Members Amy Buller

City: Tallmadge
Occupation:
Recently retired after teaching/subbing 44 years for the Mogadore schools.

What made you decide to become a Member of the Akron Art Museum?
I had often visited the museum, but never joined. Last Thanksgiving, I was in LA visiting my daughter. A friend sent me the article in the Beacon about the museum’s offer of a free membership as part of “giving back Tuesday.” Wow! Can’t lose out on this! I signed up to become a member sitting in my daughter’s kitchen in LA. After almost a year of taking advantage of membership, I renewed my membership for this next year.

Amy Buller
How frequently do you visit the Akron Art Museum?
Since my full retirement in June of this year, I visit the museum at least once a week. The Akron Art Museum offers many benefits to its members, and I like the garden which replaced the ugly old parking lot. Joni would approve..

What benefit of Membership do you appreciate the most and why?
The Akron Art Museum offers tremendous member benefits including tours of new shows led by the curators, behind the scenes tours, architectural appreciation tours (and I love the architecture of the museum, the hovering of the new over the old), as well as involvement with other Akron area institutions. There are so many opportunities to learn and become involved. Then, of course, there’s the free admission (so I can visit for a couple hours or 15 minutes without worrying about “getting my money’s worth”) and the free parking. : )

"I strongly believe that the arts are the language of our humanity."

Are there particular works of art in the collection or current/past exhibitions that are special to you? Which ones and why? 
When I visit other museums, Cleveland Museum of Art, the Met in NYC or the Whitney, the National Gallery or LACMA, I search out art I consider my “friends”.... art that has meant so much to me over the years. I am finding new “friends” at Akron. Every show I visit leaves a lasting impression with me and I look to find the artists in other venues. Yinka Shonibare’s Gentleman Walking a Tightrope, a headless figure on a tightrope is my new “friend.” I love the arresting presentation, and I understand that Shonibare is commenting on the tenuousness of race relations. As I begin my docent training, I feel as though I am on the tightrope as I enter this new adventure in my life. I got very comfortable in a career that spanned 44 years. Time for me to do something different, and I am going to master that tightrope, metaphorically, of course.

Why do you feel art is important – for individuals, families, communities?
Oh, where to start. As I stated before, I strongly believe that the arts are the language of our humanity. Art can go to extremes. Art can be beautiful, ugly, loud, soft, evoking everything a person is. I believe that art adds to the vocabulary of understanding. If nothing else, it provides a place to start conversation. And, conversation is what people need to at least coexist.

PS: Then, there’s the feedback I get from former students that they can “kill it” on Jeopardy when there’s an art history section.

Personal Memberships

Culture Club

$375 $500
All Modern Contemporaries member benefits plus exclusive access to art tours, discussions with renowned artists, curators, collectors and guest lecturers, and invitations to exclusive Culture Club events

Culture Club

$375 $500

All Art Advocate membership benefits, including:

  • Unlimited free admission to the galleries
  • Complimentary parking
  • 10% discounts in the museum shop and café
  • Half-off guest admission tickets
  • Access to exclusive art experiences, Members-Only exhibition preview events and programs, as well as free children's and family educational programs
  • Reciprocal membership privileges at 13 Ohio art museums, 90 museums across North America and 40 world-class U.S. contemporary art museums
  • Eight guest admission passes
  • Exclusive access to art tours, discussions with renowned artists, curators, collectors and guest lecturers, and invitations to exclusive Culture Club events

Modern Contemporaries

$187.50 $250
All Art Advocate member benefits plus access to unique events and opportunities to experience modern and contemporary art in a social setting with friends and other young professionals

Modern Contemporaries

$187.50 $250

A special membership level designed for young professionals

All Art Advocate membership benefits, including:

  • Unlimited free admission to the galleries
  • Complimentary parking 
  • 10% discounts in the museum shop and café
  • Half-off guest admission tickets
  • Access to exclusive art experiences, Members-Only exhibition preview events and programs, as well as free children's and family educational programs
  • Reciprocal membership privileges at 13 Ohio art museums, 90 museums across North America and 40 world-class U.S. contemporary art museums
  • Four guest admission passes
  • Access to unique events and opportunities to experience modern and contemporary art in a social setting 

Art Advocate

$112.50 $150
Access to exclusive art experiences, Members-Only exhibition preview events and programs, as well as free children's and family educational programs

Art Advocate

$112.50 $150

All Art House membership benefits, including:

  • Unlimited free admission to the galleries
  • Complimentary parking 
  • 10% discounts in the museum shop and café
  • Half-off guest admission tickets
  • Access to exclusive art experiences, Members-Only exhibition preview events and programs, as well as free children's and family educational programs
  • Reciprocal membership privileges at 13 Ohio art museums, 90 museums across North America and 40 world-class U.S. contemporary art museums

Art House – Families

$56.25 $75
Access to exclusive art experiences, Members-Only exhibition preview events and programs, as well as free children's and family educational programs

Art House – Families

$56.25 $75

The following benefits for two adults, and children under 18 years of age, living at the same residence: 

  • Unlimited free admission to the galleries
  • Complimentary parking 
  • 10% discounts in the museum shop and café
  • Half-off guest admission tickets
  • Access to exclusive art experiences, Members-Only exhibition preview events and programs, as well as free children's and family educational programs

Art Enthusiast – Individual

$37.50 $50
Access to exclusive art experiences, Members-Only exhibition preview events and programs, as well as free children's and family educational programs

Art Enthusiast – Individual

$37.50 $50
  • Unlimited free admission to the galleries 
  • Complimentary parking 
  • 10% discounts in the museum shop and café
  • Half-off guest admission tickets
  • Access to exclusive art experiences, Members-Only exhibition preview events and programs, as well as free children's and family educational programs

Business Memberships

Art Works Business Member (500+ employees)

$5000
Free admission, facility rental, recognition in publications, discounts, and more.

Art Works Business Member (500+ employees)

$5000
  • Free admission for employees
  • Invitations to your CEO to our special Director’s Circle and Member only events
  • Listing on the museum’s website
  • Recognition in the museum’s quarterly publication for one year
  • Opportunity for a “Company Day” at the Akron Art Museum**
  • Discount for employees to upgrade to family memberships
  • A 25% discount on any facility rental at the Akron Art Museum*
  • 10% discount for employees in the café and museum shop
*“Company Day” is during regular Akron Art Museum gallery hours. Additional costs may apply.
**Discounted or free facility rental is for event space only. Additional costs may apply. This benefit applies to a corporate event only and is non-transferable.

Art Works Business Member (100-499 employees)

$2500
Free admission, recognition in publications, discounts in the shop and cafe, and more.

Art Works Business Member (100-499 employees)

$2500
  • Free admission for employees
  • Invitations to your CEO to our special Director’s Circle and Member only events
  • Recognition in the museum’s quarterly publication for one year
  • Listing on the museum’s website
  • Opportunity for a “Company Day” at the Akron Art Museum**
  • Discount for employees to upgrade to family memberships
  • A 25% discount on any facility rental at the Akron Art Museum*
  • 10% discount for employees in the café and museum shop

*Discounted facility rental is for event space only. Additional costs may apply. This benefit applies to a corporate event only and is non-transferable.
**“Company Day” is during regular Akron Art Museum hours. Additional costs may apply.

Art Works Business Member (50-99 employees)

$1000
Free admission, recognition in publications, discounts in the shop and cafe, and more.

Art Works Business Member (50-99 employees)

$1000
  • Free admission for employees
  • Invitations to your CEO to our special Director’s Circle and Member only events
  • Recognition in the museum’s quarterly publication for one year
  • Listing on the museum’s website
  • Opportunity for a “Company Day” at the Akron Art Museum**
  • Discount for employees to upgrade to family memberships
  • A 25% discount on any facility rental at the Akron Art Museum*
  • 10% discount for employees in the café and museum shop

*Discounted facility rental is for event space only. Additional costs may apply. This benefit applies to a corporate event only and is non-transferable.
**“Company Day” is during regular Akron Art Museum hours. Additional costs may apply.

Art Works Business Member (2 - 49 employees)

$500
Free admission, discounts in the shop and cafe, and more.

Art Works Business Member (2 - 49 employees)

$500
  • Free admission for employees
  • Recognition in the museum’s quarterly publication for one year
  • Listing on the museum’s website
  • Opportunity for a “Company Day” at the Akron Art Museum**
  • Discount for employees to upgrade to family memberships
  • A 25% discount on any facility rental at the Akron Art Museum*
  • 10% discount for employees in the café and museum shop

*Discounted facility rental is for event space only. Additional costs may apply. This benefit applies to a corporate event only and is non-transferable.
**“Company Day” is during regular Akron Art Museum hours. Additional costs may apply.

Director's Circle

Director's Circle Crystal

$7500 $10000
All Director's Circle Platinum member benefits plus champagne VIP tour of exhibition for eight with the John S. Knight Director and CEO or a museum Curator

Director's Circle Crystal

$7500 $10000
  • Unlimited admission to the collection and all exhibitions galleries for one year
  • Invitations to exhibition preview events
  • Discounts in the museum store and on educational workshops, lectures and programs
  • Invitation to exclusive Members Only events such as day trips, family events, weekend art getaways, behind-the-scenes tours and wine tastings
  • Subscription to the museum’s quarterly magazine
  • Complimentary parking
  • Tax deduction in accordance with IRS regulations
  • Reciprocal membership privileges at 13 Ohio art museums, 90 museums across North America and 40 world-class U.S. contemporary art museums
  • Champagne VIP tour of exhibition for eight with Director or Curator
  • All exhibition catalogs (three to four per year)
  • Ten guest admission passes

Director's Circle Platinum

$3750 $5000
All Director's Circle Gold member benefits plus invitation for two to an event at the John S. Knight Director and CEO's home

Director's Circle Platinum

$3750 $5000
  • Unlimited admission to the collection and all exhibitions galleries for one year
  • Invitations to exhibition preview events
  • Discounts in the museum store and on educational workshops, lectures and programs
  • Invitation to exclusive Members Only events such as day trips, family events, weekend art getaways, behind-the-scenes tours and wine tastings
  • Subscription to the museum’s quarterly magazine
  • Complimentary parking 
  • Tax deduction in accordance with IRS regulations
  • Reciprocal membership privileges at 13 Ohio art museums, 90 museums across North America and 40 world-class U.S. contemporary art museums
  • Invitation for two to an event at the Director’s home
  • Choice of one exhibition catalog per year
  • Six guest admission passes

Director's Circle Gold

$1875 $2500
All Director's Circle Silver member benefits plus private lunch for two with the John S. Knight Director and CEO upon request

Director's Circle Gold

$1875 $2500
  • Unlimited admission to the collection and all exhibitions galleries for one year
  • Invitations to exhibition preview events
  • Discounts in the museum store and on educational workshops, lectures and programs
  • Invitation to exclusive Members Only events such as day trips, family events, weekend art getaways, behind-the-scenes tours and wine tastings
  • Subscription to the museum’s quarterly magazine
  • Complimentary parking 
  • Tax deduction in accordance with IRS regulations
  • Reciprocal membership privileges at 13 Ohio art museums, 90 museums across North America and 40 world-class U.S. contemporary art museums
  • Private lunch for two with the Director upon request
  • Private docent tour for up to eight
  • Six guest admission passes

Director's Circle Silver

$1125 $1500
All Director's Circle member benefits plus one complimentary one-year dual/household level gift membership (designate a new recipient each year)

Director's Circle Silver

$1125 $1500
  • Unlimited admission to the collection and all exhibitions galleries for one year
  • Invitations to exhibition preview events
  • Discounts in the museum store and on educational workshops, lectures and programs
  • Invitation to exclusive Members Only events such as day trips, family events, weekend art getaways, behind-the-scenes tours and wine tastings
  • Subscription to the museum’s quarterly magazine
  • Complimentary parking 
  • Tax deduction in accordance with IRS regulations
  • Reciprocal membership privileges at 13 Ohio art museums, 90 museums across North America and 40 world-class U.S. contemporary art museums
  • One complimentary one-year dual/household level gift membership (designate a new recipient each year)
  • Six guest admission passes

Director's Circle

$750 $1000
Invitations to special preview dinners of exhibitions and opportunities for tours and travel with the John S. Knight Director and CEO

Director's Circle

$750 $1000
  • Unlimited admission to the collection and all exhibitions galleries for one year
  • Invitations to exhibition preview events
  • Discounts in the museum store and on educational workshops, lectures and programs
  • Invitation to exclusive Members Only events such as day trips, family events, weekend art getaways, behind-the-scenes tours and wine tastings
  • Subscription to the museum’s quarterly magazine
  • Complimentary parking 
  • Tax deduction in accordance with IRS regulations
  • Reciprocal membership privileges at 13 Ohio art museums, 90 museums across North America and 40 world-class U.S. contemporary art museums
  • Invitations to special preview dinners of exhibitions and opportunities for tours and travel with the Director
  • Private shopping day at the museum store in conjunction with Director’s Reception
  • Complimentary copy of a newly published museum catalog/book