The Anniversary Show: Commemorative Art Through the YearsThe Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation GalleryJuly 21, 2012 - February 3, 2013
As part of the ongoing celebration of the museum’s 90th anniversary the Corbin Gallery features an exhibition of works commissioned over several decades. The museum has a long history of commissioning artworks by local artists including paintings, photographs, print design, jewelry and pottery to commemorate milestones, anniversaries and special events.
Robert Stivers: Veiled ImageFred and Laura Ruth Bidwell GalleryJuly 28, 2012 - January 20, 2013
The Akron Art Museum is once again pleased to organize a new photography exhibition of works drawn from our impressive collection. Comprised of nearly a dozen years’ worth of photographs, the gallery will be filled with images emanating emotion from Stivers’s shadowy world.
Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El AnatsuiJune 17, 2012 - October 7, 2012
Since the Akron Art Museum’s expansion in 2007, El Anatsui’s Dzesi II, a dazzling metallic tapestry made from liquor bottle caps, has become one of the most popular works in the museum’s collection. Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui invites visitors to surround themselves with works by this internationally celebrated artist as this exhibition tours the country.
String of Hearts: Photographs by Bea NettlesFred and Laura Ruth Bidwell GalleryMarch 10, 2012 - July 22, 2012
The photographs of Bea Nettles often depict the artist's intimate family life, yet they also speak to the broad ideas of what it means to be a mother, teacher and artist, which she describes as her greatest roles. The focus of this exhibition, a survey of the museum's collection of Nettles' photographs, is the artist's use of autobiographical imagery, animated by her experimental process.
Making Sense of Science: The Sounds of Teaching and Studenting in Four Urban ClassroomsMarch 17, 2012 - July 15, 2012
A sound installation by Walter S. Gershon, Ph.D, Kent State University
Stranger in Paradise: The Works of Reverend Howard FinsterKarl and Bertl Arnstein GalleriesFebruary 25, 2012 - June 3, 2012
Survey of the works and legacy of Reverend Howard Finster, self-proclaimed “Man of Visions,” in Stranger in Paradise. One of America’s most widely known and prolific self-taught artists, Finster produced over 46,000 works of art before his death in 2001.
Ray Turner: PopulationJudith Bear Isroff GalleryMarch 3, 2012 - May 27, 2012
Ray Turner: Population is a unique exhibition of nearly 200 portraits of a wide cross- section of people from across the country, including University Park and downtown Akron residents, executed with oil paint on glass. Population is an expanding series of portraits that invites viewers to contemplate identity from an individual and collective standpoint. The portraits of Akronites will be intermixed with Turner’s ongoing series, and as the exhibition evolves with the addition of new portraits from different communities, the body of work will increasingly reflect the nation’s cultural makeup.
SuperNatural: Landscapes by Bruce Checefsky and Barry UnderwoodFred and Laura Ruth Bidwell GalleryOctober 29, 2011 - March 4, 2012
Cleveland artists Bruce Checefsky and Barry Underwood utilize the effects of atmospheric light in addition to outside light sources to create ephemeral moments in the landscape that give viewers the sense of discovering hidden worlds. Their inventive use of photography and light alters our perception of the landscape to reveal unseen aspects.
Michelle Droll: Landslide
Between a Rock and a PlaceJudith Bear Isroff GalleryOctober 29, 2011 - February 19, 2012
Captivated by the idea of “building” a landscape painting out of the junk that’s found in the contemporary landscape, Kent area artist Michelle Droll questions, “What do we actually see when looking at landscape?”
Landscapes from the Age of ImpressionismKarl and Bertl Arnstein GalleriesOctober 29, 2011 - February 5, 2012
This exquisite exhibition of more than fifty paintings includes many of the finest examples of French and American impressionist landscapes from the collection of the Brooklyn Museum as well as American impressionist paintings from the Akron Art Museum collection. The exhibition offers an in-depth look at landscape painting as practiced by such leading French artists as Claude Monet and Gustave Courbet and their most significant American followers including John Singer Sargent and Frederick Childe Hassam.