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.

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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

Pond — Spring Awakening, Alma W. Thomas, (Columbus, Georgia, 1891–1978, Washington, D.C.), 1972, Acrylic on canvas, 68 in. x 55 in. (172.72 cm x 139.7 cm), Gift of Mr. and Mrs. David K. Anderson, 1976.32

Shop Talk with Theron Brown

Theron Brown is a multi-faceted musician living in Akron, OH. As a pianist, Theron utilizes his gospel and jazz influences to compose songs under his name and with the Theron Brown Trio. He also ensures a lifelong pursuit in learning and advocating for music through his work as a professor at Kent State University and as the founder of the Rubber City Jazz & Blues Festival. Listen in to hear Theron discuss Alma Thomas, the importance of vulnerability, and what keeps him hopeful and motivated.
Instagram: @theronbrown
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Relief Podcast Music

Jordan King is a multi-instrumentalist based in Kent, Ohio. Through his music project, Swell Tides, he has worked with Akron Recording Company and Electric Company Records. His work has been featured in the Devil Strip, Cleveland Scene, Akron Recording Company’s Where the Hell is Akron, OH? Vol. 2. Find Swell Tides on Bandcamp and Spotify, and stay in tune with upcoming shows on Instagram @swelltides

Relief Podcast is made possible with support from the Ohio Arts Council.