emberley-Style

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.

Not a member? Join here!

Photo: Shane Wynn

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

VR Ceramics Experience with New Territory VR Arcade

May 3, 2018, 6:30 pm

Curious about how technology is impacting art? Stop by the museum for a demonstration of virtual art making. 

VR Ceramics Experience with New Territory VR Arcade

May 3, 2018, 6:30 pm

Have you always wanted to work with clay but worry about the mess? Curious about how technology is impacting art? Stop by the museum for a demonstration of virtual art making. See an artist create a virtual artwork and get a chance to experiment with modeling a virtual sculpture yourself.

Free and open to all. Registration is required. Register online using the link / button below.

Tots Create

May 5, 2018, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Wander with us in the galleries for playful looking and listening games, songs and colorful storytelling.  

Tots Create

May 5, 2018, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Geometric Gel-Resist

Best for ages 3-5 and their grown-ups

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

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

Not a member? Join today!

Photo: Shane Wynn

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

Kids Studio Class

May 5, 2018, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Bring your curiosity and leave inspired! Educator-led studio classes encourage students to think deeper about contemporary art and the real artists making it. 

Kids Studio Class

May 5, 2018, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Giant Garden Geometry

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.

Energize for Educators Day

May 5, 2018, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

If you’re always “teacher tired” and feeling run down, it is time to learn some strategies to keep you fresh, healthy and cared for. 

Energize for Educators Day

May 5, 2018, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Taking care of students, doing paperwork, attending events and prepping for lessons can leave very little time for YOU. If you’re always “teacher tired” and feeling run down, it is time to learn some strategies to keep you fresh, healthy and cared for. Head down to the museum to learn that it is possible (and IMPORTANT) to take care of you, too.

Keynote Speaker • 11:30 am
Seema Rao of Brilliant Ideas studio will lead you through mindfulness techniques and exercises that will help you be more thoughtful and focused in your work and in your life. Rao is the author of Self-Care for Museum Workers, among several other (and future) books. Rao has over fifteen years of museum experience working on projects as diverse as interactive media installations and studio classes for toddlers.

EVENT WILL INCLUDE:
Yoga • Chair Massage • Theraputic Art Activities with Akron Artworks • Wellness with the Mustard Seed Market • Museum Tours

Energize for Educators is 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. 

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Galleries and Garden Tour

May 8, 2018, 2:00 pm

Join us to explore the museum’s innovative building, key works of art and the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden. 

Galleries and Garden Tour

May 8, 2018, 2:00 pm

This tour will introduce members to both the museum’s innovative building and the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden. You’ll also uncover surprises and explore key works of art. Note: This is an indoor/outdoor tour, weather permitting.

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

Addtional Galleries and Garden Tour:

Saturday, May 19 • 11:00 am

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

Not a member? Join here! 

Free Thursday

May 10, 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

May 10, 2018, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

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

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

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Art, Yoga and Meditation

May 10, 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

May 10, 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.

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 

Movies @ Main: Herb & Dorothy (2008)

May 10, 2018, 6:00 – 7:30 pm

He was a postal worker, she was a librarian. Together these unlikely collectors amassed one of the most important post-1960s art collections in the United States 

Movies @ Main: Herb & Dorothy (2008)

May 10, 2018, 6:00 – 7:30 pm

This film will be screened at the Akron-Summit County Public Library, Main Library (60 South High Street • Akron, Ohio 44326)

Movies @ Main: Herb & Dorothy (2008)
at ASCPL Main Library Auditorium


with introduction about Akron Art Library

Free and open to all.

He was a postal worker, she was a librarian. Together these unlikely collectors amassed one of the most important post-1960s art collections in the United States. Megumi Sasaki’s award-winning documentary, Herb & Dorothy, depicts the Vogel’s relationships to the artists they supported and their collection of over 4,782 works. Fifty of these works are now a part of the Akron Art Museum permanent collection, as part of The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States.

This screening is part of the Akron Art Library, an art lending program from the Akron Art Museum in partnership with the Akron-Summit County Public Library.

At the end of the film, check out the Akron Art Library across from the Culture & AV desk and reserve an original work of art to hang in your home.

Night at the Museum

May 10, 2018, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Don't miss these one-night-only, exclusive art shows featuring the work of local students and community members. 

Night at the Museum

May 10, 2018, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Featured organization: Lippman School

Free and Open to All

Don't miss these one-night-only, exclusive art shows featuring the work of local students and community members. Each exhibition will be on view all day Thursday, so stop by and admire the talents of your fellow citizens, including some of the area's youngest budding artists.

Photo: Shane Wynn

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

Ideas: A space for your mind: Gallery Talks with John S. Knight Director & CEO Mark Masuoka

May 12, 2018, 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Get a deeper understanding of the Jun Kaneko: Blurred Lines exhibition at these gallery talks.

Ideas: A space for your mind: Gallery Talks with John S. Knight Director & CEO Mark Masuoka

May 12, 2018, 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Get a deeper understanding of the Jun Kaneko: Blurred Lines exhibition at these Gallery Talks with John S. Knight Director and CEO Mark Masuoka.

Form: The Space In-Between

Explore how the work visually connects together and shapes its physical space.

Free for members / Free with regular gallery admission for non-members. Registration is required. Register online using the button / link below. Space is limited. Only 20 spots per tour.

Upcoming Gallery Talks with John S. Knight Director & CEO Mark Masuoka

Saturday, May 12 • 2:00 pm
Ideas: “A space for your mind” Where do Kaneko’s ideas come from? What are his influences and how do they shape his work philosophically, spiritually and conceptually? 

Mother's Day Open House

May 13, 2018, 11:30 am – 3:30 pm

Spend a memorable day with Mom at the Akron Art Museum’s Mother’s Day Open House. 

Mother's Day Open House

May 13, 2018, 11:30 am – 3:30 pm

Spend a memorable day with Mom at the Akron Art Museum’s Mother’s Day Open House. Enjoy a delicious light brunch together, featuring a mimosa bar and a variety of tasty treats. Share art experiences in the museum galleries and among the springtime blooms in the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden, and create a keepsake springtime craft to take with you. Arrive at any time between 11:30 am and 3:30 pm to participate.

Member Adult $35
Non-Member Adult $50
17 and under, free with adult ticket 

Members: Purchase tickets online beginning March 26 at 8:00 pm using the link / button below.
Non-members: Purchase tickets online beginning April 2 at 8:00 pm using the link / button below.


Additional details:

Create a springtime planter with fun colors and designs inspired by artwork at the museum, like the dots and stripes of Jun Kaneko's large ceramic works currently on view. The planter is perfect to take home and plant a spring flower inside.

Our brunch menu includes:

danishes, bagels, muffins, quiche, fresh fruit kabobs, mini sandwiches, potato salad and an assortment of dessert delights

Beverages include:

tea, coffee, juice and mimosa from our mimosa bar


Image: Paul Stankard, First Bouquet, 1978, glass, 2 x 3 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museum,, Gift of Annie and Mike Belkin 2010.282.11

Free Thursday

May 17, 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

May 17, 2018, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

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

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

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Artists' Reception

May 17, 2018, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Meet the Ohio artists featured in two of our current exhibitions: Jerry Birchfield: Asleep in the Dust and Frameworks: Paintings by Dragana Crnjak, Andrea Joki and Matthew Kolodziej. 

Artists' Reception

May 17, 2018, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Meet the Ohio artists featured in two of our current exhibitions: Jerry Birchfield: Asleep in the Dust and Frameworks: Paintings by Dragana Crnjak, Andrea Joki and Matthew Kolodziej.

Free and open to all • Come as you are

Artists Jerry Birchfield, Dragana Crnjak, Andrea Joki and Matthew Kolodziej will talk briefly about their work in the galleries at 6:30 pm and be available for questions and conversation afterward.

Jerry Birchfield was born in Cleveland, earning his BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2009 and his MFA from Cornell University in 2014. Asleep in the Dust at the Akron Art Museum is his first solo museum show, and presents his non-traditional approach to photography and sculpture.

Dragana Crnjak, whose paintings are on view in Frameworks, is an associate professor of painting at Youngstown State University. A native of Serbia, Crnjak creates the patterns in her paintings by distorting images of Serbian embroidery patterns, tracing the resulting images in paint on her canvases.

Based in Cleveland and Los Angeles, Kent State University alumnus Andrea Joki creates paintings that meld sensory experiences of landscapes, people and places, drawing on impressions she observes during her travels.

Matthew Kolodziej, a professor of painting and drawing at the University of Akron Myers School of Art, assembles photomontages from photographs of construction and demolition sites. Using a computer program, he translates the collaged images into line drawings that form the basis of his multifaceted, architectural paintings. The artist is especially interested in how the relentless volume of images that we process on a daily basis affects our way of seeing and our sense of place. 

image: L-R Dragana Crnjak, Matthew Kolodziej, Andrea Joki and Jerry Birchfield

Art Museum Day 2018

May 17, 2018, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Let the Akron Art Museum be a place where you, your family and your friends come together to share culturally enriching experiences inspired by the art of our time. 

Art Museum Day 2018

May 17, 2018, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

The theme for Art Museum Day 2018 is Hyperconnected Museums, a recognition of the many ways in which museums serve as central points of connectivity within their communities, both online and in person.

Let the Akron Art Museum be a place where you, your family and your friends come together to share culturally enriching experiences inspired by the art of our time.

Akron Art Museum Art Museum Day includes:

Free Admission to the galleries for everyone.

Meet the Artists  Reception for Frameworks artists Dragana Crnjak, Andrea Joki, Matthew Kolodziej and Asleep in the Dust artist Jerry Birchfield from 6 to 8 pm. Find out more.

25% off the regular price for memberships for New Members. Ask at the front desk for details, or join online. 

image: Shane Wynn

Art Moves

May 17, 2018, 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

In collaboration with The Movement Project, works of art come alive with dramatic interpretation through movement.

Art Moves

May 17, 2018, 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Texture Tippy-Toes

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

Art makes you move! When children look thoughtfully at art, they develop self-expression and early reading skills, but not only with their eyes. Responding to the basic elements of art such as color, line, shape and space involves a whole-body approach to seeing. In collaboration with The Movement Project, works of art come alive with dramatic interpretation through movement. A kinesthetic art-making experience follows. Please dress for stretching and inventiveness. 

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

Not a member? Join today!

Photo: Shane Wynn

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

Book Club: Butterfly's Child by Angela Davis-Gardner

May 17, 2018, 6:00 pm

We’ll dig deep into Madame Butterfly as we read Angela-Davis Gardener’s Butterfly’s Child, an imaginative “sequel” to the classic opera. 

Book Club: Butterfly's Child by Angela Davis-Gardner

May 17, 2018, 6:00 pm

Besides the monumental sculptures and paintings on view in Blurred Lines, artist Jun Kaneko has designed costumes and sets for a number of major operas including Madame Butterfly. For this edition of the Under the Roof Cloud Book Club, we’ll dig deep into Madame Butterfly as we read Angela-Davis Gardener’s Butterfly’s Child, an imaginative “sequel” to the classic opera that Pulitzer prize-winning author Jennifer Egan claims that she could not put down. We’ll discuss the book, watch some clips of Kaneko’s vision of the story and tour the Blurred Lines exhibition. 

Free and open to all. Register online using the link / button below.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase in the Museum Shop.

Galleries and Garden Tour

May 19, 2018, 11:00 am

Join us to explore the museum's innovative building, key works of art and the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden.

Galleries and Garden Tour

May 19, 2018, 11:00 am

This tour will introduce members to both the museum’s innovative building and the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden. You’ll also uncover surprises and explore key works of art. Note: This is an indoor/outdoor tour, weather permitting.

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

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

Not a member? Join here! 

Free Thursday

May 24, 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

May 24, 2018, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

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

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

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In the Museum Shop: Akron Beer book signing by Robert A. Musson, MD

May 24, 2018, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Meet the author of Akron Beer, Robert A. Musson, MD. Get your book signed and get some great Akron Art Museum Art & Ale accessories!

In the Museum Shop: Akron Beer book signing by Robert A. Musson, MD

May 24, 2018, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Free and open to all

Once known as the Rubber Capital of the World, Akron can also justifiable style itself a beer mecca. More than a century ago, brewers like Renner, Burkhardt and others vied for local supremacy. Although these forerunners disappeared, a beer renaissance blossomed in recent years, with today’s craft purveyors serving up some of the nation’s finest brews. Several of Thirsty Dog Brewery’s beers have won awards, and Hoppin’ Frog consistently ranks as one of the top one hundred breweries in the world. Rob Musson presents a chronological look at Akron beer from its origins along the Ohio & Erie Canal in 1845 to the present day, featuring one hundred vintage and contemporary images.

Regularly $21.99
Members Save 20% at the May 24, 2018 Book Signing.

Not a Member? Join Now! 

Enjoy Happy Hour Specials in the Akron Art Museum’s Café from 4 – 9 pm $3 beer

Art & Ale Coasters, Pint Glasses, T-Shirts & Posters discounted 20% all evening long.

Photos: Shane Wynn

Art Babes

May 24, 2018, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

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. 

Art Babes

May 24, 2018, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Baby-Safe Clay Play

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.

Not a member? Join today!

Photo: Shane Wynn

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

Sculpture Workshop with Kristen Cliffel

May 24, 2018, 6:30 pm

Explore color, pattern and surface in the artwork of Jun Kaneko with sculptor and Akron Art Museum collection artist Kristen Cliffel. 

Sculpture Workshop with Kristen Cliffel

May 24, 2018, 6:30 pm

Explore color, pattern and surface in the artwork of Jun Kaneko with sculptor and Akron Art Museum collection artist Kristen Cliffel. Tour the galleries and create a patterned paper sculpture of your own, experimenting with surface.

$5 members/$10 non-member. Register online using the link / button below. 

Free Thursday

May 31, 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

May 31, 2018, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

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

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

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

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Akron Art Library: Joan Colbert Home Studio Tour

May 31, 2018, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Join the museum’s Art Library Program Coordinator for a behind the scenes tour of Art Library artist Joan Colbert's home studio in Highland Square. 

Akron Art Library: Joan Colbert Home Studio Tour

May 31, 2018, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Join the museum’s Art Library Program Coordinator for a behind the scenes tour of Art Library artist Joan Colbert's home studio in Highland Square.

Artist Joan Colbert works in a variety of media with an emphasis on printmaking, painting and collage. Inspired by literature and influenced by her environs, she often produces works that are thematic in nature. During this behind the scenes experience you will learn more about the artist's process and techniques and see what she is currently working on.

We will meet at Joan’s at 6 pm. Address and parking information to be emailed day before the tour after Eventbrite registration is completed.

Space is limited! Only 15 spots available. Registration required: members FREE, $5 non-members.

This tour is part of the Akron Art Library, an art lending program in partnership with the Akron-Summit County Public Library. Find out more about the Akron Art Library.

View work by Joan Colbert at her Summit Artspace studio or online, http://www.joancolbert.com/ 

image: Joan Colbert, Limoges Market, 2006, Linoleum block print, Collection of the Akron Art Museum Art Library at the Akron-Summit County Public Library

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