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JOHN S. KNIGHT DIRECTOR and CEO Mark Masuoka BOARD OF DIRECTORS I 2018 – 2019 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 BOARD OF ADVISORS Dr. W. Gerald Austen Fred Bidwell Frances Siberling Buchholzer C. Gordon Ewers Joseph Kanfer Phillip Lloyd Dianne Newman HONORARY BOARD Sandra L. Haslinger Mitchell Kahan, Director Emeritus Michael Mattis M. Donald McClusky Margaret McDowell Lloyd C. Blake McDowell III Thomas R. Merryweather VIEW ©2019, Akron Art Museum Accredited by American Alliance of Museums; Member Association of Art Museum Directors
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A SENSE OF COMMUNITY What does it mean to have a sense of community? For the Akron Art Museum, we have used this question to better understand how to create relevant public programs in and outside of the art museum. It has also come to represent our cultural compass, providing direction in understanding our community’s needs and in creating experiences that are memorable, creative and authentic. Recently, the Akron Art Museum partnered with Akron Civic Commons to present two “soundsuit” performances of Nick Cave’s HEARD•AKRON. HEARD transformed both the space in which it was performed and the people who live in our community. What is a sense of community? It’s delivering what people need and want before they even know they want or need it. The first performance of HEARD was presented in the Summit Lake Community Center in the heart of South Akron, which is part of a newly revitalized neighborhood surrounding a 100-acre lake that, in many respects, has become dissected by racial boundaries. The Summit Lake community has gone through numerous social and economic challenges in recent years and has seen significant progress
in transforming negative perceptions and building relationships. HEARD pushed this progress a few more steps forward. What is a sense of community? It’s creating memorable experiences that are unexpected. The second performance of HEARD at the Akron Art Museum attracted over 1,000 people in the museum’s outdoor garden plaza. On a sun-filled Sunday afternoon, professional dancers, musicians and vocalists from the community presented a magical experience that, for many, will be remembered for the rest of their lives when they think about the Akron Art Museum. What is a sense of community? It’s building trust through fulfilled promises. This summer marks the third year since we developed the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden in 2016. The garden has become a visual metaphor for community—a civic and cultural commons for Akron—that has crossed all social, racial and economic lines. It is a space where people can enjoy themselves on their own time, in their own way. It is an environment that is open and welcoming: a public space for everyone. As we open our 35th year of Downtown@Dusk, our summer concert series, we are also thrilled to be re-installing our Mark di Suvero sculpture, Eagle Wheel, which has been in storage for over 15 years. The return of this iconic sculpture to public view is just the first step in presenting art from our collection in the garden and fulfilling our promise to increase accessibility and to transform the garden into a community space for everyone. Thank you for your support and I look forward to seeing you on your next visit to the museum this summer.
ON VIEW 4 DREAD & DELIGHT: FAIRY TALES IN AN ANXIOUS WORLD June 29 – September 22, 2019
8 MERNET LARSEN: THE ORDINARY, REORIENTED Through September 8, 2019
9 JOE VITONE: FAMILY RECORDS Through October 27, 2019
EVENTS 14 DOWNTOWN@DUSK Thursdays • 6:30 – 8:30 pm June 27 – August 1, 2019
15 MEMBER APPRECIATION NIGHT DOWNTOWN@DUSK
Xaviera Simmons, If We Believe In Theory #3, 2009, chromogenic color print, 40 x 50 in., Courtesy of the artist and David Castillo Gallery, Miami © Xaviera Simmons
June 27, 2019 • 5:30 – 7:30 pm
18 FAMILY DAYS 19 LIVE CREATIVE STUDIO ON THE COVER
Mark di Suvero, Eagle Wheel, 1979, painted steel, 149 x 252 x 176 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Purchased with funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Sisler McFawn Foundation and the Museum Acquisition Fund 1980.48 Photo by Chris Rutan
Fairy Tales in an Anxious World June 29 – September 22, 2019 Karl and Bertl Arnstein Galleries
Dread & Delight: Fairy Tales in an Anxious World brings together the work of contemporary artists who use classical fairy tales to address the complexities of our lives today. This use of fairy tales is new in the history of art—a phenomenon of the late 20th century. Surveying some fifty years of artistic production, Dread & Delight considers the question of why artists have turned to centuries-old fairy tales to address present-day issues and how they have reinvigorated the genre. Natalie Frank, All Fur III, 2011–14, gouache and colored chalk on paper, 30 x 22 in., Private collection, © Natalie Frank, photo by Farzad Orwang
Each of the artists in the exhibition uses recognizable elements from one of seven specific stories: Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel, Cinderella, All Fur, Fitcher’s Bird and Snow White. The artists draw inspiration from diverse versions of the stories such as the early 19th century compilations by the Brothers Grimm, Walt Disney’s mid-20th century animations and Angela Carter’s late1970s feminist retellings. The artworks also connect to a breadth of fairy tale scholarship, from psychologist Bruno Bettelheim’s The Uses of Enchantment (1976) to journalist Peggy Orenstein’s Cinderella Ate My Daughter (2011). In
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recalling specific stories, some of the artists have embraced their promises of transformation and championing of the disenfranchised. Others, however, have plumbed the stories’ darker elements— poverty, abuse, addiction and exploitations of power. Many of Dread & Delight’s artists engage a disjointed and spontaneous style of storytelling that celebrates the marvelous and denies easy explanation. In the gallery, the artworks are arranged according to story, allowing visitors to compare and contrast each artist’s unique retelling of the familiar tales. Each of the artists dismantles and reassembles the tales in imaginative ways. In a 1980s arcade-like video by Ericka Beckman, the story of Cinderella becomes a means to talk about women’s social roles. Timothy Horn’s nearly lifesize carriage made of crystallized candy becomes an opportunity to address queer identity and notions of the so-called ragsto-riches American dream. For The Ice Queen, Ana Teresa Fernández crafted a pair of high heels from ice, then wore them while standing over a street grate until they melted away, reversing the politics of Cinderella’s transformation. In Alison Saar’s tar and gold-leaf-covered sculpture Blonde Dreams, the story of Rapunzel becomes an avenue for reconsidering racial constructions of beauty, while MK Guth’s 1800-foot-long braid Ties of Protection and Safe Keeping becomes the
site for a conversation about values and desires. In her illustrations of the Grimms’ lesser-known story “All Fur,” Natalie Frank underscores the tenacity at the heart of the tale by presenting the heroine neither solely as victim nor merely as passive recipient of a happy ending. Artist John Baldessari noted: “What appears to be trivial in a fairy tale, etc. could be the lingering remnant of the memory of the soul.” Indeed, fairy tales have often been dismissed as trivial—a rejection that may be attributed to their associations with women and children. It is telling that contemporary artists—so many of whom have sought to rethink societal norms—would turn to tales featuring unexpected, often marginalized heroes. Dread & Delight seeks to better understand this phenomenon as well as the ways in which fairy tales continue to prove relevant today. Dread and Delight: Fairy Tales in an Anxious World was organized by The Weatherspoon Art Museum at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro and curated by Dr. Emily Stamey. Its presentation in Akron is made possible through the generous support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, The Tom and Marilyn Merryweather Fund, the John P. Murphy Foundation and Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLC. Media sponsorship provided by Western Reserve PBS.
MEMBERS' PREVIEW June 29, 2019 11 am – 2 pm Explore the marvelous world of fairy tales dismantled and reassembled in Dread & Delight at a special free members’ preview from 11 am to 2 pm. Take a guided tour of the work of 21 artists who use fairy tales to explore contemporary themes, or discover the exhibition’s stories for yourself. Enjoy complimentary treats 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 akronartmuseum.org/eventregistration Above: MK Guth, Ties of Protection and Safekeeping (detail), 2008, synthetic hair, flannel ribbon and ink, 1,800 ft. (installation variable), Courtesy of the artist and Elizabeth Leach Gallery, © MK Guth, photo by YoungDoo M. Carey, 2018 Top left: Timothy Horn, Mother-Load, 2008, plywood, painted steel, aluminum foil, polystyrene foam, hot glue, acrylic medium, rock sugar and shellac, 6 x 9 1/2 x 5 1/2 ft., Courtesy of the artist © Timothy Horn, photo by Jason Schmidt Bottom left: Arturo Herrera, Night Before Last 2R, 2003, cut painted paper, 52 1/2 x 42 1/2 in., Cecilia and Ernesto Poma Collection, Miami © Arturo Herrera, Photo Courtesy of Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York
In Drawing Hands,
Mernet Larsen depicts a White House Cabinet meeting. Among several paintings of government meetings the artist produced, Drawing Hands does not offer a political statement. Larsen is interested rather in playing with the spatial arrangement of the room along with the scale and positioning of the figures. Tables, she finds, make a nice foil for upending conventional two-point perspective. Larsen develops the compositions of her table paintings from photographs of actual meetings. The T-shaped table in Drawing Hands, however, strays from its photographic reference, having been inspired by a table in an early Italian Renaissance painting. Larsen initially intended for the people seated along the long section of the table to be working on laptops. She spent upwards of 50 hours rendering arms and hands but ultimately felt that the “T” form of the table, which was critical to the composition, was being obscured. She removed all of that detail and in front of each armless person she wryly placed a sheet of paper with the image of a hand holding a writing implement. Larsen meanwhile rendered two hands on the paper in front of each of the three meeting heads, subtly suggesting the power dynamics of the room. This trial and error is critical to Larsen’s process—she paints facial features and body parts on tracing paper and “tries them on” within her paintings, much like outfits on a paper doll. Her investment of a substantial amount of time working on a compositional element that she eventually eliminates is in no way a failure, but rather illustrates how important it is to allow for something to not work. In our instant-gratification, results-driven world, the artist’s embrace of slow, analog problem-solving is refreshingly instructive.
Mernet Larsen: The Ordinary, Reoriented is organized by the Akron Art Museum and supported by funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and Ohio Arts Council.
Mernet Larsen, Drawing Hands, 2017, acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 67 1/2 x 36 1/4 in., Courtesy of Jack and Ellen Kessler
MERNET LARSEN THE ORDINARY, REORIENTED Through September 8, 2019 Judith Bear Isroff Gallery
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Joe Vitone: Family Records
Through October 27, 2019 Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Gallery
kron native Joe Vitone has photographed around the world in countries as geographically varied as Italy, Thailand and Costa Rica. But the subject he has returned to consistently since 1998 has been his extended family in and around his hometown. Visitors to Vitone’s Family Records exhibition may recognize neighborhoods not far from the museum, such as North Hill and Firestone Park, as well as surrounding communities, including Stow, Doylestown and Barberton. “The family records series is as much about place as it is about people. It’s about Akron,” Vitone remarks. The series also functions as a sociological case study of sorts—his portraits document the effects of evolving
economic and societal forces on his family, whom the artist describes as, “people that are involved in the process of living and finding value.” Vitone writes captions for each image based on conversations with his subjects as they pose for his pictures. Those personal exchanges reveal intimate details: goals, hobbies, struggles and fears. Viewers learn that the artist’s mother, Marjorie Angel, took pride in her garden, and that his father, Sal Vitone, suffered from the lingering effects of trauma sustained during his service in World War II. Vitone describes his family as blue-collar and points out the focus of the project on that particular socioeconomic class. “It seems that so often society is split by education and income. It’s not like the people with more money and education
are better, but in a lot of ways it seems like they have it better,” he remarks. The Akron presentation of this series marks the first time a selection from this body of work has been exhibited in Northeast Ohio. In a sense, Family Records is coming home. z Theresa Bembnister, Associate Curator
Joe Vitone, Jessica Morlan and her daughter, Jordynn Fischer, with sunflowers, Doylestown, Ohio, 2009, archival inkjet print, 16 x 20 in., Courtesy of the artist
Joe Vitone: Family Records 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.
NICK CAVE H EAR D • AK RON
“This is the best day of my life!” exclaims a young museum visitor during the performance of Nick Cave: HEARD•AKRON. Another child nearby answers, “Me too!” With two performances of HEARD•AKRON, the first at the Summit Lake Community Center and the second at the Akron Art Museum, artist Nick Cave made it the best day for a lot of people. His unforgettable work helped build community in a way that only art can. However, Cave didn’t make the performances happen alone. His collaborator and graphic designer Bob Faust and choreographer Will Gill worked with the museum, Akron Reimagining the Civic Commons and the John S. and James L.
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Knight Foundation to connect with our city. During a lunch with Summit Lake community members Cave said, “We introduce cities back to themselves…. We’re willing to take that risk to jump in the center, pull up our sleeves, get into the trenches and understand who’s here and build a piece based on working with the community.” True to form, the artists used the expertise of local organizations to find ways to work directly with community members in Summit Lake and Park East as part of an Akron Art Museum partnership with both Akron Reimagining the Civic Commons and the neighborhood to bring meaningful, relevant and empowering art experiences to the residents. Jennifer Shipman, Akron Art Museum Chief of Staff and Director of Special Projects, and Project
“This is the best day of my life!”
Coordinator Danny Volk worked for months to assemble a team of dancers, musicians and staff at the Summit Lake Community Center for the performances. Cave and his team shared that they’d never had an experience like Akron, where musicians and dancers were on time, committed and enthusiastic from day one. An attendee at the Summit Lake lunch answered, “Welcome to Akron.” The photos of HEARD•AKRON give a sense of what the performances were like, but the experience seeing them in person changed lives and even made it the best day of someone’s life.
Photos by Shane Wynn
HEARD•AKRON was made possible through the generous support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Ohio Arts Council and Akron Reimagining the Civic Commons.
COLLECTION FEATURE: MARK DI SUVERO, EAGLE WHEEL On April 13, 1981, the Akron Art Museum circulated a press release announcing the acquisition of Mark di Suvero’s Eagle Wheel (1976-1979). It stated, “Di Suvero uses industrial materials in his sculpture to call attention to the contemporary environment. He cuts the steel with a torch and reassembles the pieces with an arc welder and crane, which he operates himself and calls his paintbrush.” Prior to that announcement, on July 30, 1980, then Akron Art Museum director I. Michael Danoff wrote a letter to his contact at the Chicago-based gallery ConStruct stating, “At an official accessions committee meeting, response to the slides was sincerely enthusiastic, and we definitely want to purchase the work…. We all feel that Eagle Wheel would be a superb way of initiating acquisitions for our new sculpture garden.” The purchase went forward, and the sculpture was installed in the museum’s sculpture garden in 1981.
Mark di Suvero, Eagle Wheel, 1976, painted steel, as installed at The Oakland Museum, California before exchange in 1978. Courtesy of Spacetime C.C.
Eagle Wheel was originally acquired by the Oakland Museum of California [formerly the Oakland Museum] in 1977, but upon opening a new building the following year, they traded it with the artist for a larger work. Di Suvero then reworked Eagle Wheel—a practice not uncommon for the artist— adding four long sections of I-beams but retaining the title Eagle Wheel, so named for the flywheel that the artist obtained from an old sawmill in Northern California. The sculpture, which unites dynamic angles with graceful curves, is painted in the artist’s signature color, International Orange, a governmentissued color similar to safety orange used to set objects apart from their surroundings. The Golden Gate Bridge is painted a variation of the same color. As with most outdoor sculpture, Eagle Wheel requires periodic maintenance and repainting. The sculpture was repainted twice between its installation in 1981 and its deinstallation in 2004 when construction of the John S. and James L. Knight building began. It had remained in storage awaiting conservation and repainting along with a proper site on the museum’s campus until spring 2019 when the paint layers were stripped away in preparation for priming and resurfacing by expert conservators at McKay Lodge Laboratory in Oberlin. Engineers, excavators, landscapers and riggers will prepare the site and install the sculpture in the upper grove of the museum’s Bud and Susie Rogers Garden, where the iconic work will return home in a new setting to inspire and delight our community. Mark di Suvero, Eagle Wheel, 1979, painted steel, 149 x 252 x 176 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Purchased with funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Sisler McFawn Foundation and the Museum Acquisition Fund 1980.48
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SPRING ANNUAL APPEAL: Help Bring Eagle Wheel into the Bud & Susie Rogers Garden
Mark di Suvero, Eagle Wheel, 1979, painted steel, 149 x 252 x 176 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Purchased with funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Sisler McFawn Foundation and the Museum Acquisition Fund 1980.48
This summer, an iconic artwork from the Akron Art Museum collection will be installed in the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden. From 1981 through 2004, Mark di Suvero’s Eagle Wheel held a prominent place in the museum’s former sculpture garden. The oftenvisited work became a beloved fixture—providing a familiar backdrop to Downtown@ Dusk concerts and many other activities. Eagle Wheel will once again return to a place of honor in the museum’s outdoor space. Its presence will provide a bright, angular contrast to the lush greenery of the garden and an important reminder of the city’s industrial heritage, the museum’s history and its continued growth. YOUR GIFTS MATCHED To install Eagle Wheel, we need your help. Every donation will help bring this signature artwork back for all to enjoy. All gifts of $2,000 or more will receive naming recognition associated with Eagle Wheel. Through June 30th your gift will be matched dollar for dollar thanks to an anonymous benefactor who has agreed to match all donated amounts up to the first $10,000 raised. That means your gift of $50 would be doubled to $100; $500 would be doubled to $1,000 and so on for any amount you choose to contribute. For more information or to make a gift, please call Jeneé Garlando at 330.376.9186 x222, return the enclosed envelope or visit akronartmuseum.org/donate.
Make a visit to the Akron Art Museum the best part of your day. There is always a daily menu of art experiences you can have at the Akron Art Museum. Choose from art adventures curated by the museum, or design your own. It’s a fresh way to connect and include art in your everyday life. It’s a way to live a more creative life. It’s #AAMEveryday. To get the weekly edition of #AAMEveryday, sign up for the e-newsletter at akronartmuseum.org/register or check akronartmuseum.org for updates and follow on social media using #AAMEveryday. Here’s a guide to the specialty of each day of the week. Feel free to mix and match activities to your taste.
MONDAY Go online with social media and the museum website to go deeper into the museum experience.
TUESDAY Visit the garden and galleries, a lively trip through both adds up to over 1,000 steps, with all of the fabulous art on view as your panorama. #AAMSteps Kids and their grown-ups can get inspired with hands-onart activities Tuesdays through Fridays in the Live Creative Studio. No registration necessary, just drop in. (details on page 19).
WEDNESDAY Make a mid-week connection in the museum café to chat with a friend or brainstorm with coworkers. The Wi-Fi is free and the lattes are delicious. #AAMConnect
THURSDAY Thursday is your day. Check out the galleries or join us at a Thursday program. Don’t forget to visit the museum shop; new items arrive every week. #AAMFreeThurs
FRIDAY Find your art oasis in the galleries. It’s a perfect way to relax at the end of a busy week. Share your favorite artwork on social media. #AAMEveryday
SATURDAY Grab your family and friends and take a digital tour with Dot. Or, try a Saturday family program like Tots Create, Kids Studio or Family Days. #AAMEveryday and #AAMDot
SUNDAY Sunday is fun day at the Akron Art Museum. Pick up a treat and an espresso in the café. Take a walk through the museum and garden, and share your day on social media #AAMEveryday and #AkronArtMuseum
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ART LIBRARY PARTY & ICE CREAM SOCIAL Thursday, June 6 • 6 pm Come celebrate new artwork in the Akron Art Library! Join the Akron Art Museum and Akron-Summit County Public Library for a sweet evening filled with ice cream and art experiences for all. Hang out with participating artists while exploring their work, and try your hand at a variety of their art-making techniques. Be the first to view new works in the collection. Free and open to all.
MEMBER APPRECIATION NIGHT DOWNTOWN@DUSK Thursday, June 27 • 5:30 – 7:30 pm Akron Art Museum members, kick off your summer concert season with us in the Art Oasis in the Upper Grove of the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden. Pick up some tasty treats and special offers! At 6:30 pm, relax and enjoy an evening of Latin Jazz from Sammy DeLeon. Member Exclusive*
MEMBERS’ PREVIEW Dread & Delight: Fairy Tales in an Anxious World Saturday, June 29 • 11 am – 2 pm Explore the marvelous world of fairy tales dismantled and reassembled in Dread & Delight at a special free members’ preview from 11 am to 2 pm. Take a guided tour of the work of 21 artists who use fairy tales to explore contemporary themes, or discover the exhibition’s stories for yourself. Enjoy complimentary treats in the museum café with friends and family as you kick off the weekend with an unforgettable art adventure.
Ron Barron, Snacks - Washington Heights, 2016, scanned digital collage, signed artist’s proof, 16 × 11 1/2 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museum Art Library at the Akron-Summit County Public Library
Free for members, $10/nonmembers. Registration is required at akronartmuseum.org/eventregistration.
EXPLORING DREAD & DELIGHT with Associate Curator Theresa Bembnister
Tuesday, July 9 • 11 am Once upon a time, in a gallery not-so-far away, a curator led a tour of an exhibition bringing together the work of artists using classical fairy tales to address the complexities of contemporary life. She explained how some artists embraced the tales’ promises of transformation and happy endings while others plumbed the stories’ more troubling elements—poverty, addiction and the exploitations of power. Free for members, $10/nonmembers
Ana Teresa Fernández, The Ice Queen, 2013, studio performance (still), Courtesy of the artist and Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco © Ana Teresa Fernández
15 60 75 THE NUMBERS BAND DOWNTOWN@DUSK Thursday, July 11 • 6:30 – 8:30 pm Creators of their own brand of original blues, jazz and rock, 15 60 75 The Numbers Band has been praised by almost every national music publication since the beginning of their 45+ years of live performances and recordings.
COFFEE WITH THE DIRECTOR Saturday, July 13 • 10:30 am Tuesday, July 16 • 10:30 am Join John S. Knight Director and CEO Mark Masuoka for a discussion of Mark di Suvero’s Eagle Wheel. Imposing in scale and daring in color, this work became a beloved fixture at the museum. Masuoka will explain the conservation process, reinstallation and significance of returning this iconic artwork to public view. Free for members, $10/nonmembers
WANDA HUNT BAND DOWNTOWN@DUSK Thursday, July 18 • 6:30 – 8:30 pm Join us for a one-evening-only concert from one of Northeast Ohio’s most beloved groups, the Wanda Hunt Band. With their big band instrumentation and outstanding musicianship, the Wanda Hunt Band entertains the young and old, hip and square, blue-collar, white-collar and no-collar alike.
ANNE E. DECHANT DOWNTOWN@DUSK Thursday, July 25 • 6:30 – 8:30 pm Anne E. DeChant is an award-winning Nashville recording artist originally from Cleveland, Ohio where she was a five-time Singer-Songwriter of the Year. She has shared the stage with such well-known performers as Stevie Nicks, Nora Jones, Joan Armatrading, Sheryl Crow and the Indigo Girls.
AUGUST THERON BROWN TRIO DOWNTOWN@DUSK
Thursday, August 1 • 6:30 – 8:30 pm The Theron Brown Trio (Theron Brown, Zaire “Zigg” Darden, Jordan McBride) is in the business of making you feel good and digging into the roots of jazz, gospel and fusion. The trio has a sound that is recognized throughout Northeast Ohio as something to get excited about.
GARDEN & GALLERIES TOUR Wednesday, August 7 • 11 am This tour will introduce members to 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. Free for members, $10/nonmembers
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JUNE 27 | 5:30 – 7:30 pm Akron Art Museum members, this is your invitation to kick off the summer concert season with us in the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden with an evening of fun, great music, tasty treats and special offers! You’ll be among the first to see the new garden installation of Mark di Suvero’s iconic steel sculpture Eagle Wheel. At 6:30 pm, enjoy the high-energy Latin jazz of Sammy DeLeon, a Northeast Ohio Latin music fixture who never fails to get the salsa, merengue and bachata enthusiasts out on the dance floor.
Downtown@Dusk is presented by the Akron Art Museum with additional support by Ron and Ann Allan, Audio-Technica, EarthQuaker Devices and Clear Gold Audio & Lighting. Media sponsorship is provided by 91.3 The Summit and Western Reserve PBS.
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Whew, it’s finally summer! Summer mood, summer ‘tude. Lately, I’ve been visiting the museum almost every day, and I’ll tell you a secret. Sometimes I don’t even go into the galleries. Sometimes I just hang out in the café and use the Wi-Fi. It’s a good spot to grab a cup of coffee, check email, whatever. Other times, on nice days, I’ll have lunch in the garden. It’s the museum’s idea called #AAMEveryday, where you can visit every day no matter what your #goals are. Art appreciation, caffeine consumption, a little exercise, etc. It’s working for me. Now, sometimes I do go through and spend time with the art. That’s a must, because, um, amazingness. And, sometimes it’s good to grab your family and friends and make your #AAMEveryday activity a digital tour with me, Dot. To get into a summer mood, I picked out a few artworks with that warm, summertime feeling that you can see during one of your #AAMEveryday experiences. First stop, Evening in Seville (ca. 1870s) by Emilio Sánchez Perrier. It’s got it all: that almost-sunset light, calm waters and lush, cool trees swaying in the breeze. Sánchez Perrier was a watchmaker’s apprentice, so that might explain why this painting is so detailed. Now let’s swing over to Roy E. Wilhelm’s North Hill Viaduct Under Construction (1922). Summer in the city. You can almost hear the kids playing stickball and jumping rope in the streets. Wilhelm had a rep for painting Akron landmarks, which this definitely was back in the day. Okay, last stop (for now), William Sommer’s Landscape with Yellow Clouds (1915-ish). Ever look at the puffy summer clouds and dream about what the shapes are? That one in the middle kinda looks like a crescent moon, no? Sommer painted this after he saw a modern art show in 1913 that had bold, colorful art by a French group called the Fauves, which means “wild beasts.” Savage. Bonus: If you ever want to add a guided tour to your #AAMEveryday experience, I’m here for you. Just type AAM Dot into your Facebook Messenger app.
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COFFEE WITH A CURATOR
Wednesday, August 21 • 10:30 am
Connect with Dot, Your N ew AAM D igital Tour G uide.
Grab a cup of coffee and chat about the upcoming exhibition Open World: Video Games & Contemporary Art with Associate Curator Theresa Bembnister. Open World examines the widespread influence of video games on artists across generations. Inspired by the immersive visuals, rich narratives and even rules and logic governing interactivity, artists in the exhibition examine issues key to contemporary life through the lens of video games. Free for members, $10/nonmembers
Joan Pamboukes, Firelight from Grand Theft Auto, San Andreas, 2006, archival pigment print, 30 x 40 in., Courtesy of the artist
TELL A TALE OF DREAD & DELIGHT: A STORYTELLING WORKSHOP Thursday, August 15, 2019 • 6:30 pm
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 by typing AAM Dot into the Messenger search field, and she’ll lead the way. Opposite from top: Emilio Sánchez Perrier, Evening in Seville (detail), c. 1870s, oil on panel, 15 3/8 x 30 3/4 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Gift of Miss Hulda B. Gehring, Miss Emma R. Gehring and Mrs. Clara Gehring Bickford 1957.5; Roy E. Wilhelm, North Hill Viaduct Under Construction (detail), 1922, oil on canvas, 20 x 27 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Gift of the Akron Clinic 1962.75; William Sommer, Landscape with Yellow Clouds (detail), c. 1915, oil on composition board, 24 x 30 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Purchased, by exchange, with funds from Mr. and Mrs. William J. Laub, Mr. and Mrs. Charles S. Reed II and Mr. J. Frederick Seiberling 2004.59
Dot is made possible by generous support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
suggested for teens and adults
Saturday, September 14, 2019 • 1 pm suggested for families and children
Take a page right out of the Dread and Delight: Fairy Tales in an Anxious World exhibition during this storytelling workshop designed for anyone with a desire to tell a tale. Guided by teaching artist Kyle Jozsa of Wandering Aesthetics, participants explore once familiar fairy tales with a reassembled approach to creating their own unique story. Free for members and children (age 17 and under), $10/ nonmember adult. Registration is required at akronartmuseum.org/eventregistration. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
READING UNDER THE ROOF CLOUD BOOK CLUB: CINDERELLA ATE MY DAUGHTER, BY PEGGY ORENSTEIN Thursday, August 22 • 6:30 pm The rise of the girlie-girl, warns Peggy Orenstein, is no innocent phenomenon. Following her acclaimed books Flux, Schoolgirls and the provocative New York Times best-seller Waiting for Daisy, Orenstein’s Cinderella Ate My Daughter offers a radical, timely wake-up call for parents, revealing the dark side of a pretty and pink culture confronting girls at every turn as they grow into adults. Join Akron Art Museum librarian Ted Pitts for a discussion of the book and a tour of the exhibition Dread & Delight: Fairy Tales in an Anxious World. Free and open to the public. Registration requested at akronartmuseum.org/ eventregistration.
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Backyard Art-BQ Saturday, June 1 • 11 am – 2 pm Bring a picnic blanket and your imagination for a summer kick-off party in the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden. Explore STEAM-based play for the senses with basil and lemongrass watercolor spritz printz, sunbaked clay pies, Kool-Aid batik and fizzy art-BQ sauces that are part art, part science. When your fingers get sticky, grab your beach towel and splash out with wacky water play and prismatic bubble concoctions.
FAMILY OUTDOOR CONCERT, featuring JUSTIN ROBERTS & THE NOT READY FOR NAPTIME PLAYERS Thursday, August 8 • 4 – 7:30 pm Pre-show art activities and general admission at 4 pm Public performance begins at 6:30 pm Three-time Grammy Award-nominee Justin Roberts, along with his band, the Not Ready for Naptime Players, has travelled the globe from Hong Kong to New York, and is landing soon in…downtown Akron! Dubbed the Judy Blume of kiddie rock by the New York Times, Justin Roberts is one of the all-stars of the indie family music scene. His music helps kids navigate the joys and sorrows of growing up and helps parents reflect on their own childhoods. Prior to the show, express yourself in our kid-friendly art mosh space where you can slam paint with bubble wrap, make hybrid clink-and-plink musical instruments from cool scraps and glow goo-goo for ga-ga ball on the Green.
A IS FOR ART MUSEUM Saturday, August 17 • 11 am – 2 pm Seeing, responding and intuitively doing are the beginnings to growing a mindful child. When children are given opportunities to explore in creative ways, they develop tools for understanding their world. Kick-start your child’s school year with a fresh + fun, sensory-based approach to learning. Sort curious objects by size and shape, experiment with simple color chemistry, build a 7-layer texture-scape and scribble paint with squirty sidewalk chalk. Family Day event-related activities are free for children ages 0-12, siblings and their adult caretaker(s). Registration is encouraged at akronartmuseum.org/eventregistration. Admission to the galleries is free for adult members and ALL children (age 17 and under with an adult). Regular gallery admission applies to nonmember adults. Kathy Moses Salem Philanthropic Fund of the Akron Community Foundation is the lead sponsor for the Family Days Concert. Family Days are made possible by PNC with additional support from the Kathy Moses Salem Philanthropic Fund of the Akron Community Foundation, The R.C. Musson and Katharine M. Musson Charitable Foundation and the Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation.
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Everyday Beat the summer heat and chill-create-repeat in our new welcoming studio space designed for busy families onthe-go. The Live Creative Studio is back this summer by popular demand, complete with a brand new home in the museum’s Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation Gallery and the adjoining Rory and Dedee O’Neil Lobby. During the museum’s weekday hours, families are invited to pop in and explore the process of idea-making with unique art mediums and techniques, guided by our friendly studio instructors. During all other open hours, enjoy the space on your own at hands-on creation stations inspired by the artwork on view. No registration needed. Making art in the studio is only the beginning! We’ve designed a space where the process of meaningful mess-making is balanced with thoughtful wandering or tinkering. Near the active lobby work area, the relaxing gallery space encourages self-directed constructive play where children and adults can look closely at and respond to fresh, new art made by artists working in Ohio who create textiles, sculpture, paintings and even wallpaper. From grandparents to tots and everyone in between, let the elements of art inspire you. Make meaningful summer memories, and soak up those small shining moments of wonder together. Make your inner artist happy every day! Free for members and all children (age 17 and under with an adult) every day. Regular museum admission applies for nonmember adults Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, with the exception of Free Thursdays when admission is free to all.
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Exhibitions and programming in the Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation Gallery, including the Live Creative Studio, are made possible with support from the Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation with additional funding from OMNOVA Solutions Foundation, Peg’s Foundation, Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation, Charles E. and Mabel M. Richie Foundation and Mr. and Mrs. William H. Considine.
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ESSENTIAL EXPERIENCE This February, GAR Foundation announced the launch of a new $1.2 million investment called Essential Experiences to provide every Akron Public Schools student in pre-K through fifth grade with a meaningful learning experience outside the classroom each year. Students will visit six local cultural and historical organizations to participate in educational programming directly connected to classroom learning. Host organizations include ArtSparks, Akron Art Museum, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Akron Zoo, Hale Farm & Village and Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens. The Akron Art Museum will be proud to host over 1,600 Akron Public Schools fourth grade students during the 2019-2020 school year. The museum has been hard at work designing a meaningful, memorable experience for these students that will live long beyond their museum visit. “Think of Essential Experiences as a field study rather than just a field trip,” said Kirstin Toth, senior vice president of GAR Foundation. Photos by Mike Crupi “These experiences are unlike any traditional field trip; they don’t end when the students get on the bus back to school. Each experience has enriched curriculum that connects the experience to classroom learning.” GAR convened the cultural and historical organizations with Akron Public Schools’ learning specialists to create educational programming specifically designed for Akron Public Schools students. Each experience includes specific pre/post activities, age-appropriate college and career targets and advanced technological elements. Consistency, equity and scale are at the core of this initiative. “The reality is not every child has the opportunity to experience many of these activities due to cost, transportation or both,” said Toth. “This initiative ensures that every child in every participating grade gets to have the same valuable experience.” The Essential Experience project is made possible by the GAR Foundation in collaboration with Akron Public Schools.
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Educator Spotlight Yu-Ling Yeh Community Action Akron Summit The Akron Art Museum’s relationship with Community Action Akron Summit Head Start/ Early Head Start (CA Head Start) program is at least twice as old as the preschool students it serves each year. Beginning in 2010, the museum and CA Head Start began collaborating to bring unique arts experiences to the students, teachers and families enrolled in their Head Start programs. This started as an outreach program in which museum educators went into Head Start classrooms, interacting with the three- to five-year-old students and has since morphed into an initiative that involves educator professional development and family-focused events at the museum. Below, Yu-Ling Yeh, CA Head Start Education consultant, discusses the program’s impact and visions for the future. Why were you interested in working with the Akron Art Museum? We were interested in working with the Akron Art Museum because it provided an opportunity to give Head Start children and families exposure to the creative visual arts, and it provided opportunities for staff, parents and children to know they can frequent the museum as a relevant component of their everyday lives. What is your favorite aspect of the partnership? Professionally, my favorite part is the Night at the Museum day during which the children’s artwork is on display. On that day, parents are able to see their children’s artwork showcased at the museum. Teachers’ interpretations of the artists’ work get revealed and the learning is visible to all who attend. It’s amazing to witness the fruits of the teaching staff’s work with our children and see their creativity come to life. Personally, one of my favorite aspects of the partnership is meeting with museum staff in the summer over coffee to discuss and plan for the following school year. It’s always exciting to select from the upcoming scheduled exhibitions and decide which artist to focus on, so that we can plan the professional development sessions for staff. We talk a lot about student impact, but how do you think this program has impacted teachers and/or families? Teaching staff have expressed feeling much more comfortable visiting and exploring the
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museum. They were delighted to see the abundance and richness of the exhibits, and best of all, they were equipped with the background information about the artists and pieces that are on display. They’ve also gained a deeper appreciation of the arts personally and professionally, which impacts their ability to guide children as they work on their collaborative art projects. For families, the museum is no longer a “thing,” but a place to visit to enrich their souls. During one of the Night at the Museum events, I ran into a former Head Start parent. Even though her child has moved on to kindergarten, they still visit the museum on free Thursdays. This is the result we love to see. Our children are not only life-long learners but life-long learners with the appreciation of the arts. The impact is more than one day, one school year. The impact is for generations to come! What are your hopes for the future of this partnership? My hope for the future is to foster every child’s imagination through creative arts so he/she may go out into the world with unlimited imagination and capacity for knowledge. In the future, I would love to see this initiative expand to other early childhood programs. Albert Einstein once said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” At the Akron Art Museum, children can cultivate that creativity and let their imagination soar.
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SUPPORT THE AKRON ART MUSEUM
Supporting a creative life requires commitment and passion. As we strive to create an inclusive, interactive and accessible public arts space for all, your support makes 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 Jeneé Garlando at 330.376.9186 x222 or visit akronartmuseum.org/donate.
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—akronartmuseum.org—for the most up-to-date information on what is happening on any given Thursday and the rest of the week.
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Join as a new member on Thursdays (in-person or online) and receive 25% off the regular price! Full details available at akronartmuseum.org/memberships. Free Thursdays are generously supported by the J.M. Smucker Company.
Member Spotlight Judith Hilinski City: Brimfield, OH Occupation: Senior Analyst – Business,
Finance, Capital Management, IT. Currently looking for a new career opportunity.
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hat made you decide to become a member of the Akron Art Museum? I think you should support organizations you truly believe in, and I believe in the value and mission of the Akron Art Museum. As residents of the greater Akron-Canton area, we are so fortunate to have this gem right in our backyards. Aristotle said, “We need art because we have not lived enough. Art allows us to acquire experiences that our own lives could never provide.” That being said, art is a major part of our lives. Art inspires us, challenges us, enlightens us and unites us. So, it is imperative that we support our local art museum. How frequently do you visit the Akron Art Museum? As often as humanly possible! Honestly, I’m probably at the museum 2-3 times per month. I participate in the monthly yoga classes, the quarterly book club, Thursday night special lectures or documentaries, Downtown@Dusk and other events that spark my interest. What got you interested in volunteering for Akron Art Museum events? Volunteering has always been an integral part of my life. I truly believe everyone should dedicate a portion of their time to volunteerism. It’s a chance to give back to something you appreciate and love. I appreciate and love the Akron Art Museum, so it’s a no-brainer for me to want to be a part of the organization. Volunteering gives you a sense of belonging, purpose and fulfillment. Frankly, it’s often easier to write a check
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than give of your time. I’ve heard it said that volunteers are the symphony of the organization. Well, I’ve always wanted to be part of the orchestra! I still remember volunteering the night of the grand opening for the new building in 2007. I dressed to the nines and greeted the guests with a welcoming smile. It was an enchanting evening from start to finish. Over the years, I have had the opportunity to volunteer for various events, and it’s always an enjoyable experience. The yearly wine auction is a particularly fun and purposeful night. What benefit of membership do you appreciate the most and why? I look forward to the members’ preview parties for new exhibits. It’s exciting to get a sneak peek at the artwork before it is open to the general public. However, one of the most memorable events was a visit to the home of artist Julian Stanczak. A group of members went to his house, met him and his wife and viewed his studio and their combined artwork. He gave each one of us an autographed copy of one of his artbooks. I’ll never forget that magical afternoon. Membership truly has it benefits! How has the Akron Art Museum impacted you? The Akron Art Museum is an important part of my life. I look forward to each new exhibit, special events and being able to volunteer as needed. Life would be vanilla without exposure to the arts.
Are there particular works of art in the collection or current/past exhibitions that are special to you? There have been so many phenomenal exhibits that it’s hard to just highlight one, but I thought the M. C. Escher: Impossible Realities exhibit was fascinating, and I was able to get all my friends and family to come out and view it. In regards to the collection, in the old section of the building, I am drawn to Frederick C. Frieseke’s Through the Vines (probably because I love hats and she is wearing one fine hat!). Plus, the museum has a supreme photography collection, from Ansel Adams’ Moonrise to Harry Callahan’s Eleanor. Do you have a story or favorite memory that you would like to share about the Akron Art Museum? I recall attending the Pattern ID exhibition preview party and dressing up in crazy prints, plaids and patterns. I ended up winning for most outrageous outfit of the evening and was gifted with the Pattern ID exhibition book. It was such a fun-filled night at the museum. Why do you feel art is important—for individuals, families, communities? Without a doubt art is ever-so important to us as individuals and for our society as a whole. Art fuels life, opens lines of communication, brings pleasure, pushes the limits, challenges our beliefs, gives voice to the masses and so much more. Life would be rather dull without the power and presence of art.
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ART WORKS Business Member Spotlight Joe Albrecht President, Albrecht, Incorporated What made you decide to have your business become an Art Works Business Member of the Akron Art Museum? Our office is located across South High Street from the museum, so it’s a nice place for our associates to visit for lunch or during breaks. How frequently do you visit the Akron Art Museum? I visit the museum frequently with my wife, Julie, and our three children, Owen, Ingrid and Henry. The programming for children is great. Julie and I have also attended various fundraisers and events at the museum.
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What benefit of Art Works Business Membership do you appreciate the most and why? Offering our associates access to the museum is what we appreciate the most. How has the Akron Art Museum impacted you? Your business? The region as a whole? Our family has benefitted quite a bit from museum programming. Programming has become quite interactive and child-friendly over the past six years under John S. Knight Director and CEO Mark Masuoka. Our associates have benefitted from the museum through Free Thursdays and will benefit more so with expanded access. Are there particular works of art in the collection or current/ past exhibitions that are special to you? Which ones and why? I enjoyed the Nick Cave: Feat. exhibition. The museum has done a great job displaying to the community the amazing things people are capable of creating. The permanent collection and temporary exhibitions seem to be of very high quality. The Inside I Out art project was a lot of fun. We were able to participate by providing two locations in northwest Akron for art. I’m hoping for another round of Inside I Out and would look forward to participating. Why do you feel the Akron Art Museum is important—for individuals, families, communities—your employees? The Akron Art Museum is an important gathering place where people interact with each other and with art. It’s a social and cerebral experience. In a tech-driven, screenbased world, the museum celebrates people and highlights the tactile.
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Do you have a story or memory that you would like to share about the Akron Art Museum? I remember visiting the museum in grade school. I’m sure my fellow Akron Public School classmates share similar memories. We all probably remember the pink Inverted Q and Linda. Shared experiences turn into shared memories to forge community.
ART WORKS Business Memberships For more than 97 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 museum’s success. 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 Albrecht Incorporated Best Commercial Energy Services Beyond Borders Inc. BPI Information Systems Brennan, Manna & Diamond, LLC Central Graphics & Signs Cohen & Company Control Concepts of Ohio, LLC Dominion Energy Ohio EarthQuaker Devices Edenscape LLC Emery Electric, Inc. Famous Supply Fidelity Investments GOJO Industries, Inc. Grants Plus Greater Akron Chamber Harwick Standard Distribution Corp. H & M Metal Processing Co. The J.M. Smucker Company Lake Business Products Myers School of Art Ohio CAT Printing Concepts Risk International Services, Inc. Roderick Linton Belfance LLP S.A. Comunale Company, Inc. Securitec Security Systems Sequoia Financial Group LLC Sikich LLP Speelman Electric, Inc. Star Printing Co., Inc. State and Federal Communications, Inc. Summa Health Suncrest Gardens Sweet Mary’s Bakery Sweet Modern/Cogneato TKM Print Solutions, Inc. United Way of Summit County Valley Car Wash Western Reserve PBS Join online at akronartmuseum.org/memberships or contact Senior Development Officer Jeneé Garlando at firstname.lastname@example.org or 330.376.9186 x222.
For the 10th consecutive summer, the Akron Art Museum is proud to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel, including National Guard and Reserve and their families, from Memorial Day, May 27, through Labor Day, September 2, 2019.
This free admission program is available to any bearer of a CAC military ID, a DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID) or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, which includes active duty U.S. military—Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps—and up to five family members. The military ID holder can be either an active duty service member or a dependent family member with the appropriate ID card. The active duty member does not have to be present for family members to use the program. You can find other Blue Star Museums across the country to plan your family outings this summer by checking online: https://www.arts.gov/ national-initiatives/blue-star-museums
AKRON ART MUSEUM ANNOUNCES CENTENNIAL CAMPAIGN
In May, the museum announced its $25 million fundraising campaign celebrating its upcoming centennial anniversary in 2022, while also providing early plans that will shape the museum’s Next 100 Years. John S. Knight Director and CEO Mark Masuoka stated, “Celebrating our history and investing in what makes this museum special sets the stage for all future endeavors, including welcoming a more diverse audience, breaking the barriers to accessibility and building upon our legacy of artistic excellence.” The two-phased campaign included a silent phase which focused on the completion of the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden, which opened in 2016. Additional significant gifts ensured the museum’s financial health and bolstered its endowment and general operating fund. Moreover, the $8 million lead gift from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, along with other important investments, empowered the institution to deepen its commitment to building community through the best contemporary art, with an innovative approach to using technology to expand the visitor experience. The public phase of the campaign features three components leading up to and beyond the museum’s anniversary in 2022: a capital campaign to open a Center for Creative Learning to provide a permanent home for the museum’s education programs; a fund to support education and public programs that are relevant to our community, while also supporting efforts to increase diversity and accessibility through programs powered by meaningful art experiences; and an endowment of $20 million, which, when coupled with growing general fundraising, will ensure that the museum can maintain its high standard of artistic excellence. “Having invested over $70 million in downtown Akron over the last thirteen years—we are excited to see downtown development in motion and look forward to being an active partner in Akron’s cultural, civic and economic development,” said Bruce Rowland, President of the museum’s Board of Directors.
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The museum recently raised $2.5 million in gifts from Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell, Dana Pulk Dickinson and Thomas Merryweather, joining lead gifts from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Rick and Alita Rogers Family Foundation and The J.M. Smucker Company. To date, the museum has raised $17 million against its publicly announced $25 million goal. Additional gifts have been received from Myrna Berzon, the Sandra L. and Dennis B. Haslinger Family Foundation, The Lehner Family Foundation, Herb and Dianne Newman, Rory and Dedee O’Neil and the State of Ohio.
Donor Spotlight: Tom Merryweather joined by his daughter Melissa Merryweather Husband and wife Tom and Marilyn Merryweather have long been a vital part of the Akron Art Museum family. Recently, The Tom and Marilyn Merryweather Fund presented the museum with an endowment to support exhibitions and public programs powered by meaningful art experiences relevant to our community. We asked Tom and his daughter Melissa to talk about the Merryweathers’ involvement with the museum and their vision for giving as the museum nears its centennial. Tell us about your involvement with the Akron Art Museum over the years. Tom: I was board president for three years. Marilyn and I were always philanthropic and liked to support the arts, so we made a significant donation to the construction of the museum. When Melissa was a kid, Marilyn used to bring her down here for art lessons when it was the old Akron Art Institute. Photo by Jayson Shenk
Melissa: Mom had this treasure trove of adventures she would take us to, and Akron Art Museum was part of that. There was always something to discover. I think we took art classes here over at least three years. Why did you feel it was important to set up an endowment fund to support exhibitions? Tom: Marilyn and I decided that we’d use the Gates’ rule to give away a substantial amount of our estate to art, education and the environment. I decided it would be more fun to do while I was alive and have the fun of “giving while living.” And Marilyn—unfortunately she didn’t live long enough to see this happen—but she knew what we were going to do. Why do you think supporting the arts in general is so important to the future of this community? Melissa: For anybody who has had that experience, being profoundly affected by an exhibition—there’ve been a few where I’ve cried just from pure beauty and the effects it had on me. If anybody can walk away with that who wouldn’t have before, then we need to make that happen.
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Tom: I think art is one of the cornerstones of civilization. If we’re going to have a vibrant, civilized, progressive city, art is a fundamental part of that. Art is what moves and motivates people to relate to one another, to be part of the bigger picture, to be better citizens. As the Akron Art Museum’s centennial nears, what are your hopes for the next 100 years? Tom: I would hope that the endowment grows and adds to the collection. And the museum is able to reach out more to the community and become more central to the future of Akron. We can always add to the collection and do more in the way of including theater, film, dance into the museum schedule. Anything we can do to bring people downtown and to the museum is going to be constructive and helpful to the health of the city.
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PARTIES EVENTS WEDDINGS
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 occasion 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.
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 email@example.com.
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THANK YOU 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 the museum 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 April 30, 2019.
$50,000 and above Akron Community Foundation Akron Reimagining the Civic Commons Mrs. Myrna Berzon* The C. Blake, Jr. and Beatrice K. McDowell Foundation FRONT International GAR Foundation Ms. Sandra Haslinger* The J.M. Smucker Company John S. and James L. Knight Foundation The Lehner Family Foundation Mr. Thomas Merryweather* Mr. & Mrs. Herbert Newman* Ohio Arts Council Mr. and Mrs. Rory O'Neil* Peg’s Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Richard S. Rogers*/ Richard and Alita Rogers Family Foundation The Sandra L. & Dennis B. Haslinger Family Foundation
$10,000–$49,999 Mrs. Ann Allan Mr. and Mrs. Roland H. Bauer* Mr. and Mrs. Fred Bidwell* Mr. & Mrs. Robert W. Briggs* Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs LLC Drs. Hedrick and Caveny* Char and Chuck Fowler Family Foundation Mr. and Mrs. John Childs* Cohen & Company, CPAs Ms. Dana Dickinson* Dominion Energy Ohio F.W. Albrecht Family Foundation FirstEnergy Foundation Mr. John V. Frank* Gertrude F. Orr Trust Advised Fund/ACF H & M Metal Processing Mr. and Mrs. William Hoover* Huntington National Bank John P. Murphy Foundation Mr. and Mrs. William S. Lipscomb* Mary and Dr. George L. Demetros Charitable Trust The Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation Mirapaul Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Randy Myeroff* PNC Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation Mrs. Kathy Salem*/Kathy Moses Salem Fund of Akron Community Foundation The Semantic Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Mark Smucker* Mr. and Mrs. Alan Woll*
$1,000–$9,999 Akron Children's Hospital Akron Pediatric Surgical Associates Inc. Cleveland Clinic-Akron General Medical Center Akron/Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau Albrecht Incorporated Mr. and Mrs. Steve Albrecht Mrs. Ann Amer Brennan* Mr. Hamilton Amer* Anonymous Dr. and Mrs. David Andrews* Mr. and Mrs. John Arther, III Audio-Technica U.S., Inc. Dr. and Mrs. W. Gerald Austen* B+B Cleaners
Bank of America Charitable Foundation 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* Broadleaf Partners, LLC Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas V. Browning Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Bruno* Mr. and Mrs. Maurice J. Buchanan* Mrs. Frances Buchholzer* Mr. Busta and Ms. Tomkins* Charles E. & Mabel M. Ritchie Memorial Foundation Mrs. Terri Conner Mr. and Mrs. William H. Considine Judge Deborah Cook* Dr. and Mrs. Herbert E. Croft* Mr. and Mrs. John H. Dalton* Mr. and Mrs. George W. Daverio, Jr.* Deluxe Corporation Foundation Mr. Scott Dettling Drs. Cliff & Sandy Deveny* Mr. and Mrs. Samuel DiPaola EarthQuaker Devices Dr. and Mrs. Drew Engles* Mr. & Mrs. Jeff Evanko Famous Supply Fat Head's Brewing Mr. and Mrs. William R. Feth* Fidelity Investments Fifth Third Bank The Folk Charitable Foundation Dr. Michael Frank* Mr. William & Mrs. Jenny Frantz* Mr. Howard Freedman and Mrs. Rita Montlack* Mr. Martin and Mrs. Tamara Fynan* Mr. and Mrs. Jim Gentile* Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas George* Mrs. Cathy Godshall* GOJO Industries Mrs. Patricia Graves* Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Greer* David Halliwill & Valerie Mader* 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. Barbara H. Herberich* Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Hull Mr. and Mrs. David Hunter* James Cohan Gallery Jean P. Wade Foundation Sarah and Jeff Johnston* Joseph & Sally Miller Family Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Kanfer* Mr. and Mrs. John Katzenmeyer* Mr. Walter P. Keith, III* Kenneth L. Calhoun Charitable Trust KeyBank Mr. & Mrs. George R. Klein* Nancy Koly Mr. and Mrs. John Vander Kooi* Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Kornick* Mr. and Mrs. James P. Kovach* Kravets Wehby Gallery Inc. Mrs. Sue Kruder*
Mrs. Thaddeus W. Kurczynski* Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Leff* Mr. and Mrs. Gary Leidich* Mr. Jason Leidich Frank Lettieri Paul & Linda Liesem Lloyd L. and Louise K. Smith Memorial Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Philip A. Lloyd* Mr. and Mrs. Rick Lobalzo Dr. and Mrs. Lawrence Lohman* M. G. O'Neil Foundation McMaster-Carr Supply Company Mr. Robert and Mrs. Pamela McMillen* Judge Kathryn Michael Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Michelson, Jr.* Cindy & Don Misheff Mr. and Mrs. John A. Mogen* Dr. and Mrs. Eliot Mostow* Mr. Stephen E. Myers* June and Robert Netzley Dr. and Mrs. Alfred L. Nicely* Nevin Nussbaum Ohio CAT OMNOVA Solutions Foundation Dr. and Mrs. Donald F. Palmer* Mr. and Mrs. David Pelland* Mr. William C. Pepple and Dr. Nancy Ryland Catherine Posner Printing Concepts, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Tim Quine* R.C. and Katharine Musson Charitable Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Derrick Ransom* Mr. Roger Read* Mr. Karl Reuther and Dr. Gayle Galan* Mrs. Nancy Reymann Gotfredson* Risk International Services, Inc. Dr. Andrea Rodgers & Dr. Ray Bologna* Mr. & Mrs. Bruce Rowland* Mr. and Mrs. Edward A. Russell* Mr. Michael Russell* Mr. and Mrs. Peter Ryerson* S.A. Comunale Company, Inc. Samuel Reese Willis Foundation Mr. and Mrs. David Sands* Mrs. Elizabeth B. Sandwick* Mr. and Mrs. Michael Saxon Mr. David Scarponi* Securitec Security Systems Sequoia Financial Group Shaw Memorial Fund-ACF Mr. Timothy and Mrs. Elizabeth Sheeler* Sisler McFawn Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Richey Smith* R. Thomas & Meg Harris Stanton* Mr. and Mrs. John S. Steinhauer Suncrest Gardens Dr. Sanjiv Tewari* United Way of Summit County The University of Akron Vintage Wine Distributor James Vitale Mr. Bob Vogel* Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. Walton* The Welty Family Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Scott Wilkes James M. Woods* Mr. and Mrs. Richard Wright* Chris Zazo
$250–$999 Dr. and Mrs. Mark Adamczyk
Akrochem Corporation Akron Coffee Roasters Alliance Data Systems Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services, Inc. Anonymous Dr. and Mrs. Mark Auburn Mr. and Mrs. Jules Belkin 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. John Blickle Christy Bolingbroke Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Bonchack Mr. James L. Wagner and Ms. Jane Bond Jane Falk & William Bortz BPI Information Systems Mr. and Mrs. Edward Brown Lisle M. Buckingham Endowment Fund of ACF Cynthia Burgess 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 Control Concepts of Ohio, LLC Mr. and Mrs. Harry Covington Claudia Crea Dr. and Mrs. David Cutler Marc D’Antonio & Robert Esseltine Mr. and Mrs. Bryan de Boer Mrs. Julie Deane Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Michael Douglas Mr. Eric and Mrs. Michelle M. Droll Ms. Constance Dubick Barry C. Dunaway Edenscape LLC Emery Electric Inc. Christine Fiocca Mrs. Helen D. Fleming Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Fuller Mrs. Dorothy Gaffney Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Gaines Mrs. Nan Kevin Gelhard Dr. and Mrs. John H. Gerstenmaier Ms. Tamara Gill Mr. and Mrs. Fred V. Glock, Jr. Ms. Patricia A. Gooding Mr. Mark Goodman Grants Plus Mr. and Mrs Henry Gulich Mr. and Mrs. Gregory P. Hackett Molly and Barry Holtzer Mr. & Mrs. Nicholas Katanic Ms. Cindy Kellett Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Kinnamon Kuesel Consulting, Inc Dr. Steven L. Kutnick and Ms. Jackie Derrow Dr. and Mrs. Richard Hirsh Mr. Robert Kazar Jeff Kennard Mr. and Mrs. David Lipiro Mr. Robert Kerper and Ms. Susan Locke Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Koutnik Mr. and Mrs. Tom Kukk
Lake Business Products Mr. Steve Lederer Dr. and Mrs. Mark Leeson Dr. & Mrs. Anthony Locastro Ms. Chell Maxwell Mr. Matt McCallum and Mr. Ben Manista Mr. William and Mrs. Nancy McGrath Mr. and Mrs. Charles Mintz Mr. and Mrs. William Moore Ms. Missy Morlock Amelia and Adam Morris Myers School of Art Jason Netherton Mr. and Mrs. Steve Newman The O’Neill Group Harrison Orendorf Mr. and Mrs. Robert Piepho Dr. and Mrs. Howard A. Pinsky Platform Beer Co. Mr. George Pope Dr. Steven & Dr. Julia Radwany Drs. James and Esther Rehmus Mrs. Sigrid Reynolds 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 Mr. and Mrs. Justin Rogers Don Ross Lamar Rucker Ms. Susan Scarponi Mr. and Mrs. John Schubert Schultz, Bertin & Co. Tom Shaheen Charna Sherman Mr. Robert Smith and Ms. Ann Cole Mrs. Constantia Stathopoulos Mr. and Mrs. John Stathopoulos Sikich LLP Ms. Doris A. Simonis Lee A. Simpson & Kathryn G. Freed Simpson Drs. Frederick and Elizabeth Specht Speelman Electric, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Larry Spurgeon Star Printing Co., Inc. State and Federal Communications, Inc. Max Steiner Struktol Company of America Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Svoboda Sweet Mary’s Bakery Sweet Modern/Cogneato Salli Swindell Mr. Steve Tarr Thirsty Dog Brewing Company TKM Print Solutions Kelley Tomlinson Valley Car Wash Dr. and Mrs. Chris A. Van Devere Mr. and Mrs. John S. Vittum Kevin Wagner Heather L. Welsh Ms. Edna H. Williams and Ms. Amanda Williams Mr. Bruce Winges and Ms. Bonnie Bolden Mr. and Mrs. Randall Worthington, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Terry Yingling Mr. Gary J. Zeller and Mr. James Zwisler
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SUMMER CONCERT SERIES THURSDAYS | JUNE
27 – AUGUST 1 | 6:30 – 8:30 pm
June 27 - Sammy DeLeon & his Latin Jazz Septet Latin Jazz • Member Appreciation Night!
July 11 - 15 60 75 The Numbers Band Original Blues, Jazz, Rock
July 18 - Wanda Hunt Band
Blues • One-time-only Reunion Show!
July 25 - Anne E. DeChant Indie and Roots Rock
August 1 - Theron Brown Trio Jazz Trio
Celebrate the 35th season of iconic concert series Downtown@Dusk, presented by the Akron Art Museum in the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden. Downtown@Dusk is presented by the Akron Art Museum with additional support by Ron and Ann Allan, Audio-Technica, EarthQuaker Devices and Clear Gold Audio & Lighting. Media sponsorship is provided by 91.3 The Summit and Western Reserve PBS.
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