Posted on Thursday, January 14, 2021

The special exhibition Making Your Mark celebrates the power of surface and craftsmanship in authentic works of art. While these aspects of art are better appreciated in real life, the digital does allow viewers to get closer than you can in the galleries.

Omid Shekari’s detailed drawings are set off by glistening, textural passages. Upon close inspection one sees the surface is composed of metal shavings. Shekari grinds shell casings with a grinder before applying the metal to his drawings.

Posted on Friday, December 18, 2020

We’ve been so busy making content this year, and we’ve shared so much. So we’re finishing this series strong by sharing our most popular resources.

Research Mysteries from Quarantine: Part 1 shows how a collection mystery was solved. Museum staff explored Main Street, Cleveland by Ora Coltman and discovered a few interesting facts along the way.

#5WomenArtists at AAM showcases 5 pioneering women artists in the Museum’s collection. Each one of these talented artists’ works featured are currently on view in the galleries.

Fashion Finds explores fashion-forward outfits featured in the Museum’s collection. …

Posted on Friday, December 11, 2020

Music is a regular part of the Akron Art Museum’s program calendar, with Downtown at Dusk and the Family Concert in the summer and Midwinter Blues and Other Tunes in February. This year, we’ve had to enjoy music in new digital ways. Explore some of the ways we’re enjoying music now.

Many of our artworks connect to music:

In Revery by Thelma Frazier Winter, a young woman is lost in the song she plays. What do you think she’s performing?

Pablo Picasso’s Femme Couchée et Guitariste shows a reclining woman strumming away. …

Posted on Friday, December 4, 2020

This fall, the Museum commissioned ten writers to be inspired by the Museum’s collection for a piece of microfiction. These writings were then used as the source for a series of postcards used in the Akron Art Mail installation. Some of these writers were also featured in On Process, the Museum’s speaker series which highlights artists and writers and their interviews are available to watch on our YouTube channel. Explore these ten writers along with their written works and Akron Art Mail postcards featured on the Museum’s website.

  1. Theron Brown is a professor of…

Posted on Friday, November 27, 2020

Making art is a chance to express yourself, relax, and expand your horizons. We have many resources to help you explore a new medium, hone your skills, or learn from a master.

  1. Many families are finding themselves as art teachers with kids learning from home. For those who have day jobs that don’t involve scissors and paste, coming up with projects for your young ones can feel daunting. Akron Art Museums creativity kits are free art supply kits available to families who visit the museum. …

Posted on Friday, November 20, 2020

Food can be one of the great pleasures of life. Artists have celebrated food and drink, sometimes documenting works and sometimes using food as a metaphor. All forms of art in the Museum’s collection served as inspiration for staff cooks this year in the series Cooking with the Collection.

Here are 10 food recipes and related collection items to try out at home and explore:

Collection Inspired Recipes

When you have a sweet tooth, this Strawberry Buttercream recipe will certainly satisfy it. …

Posted on Friday, November 6, 2020

Akron Art Mail featured artists postcards

Artists live and work in every community. Local galleries and art schools are great ways to find the best of your regional art scenes. Northeast Ohio has many wonderful arts spaces, such as Rubber City Print, Akron Soul Train, Summit Art Space, and many more in our neighbors to the North, Cleveland.

We’ve also enjoyed sharing our physical and digital spaces with regional artists since March and will continue to do so throughout 2021.

Here are some local artists experiences to enjoy:

  1. Two on-site exhibitions feature art by regional artists. Akron Art Mail features…

Posted on Friday, October 30, 2020

Many of us might feel a little out of sorts when faced with trying to understand modern and contemporary art. A little bit of knowledge can go a long way. Knowing about the artist’s motivation or the quality of the technique might make you think differently. Sometimes just looking closely at the details in the work can grow your appreciation. If nothing else, these short experiences are a nice diversion.

Here are ten bite-sized nuggets of info to give you something to think about when looking closer:

Retrospective, 2004–2006, La Wilson, (Corning, New York, 1924–2018, Hudson, OH), 2004–2006, Assemblage, 34 7/8 in. x 46 1/4 in. x 9 1/8 in. (88.58 cm x 117.48 cm x 23.18 cm), Purchased, by exchange, with funds from Mr. Lucien Q. Moffitt, 2006.34
  1. Wilson’s largest and most complex assemblage, Retrospective

Posted on Friday, October 23, 2020

This week, we’ll share some ideas for why exploring art in real life is good for the body and soul:

  1. Museums are some of the safest social spaces to explore with your family during the pandemic. They are spaces you experience in motion, so you’re not breathing in shared air for long periods of time. Most museums have high quality HVAC, so the air has been treated. Museums are easy to enjoy on your own or in small family groups. …

Posted on Sunday, October 18, 2020

Poor Scorpio. You can be hard to read — like Robert Stivers’ unfocused photo — making you the most misunderstood sign. You’ve definitely got that scorpion stinger, but underneath it all you crave closeness with others. You’re always thinking about your next move, but use that gently! Take time to plan out how to put away that stinger and deepen your connections with loved ones.

Pobre Escorpio. Puedes ser difícil de leer (como una foto desenfocada), lo que te convierte en el signo más incomprendido. Definitivamente tienes el aguijón del escorpión, pero debajo de…

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