John Pearson: Intuitive Structures
September 20, 2014 - February 8, 2015 | Judith Bear Isroff Gallery
A key figure in the arts of Northeast Ohio and beyond, John Pearson has developed his style of geometric abstract painting over the past 50 years. Along with artists Julian Stanczak, Edwin Mieczowkski and others, Pearson was central to the flourishing of geometric abstraction in Cleveland from the mid-1960s through the 1970s. He received the Cleveland Arts Prize in Visual Art in 1975, when he was becoming known for the colorful drawings, prints and paintings he composed using mathematically-derived systems. His Mondrian Linear Series was created using one such systematic approach in homage to Piet Mondrian, one of Pearson’s earliest and most enduring influences.
Butch Anthony: Vita Post Mortum
November 6, 2014 - January 25, 2015 | The Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation Gallery
Butch Anthony, an artist not easily categorized, collects bizarre objects and transforms them into strangely beautiful art. Butch Anthony resides on his family’s 80-acre property, a folk-art compound in Seale, Alabama, where his artistic career began in the 1990s. Using various media and techniques, Anthony alters found objects to craft them into one-of-a-kind masterpieces. His specific genre of work is called “Intertwangelism”—an ism of his own creation—stating: “If I make up my own ‘ism,’ no one can say anything or tell me I’m doing it wrong.
Trenton Doyle Hancock: Skin and Bones, 20 Years of Drawing
September 6, 2014 - January 4, 2015 | Karl and Bertl Arnstein Galleries
For almost two decades, Trenton Doyle Hancock has developed an epic visual narrative in which mythical “Mounds” serve as the protagonists in an ongoing battle between good and evil. The artist’s colorful characters, vivid imagery and elaborate mythologies have earned international recognition.
Along the Tracks: O. Winston Link
June 7, 2014 - November 9, 2014 | Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Gallery
At first glance the photographs of O. Winston Link seem to be simply an extensive project that documents the end of steam locomotives. As we examine the breadth of Link’s output, the images also draw us in with the drama of cinematic lighting, lyrical landscapes and sentimental views that could be illustrations by Norman Rockwell. For example, the ingenious composition of Hot Shot Eastbound, Iaeger, West Virginia captures the end of an era going by in a puff of smoke in the distance while the new automobile culture consumes the foreground.
Beyond the News: Photographs from the Akron Beacon Journal Archives
September 13, 2014 - October 26, 2014 | The Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation Gallery
Photographs we see in the daily news expand our knowledge and understanding of events in our local communities and around the world. Beyond the News brings together a selection of outstanding news photographs drawn from the archives of the Akron Beacon Journal. Meant to inform us of everyday happenings and exceptional events, these striking images are also significant works of art.
La Wilson: Objects Transformed
May 10, 2014 - October 19, 2014 | Sandra L. and Dennis B. Haslinger Family Foundation Galleries
La Wilson: Objects Transformed, which features a selection of the remarkable artwork the artist has created over a half-century from the Akron Art Museum and Northeast Ohio collections, is organized by the Akron Art Museum
Language in Art
April 12, 2014 - September 14, 2014 | Judith Bear Isroff Gallery
From the early 20th century, when Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque introduced words into their Cubist still life paintings and collages, artists have incorporated language into their images. Language in Art explores the variety of ways contemporary artists utilize words in artworks from the Akron Art Museum collection.
July 17, 2014 - September 7, 2014 | The Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation Gallery
Akron Art Museum staff strive every day to fulfill the museum's mission of enriching lives through modern and contemporary art. Their creativity is largely invested in assuring the outstanding presentation and longevity of art made by others. A selection of work by museum staff, juried by Massillon Museum Executive Director Alexandra Nicholis Coon, showcases the talents of artists working in a variety of media and styles.
April 12, 2014 - August 17, 2014 | Karl and Bertl Arnstein Galleries
Covering 25 years of Tony Feher’s art, the exhibition will feature the range of everyday materials Feher employs, from bottles filled with colored water to marbles and pennies, Styrofoam blocks, soft drink crates, plastic bags, paper cups and various packing materials. Although Feher's materials can be seen as banal—even throwaway—they are chosen specifically for their distinct visual and structural qualities as well as for their connection to people.
The Talking Cure
May 15, 2014 - July 6, 2014 | Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation Gallery
The focus of artist Melissa Stern’s project, The Talking Cure, is a group of twelve sculptures made of clay, wood, found objects and other materials. The simplified human figures suggest individual, ambiguous personalities. Stern invited 12 writers to interpret each work, and the resulting interior monologues of the sculpted characters were then reinterpreted and read aloud by recorded voice actors.