Upcoming Events

Events for Month of January 2019

Museum Closed

January 1, 2019

The Akron Art Museum is closed on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 in observance of New Year's Day.

Museum Closed

January 1, 2019

The Akron Art Museum is closed on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 in observance of New Year's Day. We will reopen on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at 11:00 am. Happy 2019! 

Image: Tod Papageorge, New Year's Eve, New York City Discotheque, 1978-1979, gelatin silver print, 12 3/4 x 19 1/8 in. Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Gift of Huntington T. Block Insurance

Find out more about pioneering street photographer Tod Papageorge.

Girls to the Front: Women Artists in the Akron Art Museum and Beyond

January 3, 2019, 6:30 pm

Explore female identifying artists in the collection on this hour-long tour that will culminate in an exploration of Allison Zuckerman: Pirate and Muse.

Girls to the Front: Women Artists in the Akron Art Museum and Beyond

January 3, 2019, 6:30 pm

Girls to the Front: Women Artists in the Akron Art Museum and Beyond

Famed art historian Linda Nochlin once pondered, “Why have there been no great women artists?” That is simply no longer the case. From Alma Thomas’ colorful Pond - Spring Awakening to Viola Frey’s massive sculpture The World and the Woman, the Akron Art Museum collection is full of great women artists. Explore female identifying artists in the collection on this hour-long tour that will culminate in an exploration of Allison Zuckerman: Pirate and Muse.

Free and open to the public. Registration required. 

Viola Frey, The World and the Woman, 1992, glazed ceramic, 80 x 142 x 75 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Gift of Irving and Harriett Sands

Kids Creative Playdate: Supersized Masks and Mixed-Up Faces

January 3, 2019, 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Art meets inventive play every first Thursday. Imaginative potential is something we’re all born with and giving children permission to make meaningful messes is the foundation for big ideas. Make a date to celebrate your little scribbler’s creative potential.

Kids Creative Playdate: Supersized Masks and Mixed-Up Faces

January 3, 2019, 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Kids Creative Playdate: Supersized Masks and Mixed-Up Faces

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

Art meets inventive play ever y first Thursday. Imaginative potential is something we’re all born with and giving children permission to make meaningful messes is the foundation for big ideas. Make a date to celebrate your little scribbler ’s creative potential. This program is a sensory-rich, open-ended experience that involves testing out unconventional methods for making a single object of wonder or collaboration with friends. Art smocks provided.

Free for members, $10/nonmember child. *Registration required. (Coming Soon!)

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

Free Thursdays

January 3, 2019, 11 am – 9 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

January 3, 2019, 11 am – 9 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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Tots Create: Tutti-Frutti Fizzy Painting

January 5, 2019, 10:30 am – 12 pm

Jumpstart your Saturday with curiosity, process-play and networking with other inspiring tots. Dress for messy fun. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Tots Create: Tutti-Frutti Fizzy Painting

January 5, 2019, 10:30 am – 12 pm

Tots Create: Tutti-Frutti Fizzy Painting

Best for ages 3-5 and their grown-ups

Wee creatives crave active learning experiences that stretch the way they interpret the world around them. Guided by an early childhood art educator, little ones explore the elements of art both at the work table and through movement, simple games and stories. Jumpstart your Saturday with curiosity, process-play and networking with other inspiring tots. Dress for messy fun. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

$5/member child, $10/nonmember child. *Registration required. (Coming Soon!)

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

Kids Studio: Mashed-Up Mythological Creatures

January 5, 2019, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Guided by a practicing studio artist-educator, students engage with contemporary art up close during these Saturday afternoon art programs for kids.

Kids Studio: Mashed-Up Mythological Creatures

January 5, 2019, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Kids Studio: Mashed-Up Mythological Creatures

Best for ages 6 – 10

Aspiring artists need opportunities to question, make mistakes and test ideas. Guided by a practicing studio 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 and exploring the creative process of art-making are key components to our studio experience. Caregivers welcome to participate but not required to stay. Dress for mess.

$5/members, $10/nonmember child. Registration required.*

Photo: Shane Wynn

Kids Studio Classes are made possible with support from the Charles E. and Mabel M. Ritchie Foundation. 

Get Zucked: An Allison Zuckerman Inspired Tour Experience

January 10, 2019, 6:30 pm

Explore feminism, art history and digital art in an interactive scavenger hunt inspired by Allison Zuckerman: Pirate and Muse. Make a Zuckerman-inspired selfie, answer trivia questions and create an artwork ripped from the pages of an art history textbook.

Get Zucked: An Allison Zuckerman Inspired Tour Experience

January 10, 2019, 6:30 pm

Get Zucked: An Allison Zuckerman Inspired Tour Experience

Explore feminism, art history and digital art in an interactive scavenger hunt inspired by Allison Zuckerman: Pirate and Muse. Make a Zuckerman-inspired selfie, answer trivia questions and create an artwork ripped from the pages of an art history textbook.

Free and open to the public. Registration required. 

Allison Zuckerman, All Is Well, 2018, acrylic and archival CMYK ink on canvas, 60 x 80 in., Collection of Nicole D. Liarakos

Be Inspired by Art, Yoga, and Meditation

January 10, 2019, 6:30 pm

Enhance your health 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.

Be Inspired by Art, Yoga, and Meditation

January 10, 2019, 6:30 pm

Enhance your health 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.

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.

Photo by Shane Wynn Photography

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

Free Thursday

January 10, 2019, 11 am – 9 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

January 10, 2019, 11 am – 9 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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Get to Know your Museum with Dot Tour

January 11, 2019, 12 pm

Join our Chief of Staff Jennifer Shipman and learn more about the Akron Art Museum with Dot—the museum’s first major institutional advancement integrating digital technology into the museum experience. Learn how Dot is connecting people to our collection and to each other!

Get to Know your Museum with Dot Tour

January 11, 2019, 12 pm

Get to Know your Museum with Dot Tour

Join our Chief of Staff Jennifer Shipman and learn more about the Akron Art Museum with Dot—the museum’s first major institutional advancement integrating digital technology into the museum experience. Learn how Dot is connecting people to our collection and to each other!

Free for Members. Registration Required

Book Club: Reading Under the Roof Cloud

January 17, 2019, 6 pm

Explore the genre of Afrofuturism and the artwork of Jeff Donaldson as we explore the novella Binti by Nnedi Okorafor with guest moderator Bronlynn Thurman, local science fiction and art aficionado.

Book Club: Reading Under the Roof Cloud

January 17, 2019, 6 pm

Explore the genre of Afrofuturism and the artwork of Jeff Donaldson as we explore the novella Binti by Nnedi Okorafor with guest moderator Bronlynn Thurman, local science fiction and art aficionado.

Binti is the first of the Himba people to be offered a place at Oomza University, the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. But to accept the offer will mean giving up her place in her family to travel between the stars among strangers who do not share her ways or respect her customs. Binti is the Hugo and Nebula award-winning first novella in Okorafor’s Binti series.

Art Babes: Texture, Reach, and Grasp

January 17, 2019, 10:30 – 11:30 am

Park the stroller and cozy up in our circle of babes for sensory play, face-to-face bouncy rhymes and social games to inspire baby’s curiosity and build first relationships.

Art Babes: Texture, Reach, and Grasp

January 17, 2019, 10:30 – 11:30 am

Art Babes: Texture, Reach, and Grasp

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 our circle of babes for sensory play, face-to-face bouncy rhymes and social games to inspire baby’s curiosity and build first relationships. Happy babbles and crying are welcome! After class, make time for coffee, talk, and play a while in our baby-friendly space.

$5/member child, $10/nonmember child. *Registration required. (Coming Soon!)

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

Photo by John Aylward

Free Thursdays

January 17, 2019, 11 am – 9 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

January 17, 2019, 11 am – 9 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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Last Look Tour

January 19, 2019, 10:30 AM

Catch the works of Jeff Donaldson and Allison Zuckerman before the exhibitions close! Chief Curator Ellen Rudolph and Associate Curator Theresa Bembnister will discuss the ways in which both artists reference art history in their work.

Last Look Tour

January 19, 2019, 10:30 AM

Last Look Tour

Catch the works of Jeff Donaldson and Allison Zuckerman before the exhibitions close! Chief Curator Ellen Rudolph and Associate Curator Theresa Bembnister will discuss the ways in which both artists reference art history in their work.

Free for members. Registration required.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration

January 21, 2019, 1 - 4pm

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy inspires transformation through creativity. Celebrate King’s vision by recharging your imagination with hands-on art activities, games and storytelling paired with artists from the museum’s contemporary collection.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration

January 21, 2019, 1 - 4pm

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy inspires transformation through creativity. Celebrate King’s vision by recharging your imagination with hands-on art activities, games and storytelling paired with artists from the museum’s contemporary collection.

Free. No registration required. Gallery admission is free for all. Adults must be accompanied by a child.

Family Days are made possible by the presenting sponsor PNC with additional support from the R.C. Musson and Katharine M. Musson Charitable Foundation and the Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation.

PNC Bank

Photo by John Aylward

Collection Tour: Stark State College Akron

January 22, 2019, 6 pm

Join Akron Art Museum and ArtsNow for a tour of the art installations at the new Akron campus of Stark State College.

Collection Tour: Stark State College Akron

January 22, 2019, 6 pm

Collection Tour: Stark State College Akron

Stark State College Akron | 360 Perkins St, Akron, OH

Join Akron Art Museum and ArtsNow for a tour of the art installations at the new Akron campus of Stark State College. The collection features work by over twenty Ohio artists selected through the Ohio Arts Council’s Ohio Percent for Art program. Some of the artists will be participating in the tour to talk about their work.

Free and open to all. Registration required.

Anthony Depew, Kenny Scharf (detail), 2012, acrylic on canvas , 36 x 36 in., Courtesy the artist

Film Screening: Garry Winogrand: All Things are Photographable

January 24, 2019, 7 pm

Garry Winogrand: All Things Are Photographable is a stunningly intimate portrait of an artist who both personified his era and transformed it.

Film Screening: Garry Winogrand: All Things are Photographable

January 24, 2019, 7 pm

Film Screening: Garry Winogrand: All Things are Photographable

“What is a photograph?” Akron Art Museum collection artist Garry Winogrand asks in his iconic, gravelly Bronx accent. Decades before digital technology transformed how we make and see pictures, Winogrand made hundreds of thousands of them with his 35mm Leica, creating an encyclopedic portrait of America from the late 1950s to the early 1980s in the process. Forged by the artist’s own words and images, Garry Winogrand: All Things Are Photographable is a stunningly intimate portrait of an artist who both personified his era and transformed it.

Free to members, $10/nonmember. Registration required.

Free Thursdays

January 24, 2019, 11 am – 9 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

January 24, 2019, 11 am – 9 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 

Beautiful Risks: Having the Courage to Teach and Learn with Creativity with Dr. Ron Beghetto

January 26, 2019, 10 am

During this interactive presentation and workshop, you’ll learn from an internationally-recognized expert on creative thought and action in education how making slight changes to existing teaching, learning and leadership practices can result in transformative ways of thinking and acting.

Beautiful Risks: Having the Courage to Teach and Learn with Creativity with Dr. Ron Beghetto

January 26, 2019, 10 am

Beautiful Risks: Having the Courage to Teach and Learn with Creativity with Dr. Ron Beghetto

Are you feeling a little less energized about teaching than you’d like to be? We all need an attitude adjustment now and again. During this interactive presentation and workshop, you’ll learn from an internationally-recognized expert on creative thought and action in education how making slight changes to existing teaching, learning and leadership practices can result in transformative ways of thinking and acting.

Dr. Beghetto serves as Professor of Educational Psychology, Director of the University of Connecticut’s Innovation House and Graduate Program Coordinator for the Cognition, Instruction, Learning, & Technology Program in the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. He is the editor for the Journal of Creative Behavior, series editor for Creative Theory and Action in Education and serves as a creativity advisor for the LEGO Foundation.

Free, space is limited. Registration required.

Energize for Educators Events are 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.

Tour: Brian Bress: Pictures Become You

January 31, 2019, 6 pm

Join Chief Curator Ellen Rudolph in the Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Gallery for an extended look at Bress’ video-paintings along with conversation about the humor, craft and philosophical aspects of the artist’s work.

Tour: Brian Bress: Pictures Become You

January 31, 2019, 6 pm

Tour: Brian Bress: Pictures Become You

Join Chief Curator Ellen Rudolph in the Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Gallery for an extended look at Bress’ video-paintings along with conversation about the humor, craft and philosophical aspects of the artist’s work.

Registration required.

Brian Bress, Chefs #4 (on green, violet and pink waves), 2016, high definition three-channel video (color), high definition monitors and players, wall mounts, framed, 39 1/2 x 73 7/8 x 3 1/4 in., Courtesy of the artist and Philip Martin Gallery, Los Angeles

Free Thursdays

January 31, 2019, 11 am – 9 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

January 31, 2019, 11 am – 9 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 

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