Contributor: Seema Rao

Relief Podcast Episode 5: Mark-Making

This weekly podcast brings listeners joy and comfort for these uncertain times. The Akron Art Museum’s staff shares insights from their own lives combined with conversations about the collection and interviews with regional artists and musicians. Join us every Tuesday. Mark-Making This week the topic is Mark-Making. Seema and Gina talk about the various kinds of marks they’re making with during this time and how artists use mark-making in their practice. Deep Dive with Reggie: Elmer Novotny Shop Talk with Maria Alejandra Zanetta Maria Alejandra

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Relief Podcast Episode 4: Abstract

This weekly podcast brings listeners joy and comfort for these uncertain times. The Akron Art Museum’s staff shares insights from their own lives combined with conversations about the collection and interviews with regional artists and musicians. Join us every Tuesday. Abstract This week the topic is Abstract. Seema and Gina talk about how artists use abstraction and artist Alma Thomas’ career. Deep Dive with Reggie: Alma Thomas Shop Talk with Theron Brown Theron Brown is a multi-faceted musician living in Akron, OH. As a pianist,

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Relief Podcast Episode 3: Motivation

This weekly podcast brings listeners joy and comfort for these uncertain times. The Akron Art Museum’s staff shares insights from their own lives combined with conversations about the collection and interviews with regional artists and musicians. Join us every Tuesday. Motivation This week the topic is Motivation. Seema and Gina share some of their thoughts about how motivation looks different during quarantine and how artists get themselves motivated. Deep Dive with Reggie: Mickalene Thomas To hear Mickalene Thomas talk about what motivates her, click here.

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Relief Podcast Episode 2: Spring

This weekly podcast brings listeners joy and comfort for these uncertain times. The Akron Art Museum’s staff shares insights from their own lives combined with conversations about the collection and interviews with regional artists and musicians. Join us every Tuesday. Spring This week the topic is Spring. Seema and Gina share some of their thoughts about how the weather affects artists and their work. Deep Dive with Reggie View Charles Burchfield, “Spring Thunderstorm,” 1955 View Vincent van Gogh, “Rain,” 1889, Philadelphia Museum of Art Sound

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Relief Podcast 1: Care

This weekly podcast brings listeners joy and comfort for these uncertain times. The Akron Art Museum’s staff shares insights from their own lives combined with conversations about the collection and interviews with regional artists and musicians. Join us every Tuesday. Care This week the topic is Care. Seema and Gina share some of their thoughts about how care has changed in the context of Stay and Home. Deep Dive with Brian Bress Click to learn about Brian Bress’s 2019 solo show at the Akron Art

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Relief Printing

Relief prints are easy and flexible. The basic premise is that anything raised from the surface will transfer ink onto the paper. A stamp is essentially a relief print. Linocut prints and woodblock prints are two commonly used forms of relief printmaking. At home, you can create a type of relief print using cardboard and foam stickers. If you don’t have foam stickers, you can use old styrofoam and hot glue. If you don’t have printer’s ink, you can brush acrylic paint onto the block.

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What’s Your Social Isolation Mood?

Social isolation has brought out so many emotions, often at the same time. Our photography collection might help you track your emotions.

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Social Isolation Haircuts

This tour of the collection offers some suggestions for haircuts.

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Cooking with the Collection: Cindy Sherman

This recipe is fairly easy, though Sherman warns, “This step is more complicated to explain than it is to execute.”

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Sculptural Binder Clips

This binder clip project can be inspired by any of our collection works. Our example was inspired by Claes Oldeburg.

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