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news release National Endowment for the Arts Awards More Than $27.6 Million Across Nation Includes $20,000 awarded to the Akron Art Museum

For Release: December 9, 2015

Akron—The Akron Art Museum is proud to announce that it has been awarded a $20,000 Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in support of its upcoming exhibition Intersections: Artists Master Line and Space. The exhibition, which is scheduled to open in the fall of 2016, explores the studio practices of contemporary sculptors for whom working in two dimensions is an essential part of their practice. Participating artists include Anne Lindberg, Nathalie Miebach, John Newman, Judy Pfaff and Ursula von Rydingsvard.

Chief Curator Janice Driesbach said, “We’re honored to be the recipients of an NEA grant for Intersections. This exhibition is an important part of the Akron Art Museum’s ongoing and innovative efforts to foreground the work of significant artists in ways that allow visitors a deeper understanding of the artists’ work and creative process.”

The artists included in Intersections have been selected for the diverse ways their works in three dimensions and on paper relate to one another, as well as for their mastery of line and form. They use an array of materials and processes in their work, among them suspending thread, weaving reed and wood, extruding metal, and casting bronze and glass. Their work on paper variously serves as two dimensional reflections of lines in space, musical scores incorporating weather data, studies for and renderings of completed compositions and parallel practices. Each artist will be represented by a series of recent works in a discrete space, allowing for understanding of their current interests in depth as the exhibition seeks to offer insights into how their explorations of different media inform each other.

Akron Art Museum Executive Director and CEO Mark Masuoka said, “The NEA grant underscores the museum’s excellence in curating groundbreaking exhibitions that engage the community, while also advancing the relevance and scholarship of contemporary art as a reflection of contemporary culture.”

In its first 50 years, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) awarded more than $5 billion in grants to recipients in every state and U.S. jurisdiction, the only arts funder in the nation to do so. Today, the NEA announced awards totaling more than $27.6 million in its first funding round of fiscal year 2016, including the Art Works award of $20,000 to the Akron Art Museum for Intersections.

The Art Works category supports the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing work, lifelong learning in the arts, and public engagement with the arts through 13 arts disciplines or fields.

NEA Chairman Jane Chu said, “The arts are part of our everyday lives – no matter who you are or where you live – they have the power to transform individuals, spark economic vibrancy in communities, and transcend the boundaries across diverse sectors of society. Supporting projects like the one from the Akron Art Museum offers more opportunities to engage in the arts every day.”

To join the Twitter conversation about this announcement, please use #NEAFall15. For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, go to

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 Live Creative 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.

About the National Endowment for the Arts

Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the National Endowment for the Arts and the agency is celebrating this milestone with events and activities through September 2016. Go to to enjoy art stories from around the nation, peruse Facts & Figures, and check out the anniversary timeline.


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