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OPEN TO ALL MARK MASUOKA As we draw closer to the end of 2016, I’ve taken the opportunity to reflect upon the exciting changes the museum has recently experienced, within the context of our 94-year history. In 1949, after occupying a series of temporary locations, including the original Akron Beacon Journal building on the corner of Summit and East Market (currently Summit Artspace), the then Akron Art Institute moved into the former Akron Public Library (Carnegie library) at 69 East Market. In a photograph of the Akron Art Institute from the museum archive, an item captured my attention: a sign that was added to the art institute’s new entrance—Open to All. The words are a simple, yet poignant message—art museums should be welcoming and accessible. The art should be available to everyone. In 1980 the Akron Art Institute again changed locations, crossing East Market Street to the former post office. A year later, the institute underwent changes to its name and mission, transforming into the Akron Art Museum. Today, the Akron Art Museum continues to embrace change. Our transformation into a 21st-century institution is ongoing. We’ve revitalized this process with an understanding that we must recombine our institutional DNA from the inside out —first mapping our collective behavior in order to accomplish real change through a better understanding of the museum’s own internal culture. As a result, the museum has experienced a cultural shift that has paralleled our investment in institutional change with an investment in its human capital. Externally, for our many visitors, change became noticeable when they encountered our security officers, who replaced uniforms in favor of everyday clothing, and who were eager to answer questions and interact with welcoming smiles on their faces. For others, the change in the museum’s perspective became clear when they saw high quality reproductions of the museum’s iconic paintings, photographs and watercolors installed throughout our neighborhoods—a moment highlighting art as a valuable community asset, and a cultural tipping point for Akron. And for many others, the opportunity to spend time enjoying our urban garden and stopping to smell the flowers has signified the embodiment of the museum’s change. These changes have been powerful experiences, and highlight our attitudes, relationships and interactions with the public as well as re-enforcing our belief that art is for everyone. For too long museums have created detachment between employees and the public by replicating organizational practices and behaviors

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that were established in Italy during the 15th century. As the Renaissance and Medici periods ruled cultural and civic life, a system of patronage was established, as well as a practice of segregating departments within museums. These silos were created as a managerial tactic to maintain control over the organization by restricting access to information and the decision-making process. This elitism perpetuated a top down system of management and polarized departments by only allowing a few individuals to make decisions about public programs, exhibitions and collection acquisitions. It also prevented employees from communicating feedback and initiating informed and authentic change. I suggest that a new model has begun reimagining how art institutions should be run and operated. It is a management and leadership renaissance that understands and values where ideas come from, and how best to create a culture based on creativity, innovation and trust. It is a process that requires a diverse group of experts and generalists, wild dreamers and analytical thinkers to step out from their gray cubicles and rise to the challenge to think different, act different and be different. Steve Jobs once stated, “Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” Artists have always embraced countercultural ideas and principles. So why are art museums so rigidly tied to traditions that limit the flow of the kind of new ideas that break the mold of standardization, mediocrity and convention? The long path to success must first traverse a less beaten path of innovation. Traveling this path is a creative process that, in conjunction with planning, development and implementation of projects, has served to bolster the Akron Art Museum’s position as a prominent civic, culture and change agent of our time. On behalf of the Board of Directors, Board President Christine Myeroff and the staff of the Akron Art Museum, I wish you a happy and healthy holiday season and a transformative New Year.

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GALLERY HOURS Wednesday – Sunday: 11 am – 5 pm Thursday: 11 am – 9 pm Closed Monday and Tuesday

INTERSECTIONS: ARTISTS MASTER LINE AND SPACE Through January 15, 2017 John Newman, Friction and Fiction in Purple and Red, 2015, Japanese paper, coconut fiber rope, nylon microfilament, twigs and vines, Aqua Resin, wood, wood putty, aluminum screen, paper mâché, plastic, lead and acrylic paint, 32 x 15 1/2 x 14 in., Courtesy of the artist and Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York

GARDEN HOURS Monday – Wednesday: 9 am – 6 pm Thursday: 9 am – 9 pm Friday: 9 am – 6 pm Saturday – Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm


CLOSED December 24, 25 and 31* CLOSED January 1 *FIRST NIGHT AKRON, Dec 31 • 6-10:30pm

Through February 12, 2017 Marilyn Bridges, Conical Mounds, Iowa, 1983, gelatin silver print, 17 1/2 x 22 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Gift of Richard and Elena Pollack 2009.253


BOARD OF DIRECTORS I 2015 - 2016 Chris Myeroff- President Fred Bidwell – Vice President Drew Engles – Vice President Cathy C. Godshall - Vice President Richard Harris – Vice President Bill Lipscomb – Vice President Steven Radwany – Vice President Bruce Rowland - Treasurer Alita Rogers – Secretary C. Gordon Ewers – Past President Myriam Altieri Haslinger – Past President Rory H. O’Neil – Past President Andrea Rodgers Bologna Jeffrey Bruno John Childs George Daverio Tamara Fynan Linda Gentile Paige Hoover Jeff Kornick Pamela McMillen David Pelland Tim Quine Derrick Ransom Elizabeth Sheeler Debra Adams Simmons

JIMMY KUEHNLE WIGGLE, GIGGLE, JIGGLE Through February 19, 2017 Jimmy Kuehnle, Wiggle, Giggle, Jiggle (installation view), 2016, kinetic, inflated polyester, fans, Arduino, electronics, LED lights Commissioned by the Akron Art Museum

COMING SOON: TURN THE PAGE February 11 – May 7, 2017

GROSS ANATOMIES February 4 – July 30, 2017

HONORARY DIRECTORS W. Gerald Austen Sandra L. Haslinger Mitchell Kahan, Director Emeritus Michael Mattis M. Donald McClusky Margaret McDowell Lloyd C. Blake McDowell III Thomas R. Merryweather VIEW ©2016, Akron Art Museum Accredited by American Alliance of Museums Member Association of Art Museum Directors

FAMILY February 25 – August 20, 2017

PLEASE TOUCH March 2 – July 16, 2017 ON THE COVER Jean-Pierre Roy, The Incunabulist, 2015, oil on linen, 50 x 38 in. Courtesy of The Grauslund Collection

Jimmy Kuehnle inside Wiggle, Giggle, Jiggle, 2016, kinetic, inflated polyester, fans, Arduino, electronics, LED lights, Commissioned by the Akron Art Museum Photo by Shane Wynn Photography




Anne Lindberg, inside green (installation view and detail), 2016, Egyptian cotton thread and staples 92 x 288 x 164 in., Commissioned by Akron Art Museum. Photos by Joe Levack

Through January 15, 2017

Karl and Bertl Arnstein and Judith Bear Isroff Galleries Artists in Intersections construct sculptures using additive processes and take innovative approaches to paper to create compositions that are at once abstract and metaphoric. Each engages in making work in two- and three-dimensions that relates in different ways. Mark Fox transforms his drawings into sculpture. The artist creates lush wall reliefs using words that he has painted on paper, cut out and organized by color as his source material. Sections of “cardboard� that Fox creates by hand-corrugating and sandwiching private drawings between sheets of paper are sliced and assembled to become structures with colorful interstices that simultaneously invite reflection and deny access. John Newman draws before, during and after making work in three dimensions. In addition to studies for and renderings of his complex sculptures, Newman makes casual works on paper that are not intended to be realized in other media. Above and Right: Mark Fox (installation views), 2016, Photos by Joe Levack

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Judy Pfaff, Turtle (installation views), 2016, steel, MDF, mounted and epoxied photographs, fiberglass, plexiglass, wood and drawing, 288 x 288 x 190 in., Commissioned by Akron Art Museum. Photo by Joe Levack

Other drawings present “speculative imaginative ideas” that the artist cannot grasp how to make in three dimensions at the time, but which may eventually reveal solutions. Ursula von Rydingsvard does not make drawings for her sculptures, but works in her studio “armed with a pocketful of #2 pencils.” She starts her vessels by drawing the shape of the base on the floor. As she builds her forms, von Rydingsvard marks the wood on all four sides for deft cuts to be made with circular saws. Once the sculptures are constructed, she gently rubs their surfaces with graphite powder to add emotional resonance. Three new works were created onsite for Intersections. Judy Pfaff readily marries 2D and 3D elements in her immersive installation, Turtle. An array of disparate materials, including expanded foam, digitally-manipulated photographs, lead orbs cast from cannonball molds and elegant glass teardrops is suspended from a steel “space grid” the artist welded in her studio. Tree branches and fiberglass create curvilinear patterns that activate the space while the abundant disks covered with distorted images reflect Pfaff’s wide range of interests and references. Anne Lindberg suspended nearly nineteen miles of Egyptian cotton thread across a gallery for inside green. The artist, who views her work “first and foremost as drawings, albeit


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volumetric,” used sixteen colors of thread to create her shimmering composition. Three graphite and colored pencil drawings, with layered lines rendered using a parallel bar, were conceived in tandem with inside green. Their horizontal lines offer a rush of energy, creating an “overriding sense of a band of color.” Nathalie Miebach’s Sibling Rivalry appears playful, yet addresses serious issues in its comparison of Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina and their aftermath. Blue cubes outlining the Mississippi River divide the composition. Below are images of amusement park rides destroyed by Sandy. Above, forms indicating New Orleans neighborhoods are placed alongside jumbled houses and collapsed levies. A large wheel records changes in wind velocity, rainfall and barometric pressure the night Katrina made landfall and other storm statistics are interspersed with narrative elements. Ursula von Rydingsvard (installation view). Photo by Joe Levack

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Nathalie Miebach, Sibling Rivalry (installation view), 2016, reed, wood, rope, and data, 180 x 300 x 14 in., Commissioned by Akron Art Museum. Photo by Joe Levack

Intersections: Artists Master Line and Space offers glimpses into studio practices that are characterized by the artists’ commitment to working both across walls and in space. In drawing on their investigations with one set of materials to refine and redefine their explorations in other dimensions, they invite viewers to participate in rich visual conversations that reward extended viewing. z Janice Driesbach, Chief Curator Intersections: Artists Master Line and Space is organized by the Akron Art Museum and generously supported by the Lehner Family Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation and by the Ohio Arts Council. Special thanks to Hilton Garden Inn – Akron.

Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation John Newman (installation view). Photo by Joe Levack


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OUR LAND Through February 12, 2017 Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Gallery

Organized in celebration of the National Park Service centennial, Our Land features photographs of areas under the agency’s management. Aurora, Ohio, artist Bob Herbst, who contributed two photographs to the exhibition, discusses his work below. Visit the museum blog to read an extended conversation at Akron Art Museum: Can you explain to me your interest in photographing the American West, specifically the national parks? Bob Herbst: In 1993 I decided to take a photography workshop in southern Utah which involved camping out in the desert and photographing for a week. I added a few extra days on the front end of the trip and stopped at Zion and Bryce National Parks on my way from Las Vegas to the location of the workshop in what is now known as the Escalante Grand Staircase National Monument. I was hooked immediately. I had seen the Smoky Mountains and Yosemite, but nothing like the canyon country of southern Utah and northern Arizona. It was grand, peaceful, unlike anything I had ever seen, and like another planet. It was a beautiful place to photograph but just being there was enough for me. I camped out in the desert in a small tent under the stars, occasionally staying at a motel for a break, a soft bed, and a good hearty meal. What type of camera do you use? I have used a variety of camera formats over the years progressing through 35mm, 2 1/4” square, 4x5, 8x10, 12x20, and digital. Platinum/palladium printing is a contact printing process so you need a negative the size of the print you want. Green River Overlook, After the Storm was shot with a 12x20 camera, so the print is a contact print from the original 12x20 film negative. Bryce Point, Snowy October Morning was shot with a 4x5 camera. The print is made from a digitally enlarged negative created on an Epson ink jet printer. Why do you print your work using the platinum/palladium method? I started printing black and white silver gelatin in the camera club darkroom at Goodyear Jr. High School in Akron in 1970. I was the quintessential high school yearbook and newspaper photographer at Akron East High School from 1971-1974 and did senior pictures in college after that. In 1991, at the urging of a friend, I took an evening class on platinum/ palladium printing at Kent State University. I fell in love with the process. It renders images so much more beautifully than what I could get from silver gelatin. Platinum prints have a subtle tonal rendering, a smoother scale, an inner luminescence, and ability to represent a greater scale of light than is possible in traditional silver gelatin papers or ink jet prints. The images appear to have more depth because the coating solution soaks deep into the paper. A traditional silver gelatin print has an emulsion that sits on top of the paper making the image look more two-dimensional. Ink jet prints are mostly ink on the surface of the paper. But as much as anything, for me, platinum/palladium printing is about the handmade print…made one at a time, coated with a brush, processed in trays, and placed on screens to dry, all by my hand. z Theresa Bembnister, Associate Curator Bob Herbst, Bryce Point, Snowy October Morning Grand Canyon National Park, 1994, platinum/palladium print, 16 x 12 in., Courtesy of the artist

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Our Land is organized by the Akron Art Museum and supported by funding from the museum’s Evelyne Shaffer Endowment for Exhibitions and Ohio Arts Council.


Jimmy Kuehnle, Wiggle, Giggle, Jiggle, 2016, kinetic, inflated polyester, fans, Arduino, electronics, LED lights, Commissioned by the Akron Art Museum Photos by Shane Wynn Photography


Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation Gallery Akron Art Museum: How did the Akron Art Museum’s architecture and collection influence Wiggle, Giggle, Jiggle? Jimmy Kuehnle: The Akron Art Museum has very angular and eccentric architecture without a lot of right angles. As I designed the two appendages on the lobby inflatable to go up and down I referenced the museum’s exterior cloud forms and the form of the walkway on the second level. In addition, when the up-and-down movement is at a slightly bent state it intentionally mimics the Claes Oldenburg sculpture installed in the lobby. Akron Art Museum: What role does humor play in your artwork? Jimmy Kuehnle: Life is a pretty absurd thing if you stop and think about it. It can be overwhelming and depressing to consider the inconsequential nature of all the things that you or anybody that you know may do. Therefore concentrating on the more pleasurable aspects of life including joy and humor is a better use of resources in my opinion. Also, museums can be places where most people whisper and don't scream and shout. I really like that aspect of museums since it provides a great place to contemplate and really study a wonderful work of art. At the same time I like to question traditions by making something more playful that allows for audiences to laugh and giggle together. Hopefully the humor in the work will make human connections between each of the audience members and the piece. Read more of our conversation with Jimmy Kuehnle on the Akron Art Museum blog, Jimmy Kuehnle: Wiggle, Giggle, Jiggle 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.


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TURN THE PAGE: THE FIRST TEN YEARS OF HI-FRUCTOSE February 11 – May 7, 2017 Karl and Bertl Arnstein Galleries

Contemporary artists have access to unfathomable amounts of information and imagery, from art history to pop culture, from psychology to botany, from nearby and around the world. Artists working today also have wide freedom to experiment with styles, techniques and subject matter, and to blend traditional art practices with their contemporary views and interpretations of the world. Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose brings together works by 51 living artists. They come from around the world with different perspectives and approaches to art-making, and express distinctive voices and visions. Each has been featured in the popular art magazine HiFructose, a San Francisco-based publication that covers and promotes artists and artworks within a recognizable but not easily defined aesthetic. Top Right: Tara McPherson, Wandering Luminations, 2013, oil on linen on panel, 48 x 36 in., Collection of John Brusger Above: Mark Ryden, The Meat Train (No. 23), 2000, oil on canvas, 17 x 23 in., Private Collection © Mark Ryden Richly layered narrative imagery, renderings in vivid color or brooding gray tones, stylized figures and imagined creatures are just some of the recurring elements in the magazine and in this exhibition celebrating its 10-year anniversary. Turn the Page offers the opportunity to view these lush original works of art beyond the flat worlds of paper and digital screens, where they are most often seen. Though their subjects and styles are radically diverse, all the artists featured in Turn the Page demonstrate mastery of their chosen media. From oil paintings and drawings, to porcelain and bronze sculptures, video and mixed media artworks, both new and traditional artistic processes are represented. Mark Ryden is best known for his detailed oil paintings of wide-eyed, doll-like figures, Abraham Lincoln and chunks of meat. A forerunner of a style often described as “Pop Surrealist” or “Lowbrow,” Ryden is one of several artists in Turn the Page

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whose surreal images reflect and reference popular culture, from music to animation. Sam Gibbons directly responds to icons of Disney animation in his Four Horsemen, which depicts Mickey Mouse and other characters as the deathly messengers of the apocalypse. Gibbons cites both the artist Philip Guston and the cartoonist R. Crumb as influences on his art. Camille Rose Garcia retells fairy tales and creates new stories in her glitter-embellished acrylic paintings, reframing familiar narratives and archetypal characters from a feminist and often dark perspective. Surreal imagery and experiences often come from unexpected juxtapositions of objects, spaces or ideas. In Scott Hove’s sculptures, gaping predatorial animal maws emerge from bejeweled and cherry-topped frosted cakes that seem fit for a party. AJ Fosik’s three-dimensional wood wall relief The Abyss Stares Back similarly layers a double-tongued skull between the teeth of a beast. Jennybird Alcantara also absorbs a variety of influences in creating her surrealistic paintings of female figures that morph between human, animal and plant. In Creatures of Saintly Disguise, Alcantara renders a figure with a human face, arms, hands and legs in explicit detail. The eight legs, however, are each capped with a hoof—and parts of her body seem to dissolve into flora. Several artists in Turn the Page have worked as or were influenced by street and graffiti artists, including Ron English, Shepard Fairey and Jeff Soto. Lisa Nilsson and Tiffany Bozic interpret forms from the natural world. Kate MacDowell, Beth Cavener and Barnaby Barford use traditional ceramic media to sculpt animals that relate to the human condition, while Kris Kuksi assembles found objects into intricate sculptures and Brian Dettmer carefully excavates images and texts out of books that have been made obsolete by searchable online databases. Turn the Page reflects the variety and vibrancy of the contemporary art world. The artwork is beautiful, grotesque, enlightening, disturbing, thought provoking and speaks to who we are today, especially as our lives become more digitized and globally connected. z Elizabeth M. Carney, Assistant Curator

Top: Greg ‘Craola’ Simkins, Killing Time, 2014, acrylic on canvas, 20 x 20 in., Collection of Nick Cassavetes Lower: Camille Rose Garcia, The Ghost of G Sharp Seven, 2013, acrylic and glitter on wood panel, 48 x 60 in., Courtesy of the Artist and Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, Photograph by Karl Puchlik © Camille Rose Garcia

Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose is organized by the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art and made possible by the City of Virginia Beach. Generous funding is provided by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Virginia Tourism Corporation. Major support for the exhibition is provided by Acoustical Sheetmetal, Capital Group Companies, PRA Group, the Fine Family Fund of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation, and other generous donors, as well as grants made possible by the Virginia Beach Arts and Humanities Commission, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, and the Business Consortium for Arts Support. Its presentation in Akron is supported by Ohio Arts Council and the Calhoun Charitable Trust. Media sponsorhip is provided by Western Reserve PBS and 91.3 The Summit.



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OPENING PARTY Friday, February 10

Member Preview • 6:30 pm Public Opening • 7:30 – 9:30 pm

FILM: YARN Thursday, February 16 • 7 pm Needlework is one of the few art forms that originated with women, argues an Icelandic crochet artist in Una Lorenzen’s quiet and lyrical documentary Yarn—and that’s why it’s rarely considered fine art. Yarn goes far in changing that perception by featuring the work of three artists and an avant-garde circus troupe who use crochet and knitting to create colorful, thoughtprovoking, and occasionally comic works that have garnered the attention of art critics around the world. Between interviews, the camera lingers on gorgeous Icelandic vistas and cute woolly sheep, which evoke feelings of warmth and comfort that are somewhat at odds with what the artists are trying to achieve. Still, the film offers fascinating insight into what yarn can do in the talented hands of those determined to elevate mere craft to high art.

THRIFT STORE PAINTING WITH JEN DAVIS Thursday, February 23 • 6:30 pm Have you ever wanted to liven up your grandma’s favorite Thomas Kinkade scene with the Stay Puffed Marshmallow man? Here’s your chance! Bring your most garish artwork to the class or choose from those provided to create a one of a kind weird masterpiece inspired by Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose. $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Registration required at

DECODEN CELL PHONE CASE CLASS Thursday, MARCH 16 • 6:30 pm What is decoden? Decoden is the art of embedding small trinkets into whipped clay, creating a decadent and whimsical item that looks almost like a freshly frosted cake. The trend of decoden crafting began in Japan and quickly traveled to the US, attracting artists and crafters alike. In this class, participants will create a decoden cell phone case inspired by Turn the Page artist Scott Hove. $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Registration required at 11 |



KNITTING 101 WITH HARPS AND THISTLES Thursday, March 23 • 6:30 pm Before Olek could knit a car cozie or a full body suit she had to learn the basics such as making a slip knit and casting on and off. Here’s your chance to learn the fundamentals of knitting with local experts from Harps and Thistles Yarn Emporium. $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Registration required at

HI-FRUCTOSE STORYTELLING WITH WANDERING AESTHETICS Thursday, March 30 • 6:30 pm A picture is worth a thousand words and the work of artists like Mark Ryden and Wayne White can definitely inspire the quirkiest stories. Hone your storytelling skills in a workshop inspired by the artwork in Turn the Page. You’ll leave the class ready to put pen to paper and further develop your finished story or spoken word piece. $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Registration required at

Beth Cavener, Unrequited (Variation in Pink) (detail), 2015, 14.5 x 15 x 43 in., resin infused refractory material, paint. Courtesy of the Artist and Corey Helford Gallery, Los Angeles

ARTIST'S TALK: BETH CAVENER Thursday, April 27 • 6:30 pm Join artist Beth Cavener for an artist talk and Q&A in conjunction with Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose. Ceramicist Beth Cavener is known for her dynamic, emotionally charged animal and human figures. Cavener will discuss how she tackles elements of gesture and expression with subtle shifts in line and form.


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GROSS ANATOMIES February 4 – July 30, 2017 Judith Bear Isroff Gallery

The bodies depicted in Gross Anatomies dissipate, morph and decompose. They may have piecemeal forms, assembled from disparate parts. They openly engage in bodily functions like defecating, giving birth or dying, universal acts essential to human existence that usually take place in private. The creatures’ grotesque bodies may make us laugh or recoil in disgust. They can confuse us, appearing as two opposite-seeming things at the same time, such as cute and creepy or ugly yet beautiful. Ronit Baranga, Embrace #1, 2016, ceramic, 6 x 8 x 5 in., Courtesy of Hieronymus Objects, The sculptures, drawings, prints and paintings on display in this exhibition feature grotesque representations of the human form. Drawn entirely from an Akron-based private collection, the artworks in Gross Anatomies transgress social norms, amuse, titillate and befuddle us, and in some cases, gross us out. In today’s parlance, “grotesque” describes things that are hideous or garish, but its dictionary definition is more nuanced: “of or unnatural in shape, appearance or character; fantastically ugly or absurd; bizarre.” Another meaning, “fantastic in the shaping and combination of forms, as in decorative work combining incongruous human and animal figures with scrolls and foliage,” has its historical root in the term Renaissance-era Italians applied to the imaginary figures featured in the decorative elements of unearthed Roman ruins: grottesca, meaning cave painting. This word evolved into grotesque, which encompasses all things hideous, fantastical and unnatural. Many of the bodies in Gross Anatomies exist in that same borderline category as the ancient Roman figures, comingling flora with male or female forms. These creatures are never fully human, and perhaps part animal, plant or machine. Take, for example, Ronit Baranga’s Embraced #1, a ceramic sculpture depicting a teapot which sprouts human fingers and tilts forward, readying to pour itself. Due to their in-between, misfit nature, grotesque images have a subversive power that threatens to overturn social conventions. Their strange, and often humorous, forms present opportunities for typically hidden or taboo subjects to surface, and suggest alternate realities where power structures have been toppled. Contemporary artists turn to grotesque themes to address issues related to inequity by creating parallel worlds in which hierarchies are dismantled and the downtrodden gain control. The works on display in Gross Anatomies depict bodies behaving outside accepted conventions of etiquette and science in ways that both disgust and delight. z Theresa Bembnister, Associate Curator

Gross Anatomies is organized by the Akron Art Museum and supported by funding from the Ohio Arts Council.

Renee Audette, Girls Poop Cupcakes, 2008, ceramic, 9.5 x 15 x 16 in., Courtesy of Hieronymus Objects,

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FAMILY February 25 – August 20, 2017 Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Gallery

Family is a fundamental social construct in every culture. Most basically, its definition references parents, their children and others related by blood or by law. As well, partners, close friends, neighbors, church members, mentors, colleagues and others special to us may assume the role of family in instilling values, offering protection and establishing and maintaining cherished traditions. While families afford a source of stability, births and marriages, dissolutions of relationships, aging and death recurrently alter their structures and dynamics. Many of these events are accompanied by formal rites of passage. Other, more subtle, changes in family relationships occur from day to day, and may only be fully understood over the course of time.

Joseph Vitone, Marc and Salvatore Vitone, father and son at Howard Street, Akron, Ohio, 1999, gelatin silver print, 17 3/8 x 21 7/8 in. Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Museum Acquisition Fund 2004.9

Formal and informal family relationships are a rich resource for artists and the Akron Art Museum collection features works in many media portraying friends and loved ones. Family shares an array of photographs, mostly drawn from the Akron Art Museum collection, that record the estranged as well as the fond exchanges that characterize “family.” They offer insights into the intimate, spontaneous, prescribed and strained interactions that distinguish the families we inherit, create and adopt. They were selected within an expansive definition of family, seeking to stimulate conversations about the intentions of the artists and the individual perspectives each visitor brings to the exhibition. Diane Arbus, Mike Disfarmer, Walker Evans, T. R. Ericsson, Larry Fink, Helen Levitt, Danny Lyon, Mary Ellen Mark and Joseph Vitone are among the photographers featured in Family. z Janice Driesbach, Chief Curator Family is organized by the Akron Art Museum and supported by funding from the Ohio Arts Council.

Mary Ellen Mark, Tiny kissing La Shawndrea, Seattle, 1989 (printed 2004), selenium-toned gelatin silver print, 8 11/16 x 12 15/16 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Knight Purchase Fund for Photographic Media 2004.23


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Erin Guido, Creative Fusion Mural, Photo by Pickled Pinup Photography

PLEASE TOUCH March 2 – July 16, 2017

Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation Gallery Whether you’re a young child on your first visit to the museum or an experienced art aficionado, the lure to run your hand across an amazingly smooth, cool sculpture or experience the texture of a thick impasto brush stroke never really goes away. Sometimes art creates a longing to touch, but most of us respect the museum rules, mind our manners, and hold our hands behind our backs and lean in for a closer look. The exhibition Please Touch shakes off all of the traditional museum-goer behavior and asks visitors to use their sense of touch to experience the exhibition. For Please Touch, the museum commissioned a group of regional artists to create new works that actively engage audiences of all ages. Erin Guido creates brightly colored dynamic shape and text murals often found in surprising places, like abandoned buildings, offering friendly encouragement as they declare “come over all the time” or “hi.” Jordan Elise and Christopher Lees create mounted animal sculptures they call Horrible Adorables and design patterns for fabric and wallpaper, as well as plastic toys for Kid Robot. Inspired by skateboarding and D.I.Y. culture, Jay Croft’s illustrations have donned skateboard decks, his zine Street Canoe, and most recently, a mural at Chill Ice Cream in downtown Akron. Each artist will create an interactive work that visitors can touch and manipulate as they make meaning of it in their own ways. z Alison Caplan, Director of Education Please Touch is organized by the Akron Art Museum and supported by a generous gift from The Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation.

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Top: Jay Croft, Untitled, Photo curtesy of the artist Lower: Erin Guido, Always Very Happy, Photo curtesy of the artist

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@evantsheehan WINTER 2016

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1 Tall Tales of Akron performing at the Annual Meeting; 2 A Cultural Revival with Theaster Gates and the Black Monks of Mississippi; 3 Gerald Casale of DEVO; 4 Visitor photographing Anne Lindberg's installation, inside green, in Intersections; 5 Akron Art Museum staff at the Intersections Opening Celebration; 6 Trick or Treat on South High Street; 7 Crowd at Downtown@Dusk 2016; 8 Creativity at work in the Kid's Studio Class; 9 Nathalie Miebach discussing her installation, Sibling Rivalry, in Intersections; 10 On tour in Judy Pfaff's installation, Turtle, in Intersections 11 Studying Mark Fox's drawing in Intersections. Photos by Shane Wynn Photography.

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1 Anne Lindberg talking about her installation, inside green, in Intersections; 2 Nathalie Miebach's installation in Intersections; 3 Under Anne Lindberg's installation in Intersections; 4 Among John Newman's sculptures in Intersections; 5 Looking through Mark Fox's sculpture, The Confused History of Bad Drawing, in Intersections; 6 Trick or Treat on South High Street; 7 Trick or Treat on South High Street; 8 Enjoying Michael Marras' Sound Hive in the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden; 9 Film screening with Mark Mothersbaugh and Gerald Casale of DEVO; 10 Theaster Gates' A Cultural Revival. Photos by Shane Wynn Photography.


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SECOND SATURDAY CURATOR GALLERY TALKS Get an insider’s look at artworks in the museum’s collection on the second Saturday of every month, with curator-led tours. Free with gallery admission.

GLITTER AND GLAMOUR: PORTRAITS BY MICKALENE THOMAS Saturday, December 10 • 2 pm Assistant Curator Elizabeth Carney will talk about two major works by Brooklyn-based artist Mickalene Thomas: the painting Girlfriends and Lovers and the newly-acquired photograph Din, Une Très Belle Négresse 1. Mickalene Thomas, Girlfriends and Lovers (detail), 2008, acrylic, enamel and rhinestones on panel, 108 x 144 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museum, The Mary S. and Louis S. Myers Endowment Fund for Painting and Sculpture 2010.1

DORIS SALCEDO ATRABILIARIOS (DEFIANT) Saturday, January 14 • 2 pm Learn the story behind Colombia-based artist Doris Salcedo’s installation commemorating victims of civil war and drug trade violence during this close look and discussion led by Associate Curator Theresa Bembnister. Doris Salcedo, Atrabiliarios (Defiant) (detail), 1996, 198 x 210 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museum, The Mary S. and Louis S. Myers Endowment Fund for Painting and Sculpture 2000.46 a-g

FREDERICK C. FRIESEKE, THROUGH THE VINES Saturday, February 11 • 2 pm Take a break from winter to enjoy an interlude on the River Epte, outside Paris, a century ago. Learn more about the artists attracted to Giverny by Claude Monet’s presence there and how American painters adapted French Impressionism in stunning compositions during this talk by Chief Curator Janice Driesbach.

Frederick C. Frieseke, Through the Vines, around 1908, oil on canvas, 32 x 32 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Gift of Mr. S. G. Carkhuff 1954.38

RADCLIFFE BAILEY, JRED HOUSE Saturday, March 11 • 2 pm Look closely at the rich layers of Radcliffe Bailey’s JRed House with Assistant Curator Elizabeth Carney. Bailey weaves personal and shared histories in this monumental painting that includes a found photograph, various objects, symbols and text. Radcliffe Bailey, JRed House, 1996, mixed media and found objects on wood, 96 x 96 x 24 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Gift of Bruce and Barbara Berger 2012.28

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COLLECTION FEATURES: NEW FACES IN HASLINGER GALLERIES On view in Haslinger Family Foundation Galleries

Mickalene Thomas celebrates the beauty and powerful personalities of the black women she chooses to be her models and muses. One features in a new acquisition to the museum’s collection: the stunning photograph Din, Une Très Belle Négresse 1. This portrait was included in Muse, a 2016 exhibition at Aperture gallery in New York, which emphasized the importance photography has long held in Thomas’s artistic process. In early November, Din was installed in the museum’s Haslinger Family Foundation Galleries near Thomas’ Girlfriends and Lovers, a rhinestone-studded painting of four women seated around a table. The photograph offers a new context for viewing this monumental contemporary work. Din exemplifies Thomas’ frequent use of photography as her primary medium. A study for Girlfriends and Lovers reveals how Thomas uses photography and collage in multimedia works and to shape larger compositions. Thomas’ portrait of Din connects to a variety of works in the museum’s collection. Chuck Close’s painting of his friend Linda Rosenkrantz presents her larger-than-life and with painstaking detail. Like Thomas, Close based Linda on Mickalene Thomas, Din, Une Très Belle Négresse 1, 2012, chromogenic print, 59 x 48 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Museum Acquisition Fund 2016.14

a photograph. He rendered every facial feature, even those that might be considered flaws. Similarly, Thomas does not retouch her photographs. Both Linda and Din stare straight ahead, lips parted, and framed by masses of curly hair. Three other portraits of women are new additions to the gallery. All were selected with attention to the relationships between the artists and their sitters. Frederick C. Frieseke’s Through the Vines depicts his wife Sarah, who was also an artist and often assisted Frederick in designing his compositions. Miss Molly Duveneck, portrayed by her brother Frank Duveneck when she was around 20 years old, was a free-spirited young woman and never married despite late 19th-century norms. Sylvia Sleigh’s nude portrayal of her friend and fellow feminist Cynthia Mailman references the legendary heroine Scheherazade, the storyteller in One Thousand and One Nights. Compelling portraits often lead us to wonder about their subjects; the works newly installed in the museum’s Haslinger galleries invite such reflection through the perspectives of people close to them. z Elizabeth M. Carney, Assistant Curator

Frank Duveneck, Miss Molly Duveneck, 1888–1890, oil on fabric, 17 x 12 1/8 in. Collection of the Akron Art Museum. Bequest of Edwin C. Shaw. 1955.26


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Thursdays • 11:15 am – 12:30 pm For 0-5 year olds and their grown-ups Little ones learn best through intuitive, open-ended play that feeds their senses. Follow your child’s natural instinct to wiggle, squeal and make a mess while exploring the creative process and meeting new friends!

Bach and a Snow Shovel:

Dig into Color and Sound

Thursday, December 1

MeltCREATIVE: Exploring Ice

Thursday, January 5


Weather permitting, this yoga program combines a frosty mini-stretch in the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden with cozy guided meditation indoors; please wear layers.


Thursday, February 2 Session I • 11:15 am – 12 pm Session II • 1 – 1:45 pm

Island of Misfit Toys

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Free for members, $10/non-member child. Registration required.* Creative Playdates are made possible with support from the Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation.


Thursdays • 11:15 am – 12:30 pm For all ages and their grown-ups Engage your tiny book lover in an interactive storytelling experience where art and story become one through song, rhyme and imagery. After the book ends, we’ll keep the story going with related art activities in the lobby.

Wanderlust in the Snow

Thursday, December 15

Seriously Silly Stuff(ed) Sleepover

Bring your stuffed animal friend to the art museum! More details at

Thursday, January 19

Love Stories and Lullabies

Thursday, February 16

FREE for members. $10/non-member child. Registration required.* Art Tales is made possible with support from the Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation.


AM Session: 11:15 am – 12 pm PM Session: 1 – 1:45 pm For 0-18 month olds and their grown-ups Join baby friends for tummy time play and a pint-sized stroll through the galleries. Explore sensory activities related to color, texture, light and sound that will awaken your baby’s curiosity and give you both a one-of-a-kind bonding experience.

Baby Alchemist: Snow Science Thursday, December 22

Gritty Babies: Exploring Texture Thursday, January 26

Rushing Water, Silent Snow, a Seasonal Sensory Show Thursday, February 23


Saturdays • 1 – 3 pm Recommended for ages 7-12 Welcome to our studio—where students gain a fresh perspective in thinking creatively. Learn how to work like a professional artist by exploring unique materials, experimental processes and extraordinary works of art, while building skills and confidence along the way.

Cloudy with a Gust of. . .Clay?

Saturday, December 10


$10/member child, $15/non-member child. Registration required

and Annamae Art Babes is made possible with support from the Robert O. Orr Family Foundation.


RULE Bending Glass Sculpture

Saturday, January 14

Morph Your Art Toy!

Saturdays • 10:30 am – 12 pm

Recommended for 2s and 3s, and their grown-ups Little hands need to be creative, too! Toddlers explore different mediums, textures, colors and shapes, while making a beautiful mess. Dig in and discover a multisensory experience while fostering your tiny artist’s independence and imagination!

Sisal, Feather, Bark:

If you’re crazy about customizing Minecraft avatars with graphic “skinz,” it’s time to try your hand at designing your own 3-D figure with paper pulp and moldable plastic. A Kidrobot MUNNYWORLD toy is included in the Studio Class fee. (Class size limited to 6 students)

Saturday, February 11

$10/member child, $15/non-member child. Parents are welcome but not required to stay. Registration required.* Kids Studio is made possible with support from the Charles E. and Mabel M. Ritchie Foundation.

Intro to Collagraph Printmaking

Saturday, December 10

Wind-Painted Paper Parasols Saturday, January 14

From Wool to Felt:

Crafting Simple Toys for Busy Fingers

Saturday, February 11


$10/member child, $15/non-member child. Registration required Tots Create is made possible with support from the Charles E. and Mabel M. Ritchie Foundation.

*Register at or call 330.376.9186.


FILM: EVA HESSE Thursday, December 1 • 7 pm Artist Eva Hesse utilized latex, fiberglass and plastics to create pioneering sculptures in the 1960s and establish the post-minimalist movement. The first feature-length appreciation of her life and work, Eva Hesse makes superb use of the artist’s voluminous journals, her correspondence with close friend and mentor Sol LeWitt, and contemporary and archival interviews with fellow artists such as Richard Serra, Robert Mangold and Dan Graham. FREE.

YOGA IN THE GALLERIES December 8, January 12, February 9, March 9 • 6:30 pm The transformational power of yoga for individuals, relationships and communities comes alive in the Akron Art Museum galleries. Combine breath, flow and art in a beginner friendly series taught by a certified Nirvana Yoga instructor. Bring your own mat. No water bottles allowed in the galleries. Yoga in the Galleries is $10 for non-members and free for members. Registration is required. Register at or call 330.376.9186. Not a member? An individual membership is just $50 and pays for itself in a handful of visits:

GALLERY TALK: JIMMY KUEHNLE Thursday, December 15 • 6:30 pm Do you look at Jimmy Kuehnle’s Wiggle, Giggle, Jiggle and wonder—How did he do that? Get the story on the work from the artist himself, learn about his process and how he got to creating his trademark inflatable sculptures.

MUSIC: MISSILE TOE Thursday, December 22 • 6:30 – 8:30 pm What better way to spend a chilly December evening than shopping in the museum store, listening to the world’s greatest Christmas band, and having a cocktail with friends? Get some holiday cheer as the festive rock band Missile Toe fills the museum’s lobby with fun, upbeat versions of classic holiday tunes. Shake off the holiday stress and kick off your holiday celebration at the Akron Art Museum.

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FILM: DON'T BLINK - ROBERT FRANK Thursday, December 29 • 7 pm Robert Frank, now 91 years old, is among the most influential artists of the last half-century. His seminal volume, The Americans, published in 1958, records the Swiss-born photographer’s candid reactions to peculiarly American versions of poverty and racism. Today it is a classic work that helped define the off-the-cuff, idiosyncratic elegance that is a hallmark of Frank’s artistry. The film itself is rough around the edges and brimming with surprises and insights, not unlike Frank’s own films. Don’t Blink includes clips from Frank’s rarely seen movies, among them Me And My Brother and Cocksucker Blues. The soundtrack includes Lou Reed, Bob Dylan, Yo La Tengo and Tom Waits.

NEW YEAR’S: FIRST NIGHT Saturday, December 31 • 6 – 10:30 pm Make plans for New Year’s Eve and join the fun in Downtown Akron! Celebrate the 20th anniversary of this Akron staple. First Night Akron is a New Year’s Eve celebration unlike any other that appeals to everyone, from families to retirees and millennials. This celebration of the arts brings the community together to create lasting memories. Come in out of the cold and celebrate the New Year! Select galleries will be open for you to enjoy and we'll have a community activity in the lobby.


First Night button required. Purchase buttons at FirstNight

NEW YEAR MEDITATION Thursday, January 5 • 6:30 pm Is making more time for art or clearing your brain on your list of New Year's resolutions? Turn off your electronic devices, refresh your brain and join us for meditation in the galleries. Meditation in the Galleries is $10 for non-members and free for members. Registration is required. Register at

WIGGLE, GIGGLE, JIGGLE IMPROV WITH WANDERING AESTHETICS Thursday, January 26 • 6:30 pm Look out, there’s a giant red blob attacking the museum! Learn the basics of improvisation. Theater experts Wandering Aesthetics will lead a group of interactive exercises using Jimmy Kuehnle's Wiggle Giggle, Jiggle sculpture that will build listening and communication skills, heighten awareness and teach you how to be more playful, spontaneous and flexible. $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Registration required. Register at


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BE MINE: MARBLED VALENTINES Thursday, February 2 • 6:30 pm Win your valentine's heart with an amazing marbled greeting card. At this workshop, led by local artist Claire Marks, you’ll learn the art of marbling, a method of aqueous surface design. It produces patterns similar to smooth marble, or other kinds of stone, that will leave your valentine thinking you’re a stone cold fox. $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Registration required. Register at

READING UNDER THE ROOF CLOUD BOOK CLUB: HARD-BOILED WONDERLAND AT THE END OF THE WORLD Thursday, March 2 • 6 pm Join the museum’s book club for a discussion of Hard-Boiled Wonderland at the End of the World by Haruki Murakami. Alternating between two parallel yet related narratives, this genre bending, surreal novel takes place in futuristic Tokyo. The odd numbered chapters tell the story of a human data processor working for a scientist experimenting with sound removal, while the even numbered chapters detail an unnamed narrator’s adventures as he learns to read dreams by studying unicorn skulls with the help of a librarian with an insatiable appetite. The discussion will conclude with a tour of Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose.

MUSEUM ART BOOK SALE Martha Stecher Reed Library

MEMBERS ONLY SALE Thursday, April 13 • 5:30 – 8:30 pm


Friday and Saturday, April 14 - 15 • 11 am – 5 pm Book worms and bibliophiles, mark your calendars. Books will include numerous brand new exhibition catalogues, duplicates and other art related texts from all areas of art and art history. Collectible books, including some signed by their authors, will also be available. This is an excellent opportunity to build up your personal art library while helping the museum at the same time. If your bookshelves are already packed, you’ll need to make room. Before the sale, the museum will accept donations of art books. Please no fiction, cookbooks, or other genres. Contact Stefanie Hilles, the museum’s Library and Archives Manager, at or 330.376.9186 x221 to arrange a donation. 25 |



TEACHER STUDIO Thursday, December 8 • 4:30 pm Winter break is almost here, but you need a break NOW. Hop down to the Akron Art Museum for a drink and a creative outlet for your end-of-the-year stress. You’ll be the student; the museum will take care of the teaching and supplies. Creating and cocktails: does it get any better? $10 for member teachers and $15 for non-members. Admission includes materials and one drink. Registration required. Register at Professional Development paperwork will be provided for each attendee to submit to his/her local LPDC.



TEACH TALK 2017 Thursday, January 26 • 4:30 pm That’s right, the museum’s storytelling, talent-showing, idea-sharing event is back! Head down to the museum with your colleagues to hear tales from fellow teachers. Their talks will leave you laughing, learning and brimming with inspiration to last you the rest of the school year. Free. Professional Development paperwork will be provided for each attendee to submit to his/her local LPDC.

ART SHOW HACKS Thursday, February 16 • 4:30 pm Ah, the annual art show. A chance to showcase your students’ talents and your unique matting and labeling skills. Learn how to make your art show the event of the year without sacrificing your sanity. You’ll get tips from museum educators and your fellow teachers who have been transforming hallways into galleries for years. Free. Professional Development paperwork will be provided for each attendee to submit to his/her local LPDC.

FREE EVERY THURSDAY ALL DAY • 11 am – 9 pm Spend Thursdays at the Akron Art Museum—it’s free all day and all evening. Check our website for the most up-to-date information on what is happening on any given Thursday and the rest of the week. Free Thursdays are generously supported by the J.M. Smucker Company.


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JOIN CREATIVE AKRON ART MUSEUM Your membership supports the Akron Art Museum in its mission to enrich lives through modern and contemporary art. Memberships begin at just $50 for individuals and $75 for families.  • Unlimited Free Admission • Free Parking and Discounts in Shop and Café • Access to exclusive art experiences And for those culture seekers wanting more, we have memberships that provide national reciprocal museum privileges, invitations to Member-Only experiences and much much more!


DIRECTOR OF ADVANCEMENT “Thank you! Thank you for the opportunity to serve this spectacular museum as its Director of Advancement. Your support, attendance, enthusiasm and advocacy – for not only our collection of modern and contemporary art – but also Akron Art Museum’s role as a civic champion is important and much appreciated. We believe Akron holds a unique sense of place close to its heart – and Akron Art Museum is an important element of this feeling we call home. I look forward to meeting many of you. And I welcome you to join us in celebration of Akron’s world-class cultural life – here at the Akron Art Museum.” z Bryan de Boer, Director of Advancement

Join today! For yourself or as a gift by calling Jeneé Garlando at 330.376.9186 x222 or by visiting

Art Works Business Memberships also available. Share the joy of LIVE CREATIVE with your employees today!


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BE AMONG THE FIRST! Have your next event at the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden at the Akron Art Museum! The Garden provides an elegant outdoor oasis in the heart of the city for weddings, corporate gatherings, cocktail parties, reunions, luncheons, showers and birthday celebrations.

MAKE A GREAT IMPRESSION! The Charles and Jane Lehner Auditorium comfortably seats 150 in an intimate space adjacent to the Grand Lobby. It is the ideal place for corporate presentations, speakers, panel discussions, films, concerts and plays. An audiovisual team is available to accommodate your needs and assist with the execution of your event.

IT’S ALWAYS A SPECIAL OCCASION! The museum’s asymmetrical steel and glass structure provides an amazing backdrop for weddings, receptions, proms, reunions, commemorative ceremonies and photo sessions. The Akron Art Museum’s events staff can answer your questions and assist you with planning your event. Contact Events Manager Justin Campbell for ideas, information on pricing, or to arrange a private tour of the venue: 330.376.9186 x 212., or email at


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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: CHRIS RUTAN City: Akron (near Highland Square) Occupation: Photographer, small business owner What made you decide to become a Member of the Akron Art Museum? Membership is really a no-brainer for me. Simply put, art is an important part of my life. I’m a graduate of the Myers School of Art, a photographer, a maker, and an art lover. I’m happiest when I’m engaged creatively and value the inspiration that a visit to the Akron Art Museum can provide. How frequently do you visit the Akron Art Museum? Typically, my family visits the Art Museum two to three times a month. What benefit of membership do you appreciate the most and why? As the mother of two young girls, the children’s programs such as the Creative Playdates, are worth the cost of membership alone. The staff does a terrific job of hosting an interactive, educational and often messy (in a good way!) experience that our children always enjoy and look forward to attending. It is important to me to expose our daughters to Photo by Shane Wynn Photography the arts. Creative Playdates are a wonderful way to negate what could potentially be a “boring” visit to the art museum for a small child. Of course, full access to all of the exhibits is wonderful as well. How has the Akron Art Museum impacted you? The Akron Art Museum keeps me connected to the city, its culture and the local art scene. I enjoy attending the lectures and networking with other attendees. As a Crafty Mart vendor, I have been placed in the art museum a handful of times and it’s always a great experience. Are there particular works of art in the collection or current/past exhibitions that are special to you? Which ones and why? The Andrew Borowiec photography exhibit was special to me. He was my mentor in college and instrumental in my education and growth as a photographer. I also loved the Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia exhibit. Why do you feel art is important – for individuals, families, communities? Art is what makes a community culturally relevant. We believe it’s important to pass on an appreciation for the arts as well as an enthusiasm for creativity and self-expression to our children. As a family, the art museum is something that we can all enjoy. My husband and I can go and simply appreciate the experience while simultaneously exposing our daughters to the world of art. Do you have a story or memory that you would like to share about the Akron Art Museum? I have so many wonderful memories of our daughters exploring various art mediums and techniques at Creative Playdates, Trick-orTreating in the galleries, constructing misfit toys at Christmas time, and hunting for InsideIOut’s around Akron. In fact, after seeing the InsideIOut installations throughout the neighborhood our daughters were able to identify the real artwork inside the gallery!

GIVE THE GIFT OF MEMBERSHIP Share the joy of art by giving an Akron Art Museum gift membership this year. Memberships start at just $25 for an Art Seeker and $50 for an Individual Art Enthusiast. Household memberships start at $75. When you purchase your gift membership at the museum, we will include a gift wrapped copy of Akron Art Museum: Art Since 1850, An Introduction to the Collection, which beautifully illustrates and discusses 100 works from the museum’s permanent collection. You will also receive a tote bag to carry your gift home! For more information on membership levels and benefits, or to purchase a gift membership today, call 330.376.9186 x225 or visit

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VERB BALLETS: MOVING CONNECTIONS Fridays, beginning January 13 through March 10, 2017 • 11:30 am Verb Ballets and the Akron Art Museum are proud to announce the return of Moving Connections. Moving Connections, a wellness program of Verb Ballets, is a movement workshop designed for the senior community to encourage creativity, engage social interaction and deepen an appreciation of the arts through the joy of movement. Moving Connections is led by professionally trained dancers and movement experts to help seniors develop flexibility, increase breath and exercise concentration that connects mind to body and increases cognitive function. The program is designed for all ability levels and can be done while seated. There is no cost to participate but registration is required. Register at For more information about sessions contact Desmond Davis, Verb Ballets Education and Outreach Coordinator, at or call 216.397.3757.

GIVE CREATIVE: HOLIDAY SHOPPING Thursdays in December GIVE CREATIVE this holiday season! Stop in the museum gift shop every Thursday in December for Member Double Discount Days! Members save 20%* on your purchases made in the shop! *Discount does not combine with member discounts or other shop coupons, promotions or discounts. Discount applies to in-store merchandise, consignment items, online purchases or membership purchases.


AKRON ART MUSEUM Supporting a creative life requires commitment and passion. As we strive to create an inclusive, interactive and accessible public arts space for all, your support makes possible Akron Art Museum’s mission enriching lives through modern and contemporary art. Your donation provides much needed financial support to continue programs in our community. • World-class modern and contemporary exhibitions • Education programming for over 7,000 local K-12 students • Public art installations such as InsideIOut and the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden Make your gift supporting your creative life TODAY! Return the enclosed envelope, call Jeneè Garlando at 330.376.9186 x222 or by visiting


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ART WORKS BUSINESS MEMBER SPOTLIGHT LINDA GENTILE, AKRON CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL Field: Healthcare Occupation: Vice President of Construction & Support Services City: Akron What made you decide to have your business become an Art Works Business Member? Akron Children’s Hospital has humble beginnings as a day nursery founded in 1890 by a group of women in the community. Since then, we’ve grown into the largest pediatric healthcare system in northeast Ohio. Our growth and dedication to our mission to serve all children regardless of their ability to pay would not be possible without the continued support of the community, and that’s why we give back. What benefit of Art Works Business Membership do you appreciate the most and why? The free membership available to our employees is a great perk – especially because they can upgrade to a family membership for only $25 and take advantage of all that the museum has to offer. How has the Akron Art Museum impacted you? Your business? The region as a whole? The Akron Art Museum brings so much to our region – from the collection to the programming to educational activities for children. It’s one of the reasons why Akron is a great place to live, work and play. Are there particular works of art in the collection or current/past exhibitions that are special to you? I loved the sculptor El Anatsui’s exhibit. His tapestries were so beautiful and interesting. Recently, I enjoyed the Myopia exhibit from Akron native and musician Mark Mothersbaugh. Why do you feel art is important—for individuals, families, communities? The Akron Art Museum is a treasured cultural institution that offers an up-close-and-personal experience with fine art. Fostering the arts is essential for the well-being of the children and families in our community, and we are proud to support the museum as a business member. Do you have a story or memory that you would like to share about the Akron Art Museum? The buzz around the Akron Art Museum is always positive! My daughter, Kelly, and I have enjoyed attending many artists’ lectures over the years. Recently, my colleague, Dr. Michael Bird, shared with me how much he and his wife have enjoyed the programs for children. There really is something for everyone.

ARTWORKS BUSINESS MEMBERSHIPS For over 90 years, the Akron Art Museum has been able to realize its vision thanks to the dedication of the community. Demonstrate your company’s commitment to the arts with an Art Works Business Membership at the Akron Art Museum. Corporate support is critical to the Akron Art Museum’s ability to present its world-class exhibitions and acclaimed education programs. In return for your generous support, our Art Works Business Membership program provides special benefits and recognition specifically designed to meet the needs of your business. Join the growing list of companies such as Akron Children’s Hospital; Brennan, Manna & Diamond, LLC; Ohio CAT; Stratos Wealth Partners; the J. M. Smucker Company; TKM Print Solutions; and the Myers School of Art in demonstrating support for the arts in our community. Join online at or call Development Officer Jeneé Garlando at 330.376.9186 x222.

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The Akron Art Museum extends a warm welcome to the following members who recently joined the museum or increased their membership level:

DIRECTOR’S CIRCLE GOLD - $2,500 Mr. and Mrs. John Childs Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Kornick Mr. Robert and Mrs. Pamela McMillen Mr. and Mrs. David Pelland

DIRECTOR’S CIRCLE SILVER - $1,500 Mr. Stephen Comunale Mr. and Mrs. William Hoover

CULTURE CLUB - $500 Mr. and Mrs. John Katzenmeyer Mr. Robert Kerper and Ms. Susan Locke Yoly Miller Mrs. Pamela Thielo

ART ADVOCATE - $150 Mrs. Patricia Barker Mr. James L. Wagner & Ms. Jane Bond Mr. Larry H. Burns Mr. and Mrs. Phil Canuto Ms. Coleen Casey Mr. and Mrs. F. Michael Clancy, III Rev. and Mrs. Landis Coffman Mrs. Harriett Susan Cox Mr. Jason Frank and Ms. Katie Holt Ms. Pauline Franks Dr. and Mrs. DuWayne Hansen Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Heisler Mr. and Mrs. Joe D. Henninger Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Kleidon

Mr. and Mrs. Stan Marks Mr. and Mrs. Paul R. Milton Dr. and Mrs. Leon Neiman Dr. and Mrs. David Nelson Mr. and Mrs. James Pickering Mr. and Mrs. David J. Pittenger Mr. and Mrs. E.R. Preston, III Ms. Brenda Pruitt Mr. Robert Richmond Mr. Ken Robinson Ms. Wendy Schweiger Mr. and Mrs. Harry Shapiro Mrs. Cynthia J. Stefanik Mr. and Mrs. Carl B. Subich Mr. Brian Sullivan Ms. Catherine Wooley

Mr. and Mrs. Paul A. Luff Ms. Anastasia Mamedova Mr. and Mrs. Bryce Marshall Ms. Chell Maxwell Ms. Lindsay Mellor Ms. Sara Middaugh Mr. Josh Miner Mrs. Sigrid Reynolds Mr. And Mrs. Richard Rozek Mrs. Laura Shaklee Cristin Snodgrass Teresa Sroka Mrs. Nicole Stakleff Mrs. Melissa Toonen Marta Weist Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Wise

Mrs. Kristine Rosenfeld Mrs. Kathy Sapienza Abigail Szeszak Mr. Tony Vitale Ms. Phyllis Waddingham Ms. C. Shirley Wagner Jennifer Whitten



Laura Perez Alvarez Ms. Jennifer Arch Mr. Elif Bozkurt Ms. Penny Daly Mr. and Mrs. John Dannug Mr. Rodney DeMott & Mrs. Lora Lamare-DeMott Dr. Dixa Dhital Ms. Linda A. Duricko Kristin Fox Mr. Roger Herbst Sheryl Hoffman Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Hunter Mr. Jeremy B. Jenkins Mr. and Mrs. Robert Knapp

Ms. Laura Balliet Gayle Bentley Bonnie Brenner Ms. Karen Elvin Sanna Karkoska Mahala Kay Hunter King Christine Meeker Lange Ms. Margaret Maurer Del Miller Mr. Ron Mishler Christina L. Powers Erica Raby Alicia Rearick Mr. and Mrs. Andy Rosenberg

ART SEEKER - $25 Ms. Karen Bowman Mr. Richard Buntzen Ms. Kathleen Cariglio Ms. Marilyn B. Dirrig Ms. Michele K. Donnelly Care Hanson Dorena F. Henson Mr. Jason Jurkowski Ms. Kathryn M. Kendall Mr. Jon Keppel Ms. Kathy Kren Mr. Joseph LaFlamme Mrs. Tara LaFlamme Dov Lehavi Ms. Kelly Marshall Ms. Barbara Moser Ms. Suzanne Phillips Jung Ra Ms. Lynn Shimko Mr. Peter Templeton Ms. Mary Tita Jean Trawick

The Akron Art Museum extends its sincere appreciation to the following funders for their generous support this year: ACME Fresh Market Akron Community Foundation The City of Akron Apple Growth Partners Art Works Audio-Technica B.W. Rogers Company Barberton Community Foundation Berlin Family Foundation, Inc. Brennan, Manna & Diamond, LLC Browse McDowell, LPA Burton D. Morgan Foundation C. Blake Jr. & Beatrice K. McDowell Foundation Charles E. & Mabel M. Ritchie Memorial Foundation Chipotle Mexican Grill Cleveland Clinic Akron General Cohen & Company Dominion Foundation DuneCraft EarthQuaker Devices Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation GAR Foundation

Gertrude F. Orr Trust GOJO Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company Hilton Garden Inn - Akron House of LaRose Jean P. Wade Foundation John A. McAlonan Fund John P. Murphy Foundation John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Kenneth L. Calhoun Charitable Trust Laura L. & Lucian Q. Moffitt Foundation The Lehner Family Foundation Lloyd L. & Louise K. Smith Foundation M.G. O’Neil Foundation Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation Mary & Dr. George L. Demetros Charitable Trust The Mary S. & David C. Corbin Foundation Myers School of Art Ohio Arts Council OLIN OMNOVA Solutions Foundation PNC

PNC Foundation R. C. Musson & Katharine M. Musson Charitable Foundation Read Family Fund Robert O. & Annamae Orr Family Foundation Rogers Family Foundation Sally A. Miller and Joseph G. Miller Family Foundation Sandra L. and Dennis B. Haslinger Family Foundation Sisler McFawn Foundation The J.M. Smucker Company Star Printing Stratos Wealth Partners The Summit 91.3 and 90.7 Summit Management Services TKM Toby D. Lewis Philanthropic Foundation Welty Family Foundation Western Reserve PBS WKSU 89.7


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Akron Art Museum Exclusive Note Cards $2.95 each

Akron Art Museum Logo T-Shirt Colors vary $19.95

Fruit Loop bowl from Black + Blum is inspired by the Fibonacci curve. Made from chromed steel $46 A is for Akron Kid’s T-Shirt $12.95 Double Loop Bowls from Black + Blum $35

Logo Ball Cap Colors vary $19.95

The Hard Way on Purpose by David Giffels $15

Images of Modern America Akron by Calvin Rydbom $22.99

Akron Art Museum LIVE CREATIVE T-Shirt features an illustration by local designer Julie Arnold. Men’s and women’s sizes available Colors vary $19.95

Energy Dome from Atom Age Industries is designed by DEVO. $32

T-Shirt features Mark Mothersbaugh’s 1977 print Tires I. Men’s and women’s sizes available in oatmeal and charcoal $30 Greater Akron: Inventive. Industrious. Inspired. Written and signed by Dave Lieberth $59.99


Mini Squigz from Fat Brain Toy Co. are 40% smaller than original Squigz 75 pieces Suitable for ages 5+ $19.95

Jewelry by David Howell and Company is designed and made in the USA. Styles vary $29.95

Batucada necklace hugs your skin, shaping and moving with you. Styles vary $49

Free Play Magnatab from Kid O uses a magnetic stylus to pop individual beads to the surface of a bead board. Measures 8” x 6.5” x .75” Suitable for ages 3+ $24.95 Squigz from Fat Brain Toy Co. connect to each other and solid, non-porous surfaces. 24 pieces Suitable for ages 3+ $24.95

Robot figure is created from repurposed wood by local artist Patrick Gerber. Styles vary Stands 6” tall $25 - $40

The Shop sells a range of art related, creativity inspiring children’s books.

Jumbo Glow-in-the-Dark Magnatab from Kid O Measures 7.6” x 9.3” x .75” Suitable for ages 3+ $34.95

BusyBody from Eye Think is the coolest animation toy on the planet. $24.95

Shapescapes Mezzo by Los Angeles sculptor Peter Mayor includes over 60 dynamic shapes in a range of colors. Suitable for ages 3+ $24.95

Sunprint Kit from the Lawrence Hall of Science on the UC Berkeley campus contains 12 4” x 4” sheets and an acrylic overlay. $7.95



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