Jun Kaneko: Blurred LinesKarl and Bertl Arnstein GalleriesThrough June 3, 2018
Jun Kaneko has spent decades pushing the boundaries of ceramics, sculpture, painting, the abstract and the figural, and has repeatedly blurred the lines that have traditionally separated the world of fine art and craft. Jun Kaneko: Blurred Lines, presents an impressive array of the artist’s monumental works, while providing insight into his thinking and artistic process.
Heavy MetalJudith Bear Isroff GalleryThrough February 18, 2018
Heavy Metal features artworks made of metal or materials disguised to resemble metal, as well as images of or about lustrous chemical elements. Exhibition artists exploit the key properties of their metal or metal-like materials, such as strength, ductility and plasticity, to develop innovative forms and imagery.
Micro/Macro: Views of Earth by Marilyn Bridges and Jeannette KluteFred and Laura Ruth Bidwell GalleryThrough March 11, 2018
Marilyn Bridges and Jeannette Klute both chose Earth’s natural and human-touched terrain as their subject matter. Micro/Macro illustrates how photographs of the Earth on both an intimate and aerial scale can be disorienting as well as familiar, and the inherent compositional parallels between the work of two very different artists.
Ed Emberley: Better You Than MeMary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation GalleryThrough July 15, 2018
Ed Emberley: Better You Than Me includes an array of inventive artwork from the artist’s personal archive of hand drawn sketches, woodblock prints, mockups, and first edition books. Better You Than Me is comprised of a specially-curated selection from the first retrospective of Emberley’s work that was presented by the Worcester Art Museum in 2016 and 2017, along with never-before-exhibited drawings and prints.
Frameworks: Paintings by Dragana Crnjak, Andrea Joki and Matthew KolodziejJudith Bear Isroff GalleryComing March 3, 2018 - September 9, 2018
Crnjak (Youngstown), Joki (Cleveland) and Kolodziej (Akron) each approach painting as a process of inquiry into the way we understand time and space. The artists are particularly interested in the concept of time being fluid rather than linear. That fluidity is easily illustrated in our digital age—time can be visually compressed, drawn out and even layered. Interwoven into that equation is how memory becomes clouded or fragmented over time.
Jerry Birchfield: Asleep in the DustFred and Laura Ruth Bidwell GalleryComing March 24, 2018 - September 23, 2018
The multimedia work of Jerry Birchfield thoughtfully investigates photographic processes and concepts. Obscuring his camera-based images with layers of darkroom processes, Birchfield calls attention to the gap between his photographs’ original subjects and the abstracted printed image that you see.
The Museum Collection: C. Blake McDowell, Jr. GalleriesC. Blake McDowell, Jr. GalleriesThrough 2020
The art displayed in the McDowell Galleries features work from the Akron Art Museum collection from 1850 - 1950.
The Museum Collection: Sandra L. and Dennis B. Haslinger Family Foundation GalleriesSandra L. and Dennis B. Haslinger Family Foundation GalleriesThrough 2020
The Sandra L. and Dennis B. Haslinger Family Foundation Galleries showcase contemporary art in the Akron Art Museum collection.
Open World: Video Games and Contemporary ArtKarl and Bertl Arnstein GalleriesComing October 2019 - February 2020
Visual artists are gamers too, yet video games are rarely examined as a major influence on contemporary art. Open World draws attention to this phenomenon through the presentation of artworks including painting, sculpture, textiles, prints, drawings, animation, video games, video game modifications and game-based performances and interventions by makers who self-identify as artists.