Upcoming Events

Events for Month of November 2018

Night at the Museum: Student Art Shows - Boys and Girls Club of The Western Reserve

November 1, 2018, 4 – 7 pm

 Nearly all artists start by putting pen, paintbrush or pencil to paper in a classroom. Get a preview of what tomorrow’s famous artists are doing TODAY at one of the museum’s Student Art Shows.

Night at the Museum: Student Art Shows - Boys and Girls Club of The Western Reserve

November 1, 2018, 4 – 7 pm

Night at the Museum: Student Art Shows

Featuring the students of The Boys and Girls Club of The Western Reserve

Nearly all artists start by putting pen, paintbrush or pencil to paper in a classroom. Get a preview of what tomorrow’s famous artists are doing TODAY at one of the museum’s Student Art Shows. Featuring schools and organizations from the community, these 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 is made possible with support from the Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation.

Reading Under the Roof Cloud Book Club: The Power by Naomi Alderman

November 1, 2018, 7:30 pm

Grab a drink in the café and join museum staff for a discussion of The Power a novel in which teenage girls have immense physical power!

Reading Under the Roof Cloud Book Club: The Power by Naomi Alderman

November 1, 2018, 7:30 pm

Reading Under the Roof Cloud Book Club: The Power by Naomi Alderman

In the book The Power, teenage girls have immense physical power—they can cause agonizing pain and even death. And, with this twist of nature, the world changes utterly. Grab a drink in the café and join museum staff for a discussion of The Power. The evening will conclude with a tour of Allison Zuckerman: Pirate and Muse.

Free and open to all

Free Thursday

November 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

November 1, 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.

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Dig In: HR3: Beats, Drums, and Music

November 1, 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: HR3: Beats, Drums, and Music

November 1, 2018, 6:30 pm

Dig In: HR3: Beats, Drums, and Music

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

The first performance is from Akron Producer/Drummer HR3: Beats, Drums & Music!

Upcoming performances include Dominic Moore-Dunson, a dancer/choreographer (Thursday, November 15 at 6:30 pm) and Jenniva Cummings, a special effects & makeup artist (Thursday, December 13 at 6:30 pm)


Kids Creative Playdate - Rails, Wings and Cardboard Things

November 1, 2018, 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Meaningful messes and inventive play are the foundation for big ideas. Make a date to celebrate your child's creative side. 

Kids Creative Playdate - Rails, Wings and Cardboard Things

November 1, 2018, 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Kids Creative Playdate - Rails, Wings and Cardboard Things

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

Art meets play every first Thursday! Make plans to bring your kids age 1-5 and let them create meaningful messes and indulge in inventive play. Celebrate your child’s creative side, with a little imagination; everyday materials have infinite potential. Kids can create their own objects of wonder or work together with friends. This program provides kids with a sensory-rich, open-ended experience. Art smocks provided.

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

Not a member? Join here!

Photo: Shane Wynn

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

Tots Create - Wheely Cool Spin Prints

November 3, 2018, 10:30 am – 12 pm

Wander the galleries and experience games, songs, and storytelling, then roll up your sleeves for some creative discovery time together.

Tots Create - Wheely Cool Spin Prints

November 3, 2018, 10:30 am – 12 pm

Tots Create - Wheely Cool Spin Prints

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

Kids and their caregivers can join us in the galleries to enjoy playful looking and listening games, songs and colorful storytelling. Then, roll up your sleeves and enjoy some creative discovery time with your child, using 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!

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

Kids Studio Class - Paint Chips and Kool-Aid

November 3, 2018, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Guided by an 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 Class - Paint Chips and Kool-Aid

November 3, 2018, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Kids Studio Class - Paint Chips and Kool-Aid

Best for ages 6 – 10

Aspiring artists need opportunities to question, make mistakes and test ideas. Guided by an 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 is a key component to our studio experience. Caregivers welcome. Dress for messy fun.

$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!

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

Dig Tour: Who Was Jeff Donaldson?

November 3, 2018, 11 am

Explore Jeff Donaldson: Dig and learn more about artist Jeff Donaldson. Learn more about the life of this multitalented individual during a tour by Associate Curator Theresa Bembnister.

Dig Tour: Who Was Jeff Donaldson?

November 3, 2018, 11 am

Dig Tour: Who Was Jeff Donaldson?

Explore Jeff Donaldson: Dig and learn more about artist Jeff Donaldson. In addition to his career as an artist, Donaldson was a university administrator and a scholar of art history. Learn more about the life of this multitalented individual during a tour by Associate Curator Theresa Bembnister.

This tour is FREE for Akron Art Museum members but registration is required. Please click the button / link below to register.

Space is limited! Only 20 spots per tour

Not a member? Join here!

Image: Jeff Donaldson, Simba, 1972 mixed media, 28 x 18 in. Collection of Dr. Sheryl L. Colyer, Courtesy of Kravets Wehby Gallery, New York

After School Mind Unwind

November 8, 2018, 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Our open studio is the perfect place for caregivers and kids to decompress and unwind after school.

After School Mind Unwind

November 8, 2018, 4:00 – 6:00 pm

After School Mind Unwind

Best for ages 5-12 and their grown-ups

Our open studio is the perfect place for caregivers and kids to decompress and unwind. We’re tech-free with a quality-time-together guarantee! Join an artist educator and learn how to encourage lifelong positive habits of the mind including creative journaling, deconstructive doodling and expressive story-sharing. Young visionaries meet up every 2nd Free Thursday.

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

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.

Art, Yoga and Meditation

November 8, 2018, 6:30 - 7:45 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.

Art, Yoga and Meditation

November 8, 2018, 6:30 - 7:45 pm

Art, Yoga and Meditation

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. Register online using the link / button below.

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

Art Talk: Tuliza Fleming

November 8, 2018, 6:30 pm

Join Dr. Tuliza Fleming is the Curator of American Art at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Art Talk: Tuliza Fleming

November 8, 2018, 6:30 pm

Art Talk: Tuliza Fleming

Dr. Tuliza Fleming is the Curator of American Art at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. She has been instrumental in building the museum's American art collection, has served as the lead curator for Visual Art and the American Experience and co-curated Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing: How the Apollo Theater Shaped American Entertainment.

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  (Video: Erin Patrick O'Connor, Ashleigh Joplin/Photo: Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

(Video: Erin Patrick O'Connor, Ashleigh Joplin/Photo: Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

Free Thursday

November 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

November 8, 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.

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GroundWorks DanceTheater

November 8, 2018, 6:30 pm and 7:45 pm

GroundWorks DanceTheater’s 2018 Fall Series features the world premiere of a dynamic new project created in response to an important piece from the Museum’s permanent collection, the magnificent Dzesi II by internationally-renowned artist El Anatsui.

GroundWorks DanceTheater

November 8, 2018, 6:30 pm and 7:45 pm

GroundWorks DanceTheater

Performing at the Akron Art Museum

Two Performances each night
Thursday, November 8 at 6:30 pm and 7:45 pm

Free admission. Registration is required. Space is limited: only 25 spots per performance. Akron Art Museum members get early access to tickets, available at 8:00 am October 15, 2018. Nonmember tickets (if supplies last), available 8:00 am, October 22, 2018.

Not a member or need to renew your membership? Click here.

GroundWorks DanceTheater’s 2018 Fall Series features the world premiere of a dynamic new project created in partnership with the Akron Art Museum and funded by a Knight Foundation Arts Challenge award. GroundWorks Artistic Director David Shimotakahara was given permission to work in response to an important piece from the Museum’s permanent collection, the magnificent Dzesi II by internationally-renowned artist El Anatsui. Initially part of the Akron Museum’s 2012 exhibition, Gravity and Grace, Dzesi II has become one of the most popular works in its collection.

In addition to the performance of this exciting new work, each showing will also feature audience engagement with commentary by Artistic Director David Shimotakahara and Akron Art Museum Chief Curator Ellen Rudolph.

GroundWorks DanceTheater

November 9, 2018, 6:30 pm and 7:45 pm

GroundWorks DanceTheater’s 2018 Fall Series features the world premiere of a dynamic new project created in response to an important piece from the Museum’s permanent collection, the magnificent Dzesi II by internationally-renowned artist El Anatsui.

GroundWorks DanceTheater

November 9, 2018, 6:30 pm and 7:45 pm

GroundWorks DanceTheater

Performing at the Akron Art Museum

Friday, November 9 at 6:30 pm and 7:45 pm*

Two Performances each night
*Doors open at 6 pm on Friday, November 9 (performance at 6:30 pm)

Free admission. Registration is required. Space is limited: only 25 spots per performance. Akron Art Museum members get early access to tickets, available at 8:00 am October 15, 2018. Nonmember tickets (if supplies last), available 8:00 am, October 22, 2018.

Not a member or need to renew your membership? Click here.

GroundWorks DanceTheater’s 2018 Fall Series features the world premiere of a dynamic new project created in partnership with the Akron Art Museum and funded by a Knight Foundation Arts Challenge award. GroundWorks Artistic Director David Shimotakahara was given permission to work in response to an important piece from the Museum’s permanent collection, the magnificent Dzesi II by internationally-renowned artist El Anatsui. Initially part of the Akron Museum’s 2012 exhibition, Gravity and Grace, Dzesi II has become one of the most popular works in its collection.

In addition to the performance of this exciting new work, each showing will also feature audience engagement with commentary by Artistic Director David Shimotakahara and Akron Art Museum Chief Curator Ellen Rudolph.

Allison Zuckerman: Pirate and Muse

November 13, 2018, 11 am

Take an in-depth look at the diverse art historical and pop culture sources that Allison Zuckerman taps to compose her paintings and sculptures, with Chief Curator Ellen Rudolph.

Allison Zuckerman: Pirate and Muse

November 13, 2018, 11 am

Allison Zuckerman: Pirate and Muse

Take an in-depth look at the diverse art historical and pop culture sources that Allison Zuckerman taps to compose her paintings and sculptures, with Chief Curator Ellen Rudolph. See how Zuckerman dismantles the traditional artistic muse and reassembles her to expose imperfections and vulnerabilities, all the while empowering her to take on the world.

This tour is FREE for Akron Art Museum members but registration is required.
Please click the button / link below to register.

Space is limited! Only 20 spots per tour.

Not a member? Join here!

Image: Allison Zuckerman, Philosophers and Bather, 2018, 84 x 71-1/2 in., acrylic and inkjet on canvas, Courtesy the artist and Kravets Wehby Gallery

Art Babes - Cognitive Games with a Cardboard Box

November 15, 2018, 10:30 – 11:30 am

It’s a pint-sized artdate for caregivers and their rollers, sitters, scooters and dribblers. Stretch out your visit with a wee-art project accompanied by feeding, changing and dozing in our family-friendly classroom studio.

Art Babes - Cognitive Games with a Cardboard Box

November 15, 2018, 10:30 – 11:30 am

Art Babes - Cognitive Games with a Cardboard Box

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 the gallery for sensory play, face-to-face bouncy rhymes, catchy tunes and social games to inspire baby’s curiosity and build first relationships. Crying babies welcome! Stretch out your visit with a wee-art project accompanied by feeding, changing and dozing in our family-friendly classroom studio.

$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!

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

Woodrow Nash Studios and Gallery Tour

November 15, 2018, 7 - 8 pm

Join us for a tour of Woodrow Nash’s studio and gallery, home to one of the most renowned collections of ceramic tribal art in the world.

Woodrow Nash Studios and Gallery Tour

November 15, 2018, 7 - 8 pm

Woodrow Nash Studios and Gallery Tour

This event meets at 800 Copley Rd., Akron, OH 44320

Join us for a tour of Woodrow Nash’s studio and gallery, home to one of the most renowned collections of ceramic tribal art in the world. Following the tradition of the great masters, Nash elevates the human spirit in the form of sculpture. On this tour you will learn about the artist’s process and technique, an innovative marriage of 15th century Benin and 18th century French Nouveau, creating what Nash has coined “African Nouveau.”

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

SOLD OUT!

Free Thursday

November 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

November 15, 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.

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Dig In: Dominic Moore-Dunson, Dancer and Choreographer

November 15, 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: Dominic Moore-Dunson, Dancer and Choreographer

November 15, 2018, 6:30 pm

Dig In: Dominic Moore-Dunson, Dancer and Choreographer

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

Art Talk: Allison Zuckerman

November 17, 2018, 2:00 PM

Join Zuckerman in conversation with Chief Curator Ellen Rudolph as they discuss how the artist pillages art history in order to rescue and re-present its muses.

Art Talk: Allison Zuckerman

November 17, 2018, 2:00 PM

Art Talk: Allison Zuckerman

Join Zuckerman in conversation with Chief Curator Ellen Rudolph as they discuss how the artist pillages art history in order to rescue and re-present its muses. Zuckerman talks about adopting other artists' imagery into her own visual vocabulary, how she deals with the chaotic onslaught of images online and how her paintings suggest new standards of beauty.

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Find out more about Allison Zuckerman: Pirate and Muse, an exhibition of contemporary art at the Akron Art Museum.

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.

We're Thankful to be YOUR contemporary art museum

As part of our gratitude for your membership and support during this holiday season, we're launching #GivingBackAgain on Tuesday, November 27. If you are a member of the museum (or if you become a member), you'll be able to give away a Free year-long membership to someone whose year you want to fill with art. FIND OUT MORE

#GivingBackAgain

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

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