Member Events

Members of the Akron Art Museum enjoy invitations to exclusive member events such as wine tastings, behind-the-scenes tours and art getaways. For more information about membership, click here. For information on pricing for upcoming Members Only! events please call the membership department at 330.376.9186 x225.

Connect with Dot

Meet Dot, your new AAM tour guide. She’ll lead you through the museum and give you a chance to connect with your family and friends while you explore the galleries. 

Connect with Dot

So, you're at the museum and you want to learn more about the art…

Connect with Dot, your new AAM digital tour guide.

Whether you're here solo or with friends or family, Dot will lead you through the galleries and give you fun opportunities to explore the art on display while you connect with friends or family, or learn something new about yourself. It all happens through your smartphone. Just connect with Dot on Facebook Messenger and she’ll lead the way:
  1. Connect to the museum's WiFi at Akron Art Guest (password is onehighst)
  2. Click on the Messenger app on your phone
  3. Type AAM Dot into the search field
  4. Tap Dot's picture and the Get Started button and you are on your way


"She's smart, she's sassy, and she uses artworks at the Akron Art Museum to get you talking with your friends about art and life and the connections between the two." Read Cleveland Plain Dealer art & architecture critic Steven Litt's take on Dot.

"The Akron Art Museum has a new employee: she never eats, she never sleeps, and she’s ready to give tours to every single person who walks into the building." Listen to Kabir Bhatia's report about Dot on WKSU.org


Dot is made possible by generous support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. 

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Logo

Art Babes: Decoding Facial Expressions

February 21, 2019, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Park the stroller and cozy up in our circle of babes for sensory play, face-to-face bouncy rhymes, and social games. 

Art Babes: Decoding Facial Expressions

February 21, 2019, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

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 for members, $10/nonmember child. Registration required.

Not a member? Join today!

Art Babes is made possible with support from the Robert O. & Anna Mae Orr Foundation.

Nick Cave Feat. Opening Celebration and Members Preview

February 23, 2019, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Explore the immersive experience of Nick Cave: Feat. at a special Free members preview from 11 am to 2 pm.  

Nick Cave Feat. Opening Celebration and Members Preview

February 23, 2019, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Free Members Preview

Explore the immersive experience of Nick Cave: Feat. at a special Free members preview from 11 am to 2 pm. Take a guided tour of Cave's visually-stunning creations or discover the artwork on your own. Enjoy free coffee and snacks in the museum café with friends and family as you kick-off the weekend with an unforgettable art adventure.

Free for members, $10/nonmembers
Registration is required, use the button / link below to register.

Not a member? Join here!

12th Annual Art & Ale

March 9, 2019, 2 – 5 pm & 6 – 9 pm

The 12th Annual Art & Ale returns on a new day (Saturday!) with two new session times, featuring craft brews from Ohio's brew brewmakers, complemented by some of the region's favorite local food. 

12th Annual Art & Ale

March 9, 2019, 2 – 5 pm & 6 – 9 pm

New Art & Ale experience for 2019:

New day, Saturday, March 9, 2019
Choose between 2 Sessions: 2 - 5 pm & 6 - 9 pm
New VIP ticket option and experience*

*(includes a sampling of VIP-only specialty beers, complemented by a selection of gourmet small bites) All VIP attendees receive an official Art & Ale swag bag.

Now in its 12th year, ART & ALE, presented by Acme Fresh Market, features locally crafted brews from Ohio’s best brewmakers, complemented by some of the region’s favorite local food. In addition to showcasing top-rated beers from both Ohio and regional breweries along with delicious offerings from local food purveyors, Art & Ale 2019 presents a juried award for best overall brew and a people’s choice prize—complete with museum-worthy trophies.

*PLEASE NOTE: The museum will be closed to the public for Art & Ale. Only Art & Ale ticket holders will be permitted entry on Saturday, March 9, 2019.

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****This Event is for Ages 21 and Over****
A state-issued form of ID is required.

Become a member and get early access to member-discounted Art & Ale tickets.

Participating Brewers 
Akronym Brewing
Alaskan Brewing Co.
Breckenridge Brewery
Canton Brewing Company
Crazy Mountain
Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Elevator Brewing
Elysian
Fat Head's
Golden Road Brewing
Goose Island
Headtrip Brewery
HiHO Brewing
Hoppin Frog
Ignite Brewing Co.
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Kona Brewing Co.
Lock 15 Brewing
MadCap Brew Co.
MadTree Brewing
Market Garden Brewing
Masthead Brewing Co.
McArthur's Brew House
Missing Falls Brewery
Mucky Duck Brewing
Ohio Brewing
Platform Beer Co.
R. Shea Brewing
Rhinegeist
Royal Docks Brewing Co.
Saucy Brew Works
Shiner
Urban Artifact
Virtue Cider

Food Purveyors
Acme Fresh Market
Dewey's Pizza
Hartville Chips
Old Carolina Barbecue

Beverage Makers
Akron Coffee Roasters
NORKA


Art & Ale is presented by Acme Fresh Market (OrderAcme.com) with additional support provided by Brennan, Manna & Diamond,TKM, Sully's Tool & Party Rental, The Richard and Alita Rogers Family Foundation, Platform Beer Co., University of Akron, Sequoia Financial Group, Clear Gold Audio,Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. and 2019 Summit Brew Path (Akron-Summit Convention and Visitors Bureau).

VIP sponsorship is provided by the J.M. Smucker Company, Elysian Brewing, Goose Island Beer Co., Rhinegeist Brewery and Saucy Brew Works.

Media sponsorship is provided by The Summit FM and Western Reserve PBS.

Acme Fresh Market (OrderAcme.com)

Logos of 2019 Art & Ale Sponsors

Tour: Brian Bress: Pictures Become You

March 14, 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

March 14, 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

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