Tours

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

Get To Know Nick Cave Gallery Talk

March 26, 2019, 11:00 am

Stroll the galleries with Chief Curator Ellen Rudolph while we examine and talk about Nick Cave: Feat. 

Get To Know Nick Cave Gallery Talk

March 26, 2019, 11:00 am

Stroll the galleries with Chief Curator Ellen Rudolph while we examine the materials Nick Cave uses and unpack the meaning beneath the surface of the artist's stunning artworks on view in Nick Cave: Feat.

Free for Akron Art Museum members.

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Find out more about Nick Cave: Feat. at the Akron Art Museum.

Installation photo: Shane Wynn 

Tour - Mernet Larsen: The Ordinary, Reoriented

April 3, 2019, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Join Chief Curator Ellen Rudolph and delve into the skewed spatial relationships in Larsen’s paintings to discover meaning and the artist’s wry sense of humor in the very ordinary situations she presents.

Tour - Mernet Larsen: The Ordinary, Reoriented

April 3, 2019, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Tour - Mernet Larsen: The Ordinary, Reoriented

Join Chief Curator Ellen Rudolph and delve into the skewed spatial relationships in Larsen’s paintings to discover meaning and the artist’s wry sense of humor in the very ordinary situations she presents.

Free for Akron Art Museum members.

Not a member? Join here!

Header: Mernet Larsen, Cup Tricks (detail), 2018, acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 56 7/8 x 38 1/4 in., Courtesy of William S. Ehrlich

Tour: African American Artists in the Akron Art Museum Collection

May 16, 2019, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Join Director of Education Alison Caplan as we explore works by African American artists in the museum’s collection. This tour will culminate in an exploration of Nick Cave: Feat.

Tour: African American Artists in the Akron Art Museum Collection

May 16, 2019, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Tour: African American Artists in the Akron Art Museum Collection

From the politically-charged work of Robert Colescott to the abstract expressions of Alma Thomas, African American artists are more visible than ever in the Akron Art Museum galleries. Join Director of Education Alison Caplan as we explore works by African American artists in the museum’s collection. This tour will culminate in an exploration of Nick Cave: Feat.

Free and open to the public. Registration is required.

Alma W. Thomas, Pond - Spring Awakening (detail), 1972, acrylic on canvas, 68 x 55 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. David K. Anderson 1976.32

Girls to the Front: Bechdel Fest Tour

May 30, 2019, 1 - 2:00 PM

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.

Girls to the Front: Bechdel Fest Tour

May 30, 2019, 1 - 2:00 PM

Girls to the Front: Bechdel Fest Tour

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.

Registration link coming soon.

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 2012.104

Last Look Tour Nick Cave: Feat.

June 1, 2019, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Catch the spectacular works of Nick Cave before the exhibition closes! Chief Curator Ellen Rudolph will highlight each body of work in the exhibition and discuss the experience of working with the artist on the community performance, HEARD•AKRON.

Last Look Tour Nick Cave: Feat.

June 1, 2019, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Last Look Tour Nick Cave: Feat.

Catch the spectacular works of Nick Cave before the exhibition closes! Chief Curator Ellen Rudolph will highlight each body of work in the exhibition and discuss the experience of working with the artist on the community performance, HEARD•AKRON.

Free for Akron Art Museum Members.

Not a member? Join here!

Find out more about Nick Cave: Feat. at the Akron Art Museum.

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