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BRINGING IT HOME Today, we are fulfilling our mission with the support of over 18,000 members and over 80,000 visitors to the museum each year. We thank you Akron for welcoming us into your lives and for continuing to support your museum! This year, we are taking another bold step into the future with a brandnew program that will offer anyone with an Akron-Summit County library card the ability to borrow original works of art. On the heels of the successful community-activated art project Inside|Out, which exhibited reproductions from the museum’s collection in neighborhoods and public spaces around Summit County, the Akron Art Library program will further our connection with the community by bringing art into your homes. Twenty-seven works have been purchased from local, regional and nationally known artists and will be available for borrowing from the main branch of the AkronSummit County Public Library in downtown Akron. This unique partnership with the library will offer new ways to experience art and will provide the opportunity for anyone to have art be part of their daily lives.

Photo by Bruce Ford

DIRECTOR'S MESSAGE TRANSFORMED MARK MASUOKA According to the Oxford dictionary, transformation is defined as a marked change in form, nature, or appearance, a process by which one figure, expression or function is converted into another. Unlike a transition, a transformation is not an upgrade or an improvement but a total change from one entity into another. The process of transformation for the Akron Art Museum began ninety-six years ago with the vision of a few artminded cultural and civic leaders that saw Akron as much more than just the U.S. rubber capital. Our founders saw innovation and imagination in our city. They saw a community that would soon realize a rewarding and rich arts environment—one comparable to our neighbors in Cleveland and Toledo. Through ups and downs, the museum managed to remain true to that vision and has continued to offer creative programming and memorable experiences for Akron’s community. We have also worked to build an exceptional collection that reflects contemporary life and the art of our time. The transformation of the Akron Art Museum is no longer the sole responsibility of a few civic and culturally-minded individuals and a dedicated staff; it is a partnership with our community that has inspired ambitious institutional plans, courageous exhibitions and rare, meaningful experiences that relate directly to people’s lives. 1 |


“We are not only introducing imagination and innovation by connecting people with radical ideas and groundbreaking contemporary artists, we are continuing to push the limits of the conventional art institution and the accessibility of art in the community.”

BLURRING THE LINES Staying true to the spirit of the museum’s exhibition program, Jun Kaneko’s Blurred Lines exhibition continues both to raise the standards of excellence for the museum and to exceed the expectations of our visitors. Like the history of the Akron Art Museum, the exhibition is transformative, and carefully guides visitors through profound moments in Kaneko’s career, encouraging deep experiences of each artwork. In many ways the museum is also blurring lines— what once defined our civic and cultural commonplace has changed. We are not only introducing imagination and innovation by connecting people with radical ideas and ground-breaking contemporary artists, we are continuing to push the limits of the conventional art institution and the accessibility of art in the community. The museum is very much a trailblazer of 21st century thinking, and being in Akron, Ohio has a lot to do with our success. z

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JUN KANEKO: BLURRED LINES Through June 3, 2018 Jun Kaneko, Untitled, 2003, oil stick and ink on Korean rice paper, 66 x 55 1/2 in., Courtesy of the artist

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS I 2017 - 2018 Bruce Rowland – President Drew Engles – Vice President/Asst. Secretary Richard Harris – Vice President Myriam Altieri Haslinger – Vice President Bill Lipscomb – Vice President Chris Myeroff – Past President Rory H. O’Neil – Past President Derrick Ransom – Treasurer Alita Rogers – Secretary

Rose Andrews Nancy Brennan Jeffrey Bruno John Childs George Daverio Tamara Fynan Linda Gentile Cathy Godshall Paige Hoover Sarah Johnston Jeff Kornick Pam McMillen Steve Myers David Pelland Tim Quine Andrea Rodgers Elizabeth Sheeler Debra Adams Simmons

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

ED EMBERLEY: BETTER YOU THAN ME Through July 15, 2018 Ed Emberley, The Wizard of OP (detail),1975, ink and rubylith on paper, 36 x 50 in., Courtesy of the artist

FRAMEWORKS: PAINTINGS BY DRAGANA CRNJAK, ANDREA JOKI AND MATTHEW KOLODZIEJ Through September 9, 2018 Matthew Kolodziej, Slices, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 72 x 79 in., Courtesy of the artist

JERRY BIRCHFIELD: ASLEEP IN THE DUST March 24 – September 23, 2018 Jerry Birchfield, Untitled from series Stagger When Seeing Visions, 2017, solarized selenium toned gelatin silver print, 16 x 12 in., Courtesy of the artist

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ON THE COVER: Shane Wynn, Beekeeper, 2015, color photograph, 24 x 18 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museum Library at the Akron-Summit County Public Library


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Mark Masuoka, John S. Knight Director and CEO and Blurred Lines Curator

Through June 3, 2018

Karl and Bertl Arnstein Galleries

In 1994, Jun Kaneko visited Akron to inspect the installation of his completed ceramic mural, Akron Wall, at the University of Akron’s newly renovated Polsky Building. The mural was part of the Ohio Arts Council’s Percent for Art program, which helps provide funds for works of art for new or renovated public buildings. According to Kaneko, "the clay tile wall has a definite system of visual order and disorder. At a distance the wall reads with a strong sense of order. This same visual order changes to disorder when the wall is viewed closely and the view is obstructed." Mary Myers, a longtime supporter of the arts and the Akron Art Museum, was a member of Percent for Art and served on the committee that selected Kaneko for the project. Myers believed that art should be seen outside museums and galleries and that "art is meant to be lived with, like you live with music, song and dance. Art is the human experience." Fast-forward to 2018, and the work of Jun Kaneko returns to Akron, but this time for an exhibition organized by the Akron Art Museum and curated by the museum’s John S. Knight Director and CEO Mark Masuoka. Twenty-four years have passed and Kaneko’s artwork has since been acquired by museums and private collectors worldwide, and it has been featured in major public art projects and exhibitions. He is undoubtedly one of the most acclaimed artists

Jun Kaneko, Splitting Red, 1996, hand-built glazed ceramic, 60 x 46 3/4 x 13 1/2 in., Courtesy of the artist, Photo by Mike Crupi Photography

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Jun Kaneko, Untitled, Heads (installed in the Bud & Susie Rogers Garden), hand built and glazed ceramics, Left: 100 x 54 x 48 in., Right: 102 x 54 x 48 in., Courtesy of the artist Photo courtesy Phil Masturzo/Beacon Journal/

Jun Kaneko, Blurred Lines (installation view in the Karl and Bertl Arnstein Galleries), Courtesy of the artist, Photo by Mike Crupi Photography

working in contemporary ceramics. Kaneko has spent decades pushing the boundaries of ceramics, sculpture and painting, repeatedly blurring the lines that have traditionally separated the world of fine art and craft. Blurred Lines presents an impressive array of monumental works while providing insight into his thinking and artistic process. The exhibition features atypical works by Kaneko that were chosen for their powerful yet contemplative presence and highlight the artist's ability to create artworks that define space and volume. Kaneko’s work contains ongoing references to rhythm, pattern, sound and silence. His artworks are often covered with stripes, simple geometric shapes, spirals and dots, suggesting themes of light, darkness, mass and space. Central to Kaneko’s artistic exploration is a sense of play and experimentation, which drives his creativity.

art museum. We share her belief and activate it through this exhibition. Jun Kaneko: Blurred Lines includes two large-scale ceramic sculptures in our Bud and Susie Rogers Garden and a third sculpture on our Northern Ohio Golf Charities Terrace. The exhibition draws upon our understanding that when art is accessible to everyone and the museum is open to all, we succeed in fulfilling our mission of enriching lives through modern and contemporary art. Jun Kaneko: Blurred Lines is organized by the Akron Art Museum and supported by funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Ohio Arts Council. Media sponsorship by ideastream®.

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Dragana Crnjak, Andrea Joki and Matthew Kolodziej each translate the highly subjective experiences of time, memory and place into abstract painting. They distort, compress, layer and conflate information to create dynamic, breathing works of art. Chief Curator Ellen Rudolph interviewed Matthew Kolodziej about his process of composing and making his paintings. Look for interviews with Dragana Crnjak and Andrea Joki in the next issue of VIEW. Kolodziej photographs construction or destruction sites and collages the images together to create his underlying compositions. A computer program then translates the photomontages into line drawings, which Kolodziej projects onto canvas, creating a map for his paintings. For Frameworks, Kolodziej projected one of those line drawings directly onto the gallery walls and traced it in paint. His paintings on canvas will be on view alongside that wall drawing.

Matthew Kolodziej, Replacements, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 72 x 79 in., Courtesy of the artist

ER: What attracts you to the sites you photograph? MK: I am drawn to places that are in transition. The industrial history of the Midwest provides fertile ground for remnants of change. Places in flux are a starting point for me to explore that condition in painting.

ER: How do you compose the collages that form the basis of your paintings? MK: As I walk within a place I notice relationships of scale, material and objects in landscapes and built environments. A pile of rubble or the remains of a ceiling provide the building blocks for an image. My collages comprise collections of those found compositions within a given site. ER: When you paint on top of the computer-generated map, are you conjuring your experience of a place or the photographic imagery, or are you creating something entirely new? MK: My studio process is to convert my original experience of a given site into computer renderings and then into painting, so in that way the paintings are hybrids of my observations together with impartial computer compositions. The computer program teases out lines from the collages and filters out photographic data, so that my navigation and memory of those walks becomes compressed into a single layer of information. My paintings speak to the competing realities of our digital and material worlds and how that conflict defines our connection to place. ER: Let’s get specific. What kind of perspective did you try to create in Replacements? MK: Replacements is part of a group of works that navigates a single constructed space. The painting is from the vantage point of looking through a space while moving. Several compartments are presented that either project or recede in relation to the viewer. The focus is on traversing time and space. ER: How does the wall drawing relate to your paintings in this exhibition? MK: The wall drawing depicts a contorted aerial perspective. Like the paintings, the drawing changes depending on where the viewer stands—the elements within the image are perpetually shifting between states of matter and definition. The drawing incorporates features and shifts according to cues in the gallery architecture such as color, light and geometry. My intention with all of my art is to make images that prompt the viewer to piece together identifiable parts with visceral experiences. Frameworks: Paintings by Dragana Crnjak, Andrea Joki and Matthew Kolodziej is organized by the Akron Art Museum with support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Ohio Arts Council.

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Matthew Kolodziej, Slices, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 72 x 79 in., Courtesy of the artist

JERRY BIRCHFIELD: ASLEEP IN THE DUST March 24 – September 23, 2018 Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Gallery

Photography has a weighty history as an art medium and as a tool to record our daily lives. We tend to seek value in what pictures are of rather than in physical photographic objects. The work of Jerry Birchfield examines this tendency to privilege images using photography, sculpture, drawing and text. Jerry Birchfield: Asleep in the Dust highlights the artist’s iterative process through which he creates works of art that blur boundaries between image, object, subject and meaning. Birchfield applies layers of darkroom processes to achieve untraditional gelatin silver prints. Unlike most printed photographs, Birchfield’s are unique, as each sheet of paper retains traces of physical acts performed in the darkroom. Camera-based film negatives are enlarged onto light-sensitive paper that is partially obstructed by other materials (the technique used to make photograms). Chemicals then develop the latent image and further stretch contrast, tone and texture, sometimes introducing or erasing major compositional elements. In these highly constructed photographs, meaning emerges as much from the process of their production as from the recognizable imagery they contain. Slivers of visible images reveal dusty, debris-laden surfaces that were in fact created to be photographed. Every aspect of Birchfield’s work emerges from the isolated space of his studio, where scraps, detritus and Jerry Birchfield, Untitled from series Stagger When Seeing Visions, 2016, solarized silver toned gelatin silver print, 14 x 11 in. Courtesy of the artist

unfinished works often reappear in new iterations of ideas. In some cases, photographs become sculptures—by encasing prints in plaster, Birchfield masks their images and warps the paper. Viewers are confronted by the space that the photograph and the surrounding plaster occupy, which corresponds to the dimensions of a photograph in a standard frame. Anchoring the exhibition, a raised platform in the center of the gallery addresses the importance of the act of framing for Birchfield. Its structure incorporates rectangular horizontal sections that are covered in glass, referencing common picture frames. Like amateur actors, sculptures that appear to mimic everyday objects are assembled on the stage. Some of these sculptures were created for past projects; others were made from fragments of castoff materials—they have emerged from the dust of Birchfield’s studio. z Elizabeth M. Carney, Assistant Curator Jerry Birchfield: Asleep in the Dust is organized by the Akron Art Museum with support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Ohio Arts Council.

Jerry Birchfield, Sometimes All I Need is the Air that I Breathe, 2017, inkjet print, plaster, enamel paint, graphite, 40 x 30 in. Courtesy of the artist


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Gerard Byrne, In Our Time (detail), 2017, single channel film installation; rear projection including mise-en-scène elements with 8 channel audio, dimensions variable © Gerard Byrne; Courtesy Lisson Gallery. Photographer: Damien Elliott.


CLEVELAND TRIENNIAL FOR CONTEMPORARY ART July 14 – September 30, 2018 Karl and Bertl Arnstein Galleries, Beatrice Knapp McDowell Grand Lobby, Bud and Susie Rogers Garden

For the premiere edition of FRONT International, artists from the U.S. and around the globe will offer perspectives on aspects of “The American City” at the Akron Art Museum. Works by fifteen artists—several newly created for the Akron Art Museum—include a major video installation, sculpture, photography and mixed media objects that will occupy spaces throughout the museum. The exhibition examines how we as individuals move through the urban landscape. Artwork reflects on ways that technology, communications, advertising, industry and popular culture shape socio-economic and environmental conditions. Ireland native Gerard Byrne’s video installation In Our Time transports viewers into the studio of a 1970s or 1980s commercial radio station. Chronicling the daily routine of a radio broadcast including infectious pop songs, weather, news and traffic updates, the video harks back to a pre-Spotify era when, as the artist points out, “people listened to the same things at the same time.” The studio set is meticulously constructed, complete with vinyl records, cassette tapes, recording equipment, wood paneling and guitars adorning the scant available wall space. A twelve-hour film, In Our Time plays in sync with the actual time of day, so the deejay’s broadcast correlates to real time in the museum. Works by Visible Collective and Nasser Al Salem provoke reflection on being a foreigner in the U.S. In the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden, an interactive sculpture by Hawai'ian artist Sean Connelly will raise issues of land use and natural resource consumption. Katrín Sigurðardóttir calls attention to forgotten locations around Akron and Cleveland by placing her sculptures in the earth. Artists in the exhibition include Nasser Al Salem, Walead Beshty, Nicholas Buffon, Gerard Byrne, Sean Connelly, Jamal Cyrus, Woody De Othello, Willie Doherty, Maryam Jafri, Li Jinghu, Ad Minoliti, Brenna Murphy, Katrín Sigurðardóttir, Jessica Vaughn and Visible Collective. z Ellen Rudolph, Chief Curator The Akron Art Museum presentation of FRONT International is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Richard and Alita Rogers Family Foundation, The J. M. Smucker Company and Akron/Summit Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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COLLECTION FEATURE: RICHARD ESTES, FOOD CITY Sandra L. and Dennis B. Haslinger Family Foundation Galleries Food City verges on abstraction, as colors, shapes and brushstrokes intermingle. Cars, taxis and vans flatten into the same space as the cashier’s pink uniform, the checkout counters and stacks of cigarette packs. The facades of multistory buildings merge with hand-lettered signs advertising chuck steaks at 39 cents a pound. Richard Estes crops his painting so the grocery store’s glass windows fill the entire composition. Exterior and interior elements dissolve into a single plane. This energetic visual potpourri mimics the vitality of the surrounding New York City. Richard Estes is known as one of the twentieth century’s most celebrated photorealist painters. In his case, however, that credit is a bit of misnomer. Estes’ paintings do not actually have the same level of veracity that viewers associate with photographic images. That’s not to say that the camera isn’t central to the artist’s process. He photographs his subjects, collaging multiple prints together to achieve his desired composition. Estes then subtly tweaks his imagery, removing some elements that appeared in the photographs and adding others. Nowadays, the 85-year-old artist accomplishes this with the help of Photoshop. Unlike other artists active in the photorealist movement, Estes never used a grid or a projector to transfer his photographs to canvas or board. Instead, the artist drew and painted freehand. When Estes made Food City in 1967, the young artist primarily focused on his immediate urban surroundings as subject matter. This painting of a busy grocery store in New York City’s Upper West Side neighborhood provided him the opportunity to show off the lettering skills he picked up as a freelance illustrator. These gigs paid Estes’ bills until he was able to focus his attention on painting full time in 1966. The artist credits his commercial work, and not his earlier training at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, with forcing him to master his craft. That work required him to translate photographs into painted illustrations for reproduction. z Theresa Bembnister, Associate Curator

Richard Estes, Food City, 1967, oil, acrylic and graphite on fiberboard, 48 x 68 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Purchased with funds raised by the Masked Ball 1955-63, by exchange, 1981.13


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Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation Gallery When it comes to Better You Than Me, guest curator Caleb Neelon is the “ you” to Ed Emberley’s “me”. Neelon has painted several large scale Emberley murals including the Drawing Book of Faces wall at the Akron Art Museum. Neelon also co-authored Ed Emberley, a big green monograph, with Todd Oldham. Director of Education Alison Caplan, posed a few questions to Neelon to get his perspective on the exhibition. AC: What was your first encounter with Ed Emberley’s work as a kid? CN: I got a copy of Ed's Big Green Drawing Book when I was little. Another boy in my class had his Big Purple Drawing Book. They were just so fun, and when I drew his characters, I was happy. I wasn't a natural representational artist like it seemed other kids in my class were, but I loved making art more than they did, and Ed fueled that love. AC: How did you connect with Ed Emberley as an adult? CN: In, I think 2006, I was working with Roger Gastman and Shepard Fairey on Swindle magazine. I hadn't thought about Ed in years, but someone suggested him as a story. I live in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and that was closest to Ed, so I got the story. Often you meet someone cool and that's the end of it, a nice experience. But with Ed I wanted to keep coming back. And I did. AC: What’s the most interesting or exciting artwork you’ve found in the nooks and crannies of the Emberley home? CN: First of all, the house is as old as any in America, built in 1640 or thereabouts. Most of Ed’s art was made in one room of it, not that big, a small bedroom size. My job was to go through that room again and again, and every time I do, new treasures make themselves appear. They still do. The house has a magic that way.

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Two of my favorite finds in Ed’s studio are on display at Akron for the first time: the set of copper letterpress blocks used to make the very out-of-print Cockadoodledoo book, and a selection of his preparatory drawings for his ABC book. And I absolutely love the mockups that he made for his books. They are not that much different than the folded-paper hand-drawn “books” that every child makes at home and in school, but for Ed’s masterful drawing. The finished, printed books that we all can buy were the final product for Ed. Everything else—which is everything in the show—is a look behind the scenes at the process. AC: How do you go about painting an Emberley wall mural? CN: I have painted murals for years, so blowing things up to large size on a wall feels second nature to me at this point. But for the Drawing Book of Faces mural that I did as a part of the show, I really just followed Ed’s recipes from the book to get them on the wall lightly in pencil. After that I just colored in with paint. I would totally encourage anyone to try a drawing book mural if they have a wall that wants one—his recipes are just as helpful for murals as they are for drawing, even if Ed never thought of them that way! AC: Emberley was someone you discovered as a kid, but he has a unique appeal to adults too, even celebrities like Todd Oldham. CN: It was wonderful to connect with Todd, who is very much an artist in his work across fashion and all of his other ventures, to make our big Ed Emberley retrospective with AMMO Books. Todd discovered Ed’s work as an adult, so he brought his fantastic eye to Ed’s work fresh—unlike me, who will unavoidably look at Ed’s work through the prism of his drawing books’ influence on me as a child. In the process, Todd also joined the ranks of artists and people I most admire. AC: What’s unique about the Akron exhibition? CN: There is a very cool dialogue between the Drawing Book of Faces mural and the large Sol LeWitt wall drawing/mural right next to it. Ed’s drawing books are drawing recipes that give step-by-step instructions to create images using a small “alphabet” of shapes anyone can draw: circle, letter D, letter U, dot, triangle, squiggle. Sol LeWitt’s wall drawings are based on written, verbal instructions that a painting crew follows to create the geometric images. They are really very similar! Ed Emberley: Better You Than Me was organized by Caleb Neelon for the Akron Art Museum and supported by a generous gift from the Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation with additional support from the OMNOVA Solutions Foundation and Fifth Third Bank. Media sponsorship by ideastream®.

Available in the Shop: Ed Emberley's Great Thumbprint Drawing Book $7.99 Add your own fun faces to these characters invading the Akron Art Museum. SPRING 2018

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Are your walls looking a little bare? In need of a living room refresh or looking to spark your next dinner party with some amazing dining decor? The Akron Art Library program will allow anyone with an Akron-Summit County library card to check out an original piece of artwork, take it home and hang it on their wall. The collection of 27 original artworks lives across the street from the museum at the Akron-Summit County Public Library, Main Library. We’re not pulling works off the walls of the museum, but it’s just as good. This special collection of original prints, paintings, drawings and photographs features artists that are in the museum’s collection or have shown work at the museum, as well as artists who participate in the region’s rich arts and culture scene and those who call, or have called, Northeast Ohio their home. Shane Wynn, Butch Anthony, Amy Casey, Angelo Merendino, Melissa Kreider, Christine Paringer, Melissa Markwald, Miller Horns, Micah Kraus, Joan Colbert, David Szalay, Michael Loderstedt & Craig Lucas, Derek Hess, John Sokol, Jay Croft, Natalie Lanese and Mark Mothersbaugh are among the 27 artists represented. Many of the works have special significance to the area. John Sokol’s print Rita Dove as Mother Love, constructs a realistic portrait of the Akron native and poet laureate using her own words. In addition to being signed by the artist, the work is signed by Rita Dove herself. Artist and Hoban High School art teacher Micah Kraus uses the laser engraver in the library’s Tech Zone to create his work. Photographer Angelo Merendino documents the simple, fleeting moment of leaving his parents’ North Hill home in Parents Waving Goodbye at Door. Most of the artists in the collection have regional ties, offering patrons a chance to plug into the local art scene. Love living with a Joan Colbert print? Visit her studio at Summit Artspace. The collection also highlights the many talented artists with local roots. “The arts community, including the Akron Art Museum and colleagues in Summit County, were my first experiences with the arts and have been a great influence in my life,” remarks Chicago-based Art Library artist Andrew Thomas Lopez, who earned his BFA at the Myers School of Art. The collection is viewable at the Akron-Summit County Public Library, Main Library. Browse through the racks and check out an artwork to hang on your walls. Works from the collection are also accessible to reserve through the library's online catalog and app. Stay tuned for special programming in art care and collecting from the Akron Art Library. z Alison Caplan, Director of Education

From top right: John Sokol, Rita Dove as Mother Love, 1999, screenprint on paper, 15 x 12 in.; Angelo Merendino, Parents Waiving Goodbye at Door, 2013, ink jet print, 17 x 22 in.; Micah Kraus, PUI Madrid, 2017, laser engraved acrylic ink on rag paper, 24 x 21 in., All works Collection of the Akron Art Museum Art Library at the Akron-Summit County Library


BACK TUESDAY Welcome #GivingBACKTuesday Members, WELCOME ALL! If you are among the more than 16,000 new members who joined the Akron Art Museum on #GivingBACKTuesday last November, we hope you have begun to experience the museum and contemporary art in a new, more meaningful and inspiring way. We believe it when we say that art is for everyone, and we are open to all. The Akron Art Museum is thrilled to welcome you and we are honored by the fact that, thanks in no small part to your efforts, the level of interest in art in Akron is strong. We hope that you will visit often and enjoy the many benefits of your membership.

• Unlimited free admission to the galleries every day the museum is open • Complimentary parking • 10% discounts in the museum shop and café • Half-off guest admission tickets • Access to a year filled with unforgettable art experiences, membersonly exhibition preview events and programs, and free or discounted children’s and family educational art programs If you have not picked up your membership card, you can pick it up at the front desk when you visit the museum. If you have any questions about your membership, please contact Gabe Schray at 330.376.9186 x225 or by email at We look forward to seeing you and sharing many inspiring art experiences throughout the rest of 2018! Find out about programs, exhibitions and special events at the Akron Art Museum at z Dominic Caruso, Marketing Manager 13 |


Akron Art Museum Members are invited to join us for these upcoming FREE Member Tours These tours are FREE for Akron Art Museum members but registration is required. Register online. Space is limited! Only 20 spots per tour.

MARCH Exclusive Last Look Tours of Micro/Macro: Views of Earth by Marilyn Bridges and Jeannette Klute

Saturday, March 3 • 11 am Tuesday, March 6 • 1 pm Join us on an exploration of Earth as seen through the lenses of Marilyn Bridges and Jeannette Klute. Assistant Curator Elizabeth Carney will show how the intimate and aerial scale photographs in this exhibition can be disorienting as well as familiar.

Member Exclusive: Museum Architecture Tours

Thursday, March 15 • 6 pm Wednesday, March 28 • 11 am Learn more about the architecture of the Akron Art Museum. This tour will introduce you to the unique design elements, historical significance and functional features of the museum space. You’ll learn about secret passageways, moveable walls and roof clouds as you explore the building from top to bottom.

APRIL Member Exclusive: Get to Know Your Museum Tours

Friday, April 13 • noon Saturday, April 21 • 11 am Whether you are brand new to the museum or have been a member for years, join us for an exciting exploration of the museum’s collection through an interactive tour which will include museum surprises, secrets, fun facts to share with family and friends and tips on how to get special member discounts every time you visit!

MAY Members Exclusive: Galleries and Garden Tours

Tuesday, May 8 • 2 pm Saturday, May 19 • 11 am This tour will introduce members to both the museum’s innovative building and the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden. You’ll also uncover surprises and explore key works of art. Note: This is an indoor/outdoor tour, weather permitting. Make the most of your Akron Art Museum membership by checking out our calendar for more upcoming programs and events at! SPRING 2018

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Thursdays • 11:15 am – 12:30 pm Best for ages 12 months – 5 years and their grown-ups (siblings welcome)

Little ones learn best through intuitive, open-ended play that feeds their senses. Follow your child’s natural instinct to explore the creative potential of unique materials, problem-solve through play and make meaningful connections with other young artists. Our playdates are structured to be child-led and set to the pace of each child’s unique sense of discovery. Art smocks provided, please dress for a beautiful mess.

Lines, Rays, Angles: Playful Plane Geometry

Thursday, March 1

Coil Like a Snake: Clay Yoga Poses

Thursday, April 5

Family Film Fest Saturday, March 17 • 11 For all ages and their grown-up

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2017 ily-friendly short films from the Join us for award-winning, fam art for n’s Film Festival. Come early New York International Childre activities.

Kid Flix I

12:30 – 1:30 pm (ages 3-7)

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Kid Flix II

2:30 – 3:45 pm (ages 8+)

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Ed Emberley's Picture Pie Picnic

Thursday, May 3

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


Thursdays • 11:15 am – 12:30 pm Best for ages 3+ and their grown-ups (siblings welcome)

Art makes you move! When children look thoughtfully at art, they develop self-expression and early reading skills, but not only with their eyes. Responding to the basic elements of art such as color, line, shape and space involves a whole-body approach to seeing. In collaboration with The Movement Project, works of art come alive with dramatic interpretation through movement. A kinesthetic art-making experience follows. Please dress for stretching and inventiveness. Class size is limited.

Shadow Shape-up

Thursday, March 15

Workout with a Line

Thursday, April 26

Texture Tippy-Toes

Thursday, May 17

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

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Thursdays • 10:30 – 11:30 Best for ages


s 0-12 months and their grown-up

egivers and their rollers, It’s a pint-sized artdate for car Park the stroller and coz y up sitters, scooters and dribblers. face-to-face bouncy rhymes, in the gallery for sensor y play, to inspire baby’s curiosity catchy tunes and social games ing babies welcome! and build first relationships. Cry rt project accompanied e-a Stretch out your visit with a we ing in our family-friendly by feeding, changing and doz classroom studio.


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Saturdays • 1 – 3 pm

Thursday, March 22

Best for ages 6 – 10

Ba byFest '18

Educator-led studio classes encourage students to think deeper about contemporary art and the real artists making it, while working through their own individualized approaches to art-making in the classroom studio. Students engage with art from our permanent collection and recent exhibitions, practice working independently and with peers, experiment with nontraditional materials and processes and contribute to group discussions. Class size is limited. Please wear clothes suitable for drips and splats.

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BE INSPIRED BY ART, YOGA AND MEDITATION Enhance your health, wellness and experience the current exhibitions at the Akron Art Museum. Each month an all-levels yoga class will be presented in conjunction with a specific exhibition, providing an opportunity to stretch and strengthen your body and your mind.

Thursday, March 8 • 6:30 – 7:45 pm Thursday, April 12 • 6:30 – 7:45 pm Thursday, May 10 • 6:30 – 7:45 pm Thursday, June 14 • 6:30 – 7:45 pm Led by certified and local Akron yoga instructors, this enriching experience is not to be missed. Bring a yoga mat and an open, creative mind. Free to members, $10 non-member. Registration is required at Yoga in the Galleries is made possible with support from The Henry V. and Frances W. Christenson Foundation and the Samuel Reese Willis Foundation.

BLURRED LINES IMPROV WORKSHOP WITH WANDERING AESTHETICS Thursday, March 15 • 6:30 pm Polka dot, zigzags, stripes—there’s plenty of material to work with here. Use the Jun Kaneko sculptures in Blurred Lines as your rubber chicken as you construct your own improv scene with Wandering Aesthetics' very own Kyle Jozsa $5 members, $10 non-member. Registration is required at


PROCESS: BIG IS BETTER Saturday, March 17 • 2 pm Discover how the work was made in this discussion of three important elements: technique, materials and time.

FORM: THE SPACE IN-BETWEEN Saturday, April 14 • 2 pm Explore how the work visually connects together and shapes its physical space.

IDEAS: A SPACE FOR YOUR MIND Saturday, May 12 • 2 pm Where do Kaneko’s ideas come from? What are his influences and how do they shape his work philosophically, spiritually and conceptually? Free for members / Free with regular gallery admission for non-members. Registration is required at Space is limited to 20 spots per tour.

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DUMPLING DEMONSTRATION WITH ICE OR RICE Sunday, April 15 • 2 pm Cleveland Night Market vendors and food vloggers Ice or Rice know Asian comfort food. They’ll walk you through three of their favorite dumplings, or dangos. See how each variation is made and get a chance to sample each, then tour the larger-than-life dangos by Jun Kaneko in Blurred Lines. $5 members, $10 non-member. Registration is required at

ED EMBERLEY GALLERY TALK WITH DAVID SZALAY Thursday, April 19 • 6:30 pm Get a tour of Ed Emberley Better You Than Me from the perspective of a local illustrator. Myers School of Art Associate Professor of Graphic Design David Szalay will walk tour attendees through the exhibition, discussing some of the fine details of Emberley’s work along with some juicy picture book publishing insider information. Free. Registration required at

VR CERAMICS EXPERIENCE WITH NEW TERRITORY VR ARCADE Thursday, May 3 • 6:30 pm Have you always wanted to work with clay but worry about the mess? Curious about how technology is impacting art? Stop by the museum for a demonstration of virtual art making. See an artist create a virtual artwork and get a chance to experiment with modeling a virtual sculpture yourself. Free. Registration is required at

ED EMBERLEY SPRING MEMBER TOURS Whether you’re looking for a storytime tour for your little one, a hands-on after school experience for your student, or you’re just a grown-up wanting to hear something cool about illustration and technique, we’ve got an Ed Emberley tour for you.

TOUR AND HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE FOR SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN Thursday, April 12 • 4:30 pm TOUR AND HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE FOR PRESCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN Tuesday, May 1 • 11 am ED EMBERLEY TOUR FOR GROWN-UPS! Thursday, June 14 • 6:30 pm Free for members / Free with regular gallery admission for non-members. Registration is required at Space is limited!


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ENERGIZE FOR EDUCATORS DAY Saturday, May 5 • 11 am – 2 pm

Taking care of students, doing paperwork, attending events and prepping for lessons can leave very little time for YOU. If you’re always “teacher tired” and feeling run down, it is time to learn some strategies to keep you fresh, healthy and cared for. Head down to the museum to learn that it is possible (and IMPORTANT) to take care of you, too.

Keynote Speaker • 11:30 am Seema Rao of Brilliant Ideas studio will lead you through mindfulness techniques and exercises that will help you be more thoughtful and focused in your work and in your life. Rao is the author of Self-Care for Museum Workers, among several other (and future) books. Rao has over fifteen years of museum experience working on projects as diverse as interactive media installations and studio classes for toddlers. Event will include: Yoga • Chair Massage • Art Therapy • Nutrition • Organization/Time Management Free. Registration required at Energize for Educators Events are made possible by the presenting sponsor FirstEnergy Foundation with additional support from The Sandra L. and Dennis B. Haslinger Family Foundation, The Sisler McFawn Foundation, Joseph G. and Sally A. Miller Family Foundation, and the Laura R. & Lucian Q. Moffitt Foundation.

MOTHER’S DAY OPEN HOUSE Sunday, May 13 • 11:30 am – 3:30 pm Spend a memorable day with Mom at the Akron Art Museum’s Mother’s Day Open House. Enjoy a delicious light brunch together, featuring a mimosa bar and a variety of tasty treats. Share art experiences in the museum galleries and among the springtime blooms in the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden, and create a keepsake springtime craft to take with you. Arrive at any time between 11:30 am and 3:30 pm to participate.

Member Adult $35 Non-Member Adult $50 17 and under, free with adult ticket Tickets will be available on Monday, April 2 at 8 am. Registeration required at Paul Stankard, First Bouquet, 1978, glass, 2 x 3 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Gift of Annie and Mike Belkin 2010.282.11

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. Join as a new member on Thursdays (in-person or online) and receive 25% off the regular price! Full details available at Free Thursdays are generously supported by the J.M. Smucker Company. 21 |




Besides the monumental sculptures and paintings on view in Blurred Lines, artist Jun Kaneko has designed costumes and sets for a number of major operas including Madame Butterfly. For this edition of the Reading Under the Roof Cloud Book Club, we’ll dig deep into Madame Butterfly as we read Angela-Davis Gardner’s Butterfly’s Child, an imaginative “sequel” to the classic opera that Pulitzer prize-winning author Jennifer Egan claims that she could not put down. We’ll discuss the book, watch some clips of Kaneko’s vision of the story and tour the Blurred Lines exhibition. Free. Registration required at


Explore color, pattern and surface in the artwork of Jun Kaneko with sculptor and Akron Art Museum collection artist Kristen Cliffel. Tour the galleries and create a patterned paper sculpture of your own, experimenting with surface. $5 members, $10 non-member. Registration is required at


Get a tour of the Ed Emberley exhibition Better You Than Me from a super fan. Matt Horak, art director at EarthQuaker Devices and artist for Marvel Comics’ The Punisher, has been an Ed Emberley fan for life. Get a drawing demonstration by Horak, learn about how Emberley’s drawing books sparked Horak’s love of art and hear how he built that passion into a career as you explore the exhibition.

NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM STUDENT EXHIBITIONS Don’t miss these one-night-only, exclusive art shows featuring the work of local students and community members. Each exhibition will be on view all day Thursday, so stop by and admire the talents of your fellow citizens, including some of the area’s youngest budding artists.

Lippman School • May 10, 2018 ASCA Inc. Head Start • April 5, 2018 Night at the Museum is made possible with support from the Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation.


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Anna and Claire Brown in front of Julien Stanczak, Dual Glare, 1970, acrylic on canvas, 48 x 96 1/8 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museum 1970.48 Photo by Shane Wynn Photography

City: Akron Occupation: Attorney, third-grader

What made you decide to become a Member of the Akron Art Museum? I was prompted by the news that the museum was giving out free memberships for Giving Tuesday! How frequently do you visit the Akron Art Museum? We visit every month, sometimes more depending on events scheduled. This month we will probably be here every week! What benefit of Membership do you appreciate the most and why? We love coming to opening nights of new exhibits, but I must admit being able to visit for free on any day of the week that the museum is open and a nice discount for the gift store are most appreciated. How has the Akron Art Museum impacted you? The Akron Art Museum is a happy place for us. It's a place where you can leave your worries behind and absorb the ideas and viewpoints and talent and the stories of the different artists. Claire loves all the programs and events for kids. The staff does such a great job tying the exhibits to fun hands-on activities. I'd say because of all the movies and music in the summer and all that goes on in the galleries year round, the art museum is our community center. Are there particular works of art in the collection or current/past exhibitions that are special to you? Claire loves that magic of the tightrope walker. For me...Linda and the “pink doughnut” are permanently imprinted on my brain since childhood! But my favorite exhibit of all time was Liza Lou's beaded Backyard. I was totally awestruck by the work and intrigued by her statement about domesticating nature. I swore at the time I would never become a slave to my lawn, which is funny because now I have an acre to mow. I wish Claire could have seen Backyard! I think it was twenty years ago. We also really loved the Hi-Fructose show. Why do you feel art is important – for individuals, families, communities? It is inspiring to see the different ideas, mediums, styles and stories told by different artists. It feels reassuring to be in a community that values art. It goes hand in hand with valuing people. Do you have a story or memory that you would like to share about the Akron Art Museum? Yesterday, the illustrator of one of the best children's books, Drummer Hoff [Ed Emberley], said "Any child who receives this handshake will become an artist," then he made an electrifying sound effect as he shook Claire's hand. 23 |


DOCENT SPOTLIGHT: PAM LEESON Pam Leeson has been a docent at the Akron Art Museum for eight years. She is co-editor of the docent's newsletter, Docent Dialogue, and serves on the Education Task Force. She is a retired speech pathologist, who loves quilting, knitting and crocheting, and anything creative, travel, reading, golf and spending time with her family and friends. She works part time at Polka Dot Pincushion in Richfield. She lives in Granger Township with her husband Mark and two very spoiled pets. She has two grown children: Jennifer who lives in Brooklyn, New York, and Christopher who lives in Chicago. So, Pam, you’re a docent, which means you are a museum tour guide. What exactly do you do in the galleries? I like to think that I am an interpreter of the artwork displayed in our galleries. Art can be intimidating to some, so helping people explore what they are seeing takes away some of the unknown about contemporary art. I like to use tour props and games to make the tour experience fun so people will want to come back. Pam Leeson, Photo by Shane Wynn Photography Why did you want to be a docent? I LOVE art! Since I was a child, I have enjoyed drawing, painting and learning about art. My grandfather and I used to play a drawing version of I Spy. We would look at something outside or in the house and draw it and the other person had to guess what it was and find it. I had always wanted to be a docent but wasn't able to find time with the other volunteer duties that I was involved in. So when I was approached by Jon Trainer in 2010 (he was Development Director here at AAM at the time) about becoming a docent I signed right up! Bi-monthly docent training satisfies my curiosity about artists and contemporary art. Giving tours allows me to share my passion for art with others.

Do you have any hilarious/touching/surprising tour stories? I am always moved by the children who give me hugs at the end of a tour or ask to see more of the museum when we are out of time. But just this October about a week before I left for the National Docent Symposium I got a big surprise. I was giving a tour to the Lady Ambassadors from the Toledo Museum of Art. I was showing them Girlfriends and Lovers by Mickalene Thomas when one of the ladies introduced her daughter who just happened to have been Mickalene's studio manager! I was ecstatic as I was using this picture in my presentation at the symposium. I turned the discussion of the picture over to her and took notes! Which piece do you love to talk about? I could spend an entire tour on Girlfriend and Lovers by Mickalene Thomas, Dzesi II by El Anatsui and anything Warhol. Do you find yourself using your docent skills outside of the museum? Yes. Especially when my husband and I travel to different museums. I find I start asking him questions about the artwork that I would use on a tour. I also tend to look at artwork differently now than before I was a docent. There was one occasion when my daughter's boyfriend and I were visiting the Met in New York City. We were looking at Washington Crossing the Delaware. I had just read an article about the piece in the New York Times or Wall Street Journal. I found myself sharing info and asking tour-type questions, in other words, giving a mini tour on it!


Join the Akron Art Museum as a MEMBER today

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 • 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!

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

Join today! For yourself or as a gift by calling Jeneé Garlando at 330.376.9186 x222 or by visiting SPRING 2018

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BOARD SPOTLIGHT SARAH JOHNSTON Sarah Johnston was raised in Pennsylvania and is an independent school graduate, having attended Lancaster Country Day School. She earned her B.A. as a government major at Franklin and Marshall College and has also earned an M.A. from Teachers College, Columbia University in its highly regarded Private School Leadership program. After graduating from Franklin and Marshall, she spent a year there as assistant in the Office of Student Activities and Residential Life, followed by three years at Western Reserve Academy as assistant director of admission, English teacher, coach and dormitory staff member. In 1999 Sarah joined Hathaway Brown School in Shaker Heights, Ohio. While at HB her responsibilities included director of middle school admissions, class dean, teacher and associate head for enrollment management. Currently Sarah is proudly serving as Head of School at Old Trail School in Bath, Ohio. Sarah is the 18th Head of School and started her tenure in July 2017.

BOARD SPOTLIGHT ROSE ORIENT ANDREWS Rose Orient Andrews is an experienced RN working in Akron Children’s Hospital’s Emergency Department for the past twenty-one years. Prior to her tenure in Ohio, she served as a pediatric flight nurse and then chief flight nurse at Airlift Northwest, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. She has been an educator in Pediatric Critical Care. After graduating from Carlow College with a BSN in 1980, Rose began her nursing career in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital. Rose also has extensive volunteer experience with the following organizations: Parish Nurse, Holy Family Parish, Stow, OH, 2003-2006; Relief Nurse, Walsh Jesuit High School; 2005 & 2006 participated in the Medical Mission Sociedad Amigos de los Ninos, Honduras; 2010-present, Akron Art Museum; January 2011, St. Damien’s Children’s Hospital, Haiti which is partnered with Akron Children’s Hospital; and she is scheduled to work with Children’s Surgery International in Liberia, Africa, in January of 2018. Rose and her husband, David, have four children who have been raised in the Akron area, and they also have one grandchild. After participating on a team for the Akron Marathon for many years, she now enjoys hiking, biking, skiing, travel and reading. Rose Orient Andrews, Photo by Shane Wynn Photography

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6.9.18 Auction to Benefit the Akron Art Museum

PLANNED GIVING AKRON ART MUSEUM Remembering the Akron Art Museum in your estate plan is an important consideration. You have experienced visually stunning art at the Akron Art Museum, enjoyed curator-led tours, joined us for opening celebrations and spent quality time with friends and family in the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden. You have the ability to make all of this possible for future generations. Will you help us? The Akron Art Museum Advancement team is ready to help you with the details of making a legacy gift. Gift types include Appreciated Securities, Bequests, Charitable Gift Annuities, Trusts, Insurance, Real Estate and more. Please contact Bryan de Boer, Director of Advancement at or 330.376.9186 x215 today. In all cases, please consult your financial advisor regarding the gift type that is right for you.


6.9.18 Photo by Lisa Bruno

The 2018 Auction will be a transcendent experience! We are so excited to be working with the area’s very best and most talented to enliven and elevate all of your senses at Auction 23! The delicious and beautifully presented food, lush wines, incredible auction items, decor and music Auction to Benefit the Akron Art Museum will surpass every expectation! Please join us in supporting Akron’s preeminent Join us for an evening of fabulous art, fine wines, institution of arts and culture—enhancing the lives great and aalike one-of-a-kind auction experience! of adults andfood children through unique creative experiences so crucial to our community. We look The annual supports the museum’s forward to 23rd sharing everyauction transcendent moment of the evening with all in the name of patronage mission of you, enriching lives through modern and for the Akron Art Museum that we both have an contemporary by providing access to art incredible affinity for!art Cheers!

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ART WORKS BUSINESS MEMBER SPOTLIGHT EARTHQUAKER DEVICES JULIE ROBBINS, VICE PRESIDENT Field: Guitar effect pedal manufacturer City: Akron What made you decide to have your business become an Art Works Business Member? We decided to become an Art Works Business member as a gesture of appreciation for our employees! How frequently do you visit the Akron Art Museum? At least two to three times a year. What benefit of Art Works Business Membership do you appreciate the most and why? Access to world-class art in our hometown! The ability to use the museum facilities for events is appealing as well! How has the Akron Art Museum impacted you? Your business? The region as a whole? We love having such an incredible facility just down the street. Visiting the museum is a great source of inspiration for us, and we love how the Akron Art Museum is such a big part of the greater community. The Downtown@Dusk series is a wonderful way for the community to gather and support local music. Are there particular works of art in the collection or current/past exhibitions that are special to you? Which ones and why? Myopia by Mark Mothersbaugh was a very special exhibit to us. Mark has always been one of our biggest idols, and being able to view his prolific and insanely creative work was a really moving experience for all of us! Why do you feel the Akron Art Museum is important for individuals, families, communities and your employees? It is critical to have access to art, and to have a museum so committed to the community is a such a wonderful resource. There are activities for kids and adults alike. Do you have a story or memory that you would like to share about the Akron Art Museum? My friend brought her daughter who is a budding artist to the Myopia opening. Her daughter did an artistic rendering of the image that was on the cover of The Devil Strip. Mark autographed it for her and her enthusiasm for art was deepened even more. I also love seeing kids and adults alike experiment with our pedals at Downtown@Dusk! We love the interaction with our hometown community and support of local musicians. 27 |


Join the growing list of companies demonstrating support for the arts in our community. Akron Children's Hospital Amer Insurance Best Commercial Energy Systems BPI Information Systems Brennan, Manna & Diamond, LLC Central Graphics & Signs Cohen & Company Dominion Energy EarthQuaker Devices Emery Electric, Inc. Famous Supply Grants Plus Greater Akron Chamber Harwick Standard The J.M. Smucker Company Josh the Window Cleaner & Janitorial Myers School of Art Ohio CAT Oldham Company, LLC Printing Concepts Risk International Services, Inc. Roderick Linton Belfance LLP S.A. Comunale, Co. Inc. Securitec One, Inc. Sequoia Financial Group Sikich LLP Star Printing Company, Inc. State and Federal Communications, Inc. TKM



For more than 95 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.




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Our special events team is ready to assist you with customizing your event. Combine your corporate event with a tour of our collection, or add a unique outdoor feel to your dream urban wedding—our team can bring your visions to life. Select from a wide variety of events that include, but are not limited to: • Wedding ceremonies and receptions • Seated dinners • Holiday parties • Cocktail receptions • Luncheons • Photo sessions • Presentations, films, lectures and panel discussions Choose from our list of approved caterers who will provide you with a variety of menus and excellent service to accommodate your individual style and budget. Event rentals also include a museum event supervisor, security service, janitorial services and ample time for your caterer and vendors to set up prior to your event and to clean up afterward.


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BEATRICE KNAPP MCDOWELL GRAND LOBBY The asymmetrical steel and glass structure is easily configured to accommodate small, intimate gatherings or large, elaborate receptions. Be immersed in the beauty of our world-renowned architecture and contemporary art collection. Experience the changing light and shadow play of endless viewing angles as the lights of the city become visible with the setting sun. • More than 7,000 square feet • Seated dinners for up to 300 guests • Cocktail/standing receptions for up to 500 people • Dramatic grand staircase • Easy access to Charles and Jane Lehner Auditorium, Northern Ohio Golf Charities Terrace, and the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden.

BUD AND SUSIE ROGERS GARDEN The garden’s flexible component spaces allow you to design and stage elegant events against the dramatic backdrops of the art museum and downtown Akron. The plaza and the green can accommodate up to 300 guests each. Or, stage an intimate event in the garden’s Art Oasis, a beautiful space that can host up to 50 guests.

NORTHERN OHIO GOLF CHARITIES TERRACE Enjoy an afternoon luncheon, evening cocktails or dance the night away in this outdoor, urban venue. Seated dining accommodates 100 guests; standing room for 150 guests.

CHARLES AND JANE LEHNER AUDITORIUM Ideal for presentations and performances, the Lehner Auditorium has seating for 160 guests. Our audiovisual team will provide setup to accommodate your needs.

CONTACT US Akron Art Museum’s experienced event staff can answer your questions and guide you through planning your event. If you have questions, would like to inquire about availability or pricing, or want to arrange a private tour of the venue, contact Senior Event Manager Colleen Iacianci at 330.376.9186 x214 or email at SPRING 2018

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Jun Kaneko by Susan Peterson (This edition is in Japanese.) $50; Play's the Thing: Reading the Art of Jun Kaneko, 2010, Text by Jorge Daniel Veneciano, Arthur C. Danto, and Sharon L. Kennedy $40; Jun Kaneko: Kyoto 2014 $30; Jun Kaneko: Kyoto 2016 $30

A graphic interpretation of Mark Mothersbaugh’s sculpture Rubber Kusturd is digitally printed on super soft, grey tri-blend T-shirts printed in Columbus, Ohio. $30 Mark Mothersbaugh, An Homage to When Rubber Was King limited edition print $150

Akron Art Museum gift certificates can be purchased in the museum shop for any amount. Shop online at

Ed Emberley by Todd Oldham and Caleb Neelon $45; Ed Emberley’s Big Green Drawing Book $9.99; Go Away, Big Green Monster! by Ed Emberley $13.99; Ed Emberley’s Drawing Book of Trucks And Trains $9.99


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The Akron Art Museum thanks everyone who supports us through annual gifts to membership, event sponsorship and special contributions. The listing below recognizes those individuals and institutions supporting us with cash gifts and pledges totaling $250 or more and celebrates our Director's Circle* and membership for their meaningful commitment to supporting creativity in Akron. Listing as of December 31, 2017. $50,000 and above Akron Community Foundation Mrs. Myrna Berzon* The C. Blake, Jr. and Beatrice K. McDowell Foundation Mr. John Frank* GAR Foundation Ms. Sandra Haslinger* The J.M. Smucker Company John S. and James L. Knight Foundation The Lehner Family Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Philip A. Lloyd* Ohio Arts Council Mr. & Mrs. Rory O'Neil*

$10,000–$49,999 Dr. and Mrs. W. Gerald Austen* Mr. and Mrs. Fred Bidwell* Cohen & Company, CPAs Ms. Dana Dickinson* Dr. and Mrs. Drew Engles* H & M Metal Processing Mr. Richard M. Hamlin, Sr. John A. McAlonan Fund John P. Murphy Foundation KeyBank Mr. & Mrs. George R. Klein* Mr. and Mrs. William S. Lipscomb* Mary and Dr. George L. Demetros Charitable Trust The Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation Mr. Robert and Mrs. Pamela McMillen* Mirapaul Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Randy Myeroff* National Endowment for the Arts Mr. & Mrs. Herbert Newman* Peg's Foundation Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Richard S. Rogers*/ Richard and Alita Rogers Family Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Bruce Rowland* The Sandra L. & Dennis B. Haslinger Family Foundation Mr. Timothy and Mrs. Elizabeth Sheeler* Mr. & Mrs. Mark Smucker* Dr. and Mrs. Kevin A. Spear* Mr. and Mrs. Alan Woll*

$1,000–$9,999 Akron Children's Hospital Akron/Summit Convention & Vistors Bureau Mrs. Ann Allan* Mr. Hamilton Amer* Ameriprise Financial Anonymous Anonymous Mr. and Mrs. John Arther, III Au Bon Climat Winery Audio Technica U.S., Inc. B+B Cleaners Bank Of America Charitable Foundation

Dr. and Mrs. Gerald Barrett* Mr. and Mrs. Roland H. Bauer* Mr. and Mrs. Mike Belkin* Mr. Bruce Bennett* Mr. and Mrs. James Berlin* Mr. & Mrs. Joseph F. Bertolini Best Commercial Energy Services Mrs. Frances Bittle* Tom Black Mr. and Mrs. Mark Bober Bober, Markey, Fedorovich & Co. Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Bosnik* Brennan, Manna & Diamond, LLC Mr. and Mrs. David Brennan* Ms. Nancy Brennan* Mr. & Mrs. Robert W. Briggs* Broadleaf Partners, LLC Keith Browning Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Bruno* Mr. and Mrs. Maurice J. Buchanan* Mrs. Frances Buchholzer* Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs LLP Mr. Busta and Ms. Tomkins* Drs. Hedrick and Caveny* Charles E. & Mabel M. Ritchie Memorial Foundation Mr. and Mrs. John Childs* Ms. Joanne Cohen and Mr. Morris Wheeler Mr. and Mrs. William H. Considine Dr. and Mrs. Herbert E. Croft* Mr. and Mrs. John H. Dalton* Mr. and Mrs. George W. Daverio, Jr.* Mr. and Mrs. Samuel DiPaola Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation Dominion Energy Ohio Don Joseph Toyota's J & J Driving School EarthQuaker Devices Mr. C. Gordon Ewers* F.W. Albrecht Family Foundation Famous Supply Mr. Kriss Felty and Mr. Ken Kazel* Mr. and Mrs. William R. Feth* FirstEnergy Foundation The Folk Charitable Foundation Dr. Michael Frank* Mr. Howard Freedman and Mrs. Rita Montlack* Mr. Martin and Mrs.Tamara Fynan* Mr. and Mrs. Jim Gentile* Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas George* Gertrude F. Orr Trust Advised Fund/ACF Mrs. Cathy Godshall* GOJO Industries Mrs. Patricia Graves* Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Greer* Mr. & Mrs. R. Mark Hamlin, Jr.* Mr. and Mrs. Richard Harris, III* Mr. and Mrs. C. Thomas Harvie* Harwick Standard Distribution Corp. Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Haslinger* The Henry V. and Frances W. Christenson Foundation

Mrs. Richard Herberich* Ian Hessel Mr. and Mrs. William Hoover* Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Hull Mr. and Mrs. David Hunter* Huntington National Bank IBM International Foundation Jean P. Wade Foundation Joseph & Sally Miller Family Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Kanfer* Mr. & Mrs. Nicholas Katanic Mr. and Mrs. John Katzenmeyer* Mr. Walter P. Keith, III* Ms. Cindy Kellett Kenneth L. Calhoun Charitable Trust Mr. and Mrs. John Vander Kooi* Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Kornick* Mr. and Mrs. James P. Kovach* Mrs. Sue Kruder* Mrs. Thaddeus W. Kurczynski* Laura R. & Lucian Q. Moffitt Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Leff* Mr. and Mrs. Gary Leidich* Mr. Jason Leidich Nicole Leidich Lloyd L. and Louise K. Smith Memorial Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Rick Lobalzo Dr. and Mrs. Lawrence Lohman* M. G. O'Neil Foundation Ms. Valerie Mader* Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Marchetta* Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Merryweather* Judge Kathryn Michael Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Michelson, Jr.* Mr. and Mrs. John A. Mogen* Jeff Moore & Susan Wolkov Dr. and Mrs. Eliot Mostow* Mr. Stephen E. Myers* Mr. and Mrs. Steve Newman Dr. and Mrs. Alfred L. Nicely* Dr. Nancy O'Dell* Ohio CAT OMNOVA Solutions Foundation Dr. and Mrs. Donald F. Palmer* Mr. and Mrs. David Pelland* PNC Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Price* Printing Concepts, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Tim Quine* R.C. and Katharine Musson Charitable Foundation Dr. Steven & Dr. Julia Radwany Mr. and Mrs. Derrick Ransom* Mr. Roger Read* Mr. Karl Reuther and Dr. Gayle Galan* Risk International Services, Inc. Dr. Andrea Rodgers & Dr. Ray Bologna* Mr. and Mrs. Bruce W. Rogers* Mr. and Mrs. Justin Rogers* Mr. and Mrs. Edward A. Russell* Mr. Michael Russell* Mr. and Mrs. Peter Ryerson


S.A. Comunale Company, Inc. Lewis Sage & Katharine Sheppard Mrs. Kathy Salem Mr. and Mrs. David Sands* Mr. and Mrs. Michael Saxon Sequoia Financial Group Shaw Memorial Fund-ACF Sisler McFawn Foundation R. Thomas & Meg Harris Stanton* TKM Print Solutions Value Based Solutions Mr. Bob Vogel Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. Walton* The Welty Family Foundation James M. Woods* Mr. and Mrs. Richard Wright*

$250–$999 Mr. & Mrs. Mark Adamczyk Cleveland Clinic-Akron General Medical Center Mr. and Mrs. Steve Albrecht Amer Insurance Anonymous Dr. and Mrs. Mark Auburn Kelley A Behrens Mr. and Mrs. Jules Belkin Meghan Beringer Mr. and Mrs. Robert Berk Mrs. Mona Bishop Ms. Claudia Bjerre and Ms. Andrea Senich Mr. William P. Blair Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Bonchack Mr. James L. Wagner & Ms. Jane Bond BPI Information Systems Mr. and Mrs. Edward Brown Lisle M. Buckingham Endowment Fund of ACF Bonnie Burdman Ms. Butler and Dr. Nissen Canton Brewing Company Central Graphics & Signs Clampco Products, Inc. Mr. Stephen Comunale Craig Cramer Claudia Crea Mr. and Mrs. Bryan de Boer Mr. and Mrs. Michael Douglas Mr. Eric and Mrs. Michelle M. Droll Emery Electric Inc. Mrs. Alex McMillen Richard Farone FirstEnergy Corp. Tom and Lauren Fox Mr. Paul A. Frank, Jr. Mrs. Christine Gable Dr. and Mrs. John H. Gerstenmaier Mr. and Mrs. Fred V. Glock, Jr. Mr. Mark Goodman Grants Plus Mr. and Mrs Henry Gulich Mr. and Mrs. Gregory P. Hackett

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Herbst Mr. and Mrs. John W. Heslop Mrs. Esther and Dr. Larry Hexter Mr. Lawrence Hoover Mr. and Mrs. Tom H. Jenkins Josh the Window Cleaner & Janitorial Mr. Robert Kazar Mr. and Mrs. David L. Keller Mr. Robert Kerper and Ms. Susan Locke Mr. and Mrs. Tom Kimberly Mr. and Mrs. David P. Klainer Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Koutnik Mr. and Mrs. Tom Kukk Dr. Steven L. Kutnick and Ms. Jackie Derrow Lisa & Dan Lebovitz Sara Lioi Dr. Jack Lissauer Market Garden Craft Brewery Mr. William and Mrs. Nancy McGrath Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin McMillen Mr. David Michel and Ms. Lynne Killgore Yoly Miller Myers School of Art Drs. Robert and Pamela Novak Ms. Emily O'Brien and Mr. Thomas Manahan Oldham Company, LLC Bill Paolillo Mr. William C. Pepple and Dr. Nancy Ryland Craig Petz Mr. and Mrs. Guy Pipitone Mr. and Mrs. William J. Quinn Ray Bertolini Trucking Co. Mr. and Mrs. Jay J. Robinson Mr. Ken Robinson Roderick Linton Belfance LLP Dr. and Mrs. Duane C. Roe Mr. Thomas R. Roese and Mr. William Franklin Lamar Rucker Mrs. Elizabeth B. Sandwick Mr. David Scarponi* Securitec Security Systems Mrs. Marilyn Shea-Stonum Sikich LLP Ms. Doris A. Simonis Drs. Frederick and Elizabeth Specht Star Printing Co., Inc. State and Federal Communications, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. John S. Steinhauer Struktol Company of America Mrs. Pamela Thielo Thirsty Dog Brewing Company Mr. and Mrs. Marc Trundle Mr. and Mrs. Paul Victor Mary Wall James Walters Mr. and Mrs. Scott Wilkes Ms. Edna H. Williams and Ms. Amanda Williams Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Wilson Mr. and Mrs. Terry Yingling

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Spring 2018 View Magazine  

View magazine is the quarterly publication of the Akron Art Museum. It contains information about modern and contemporary art exhibitions, e...

Spring 2018 View Magazine  

View magazine is the quarterly publication of the Akron Art Museum. It contains information about modern and contemporary art exhibitions, e...