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news release New, Borrowable Artwork to Be Unveiled at Akron Art Library Party

For Release: May 29th, 2019

New, Borrowable Artwork to Be Unveiled at Akron Art Library Party

Akron, Ohio—The Akron Art Museum and Akron-Summit County Public Library will unveil 10 new works of art recently added to the Akron Art Library at a party and ice cream social held at the museum on Thursday, June 6 at 6:00 P.M. The new work will be added to the initial art library selection of 27 artworks. The event is free and open to all.

John S. Knight Director and CEO Mark Masuoka said, “The art library is one of the myriad ways that the museum is expanding access to art in our community. It draws people’s awareness to the fact that there are great working artists in our area and is an encouragement to explore collecting art through relationships with artists and galleries. We are proud to partner with the library to bring this innovative resource to Akron.”

The June 6 event will provide the opportunity for attendees to meet participating art library artists, and party-goers can try various art-making techniques the artists used. Visitors can also enjoy ice cream and refreshments. The party will present the first opportunity to reserve the new artworks.

Akron-Summit County Public Library Director Pam Hickson-Stevenson said, “The community’s response to the Akron Art Library has been an unqualified success. People are surprised and delighted at the opportunity to borrow original art. Business has been so brisk that it’s rare to find a piece available for borrowing on demand. Interested individuals generally have to place a hold on a piece that’s of interest and then wait their turn to be able to check it out from the library.”

Regarding the addition of 10 new artworks to the library, Art Library Program Coordinator Jessica Fijalkovich said, “Because we want the collection to reflect our community and respond to its needs, the new artworks we selected were informed by feedback we received from community members through surveys and community conversations. We also expanded upon the two-dimensional artwork restriction by commissioning textile pieces and artworks that challenge the distinctions between two and three-dimensional art.”

The Akron Art Museum’s Art Library is a collection of original artworks ranging from paintings, prints, photographs and mixed-media works created by local, regional and international artists. Anyone with a Summit County library card is eligible to check-out artworks for up to four weeks at a time from the Akron-Summit County Public Library Main Library.

The Akron Art Library is displayed at the Akron-Summit County Public Library Main Library, across from the reference desk in the Culture and AV department on the second floor. Artwork is available for four-week check out periods with up to five renewals if the work has not been reserved by another library patron.

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