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.

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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

The Artist and His Wife, Elmer Novotny, (Cleveland, Ohio, 1909–1997, Walnut Creek, California), 1938, Oil on canvas, 52 in. x 44 in. (132.08 cm x 111.76 cm), Purchased in memory of Docent Chair Carol Boyd with funds from the Akron Art Museum docents and gifts in memory of William Bishop and gift of Karen Novotny Tischer, 2010.190

Shop Talk with Maria Alejandra Zanetta

Maria Alejandra Zanetta is an artist and professor living in Akron, OH. Alejandra teaches Hispanic literature, language and culture studies courses at the University of Akron. As an artist, her printmaking and collage work reflect her interest in experimenting with texture and color. Zanetta is also a part of the museum’s Akron Art Library program with her work Vino. Hear Zanetta discuss her love of The Artist and His Wife, using mark-making for texture and movement, and her sweet obsession: chocolate.

Instagram: @maria_alejandra_zanetta_art

Brandt Roberts Gallery, Columbus, OH: http://brandtrobertsgalleries.com

Harris Stanton Gallery, Cleveland, OH: https://www.harrisstantongallery.com

One World Mural Series in Short North: https://shortnorth.org/oneworld/

Akron Art Library: https://www.akronlibrary.org/locations/main-library/culture-av-division/akron-art-library/maria-alejandra-zanetta-vino

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.