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

Problem: You are at the museum with family or friends and you want to, you know, learn more about the art. But, you’d also like to actually spend time with your crew.

Problem solved: Connect with Dot, your new AAM digital tour guide. She’ll lead you through the galleries and give you fun opportunities to connect with your family and friends while you explore the art on display. 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

FRONT Tour: The Future Is Now: Technology in Art

August 18, 2018, 2:00 pm

Join us for a curator-led, themed tour of FRONT at the Akron Art Museum. 

FRONT Tour: The Future Is Now: Technology in Art

August 18, 2018, 2:00 pm

Join us for a curator-led, themed tour of FRONT at the Akron Art Museum.

Free for members. Free with the price of regular admission for nonmembers.

Registration is required. Register online using the button / link below. 

image: Walead Beshty, Office Work (Canon imageCLASS D1350 Monochrome Laser All-in-One Printer, Copier, Scanner, Fax F161402), 2017, Canon imageCLASS D1350 Monochrome Laser All-in-One Printer, Copier, Scanner, Fax F161402, 71 1/2 x 28 3/8 x 28 3/8 in., Courtesy of the artsit and Petzel, New York

Get To Know Your Museum Tour

August 21, 2018, 11:00 am

Join us for an exciting exploration of the museum’s collection through this interactive tour.

Get To Know Your Museum Tour

August 21, 2018, 11:00 am

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 choose a date and reserve your space. Space is limited! Only 20 spots per tour.

Not a member? Join here! 

Photo: Shane Wynn

Last Look Frameworks Tour

August 25, 2018, 10:30 am

Ever wonder how to look at abstract painting? Join Chief Curator Ellen Rudolph on a tour of abstract art by the Northeast Ohio artists in Frameworks. 

Last Look Frameworks Tour

August 25, 2018, 10:30 am

Ever wonder how to look at abstract painting? Join Chief Curator Ellen Rudolph on a journey through space and time experiencing the work of three Northeast Ohio artists who use painting as a process of exploring the intersections of memory, time, place and the digital realm. Find out more about Frameworks: Paintings by Dragana Crnjak, Andrea Joki and Matthew Kolodziej.

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

Photo: Shane Wynn

Creative Playdate

September 6, 2018, 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Make a date to celebrate your little scribbler’s creative side. 

Creative Playdate

September 6, 2018, 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Jams and Jazz Traffic Painting

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

Art meets play every first Thursday! Meaningful messes and inventive play are the foundation for big ideas. Make a date to celebrate your little scribbler’s creative side where, with a little imagination, everyday materials have infinite potential and “doing work” involves testing out unconventional methods for making a single object of wonder or collaboration with friends. This program is 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. 
(coming soon!)

Not a member? Join here!

Photo: Shane Wynn

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

After-School Mind Unwind

September 13, 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

September 13, 2018, 4:00 – 6:00 pm

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. (coming soon!)
Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Photo: Shane Wynn

After-School Mind Unwind is made possible with support from the Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation. 

FRONT Tour: Consume or Consumed: Exploring Themes of Mass Production, Labor and Consumption

September 15, 2018, 2:00 pm

Join us for a curator-led, themed tour of FRONT at the Akron Art Museum. 

FRONT Tour: Consume or Consumed: Exploring Themes of Mass Production, Labor and Consumption

September 15, 2018, 2:00 pm

Join us for a curator-led, themed tour of FRONT at the Akron Art Museum.

Free for members. Free with the price of regular admission for nonmembers.

Registration is required. Register online using the button / link below.  

image: Maryam Jafri, Product Recall: An Index of Innovation. Pepsi Baby (detail), 2015, framed texts, photographs, objects. Objects: 7.9 x 2 x 2 in. and 3 x 2.4 x 0.9 in. Courtesy of the artist and Laveronica arte contemporanea

Artist Talk: Nicholas Buffon

September 20, 2018, 6:30 pm

Artist Nicholas Buffon will talk about his work, including works on view in FRONT that highlight LGBTQ landmarks in Cleveland and Akron.

Artist Talk: Nicholas Buffon

September 20, 2018, 6:30 pm

Free and Open to All.

Artist Nicholas Buffon highlighted LGBTQ landmarks in Cleveland and Akron in a series of paintings, drawings and sculptures in the FRONT exhibition. In this talk, the artist will discuss his work and participate in a dialogue with members of those businesses and organizations depicted in the work.

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image: Nicholas Buffon, Akron Art Museum Entrance, 2018, acrylic paint, pencil, and carbon transfer on Bristol paper, 9 5/8 x 7 in. Courtesy of the artist and Callicoon Fine Arts, New York

FRONT International Tour: The Urban Fabric

September 22, 2018, 10:30 am

Join Chief Curator Ellen Rudolph in exploring the diverse artworks in Akron Art Museum’s FRONT presentation through the lens of civic organization. 

FRONT International Tour: The Urban Fabric

September 22, 2018, 10:30 am

Join Chief Curator Ellen Rudolph in exploring the diverse artworks in Akron Art Museum’s FRONT presentation through the lens of civic organization—how does it affect the social and economic dynamics of a city? Artists reflect on how public infrastructure and social spaces divide and unite us.

This tour is FREE for Akron Art Museum members but registration is required. Please click the button / link below to reserve your space. Space is limited! Only 20 spots per tour.

Not a member? Join here!

Find out more about FRONT International Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art at the Akron Art Museum.

image: Willie Doherty, Dreams of Longing Dreams of Regret I-V, 2017, 4 framed pigment prints mounted on dibond, dimensions variable, photo: Joerg Lohse, image courtesy of the artist, of Alexander and Bonin, New York, and Kerlin Gallery, Dublin 

Creative Playdate

October 4, 2018, 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Putting pencil to paper builds confidence. Join the world’s biggest celebration of drawing and embrace happy accidents through self-discovery. You can play with line at any age! 

Creative Playdate

October 4, 2018, 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

The Big Draw Festival 2018

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

Putting pencil to paper builds confidence. Join the world’s biggest celebration of drawing and embrace happy accidents through self-discovery. You can play with line at any age!

Art meets play every first Thursday! Meaningful messes and inventive play are the foundation for big ideas. Make a date to celebrate your little scribbler’s creative side where, with a little imagination, everyday materials have infinite potential and “doing work” involves testing out unconventional methods for making a single object of wonder or collaboration with friends. This program is 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. 
(coming soon!)

Not a member? Join here!

Photo: Shane Wynn

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

Creative Playdate

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 little scribbler’s creative side. 

Creative Playdate

November 1, 2018, 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Rails, Wings and Cardboard Things

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

Art meets play every first Thursday! Meaningful messes and inventive play are the foundation for big ideas. Make a date to celebrate your little scribbler’s creative side where, with a little imagination, everyday materials have infinite potential and “doing work” involves testing out unconventional methods for making a single object of wonder or collaboration with friends. This program is 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. 
(coming soon!)

Not a member? Join here!

Photo: Shane Wynn

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

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