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news release: Island of Misfit Toys Exhibition Showcases Students’ Creations along with Professional Artists

For Release: November 17, 2015

Akron—The Akron Art Museum is proud to present the Island of Misfit Toys, a special exhibition that showcases artwork from local school children and professional artists. The exhibition, which opens on November 27, 2015, features student-decorated Munny—customizable, blank vinyl toys—along with Munny transformed by artists and exhibited with their original artwork. Gallery Director of Summit Artspace Rob Lehr is curating the artist-created Munny toys.

“Play is a critical part to any creative process. Munny allows children and adults alike to explore their creative and playful side combining the joys of art making, sculpture and design,” said Lehr.

The exhibition celebrates the anniversary of the art museum’s Island of Misfit Toys Family Day, during which families are invited to create original artwork out of old, broken toys. Families are encouraged to bring one new, unwrapped toy to donate to children in need. The program, now in its eleventh year, was inspired by the misfit toys—such as the train with square wheels and the toy boat that couldn’t stay afloat—from in the 1964 Christmas TV classic, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. The Island of Misfit Toys Family Day is free for all ages and will be held in three sessions on Sunday, December 6, 2015.

Director of Education at the Akron Art Museum, Alison Caplan said, “Whether you’re an artist or an art novice, blank, plastic toys offer anyone a quirky outlet for creative expression. I love seeing what artists do with plastic toys because the basic simple, white form is often unrecognizable after the pieces have been baked, sculpted, collaged and painted. We’re excited to highlight the work of young artists and show them alongside working regional artists.”

More information about this exhibition can be found on

The Island of Misfit Toys will be on view at the Akron Art Museum from November 27, 2015 through February 28, 2016 in The Mary S. and David C. Corbin gallery, which is a family friendly, community engaging exhibition space. Recent exhibitions in the gallery have included Build It!, Living With Art, The Big Draw and Beyond the News: Photographs from the Akron Beacon Journal Archives.

This exhibition is organized by the Akron Art Museum and supported by a generous gift from The Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation. Additional support provided by Brouse McDowell, LPA.

About the Akron Art Museum

The Akron Art Museum, dedicated to enriching lives through modern and contemporary art, showcases regional, national and international art created since 1850. The museum’s collection is presented in a spectacular facility designed by Viennese architectural firm Coop Himmelb(l)au and includes over 5,000 works of art, with a strong focus on contemporary painting, sculpture and photography. Nearly a dozen exhibitions each year present prominent artists in various media including painting, sculpture, photography, video, design and glass.

In addition to its ever-changing collection and exhibitions, the museum offers many opportunities to discover new perspectives through programs that include films and video, lectures, workshops, tours and concerts.

Museum Information
Address: One South High, Akron, OH 44308
Tel: 330.376.9185
Fax: 330.376.1180
Gallery, Store and iQcafé Hours: Wednesday – Sunday: 11 am – 5 pm, Thursday: 11 am – 9 pm, Closed Monday and Tuesday and most major holidays
Library Hours: By appointment.
Admission: Adult general admission is $7, Student and Senior (65+) general admission is $5, Children (17 and under) are FREE, members are FREE. Gallery admission is FREE every Thursday.


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