Winter 2018 View Magazine

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DIRECTOR'S MESSAGE NO SMALL FEAT MARK MASUOKA JOHN S. KNIGHT DIRECTOR AND CEO As another year draws to a close, I’d like to celebrate a few of the museum’s accomplishments. What our staff has achieved in 2018 has been no small feat—serving our mission to enrich lives through modern and contemporary art by directly engaging the community to create relevant and innovative programs, projects and events. These interactions and experiences shape our current course of action while guiding our understanding of how we can better serve an even broader and more diverse audience.

The museum’s relationship with the community is prominent in our thinking as we strive to be a cultural and civic commons for Akron. As we bring people together to enjoy the museum as a cultural resource, we also offer a place and encourage everyone to seek out their own creative experiences. Our education program provides a connection to the museum and to meaningful life experiences for many. Last summer, our education team launched Live Creative Summer Studio, a new program for groups, families and individuals to join guided tours and “drop-in” interactive art-making experiences. On the heels of our highly successful Inside|Out project, the museum established Akron Art Library. In partnership with the Akron-Summit County Public Library, the museum commissioned 27 original artworks from local artists, which are loaned through the library to anyone who has a library card. From day one, the program attracted hundreds of art seekers and future art collectors to experience contemporary art as part of their everyday lives. Since 1985, the Akron Art Museum has presented Downtown at Dusk, a free summer concert series that brings together the art and music community. Thousands of people attend Downtown at Dusk each year, and we continue to raise the bar by presenting the best regional and local musicians in an urban garden setting that contributes to the revitalization, renewal and cultural renaissance of Akron.

Historically, art museums focused inwardly on amassing collections and presenting exhibitions. It is no surprise that for the art museum to stay socially and culturally relevant, we need to search for a greater purpose—looking beyond the art hanging on the walls and considering the people who are looking at it. As an agent of change, the Akron Art Museum has made great strides researching why people come to art museums and what they expect to experience before, during and after their visit. Welcoming everyone to the museum has been a great start, but an invitation alone will not build the trust and relationship with the community that is necessary to transform perceptions and break down negative stereotypes of exclusivity, elitism and inequity.

The importance of digital technology to the future of art museums is undeniable. Technology alone will not change the way we understand art, but it provides a vital link to how we connect with each other. The Akron Art Museum’s Connect with Dot project developed as a digital initiative supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to utilize digital technology coupled with a human-centered design process to create unique opportunities to enhance and enrich visitor engagement. As a result, Dot was born as the Akron Art Museum’s digital tour guide, providing a fun six-stop tour of the museum’s collection and encouraging deeper connection and engagement.

…looking beyond the art hanging on the walls and considering the people who are looking at it.

About a year ago, our advancement team created one of the most innovative projects in the museum’s 96-year history. The objective was to create an audience development initiative intended to exponentially attract, grow and sustain the museum’s membership with a single event. With #GivingBackTuesday the museum flipped the script on Giving Tuesday, which encourages charitable giving on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, with an act of extreme generosity of its own. As a result, #GivingBackTuesday was well positioned to sign up over 16,000 new members in a single day and has paved the way for the museum to welcome in thousands of community members, double its paid membership in a year and a half and ultimately quadruple its membership in the next two and a half years.

It’s going to take a promise to be socially and economically responsible in order to be a community leader and partner, and to invest our financial and human resources to enrich the lives of people we serve. During 2018, the Akron Art Museum “right-sized” itself by increasing its staff, while also increasing its membership. To effectively support an arts and culture ecosystem in northeast Ohio, we partnered with FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art, which brought a curated group of international artists to the museum. According to the New York Times, the Akron Art Museum presented the “most fully realized show,” generating much deserved attention for the museum’s curatorial prowess. The past year also marked my curatorial debut at the museum with the presentation of Jun Kaneko: Blurred Lines. The exhibition was an examination of cross-cultural influences and values and represented a manifesto for advancing further understanding of the creative process. It was an honor to curate an exhibition that completely embraced the mind, body and soul of an artist who has had an indelible impact on my life as an artist, curator and museum director.

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What we accomplished this year has been no small feat, and for many people it may have seemed impossible or at least unsustainable. At the Akron Art Museum, we do not see our success as an anomaly but as a new way of doing business. We are developing a new museum model that embraces a greater purpose in an effort to dramatically expand our reach into the community, to offer everyone the opportunity to discover their own creative life and to continue to be YOUR art museum. Thank you for your continued support, and on behalf of the board of directors and staff at the Akron Art Museum, we wish you a joyous holiday season and a prosperous New Year.

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Through January 21, 2019 Allison Zuckerman, The Royal Chase, 2018, acrylic and archival CMYK ink on canvas, 96 x 111 in., Bill and Christy Gautreaux Collection, Kansas City

JOHN S. KNIGHT DIRECTOR and CEO Mark Masuoka BOARD OF DIRECTORS I 2017 - 2018 Bruce Rowland, President Drew Engles, Executive Vice President Richard Harris, Vice President Bill Lipscomb, Vice President Derrick Ransom, Treasurer Lin Gentile, Secretary Myriam Altieri Haslinger, Past President Chris Myeroff, Past President Rory H. O’Neil, Past President Rose Andrews Nancy Brennan Jeffrey Bruno John Childs George Daverio Jennifer Frantz Tamara Fynan Cathy Godshall Paige Hoover Sarah Johnston Jeff Kornick Teresa LeGrair Pam McMillen Steve Myers David Pelland Tim Quine Andrea Rodgers David Sands 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 VIEW ©2018, Akron Art Museum Accredited by American Alliance of Museums Member Association of Art Museum Directors



JEFF DONALDSON: DIG Through January 21, 2019 Jeff Donaldson, Stone Singer, 1996–1999, acrylic on canvas, 66 x 36 in., Private collection, Courtesy of Kravets Wehby Gallery, New York



COMING SOON! NICK CAVE: FEAT. February 23 – June 2, 2019 Nick Cave. Rescue, 2014. Mixed media, including ceramic birds, metal flowers, ceramic basset hound and vintage settee, 70 x 5 0 x 4 0 in., C our tesy of the ar tist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. © Nick Cave. Photo: James Prinz Photography


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Nick Cave. Soundsuit, 2016. Mixed media, including a mask with horns, various toys, globes, wire, metal and mannequin, 85 x 45 x 40 in., Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. © Nick Cave. Photo: James Prinz Photography


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Through January 21, 2019 Karl and Bertl Arnstein Galleries



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Above: Allison Zuckerman in her studio. Photo by Peter Koloff; Opposite page: Cover of Allison Zuckerman: Pirate and Muse featuring The Courtship, 2018, acrylic and archival CMYK ink on canvas, 84 x 73 in., Collection of Rolando Jiménez

LARGE AND IN CHARGE The scale of Zuckerman’s figures is key to their overwhelming presence. “I want the women to be physically intimidating, which plays into the idea of overturning their submission. So they’re big, with gigantic hands that are off-putting but also beautiful, owing to their cubist roots. I want the canvases to be large, and I want the bodies to be large, so that if they stepped out of the picture plane they would be forces to be reckoned with—they’re kind of like Godzilla women.” Zuckerman’s figures are not just big—they’re loud. Their large, open mouths, wide-open eyes, varying degrees of undress, oversized teardrops, hair that flies sideways as if they’re on a rollercoaster, and unselfconscious mismatched bodies together convey a sense of hysteria. The figures are in a perpetually heightened state of arousal to their own newly-formed bodies. That high pitch is compounded by the repetition of imagery from one painting to the next, which reminds us of persisting societal baggage despite Zuckerman’s rescue tactics: Cinderella bluebirds speak to the notion of awaiting the fairy tale handsome prince, starbursts suggest camera flashes and paparazzi, teardrops reference the “weeping woman” who cries out in anguish over loss and inequity, and faces and body parts are lewdly ogled and pawed by male figures.

The figures’ over-the-top exuberance taps into a longstanding societal discomfort not just with women’s display of emotion, but also with women’s assertion of agency. Both of those impulses have been dismissed or viewed as a threat to a theoretical status quo governed by rational thought. “They are grotesque and even monstrous, but also seductive,” says Zuckerman, “and I think they tap into a fear of being attracted to something that’s aggressive.” She describes the figures’ hysteria as “a celebration of not quieting down. The work needs to be loud,” she says. “It’s time for women to be listened to.” Excerpted from Allison Zuckerman, Pirate and Muse by Chief Curator Ellen Rudolph. Published by the Akron Art Museum. Available in the Museum Shop and online at $24.95

Allison Zuckerman: Pirate and Muse is organized by the Akron Art Museum and is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; Ohio Arts Council; Akron Community Foundation; the Kenneth L. Calhoun Charitable Trust, KeyBank Trustee; Katie and Mark Smucker and Kravets Wehby Gallery.


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Through January 21, 2019 Karl and Bertl Arnstein Galleries

Jeff Donaldson incorporated brilliant colors, elaborate patterns and symbols from African cultures including Egyptian, Ashanti and Senufo into his paintings, drawings and prints throughout his more than 40-year career. A scholar of both African and African-American art history, Donaldson earned a PhD from Northwestern University in 1974. His dissertation focused on Black artists working in New York City from 1900 to 1945 and included extensive research on the Harlem Renaissance, an intellectual and artistic movement of the 1920s and early 1930s widely considered a rebirth of Black culture. Influential artist Romare Bearden (1911-1988), known for his collage and photomontage works, served as Donaldson’s academic advisor.

Jeff Donaldson, Victory in the Valley of Eshu, 1971, mixed media on corrugated paper board, 36 x 25 ½ in., Courtesy Kravets Wehby Gallery, New York

Newsworthy events affecting members of the Black diaspora continually inspired Donaldson’s choice of subject matter. J.D. McClain’s Day in Court references the Marin County courthouse incident, where Jonathan Jackson demanded the release of three inmates from San Quentin State Prison after interrupting McClain’s trial and taking five hostages. Donaldson painted Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Lexie in Victory in the Valley of Eshu, who also appear in the collaged newspaper clipping at the composition’s center. The victory in the title likely refers to the Lexies’ successful challenge of the city of Washington D.C.’s attempt to seize their residential property for public use. Donaldson centered their image in a six-pointed black star, a symbol of Black emancipation. The star surrounds an eye, which stands for the protective gaze of Eshu, the messenger god of the Yoruba people of Nigeria and Benin. Mr. Lexie grasps a double-headed battle ax, a symbol of Shango, the Yoruba god of virility, justice, thunder and lightning. z Theresa Bembnister, Associate Curator Jeff Donaldson: Dig was organized by the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY. Its presentation in Akron is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; Ohio Arts Council; Akron Community Foundation; the Kenneth L. Calhoun Charitable Trust, KeyBank Trustee and Katie and Mark Smucker.

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Jeff Donaldson, J.D. McClain’s Day in Court, 1970, paint on cardboard with ink on paper, 29 1/8 × 19 5/16 in., Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture


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February 23 – June 2, 2019 Karl and Bertl Arnstein Galleries

The singular works of Chicago-based artist Nick Cave (b. 1959) are optical delights bursting with color and texture that can be enjoyed by audiences of all ages and backgrounds. They also speak to issues of identity and social justice—specifically race, gun violence and civic responsibility. Most of Cave’s artworks are made by transforming unwanted everyday items such as buttons, plastic hair-beads, old toys and domestic textiles into art. He rescues the objects he purchases from flea markets, antique malls and thrift stores by giving them new life and purpose in works that are playful but created as a form of social critique. Cave’s trademark human-shaped sculptures were originally conceived as a type of protective armor in the wake of Rodney King’s 1992 beating by members of the Los Angeles Police Department. The artist has stated, “I started thinking about myself more and more as a black man—as someone who was discarded, devalued, viewed as ‘less than.’” Cave eventually strung twigs and sticks he had gathered into a wearable sculpture. Putting it on, he realized he had created a second skin that camouflaged his race, gender, class and sexuality, thereby shielding him from judgment. He called the work a “soundsuit” because of the rustling noise generated as he moved in it. The now ongoing series forms a collective army of resistance to profiling and violence, responding not only to police brutality but any crime motivated by hate. Like the rest of Cave’s recent work, they broadcast an increasingly urgent call for justice. Aesthetically related to Mardi Gras Indian costumes, African ceremonial attire and Tibetan folk costumes, the soundsuits in motion are a seamless combination of sculpture, dance, and fashion. That blending of genres reflects Cave’s MFA in fiber arts from Cranbrook Academy of Art, his studies with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and his position as a professor in the fashion design department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Visitors to Feat. encounter a fantastic environment. A runway of otherworldly-seeming soundsuits is surrounded by walls covered with thousands of shimmering buttons attached to black fabric. These “button walls” are meant to

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Nick Cave, Architectural Forest, 2011, bamboo, wood, wire, plastic beads, acrylic paint, screws, fluorescent lights, color filter gels and vinyl, 136 x 372 x 192 in., Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, in collaboration with the Fabric Workshop Museum, Philadelphia. © Nick Cave. Photo: James Prinz Photography; Below: Nick Cave, still from Blot, 2012, digital video, edition 1 of 5, with 2 artist proofs; 42 minutes, 57 seconds, Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. © Nick Cave; Opposite page: Nick Cave, Soundsuit, 2013, mixed media, including vintage bunny, safety pin craft baskets, hot pads, fabric, metal and mannequin, 111 x 36 x 36 in., Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

suggest a starry night sky. In the life-size video Blot, a figure in a black raffia soundsuit continually evolves against a stark white background, like inkblots on a Rorschach test, accompanied by the sound of the raffia swooshing through the air. Meanwhile, a large-scale installation with thousands of brightly colored beads and psychedelic patterned strands of bamboo evokes an enchanted forest of sorts.

Nick Cave: Feat. was organized by the Frist Art Museum, Nashville, TN. Its presentation in Akron is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, Akron Reimagining the Civic Commons and The Lehner Family Foundation. Additional support provided by Hilton Garden Inn - Akron.

At the heart of Cave’s practice is his belief that art can engender connectivity and compassion. A self-described messenger, he wants his work to extend beyond museum and gallery walls to include audiences that may not otherwise have access or feel invited to participate. As an extension of the Akron Art Museum’s exhibition, the artist will direct a project featuring residents of the Park East and Summit Lake neighborhoods. With the support of Akron Civic Commons, Cave and the museum are partnering with community members, social service agencies and artists in various disciplines to produce Nick Cave: Feat. Akron, a project that will culminate in public art and performance in May 2019. The term Feat. refers both to the way acts are often listed in promotional materials and to the exceedingly hard work that goes into attaining success. Through the exhibition Feat. and the community project Feat. Akron, Cave hopes to provide a transformative, inspirational and empowering opportunity for all. z Excerpted and adapted from text by Curator Katie Delmez, Frist Art Museum WINTER 2018

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Members Preview 11 am – 2 pm Explore the immersive experience of Nick Cave: Feat. at a special free members preview from 11 am to 2 pm. Take a guided tour of Cave’s visually stunning creations or discover the artwork on your own. Enjoy free coffee and snacks in the museum café with friends and family as you kick-off the weekend with an unforgettable art adventure. Free for members, $10/nonmembers Registration is required. Register at Nick Cave, Soundsuit, 2012, mixed media, including beaded and sequined garments, fabric, metal and mannequin, 113 x 29 x 26 in., Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

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BR I AN BRESS: Pic t ur es Becom e You Through April 14, 2019 Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Gallery

In Brian Bress’ series of diptychs titled Organizing the Physical Evidence, two figures blindly adorn their heads using only their touch to guide them. Bress’ characters affix physical objects, which the artist sculpted out of clay and then cast in plastic, to each other’s head in a presumed attempt to create a face. The viewer is privy to the entire process, while the artist himself works methodically under a mask with no eye holes. It is a fumbling, imperfect process. The gloved figures are clad in black and white suits inspired by the toy-like geometric costumes designed by German Bauhaus artist Oskar Schlemmer for his 1922 Triadic Ballet. They grab forms—some of which resemble facial features, while others are abstract— and reach up to place them on their faces and heads. Fleeting impressions of faces appear until more elements are added, jumbling the arrangements into studded abstract sculptures. Curiously, the unseeing figures turn toward each other every so often, as if to model their newly-formed faces to each other. Bress’ gesture of allowing the viewer to bear witness to a

process that he himself cannot see is a fascinating and generous artistic act that can be seen as paradoxically transparent. Another element of generosity in the work is the way that the two figures literally give of themselves—they humbly pluck elements from their own heads and reach across screens to place them on each other, as if to say, “Maybe this piece will work for you.” The net effect of these blind and unspoken acts of communication is a beautiful, philosophical and humorous reflection on the idea of what consitutes a being. z Ellen Rudolph, Chief Curator Brian Bress, Organizing the Physical Evidence (all white, all black), 2018, high definition dual-channel video (color), two high definition monitors and players, wall mounts, framed, 39 1/2 x 49 x 3 1/4 in., Courtesy of Steven and Jerri Nagelberg

Brian Bress: Pictures Become You is organized by the Akron Art Museum and supported by funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Ohio Arts Council and The Char and Chuck Fowler Family Foundation.


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Through March 3, 2019 Judith Bear Isroff Gallery

William Weege may not be listed among the artists featured in The Fabricators, but the master printmaker had a hand in the production of nearly half of the works in the exhibition. Weege founded the Jones Road Print Shop and Stable (now called the Off Jones Road Press) in 1971 in Barnevald, Wisconsin while working as an assistant professor of art at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Weege opened up his studio to artists including Sam Gilliam, Alan Shields, Lynda Benglis and Jack Beal, offering up his printmaking equipment and expertise for assistance in the creation of limited editions of fine art prints. Many such studios were founded in the middle of the last century, among them the Universal Limited Art Editions (1957), Tamarind Institute (1960) and Gemini G.E.L. (1966). Often the space and supplies required to produce a print edition were out of reach for individual artists. These presses offered a way for artists who focused on mediums such as painting or sculpture to try their hand at printmaking with the guidance of experts, and they provided master printers with an additional revenue stream.

Alan J. Shields, Sun Moon Title Page and Pampas Little Joe, 1971, double-sided lithograph, relief print, screenprint, and collage with stitching, 26 1/8 x 26 1/8 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Gift of Eugene K. Collins 1979.50

Jones Road quickly earned a reputation for innovation. The studio’s first print, Shields’ twosided work Sun Moon Title Page and Pampas Little Joe, set the bar high. “This piece is the most important print that I ever made because it opened my eyes to different possibilities in printmaking,” Weege recalled. He described Shields as the director, providing Weege with the instructions to produce the print, which included weaving, sewing machine stitching and printing with carved vegetables.

Sam Gilliam, Anchor, 1974, screenprint on handmade paper, 22 ½ x 20 5/8 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Gift of Eugene K. Collins 1986.20

Ideas flowed freely among Weege and the Jones Road artists. Take stitching, for instance, a technique featured in prints by both Shields and Gilliam in The Fabricators. “That idea came from Alan Shields,” Weege stated. “These other artists that were working with me were passing ideas back and forth.” These exchanges are visible through close observation of the artists’ works in The Fabricators. z Theresa Bembnister, Associate Curator

The Fabricators is organized by the Akron Art Museum with support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Ohio Arts Council and Rory and Dedee O'Neil.

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PL A N E S TRAINS AUTO M O BI LES Through May 5, 2019 Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation Gallery

The Planes, Trains and Automobiles exhibition features plenty of large-scale vehicles such as blimps, trucks and steam engines. However, as the weather turns crisper and eventually icy, you may be dreaming about sunshine and hopping on one of the smallest modes of transport there is: the humble bicycle. Local photographer and cycling enthusiast Tim Fitzwater feels the same way. Here, he responds to the photographs of bicycles in the exhibition and explains what cycling means to him:

Tod Papageorge, Los Angeles, 1973, gelatin silver print, 10 1/4 x 15 7/8 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Gift of Huntington T. Block Insurance 1992.96

Read more local transportation stories like this on the labels in the exhibition gallery. Or, share your own favorite travel story on Facebook or Instagram. Tag @akronartmuseum.

, Photo Fitzwa ter photog raphy Tim Fitzwa ter with his favorit e bicycle

“Cycling is something that means almost everything to me. These cycling photographs remind me of why I love it. It just gives a huge amount of freedom. I remember being a kid and getting my first real bike. It was a way to get farther away from everything, especially the adults, and I guess it still is. It is something I use to get away from it all and clear my head, or challenge myself, but on the other end of the spectrum it is something I use for a sense of community and friendship.�

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Whether you have been a member for years or just joining us, we look forward to connecting with you and sharing art together! Join us for these special tours and events designed for our members! Register for any of the upcoming tours or events at eventregistration, and start exploring your creative life at the Akron Art Museum. Space is limited.



For questions about membership or membership events, please contact: Senior Development Officer, Jeneé Garlando at 330.376.9186 x222.

Museum members, is there someone in your life whose year you’d like to fill with art? During December 2018, the museum is launching #GivingBack Again, which offers you the opportunity to give a free, year-long gift membership to the person of your choosing. All you have to do is tell the museum who you want to receive the gift of membership. Find out how to participate on page 27 of this magazine, or go online to

MEMBER SHOPPING DAYS Friday, December 21 • 11 am – 5 pm Saturday, December 22 • 11 am – 5 pm Looking for that perfect holiday gift? Join us on one of our Member Shopping Days for a double discount, sample some holiday cookies and special offers in the café!

GET TO KNOW YOUR MUSEUM WITH DOT TOUR Friday, January 11 • 12 pm Saturday, February 2 • 11 am Join our Chief of Staff and Director of Special Projects Jennifer Shipman and learn more about the Akron Art Museum with Dot—the museum’s first major institutional advancement integrating digital technology into the museum experience. Learn how Dot is connecting people to our collection and to each other!

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LAST LOOK TOUR Saturday, January 19 • 10:30 am Catch the works of Jeff Donaldson and Allison Zuckerman before the exhibitions close! Chief Curator Ellen Rudolph and Associate Curator Theresa Bembnister will discuss the ways in which both artists reference art history in their work.

TOUR BRIAN BRESS: PICTURES BECOME YOU Thursday, January 31 • 6 pm Join Chief Curator Ellen Rudolph in the Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Gallery for an extended look at Bress’ video-paintings along with conversation about the humor, craft and philosophical aspects of the artist’s work. Brian Bress, Chefs #4 (on green, violet and pink waves), 2016, high definition three-channel video (color), high definition monitors and players, wall mounts, framed, 39 1/2 x 73 7/8 x 3 1/4 in., Courtesy of the artist and Philip Martin Gallery, Los Angeles

COFFEE WITH A CURATOR CHIEF CURATOR ELLEN RUDOLPH Wednesday, February 6 • 9:30 am Chat with Chief Curator Ellen Rudolph about the upcoming exhibition Nick Cave: Feat. and the accompanying community project Nick Cave: Feat. Akron. Learn about the preparation for the exhibition and the efforts in motion to build toward the public event that will connect and spotlight residents of various Akron neighborhoods. Nick Cave, Wall Relief, 2013. Mixed media, including ceramic birds, metal flowers, afghans, strung crystals and gramophone, 97 x 74 x 21 in., Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. © Nick Cave. Photo: James Prinz Photography

ASSOCIATE CURATOR THERESA BEMBNISTER Saturday, February 9 • 10:30 am Warm up with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate and chat about the upcoming exhibition Joe Vitone: Family Records with Associate Curator Theresa Bembnister. Family Records is an ongoing series of portraits of Vitone’s extended family living in and around Akron, Ohio. Begun in 1998, this photographic series documents evolving interpersonal connections between parents and children, siblings, spouses, cousins and other relations through the highs and lows of life in the Rust Belt region. Joseph Vitone, Marjorie Angel in her back yard with hollyhocks, Akron, Ohio, 1998, gelatin silver print, 20 x 24 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Gift of the artist 2004.10

VALENTINE’S DAY TOUR Thursday, February 14 • 6 pm Is it getting steamy in here? Explore the galleries with rose-colored glasses on a Valentine’s Day inspired love tour. We’ll discover all of the scandalous, sweet and sappy love stories behind the artworks on view. Then, cap off your romantic adventure with champagne and chocolates, naturally. Bring your long-time love or new boo for a date night you won’t soon forget. $10 per couple. Registration required at Photo by Shane Wynn Photography


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Art meets inventive play every first Thursday. Imaginative potential is something we’re all born with and giving children permission to make meaningful messes is the foundation for big ideas. Make a date to celebrate your little scribbler’s creative potential. This program is a sensory-rich, open-ended experience that involves testing out unconventiona l methods for making a single object of wonder or collaboration with friends. Art smocks provided.

Thursday, January 3

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Draw and Stitch Dreamscape

Thursday, December 13

Big-Eyed Clay Creature Dolls

Thursday, January 10

Meme Collage Valentines

Thursday, February 14

Free. *Registration required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. After-School Mind Unwind is made possible with support from the Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation.

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Tutti-Frutti Fizzy Painting

Best for ages 0-12 months and their grown-ups

It’s a pint-sized artdate for caregivers and their rollers, sitters, scooters and dribblers. Park the stroller and cozy up in our circle of babes for sensory play, face-to-face bouncy rhymes and social games to inspire baby’s curiosity and build first relationships. Happy babbles and crying are welcome! After class, make time for coffee talk and play a while in our baby-friendly space.

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aking Big Em otion, Big Block Printm Saturday, February 2 $5/member child, $10/nonmem

ber child. *Registration required


Thursdays • 10:30 – 11:30 am


Baby Boogie: Rhythm and Pattern

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Thursday, December 20


Texture Reach and Grasp

Thursday, Januar y 17

Saturdays • 1 – 3 pm

Decoding Facial Expressions

Best for ages 6-10

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$5/member child, $10/nonmember child. *Registration required. Art Babes is made possible with support from the Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation.

Scrap Wrap Sculptu re

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- Cubist Style Toothpaste-Resist Fabric Dyeing Saturday, February 2 $5/member child, $10/nonmem

ber child. *Registration required


O. and with support from the Robert Kids Studio is made possible E. and Mabel M. rles Cha the and on dati Foun Annamae Orr Family Ritchie Foundation. WINTER 2018

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How to visit a museum in 5 easy steps by Dot 1.


Go. That’s right, just go. If you need some alone time, come solo. Otherwise, gather up some friends, family, co-workers, a date…ooooh. The museum is a great place to get to know anyone better—yourself included.

2. Jump right in and take a look around. (Or I can lead you on a tour through Facebook Messenger). Don’t worry about what you ‘should’ be doing. No need to try to figure out the artwork like a secret code. Let your reactions be what they are. Then, if you want to know more, read the label, ask a guard (they’re friendly) or do some Googling.

3. Pics or it didn't happen! That’s right, it is totally okay to take photos in the museum. Just make sure to turn off your flash. That little bulb can actually fade artwork over time. Here’s a pro tip: I always take a pic of the label, too. That way, I can remember artist names and such when I’m back home or ready to post. Don’t forget to @ the museum or #livecreative.

4. You DON’T have to see it all. Museum fatigue is real. Your eyes and brain can get tired after looking at art for a while. So, feel free to pop in for a short visit. My favorite technique is to start my visit in the back of the museum (kinda like reading the last page of a book first. I’m a rebel like that). Then, as soon as I’m feeling over it or overwhelmed, I make a beeline for the cafe for a little pick me up.

5. Come back. The Akron Art Museum is a hometown museum. You’re not checking off items on your tourist to-do list. So, make yourself at home and come often to visit your faves. Then, check out what’s new each time.

my favorite th i ngs to do i n the galleri es:

P lay “I spy ” P ose like one of the portraits Come up with a Different Title for an Artwork Look up artists’ I nstagram accounts

Connect with Dot, your new AAM digital tour guide. Whether you’re here solo or with a group, Dot will lead you through the galleries with fun ways to explore the art while you connect with friends or family, or learn about yourself. Connect with Dot on Facebook Messenger and she’ll lead the way:

1. Connect to the museum's WiFi at Akron Art Guest (password is onehighst)

2. Click on the Messenger app on your phone 3. Type AAM Dot into the search field 4. Tap Dot's picture and the Get Started button and

you are on your way

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NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM At the Akron Art Museum, we believe that Art is for Everyone. Because our mission is to enrich lives through modern and contemporary art, we think everyone should have access to a creative life. We’re continually working to make meaningful art experiences available to everyone we engage with. Our commitment to access began with Free Thursdays. More recently, we re-opened the museum on Tuesdays, having been closed on that day since 2009. The Akron Art Museum is participating in the national Museums for All program, an initiative of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and we are offering reduced admission rates to the galleries to any guest who presents their state-issued Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card upon arrival. Admission to the museum galleries is $3 for any guest with their EBT card. The discount is available for up to four adults per card. Children under 17 years old always receive free admission to the museum. By joining the national Museum’s for All program, we hope to offer expanded access to art experiences and better serve underrepresented members of our community. To see a national list of participating institutions, visit http://


Nearly all artists start out by learning and developing skills in a classroom. Get a preview of what tomorrow’s famous artists are doing TODAY by attending one of the museum’s Student Art Shows. Featuring schools and organizations in the surrounding community, the events highlight the talent of Northeast Ohio’s youngest artists, as well as their amazing teachers and mentors.

FR ANKLIN ELEMENTARY, WADSWORTH CITY SCHOOLS Thursday, December 13 Art on view • 11 am – 9 pm

MILLER SOUTH SCHOOL FOR VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS Thursday, February 7 • 7 pm Dance Performance. Open to the public but seating is limited.

Night at the Museum events are made possible with support from the Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation and Fifth Third Bank.

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.


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NORTH HILL TROLLEY TOUR WITH SHANE WYNN Saturday, December 1 • 2 and 3 pm The Exchange House | 760 Elma St, Akron, OH Head over to the Exchange House in North Hill for a trolley tour of photographer Shane Wynn’s life-sized portrait series showcasing immigrants and former refugee families throughout the neighborhood. There will be two tours led by Wynn, departing at 2 and 3 pm. Be sure to stop inside for a warm beverage and snacks from Nepali Kitchen.

THE RADICAL NOTION SCREEN PRINTING WORKSHOP Thursday, December 6 • 6:30 pm Create your own custom screenprint with Youngstown’s The Radical Notion. Heather Seno is known for shirts bearing quippy, art historyinspired feminist slogans. During this class, you’ll create a custom poster bearing the names of women artists in the Akron Art Museum collection and get a tour of Allison Zuckerman: Pirate and Muse. $15/members, $25/nonmember. Registration required at

BE INSPIRED BY ART, YOGA AND MEDITATION Thursday, December 13 • 6:30 pm Thursday, January 10 • 6:30 pm Thursday, February 7 • 6:30 pm Enhance your health 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. 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/nonmember. Registration 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.

DIG IN: AKRON INSPIRED BY AFRICOBRA Thursday, December 13 • 6:30 pm Akron arts publication The Devil Strip teamed up with the museum to explore AfriCOBRA’s enduring influence by creating film profiles of three African American artists in our community. Instead of paint brushes, they choose beats, dance moves and blusher to convey their messages. Each featured artist created a work of art inspired by Jeff Donaldson: Dig to perform live in the galleries. Join us for the final installment in this series with Jenniva Cummings: Special Effects and Makeup artist.

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TALK: WADSWORTH AND JAE JARRELL Saturday, December 15 • 2 pm In 1968, Wadsworth and Jae Jarrell founded AfriCOBRA with artists Jeff Donaldson, Barbara J. Jones and Gerald Williams. Headquartered in Chicago, the group gathered in Wadsworth’s studio to develop an approach to art that was inspired by the colors, rhythms and patterns that the artists found in the music, fashion and art of the African continent, creating a style and identity that celebrated the richness of their creative heritage and delivering strong, positive messages for black communities. The couple, who now live in Cleveland’s Glenville neighborhood, will give a talk about their careers. Wadsworth Jarrell’s work is found in the collections of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the High Museum of Art, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Detroit Institute of Art. Jae Jarrell’s work has appeared in several major exhibitions, including the Brooklyn Museum’s 2014 exhibition Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties and the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland’s 2015 exhibition How to Remain Human. Her garments belong to private collections as well as to a permanent collection in the Brooklyn Museum of Art.

LIVE MUSIC BY MISSILE TOE Thursday, December 20 • 6:30 pm It was the Thursday before Christmas and all through the museum, every surface was vibrating with Missile Toe’s upbeat rock and roll versions of holiday classics. What better way to spend a chilly December evening than shopping in the museum store, dancing to the world’s greatest Christmas band and enjoying a cocktail with friends? Unwind and kick off your holiday celebration at the Akron Art Museum.

GIRLS TO THE FRONT: WOMEN ARTISTS IN THE AKRON ART MUSEUM COLLECTION AND BEYOND Thursday, January 3 • 6:30 pm Famed art historian Linda Nochlin once pondered, “Why have there been no great women artists?” That is simply no longer the case. From Alma Thomas’ colorful Pond - Spring Awakening to Viola Frey’s massive sculpture The World and the Woman, the Akron Art Museum collection is full of great women artists. Explore female identifying artists in the collection on this hour-long tour that will culminate in an exploration of Allison Zuckerman: Pirate and Muse. Viola Frey, The World and the Woman, 1992, glazed ceramic, 80 x 142 x 75 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Gift of Irving and Harriett Sands 2012.104

GET ZUCKED: AN ALLISON ZUCKERMAN INSPIRED TOUR EXPERIENCE Thursday, January 10 • 6:30 pm Explore feminism, art history and digital art in an interactive scavenger hunt inspired by Allison Zuckerman: Pirate and Muse. Make a Zuckermaninspired selfie, answer trivia questions and create an artwork ripped from the pages of an art history textbook. Allison Zuckerman, All Is Well, 2018, acrylic and archival CMYK ink on canvas, 60 x 80 in., Collection of Nicole D. Liarakos


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READING UNDER THE ROOF CLOUD BOOK CLUB Thursday, January 17 • 6 pm Explore the genre of Afrofuturism and the artwork of Jeff Donaldson as we explore the novella Binti by Nnedi Okorafor with guest moderator Bronlynn Thurman, local science fiction and art aficionado. Binti is the first of the Himba people to be offered a place at Oomza University, the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. But to accept the offer will mean giving up her place in her family to travel between the stars among strangers who do not share her ways or respect her customs. Binti is the Hugo and Nebula award-winning first novella in Okorafor’s Binti series.

COLLECTION TOUR: STARK STATE COLLEGE AKRON Tuesday, January 22 • 6 pm Stark State College Akron | 360 Perkins St, Akron, OH Join Akron Art Museum and ArtsNow for a tour of the art installations at the new Akron campus of Stark State College. The collection features work by over twenty Ohio artists selected through the Ohio Arts Council’s Ohio Percent for Art program. Some of the artists will be participating in the tour to talk about their work. Free and open to all. Registration required at Anthony Depew, Kenny Scharf (detail), 2012, acrylic on canvas , 36 x 36 in., Courtesy the artist

FILM SCREENING GARRY WINOGRAND: ALL THINGS ARE PHOTOGRAPHABLE Thursday, January 24 • 7 pm “What is a photograph?” Akron Art Museum collection artist Garry Winogrand asks in his iconic, gravelly Bronx accent. Decades before digital technology transformed how we make and see pictures, Winogrand made hundreds of thousands of them with his 35mm Leica, creating an encyclopedic portrait of America from the late 1950s to the early 1980s in the process. Forged by the artist’s own words and images, Garry Winogrand: All Things Are Photographable is a stunningly intimate portrait of an artist who both personified his era and transformed it. Free to members, $10/nonmember. Registration required at

ONE WORK, ONE HOUR Thursday, February 7 • 6:30 pm Ever feel like you don’t get a chance to stop and look? Spend an hour carefully looking at and discussing Mickalene Thomas’ Girlfriends and Lovers. Studies show that looking at art can help you de-stress and improve your brain function. Everything from shapes and colors to art historical and pop culture references will be discussed Mickalene Thomas, Girlfriends and Lovers, 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 2010.01

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SYNAPSE LECTURE: FRED TOMASELLI Thursday, March 7 • 6:30 pm Drawing on art historical sources and Eastern and Western decorative traditions, Fred Tomaselli’s works explode in mesmerizing patterns that appear to grow organically across his compositions. Tomaselli has had numerous solo exhibitions and has been included in international biennial exhibitions. His work has been collected by the Museum of Modern Art, NY, Whitney Museum of American Art, the Brooklyn Museum, Albright Knox Gallery and the Museum of Contemporary Art, LA. Funded by the Knight Foundation, the University of Akron Synapse series explores enlightened collaborations between art and science. Fred Tomaselli, Black Star, 2013, mixed media and resin on wood panel , 60 x 60 in., Courtesy the artist


If you haven’t been to the museum in a while, you might not recognize the place. This fall, four new exhibitions have been unveiled. Covering technology to history, personal stories to worldwide events, this new batch of art has something to offer everyone. So, invite your colleagues (social studies, math and science teachers too, please!) and head to the museum for a VIP tour filled with info, secrets and behind-the-scenes goodies. Free, space is limited. Registration required at


Saturday, January 26 • 10 am Are you feeling a little less energized about teaching than you’d like to be? We all need a creative boost now and again. During this interactive presentation and workshop, you’ll learn from an internationally-recognized expert on creative thought and action in education how making slight changes to existing teaching, learning and leadership practices can result in transformative ways of thinking and acting. Dr. Beghetto serves as Professor of Educational Psychology, Director of the University of Connecticut’s Innovation House and Graduate Program Coordinator for the Cognition, Instruction, Learning, & Technology Program in the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. He is the editor for the Journal of Creative Behavior, series editor for Creative Theory and Action in Education and serves as a creativity advisor for the LEGO Foundation. Free, space is limited. Registration required at All participants will receive professional development paperwork to submit to their LPCD for a minimum of two contact hours. 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.


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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: AMY BULLER City: Tallmadge, OH Occupation: Recently retired after teaching/subbing 44 years

for the Mogadore schools. What made you decide to become a member of the Akron Art Museum?

I had often visited the museum, but never joined. Last Thanksgiving, I was in LA visiting my daughter. A friend sent me the article in the Beacon about the museum’s offer of a free membership as part of “giving back Tuesday.” Wow! Can’t lose out on this! I signed up to become a member sitting in my daughter’s kitchen in LA. After almost a year of taking advantage of membership, I renewed my membership for this next year.

Photo by Jayson Shenk

Are there particular works of art in the collection or current/past exhibitions that are special to you? Which ones and why?

How frequently do you visit the Akron Art Museum?

Since my full retirement in June of this year, I visit the museum at least once a week. The Akron Art Museum offers many benefits to its members, and I like the garden which replaced the ugly old parking lot. Joni would approve. What benefit of Membership do you appreciate the most and why?

The Akron Art Museum offers tremendous member benefits including tours of new shows led by the curators, behind the scenes tours, architectural appreciation tours (and I love the architecture of the museum, the hovering of the new over the old), as well as involvement with other Akron area institutions. There are so many opportunities to learn and become involved. Then, of course, there’s the free admission (so I can visit for a couple hours or 15 minutes without worrying about “getting my money’s worth”) and the free parking. J How has the Akron Art Museum impacted you?

I spent many years teaching the art of the ages, from Lascaux to modern art. There is a void in my understanding/appreciation of contemporary art. I feel that I don’t even have the schema necessary to appreciate the art that is being made today. The Akron Art Museum, with its well-curated shows of contemporary art, is helping me find that understanding/appreciation. I feel that the arts are a lens through which a person can better understand the human condition, I know that the Akron Art Museum has provided for me the means to start my education.


When I visit other museums, Cleveland Museum of Art, the Met in NYC or the Whitney, the National Gallery or LACMA, I search out art I consider my “friends”.... art that has meant so much to me over the years. I am finding new “friends” at Akron. Every show I visit leaves a lasting impression with me and I look to find the artists in other venues. Yinka Shonibare’s Gentleman Walking a Tightrope, a headless figure on a tightrope is my new “friend.” I love the arresting presentation, and I understand that Shonibare is commenting on the tenuousness of race relations. As I begin my docent training, I feel as though I am on the tightrope as I enter this new adventure in my life. I got very comfortable in a career that spanned 44 years. Time for me to do something different, and I am going to master that tightrope, metaphorically, of course. Why do you feel art is important—for families?

Oh, where to start. As I stated before, I strongly believe that the arts are the language of our humanity. Art can go to extremes. Art can be beautiful, ugly, loud, soft, evoking everything a person is. I believe that art adds to the vocabulary of understanding. If nothing else, it provides a place to start conversation. And, conversation is what people need to at least coexist. PS: Then, there’s the feedback I get from former students that they can “kill it” on Jeopardy when there’s an art history section.

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 • Access to Exclusive Art Experiences • Discounts in Shop and Café • Complimentary Parking 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


AKRON ART MUSEUM IS #GIVINGBACKAGAIN BE A MEMBER, GIVE A MEMBERSHIP AWAY Museum members, is there someone in your life whose year you’d like to fill with art? During December 2018, the museum is launching #GivingBackAgain, which offers you the opportunity to give a free, year-long gift membership to the person of your choosing. All you have to do is tell the museum who you want to receive the gift of membership.*

WHY #GIVINGBACK AGAIN? The Akron Art Museum is building on the success of #GivingBackTuesday 2017, when the museum flipped the script on Giving Tuesday, a day of financially supporting nonprofits, by stepping forward with its own bold initiative of generosity and giving away over ten thousand new memberships in one day. This year the museum is putting the generosity in the hands of its current members by offering them the opportunity to give a free gift membership to someone whose year they want to fill with art.

HOW IT WORKS #GivingBackAgain at the Akron Art Museum runs through midnight, December 31, 2018. • Anyone who is currently an active member of the museum at any membership level** can give away one free Art Enthusiast Individual membership (regularly $50) to the person of their choosing. • Current members can also give away upgraded gift memberships by paying the difference in the rates, so a $75 Art House Family membership would be $25, a $150 Art Advocate membership would be $100, and so forth. • Thank you for welcoming someone who is not currently a member to YOUR Akron Art Museum to discover the power of art and the meaningful art experiences that you already enjoy! • Individual Art Enthusiast gift memberships will be available to current museum members online or in person. • The gift membership option will also be available to members who pay to renew their personal membership during the run of #GivingBack Again, as well as to people who pay to join as new members. For more information and to join, visit before December 31, 2018. *The gift membership must be given to someone other than the member giving it. **$25 Art Seeker membership level must upgrade to the $50 Art Enthusiast level to be eligible for #GivingBackAgain.


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Photo by Jayson Shenk


NEW CLASS OF GALLERY GUIDES READY TO SHOW YOU AROUND Last year over 8,000 people visited the museum on guided tours. Who led all of these tours? Volunteers. That’s right, behind the scenes at the museum is a dedicated, generous group of people who lead tours of the museum for all kinds of groups from schools to senior centers. This fall, a new crew is joining the ranks. After an intense training program covering topics such as art history (of course), child development (necessary!) and visitor experience (essential), these new gallery guides will be ready to make museum visits memorable and meaningful for thousands of people. What makes an ideal volunteer gallery guide? An unrelenting desire to learn new things and the ability to be flexible. This year’s class is as talented and enthusiastic as they come. So, if you want to see their skills in action, book a guided tour today. Docent program of Akron Art Museum is supported through a generous endowment gift by Ms. Dana Dickinson.

TOURS FOR STUDENTS (and everyone else too!) Schools: make the art museum your classroom for the day. Museum visits give students and teachers access to original works of art and the original ideas that inspired them. You’ll investigate, explore, debate and discover during your trip to the Akron Art Museum. Your students will foster their own creativity and develop critical

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STAFF SPOTLIGHTS TED PITTS LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES MANAGER Hometown: Akron, OH Favorite AAM Artwork: I have been coming to the museum since I was a boy, and there a few works that have always stayed with me. Lately I’ve been returning to Frank Stella’s Diepholz—I think it was the first piece that really made me feel that I was seeing what another person’s imagination looked like.

ZACH REPPHUN ASSISTANT PREPARATOR Hometown: Youngstown, OH Favorite AAM Experience: My favorite experiences are being able to work on largescale installations, especially ones that incorporate the building’s contemporary architecture. The building becomes the artist’s canvas and is site specific to the city of Akron. It’s a great combination!

JAYSON SHENK DIGITAL CONTENT SPECIALIST Hometown: Diamond, OH Favorite AAM Artwork: My favorite AAM Artwork is John McLaughlin’s #8-1963. As a visualization of the principles of Zen, I find his work compelling.

ANNIE WISCHMEYER ASSISTANT CURATOR Hometown: St. Louis, MO Favorite AAM Artwork: I was first introduced to Julian Stanczak’s work during graduate school in New York while I was studying color theory and optics. His paintings transformed my understanding of the eye-brain relationship and color sensation as it relates to art and has informed my curatorial practice ever since. Having the opportunity to be a part of an institution with such a strong collection of his work is wonderful and exciting.

thinking skills as our specially trained tour guides lead them through the galleries.

exclusive special exhibitions or view the museum’s modern and contemporary collection in a whole new way.

Student tours are free for educational groups when scheduled three weeks in advance. The museum can also cover transportation and substitute teacher costs for schools facing funding challenges.

To schedule, contact Associate Educator Gina Thomas McGee at or 330.376.9186 x247.

Everyone else: Are you looking for a unique outing for your book club/office/social group? Tour one of the museum’s

School Tours are made possible with support from The Sandra L. and Dennis B. Haslinger Family Foundation, The Sisler McFawn Foundation, the Welty Family Foundation and the Lloyd L. & Louise K. Smith Memorial Foundation.


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MARY HOSPODARSKY, OWNER / HEAD BAKER What made you decide to have your business become an Art Works Business Member?

We love the art museum! Investment in the arts is vital to the continued development of our community and the rewards both short and long term far outweigh the minimal member fees. How frequently do you visit the Akron Art Museum?

Not as frequently as I should, though I went regularly with my family as a child. What benefit of Art Works Business Membership do you appreciate the most and why?

Being able to offer an art museum membership to my employees and their families is fantastic. How has the Akron Art Museum impacted you? Your business? The region as a whole?

Regular visits to the Akron Art Museum, not only exploring the exhibits but participating in the children’s crafts was a highlight of my childhood. It encouraged my own creativity and inspired me to think outside the box. I’m certain it was an integral part of implementing those concepts in my business; art and food are so closely related and often cross over. They’re all about sharing your passions and what you find beautiful or provoking. The art museum’s constant presence over the years has kept art alive in this region, even when the city wasn’t investing in its own renewal. That heartbeat (heArtbeat!) gave us a platform to foster and grow the arts, as you see happening now. Are there particular works of art in the collection or current/past exhibitions that are special to you?

I always loved the Inverted Q and Linda. I used to stare at her face for what seemed like hours. Why do you feel the Akron Art Museum is important?

I feel art is vital to a full life. Art is not only a method of documenting our culture and thoughts in a way that words cannot, but can do so without the restrictions of language and culture to which other forms of communication are bound. Art has the ability to bridge those gaps and find common understanding, which is so important to our progress as individuals and as a community.

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ART WORKS BUSINESS MEMBERSHIPS 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. Join the growing list of companies demonstrating support for the arts in our community.

Akron Children’s Hospital Akron Coffee Roasters Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services, Inc. Best Commercial Energy Systems Beyond Borders BPI Information Systems Brennan, Manna & Diamond, LLC Central Graphics & Signs Cohen & Company Dominion Energy EarthQuaker Devices Emery Electric, Inc. Famous Supply Fidelity Investments, Fairlawn Office Grants Plus Greater Akron Chamber Harwick Standard The J.M. Smucker Company Lake Business Myers School of Art Ohio CAT 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. Suncrest Gardens Sweet Mary’s Bakery TKM Join online at or call Senior Development Officer Jeneé Garlando at or 330.376.9186 x222.

NEW WAYS TO DONATE: MAKE A DIRECT TRANSFER FROM YOUR IRA If you are 70 ½ or older the IRA Charitable Rollover provision is a tax-wise method of giving. A qualified charitable distribution has two main advantages under new tax laws: •

Satisfying your required IRA minimum distribution for the year.

Excluding the distribution amount from your taxable income.

With very few individuals expected to itemize under the new tax laws, the income tax deduction for contributions to charities will be lost for many people. However, by making a qualified charitable distribution to the Akron Art Museum, you get a full exclusion of that income from your taxes. Contact Development Coordinator Gabe Schray with any questions about supporting the Akron Art Museum before the end of 2018 at 330.376.9186 x225 or

NEW CHARITABLE GIFT ANNUITY RATES Opening a charitable gift annuity provides you income for life now, while leaving support to the institutions you love most. Rates are more favorable this year than in years past.

































The Akron Art Museum Advancement team is ready to help you with the details of opening a new charitable gift annuity. Please contact Director of Advancement Bryan de Boer at or 330.376.9186 x215 today. In all cases, please consult your financial advisor regarding the gift type that is right for you.


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A MEMORABLE EVENT DESERVES AN EQUALLY MEMORABLE SPACE Choose the Akron Art Museum to celebrate the most important moments of your life and career. Exhibit your style with bold and dramatic art, iconic architecture and an elegant garden space which will wow your guests and make any occassion a rare and memorable celebration.

OUR SERVICES & STAFF 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. • Wedding ceremonies and receptions • Seated dinners • Luncheons • Holiday parties • Cocktail receptions • 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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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 WINTER 2018

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The Akron Art Museum thanks everyone who supports us through annual gifts, 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 October 31, 2018. $50,000 and above Akron Community Foundation Mrs. Myrna Berzon* The C. Blake, Jr. and Beatrice K. McDowell Foundation Mr. John V. Frank* FRONT International 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 Akron Reimagining the Civic Commons Mr. and Mrs. Rory O'Neil*

$10,000–$49,999 Dr. and Mrs. W. Gerald Austen* Mr. and Mrs. Fred Bidwell* Char and Chuck Fowler Family Foundation Cohen & Company, CPAs Ms. Dana Dickinson* Dr. and Mrs. Drew Engles* H & M Metal Processing Mr. Richard M. Hamlin, Sr. KeyBank Mr. and 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. and 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. and Mrs. Bruce Rowland* The Sandra L. & Dennis B. Haslinger Family Foundation The Semantic Foundation Mr. Timothy and Mrs. Elizabeth Sheeler* Mr. and Mrs. Mark Smucker* Mr. and Mrs. Alan Woll*

$1,000–$9,999 Akron Children's Hospital Akron/Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau Mrs. Ann Allan* Mr. Hamilton Amer* Anonymous Mr. and Mrs. John Arther, III 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* Ms. Donna R. Bender* Mr. Bruce Bennett* Mr. and Mrs. James Berlin* Best Commercial Energy Services Bober, Markey, Fedorovich & Co. Mr. and Mrs. Paul H. Bodden* Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Bosnik*

Brennan, Manna & Diamond, LLC Mr. and Mrs. David Brennan* Ms. Nancy Brennan* Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Briggs* Broadleaf Partners, LLC Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas V. 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 Mrs. Terri Conner 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. Scott Dettling 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 Fat Head's Brewing Mr. Kriss Felty and Mr. Ken Kazel* Mr. and Mrs. William R. Feth* Fidelity Investments Fifth Third Bank FirstEnergy Foundation The Folk Charitable Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Evanko Dr. Michael Frank* Mr. William Frantz 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* David Halliwill & Valerie Mader* Mr. and 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 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 Sarah and Jeff Johnston* Joseph & Sally Miller Family Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Kanfer* Mr. and 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* Kevin Kotaska* Mr. and Mrs. James P. Kovach* Kravets Wehby Gallery Inc. 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 Frank Lettieri Lloyd L. and Louise K. Smith Memorial Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Rick Lobalzo Mr. David Logsdon Dr. and Mrs. Lawrence Lohman* M. G. O'Neil Foundation 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 and Susan Wolkov Dr. and Mrs. Eliot Mostow* Mr. Stephen E. Myers* June and Robert Netzley Mr. and Mrs. Steve Newman Dr. and Mrs. Alfred L. Nicely* Nevin Nussbaum Dr. Nancy O'Dell* Ohio CAT OMNOVA Solutions Foundation The Pablo Javier Rozenbom Charitable Trust Fund of Stark Community Foundation Dr. and Mrs. Donald F. Palmer* Mr. and Mrs. David Pelland* PNC Catherine Posner Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Price* Printing Concepts, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Tim Quine* Ray Bertolini Trucking Co. R.C. and Katharine Musson Charitable Foundation Dr. Steven and 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. Samuel Reese Willis Foundation Lewis Sage and Katharine Sheppard Mrs. Kathy Salem Mr. and Mrs. David Sands* Mr. and Mrs. Michael Saxon Mr. David Scarponi* Sequoia Financial Group Shaw Memorial Fund-ACF Sisler McFawn Foundation R. Thomas & Meg Harris Stanton* Mr. & Mrs. Theodore Stathopoulos Dr. Sanjiv Tewari* The University of Akron James & Neille Vitale

Mr. Bob Vogel Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. Walton* The Welty Family Foundation James M. Woods* Mr. and Mrs. Richard Wright* Chris Zazo

$250–$999 Dr. and Mrs. Mark Adamczyk Akrochem Corporation Cleveland Clinic-Akron General Medical Center Mr. and Mrs. Steve Albrecht Amer Insurance Anonymous Dr. and Mrs. Mark Auburn Mr. and Mrs. Jules Belkin Mr. and Mrs. Robert Berk Mr. Roland Bertolini Beyond Borders Inc. Mr. and Mrs. R.H. Bigelow Mrs. Mona Bishop Ms. Claudia Bjerre and Ms. Andrea Senich Mr. William P. Blair Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Bonchack Mr. James L. Wagner and Ms. Jane Bond BPI Information Systems Mr. and Mrs. Edward Brown Lisle M. Buckingham Endowment Fund of ACF Cynthia Burgess Ms. Butler and Dr. Nissen Joseph G. Cacchione Canton Brewing Company Donna & Rex Carpenter* Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Cauffield Central Graphics & Signs Mr. John Chlebina 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 Barry C. Dunaway Emery Electric Inc. FirstEnergy Corp. Mr. Paul A. Frank, Jr. Mrs. Christine Gable Mrs. Dorothy Gaffney Dr. and Mrs. John H. Gerstenmaier Ms. Tamara Gill 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 Molly and Barry Holtzer High St. Hop House Dr. and Mrs. Richard Hirsh Mr. and Mrs. Tom H. Jenkins Mr. Robert Kazar Mr. and Mrs. David L. Keller Jeff Kennard Mr. Robert Kerper and Ms. Susan Locke Mr. and Mrs. Tom Kimberly Mr. and Mrs. David P. Klainer

Nancy Koly Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Koutnik Mr. and Mrs. Tom Kukk Dr. Steven L. Kutnick and Ms. Jackie Derrow Lisa & Dan Lebovitz Dr. Jack Lissauer Market Garden Craft Brewery Ms. Chell Maxwell Mr. Matt McCallum and Mr. Ben Manista Mr. William and Mrs. Nancy McGrath Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin McMillen Mr. David Michel and Ms. Lynne Killgore Yoly Miller Mr. and Mrs. William Moore Ms. Missy Morlock Amelia and Adam Morris Myers School of Art Jason Netherton Drs. Robert and Pamela Novak Ms. Emily O'Brien and Mr. Thomas Manahan Harrison Orendorf Mr. William C. Pepple and Dr. Nancy Ryland Mr. and Mrs. Guy Pipitone Platform Beer Co. Mr. and Mrs. William J. Quinn Drs. James and Esther Rehmus 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 Don Ross Lamar Rucker Mrs. Elizabeth B. Sandwick Ms. Susan Scarponi Schultz, Bertin & Co. Securitec Security Systems Tom Shaheen Mrs. Constantia Stathopoulos Mr. and Mrs. John Stathopoulos Mrs. Marilyn Shea-Stonum Sikich LLP Ms. Doris A. Simonis Drs. Frederick and Elizabeth Specht Star Printing Co., Inc. State and Federal Communications, Inc. Max Steiner Mr. and Mrs. John S. Steinhauer Struktol Company of America Summit Brew Path Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Svoboda Mrs. Pamela Thielo TKM Print Solutions Kelley Tomlinson Tramonte Distributing Co. Mr. and Mrs. Marc Trundle Uncorked Wine Bar and Galleries Mr. and Mrs. Paul Victor Kevin Wagner Mr. and Mrs. Scott Wilkes Ms. Edna H. Williams and Ms. Amanda Williams Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Wilson Mr. and Mrs. Terry Yingling

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 it possible for the Akron Art Museum to serve its mission of enriching lives through modern and contemporary art. Your annual fund 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 projects like Akron Art Library and art experiences in 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 visit WINTER 2018

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