The Akron Art Museum features a fantastic gallery dedicated to the display of an incredible collection of art international and local art pdating back to 1850. The museum also hosts world-class visiting shows from national and international collections. Western art created between 1850 and 1950 graces the first floor of the museum's 1899 Italian Renaissance revival style building. The first two rooms feature examples of turn-of-the-century realism and American impressionism.
Two rooms explore modernism and regionalism in northeast Ohio from 1910 through 1950. A final room is dedicated entirely to the work of William Sommer, a northeast Ohio artist. These galleries include paintings by Thomas Wilmer Dewing and Frederick Carl Frieseke. Art since 1950 is featured in eight rooms located in the museum's 2007 Knight building. These galleries reflect the eclectic style of late twentieth-century art through examples of postmodern painting and sculpture, photo-realism and Pop Art. On view are Chuck Close's Linda, Andy Warhol's silk-screened Single Elvis and Brillo Boxes; and Ohio carver and preacher Elijah Pierce's animated relief sculpture, The Wise and Foolish Virgins and Four Other Scenes.
Major temporary exhibitions are housed on the second floor of the Knight Building. These exhibitions include traveling shows, such as American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell, and shows organized by the museum, such as A Shared Vision: The Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Photography Collection. The museum also features intimate exhibitions of emerging or mid-career artists, community-based art projects and changing exhibitions of photographic media.
Touring the museum
The education department also offers a wide range of tours for students, youth groups, scouting troops and more. Visitors should take the time to explore the museum's exclusive special exhibitions and get to know the modern and contemporary collection. Start your journey via a variety of options as you discover art and culture in a truly unique architectural setting.
Thursday is free day
Spend your Thursday at the Akron Art Museum. Admission to the gallery is free all day and evening from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm.
Relax in the museum café
Take a seat and relax with a locally roasted coffee or craft beer, or indulge in one of our fresh baked goods. The café offers indoor and outdoor seating for museum visitors throughout the day.
Enjoy events in the garden
The garden area was created to enrich lives through modern and contemporary art – prioritizing the cultivation of an environment filled with opportunities for engagement and a high level of exposure to the arts. The museum garden sits on an acre of land that serves as a groundbreaking public space, creating the opportunity for all in the community to have a meaningful art experience in an art space invented for creative expression and exploration.