Upcoming Events

Events for May 17, 2018

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.

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