An American Eden: Turn-of-the-Twentieth-Century American Paintings
| Butler Institute of America Art
In 2004, the Akron Art Museum closed its downtown location to begin an exciting building expansion project. As construction continued, the Akron Art Museum collaborated with the Butler Institute of American Art to present American Eden, which showcased some of the most important turn-of-the-twentieth-century works from Akron's collection.
Ohio Perspectives: New Master Drawings
| The Butler Institute of American Art/Salem, Summit Artspace in Akron, and the Canton Museum of Art
Drawing is the fundamental pictorial act. It reveals the first impulses of both the artist's mind and body. New Master Drawings, the tenth installment in the Akron Art Museum's Ohio Perspectives series, reflects the heightened interest in drawing today. Here in Ohio and around the world many contemporary artists seek to reconnect with craft and handwork. Some artists featured offer new takes on the nature sketchbook, figure studies, and cartooning.
Summer Video Exhibitions at the University of Akron
| Emily Davis Gallery
While the museum's downtown location was closed for construction, Coming to a Neighborhood Near You offered exhibitions, lectures, concerts, workshops, and other activities at various locations around the region. The exhibit areas, organized by the museum and held in conjunction with partner organizations, was inaugurated in April and May when Christian Marclay: Telephones & Other Things was on view at the University of Akron Myers School of Art Emily Davis Gallery. This exhibition contained one video and two sculptures that spanned 15 years of the artist's career.
Homegrown: Ohio Artists in the Collection
| Judith Bear Isroff Gallery
Ohio has produced-or become home to many artists who are recognized nationally as well as beloved in their own communities. These artists work in a variety of media and styles and treat a multitude of subjects, but they also often depict the people and scenes most familiar to them. This exhibition of works on paper, selected from the museum's rich collection of regional art, reveals how the landscape and inhabitants of America's heartland provide many artists with vital inspiration.
Jim Dine Prints: 1985-2002
| Akron Art Museum
Since the 1960s, Jim Dine (born 1935, Cincinnati) has transformed familiar everyday objects—hearts, bathrobes, tools, and skulls—into powerful symbols of loss, longing, joy, and wonder. This exhibition of forty-seven large-scale prints reveals Dine's devotion to these time-honored themes, but also his penchant for pushing the boundaries of print medium. He uses power tools to carve images into printing plates, combines multiple techniques within a single print, and hand colors many images using his fingers, brushes, and—in at least one instance—a straw broom. Dine’s prints are distinguished by their rich coloration, textured surfaces, and grand, painting-like scale.
Eyes on the Body-Selections from the Collection
| McDowell Galleries
Since the beginning of recorded history, artists have used the human form to express a range of experiences and emotions. This exhibition of works from the museum's collection demonstrates how artists working in a variety of media continue to find a vital source of inspiration in the human figure. Some use the human body to explore and questions social norms. In their images of women, painter Malcah Zeldis and photographer Cindy Sherman highlight the potent power of female beauty and how it is represented in film and print media. Other artists use the human figure to examine or confront psychological issues. Thom Shaw's dramatic woodcut print reflects his struggle through illness, while D. Anthony Mahone's haunting photographs signify his experience of racial discrimination.
Elemental Truths: Works on Paper by Hui-Chu Ying
| Isroff Gallery
Hui-Chu Ying, who was born in Taipei, Taiwan, in 1956, came to this country in the early 1980s. Since 1989, Ying has taught printmaking at The University of Akron's Myers School of Art, where she she is an associate professor. This exhibition presents work created by the artist over the last two years, culminating in the mural-sized Peace Prayer created specially for this space. These sensuously beautiful works on paper combine processes from traditional printmaking, which is rooted in reproducibility, with painting, drawing, and even sewing, techniques that result in one-of-a-kind objects.