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.
FloraFred and Laura Ruth Bidwell GalleryJuly 16, 2011 - October 22, 2011
Since the Garden of Eden, humans have been seduced by plants. Around 25 works, all drawn from the collection of the Akron Art Museum, will survey the different approaches photographers have used to depict the plant world.
Kaleidoscope Quilts: The Art of Paula NadelsternKarl and Bertl Arnstein GalleriesJune 18, 2011 - October 2, 2011
For internationally renowned quiltmaker Paula Nadelstern, the word kaleidoscope “promises surprise and magic, change and chance.” Nadelstern (born 1951) has spent over two decades capturing in cloth the excitement of the ever-changing relationships of color, pattern, light and texture of kaleidoscope images. This exhibition places the artist’s quilts within a historical context for the first time, exploring the kaleidoscope’s impact on the decorative arts.
The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for OhioJudith Bear Isroff and Karl and Bertl Arnstein GalleriesJune 18, 2011 - October 2, 2011
The portion of The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Ohio in the museum's Judith Bear Isroff Gallery will remain open through October 16, 2011.
The remarkable story of Dorothy and Herbert Vogel has become the stuff of lore. A Manhattan postal clerk and a reference librarian at the Brooklyn Public Library, the couple began collecting art shortly after marrying in 1962. Together they purchased thousands of artworks, cramming their one-bedroom Manhattan apartment floor to ceiling with art. These unlikely collectors concentrated their acquisitions on emerging art forms, works from a wide range of genres including minimal and conceptual art as well as expressionistic . Because the Vogels only purchased art that would fit in their apartment, most of the works are intimate in scale.