Elias Sime: Tightrope

Elias Sime
February 29, 2020 - May 24, 2020

Elias Sime: Tightrope, the first major traveling survey dedicated to the Ethiopian artist’s work, features numerous large-scale tableaus. Sime draws from a range of influences, including linguistics, botany, artistic movements and topographic photography. This noteworthy exhibition includes two works created specifically for the show alongside a large selection from the Tightrope series, in addition to several earlier stitched canvases.

From afar, these works give the appearance of abstract paintings. However, upon closer inspection, one sees these color-block compositions are assembled from unexpected materials like motherboards, buttons and electrical wire. First conceiving of a composition, Sime then sources the items to realize his concept, often purchasing them new or utilizing materials he has collected. In some cases, it takes him years to finish a work because he must locate a sufficient quantity of a specific material to complete a composition.

Sime weaves his materials into breathtaking artworks that express a sense of personal connection. “There is a sense of unity and cooperation that I reflect through my art,” he says. “At the root of all of it is love and passion.”

For more about Elias Sime:

Exhibition Video

Air Mail News | Elias Sime: Tightrope

ARTFORUM | Elias Sime

BOMB Magazine | Social Sculpture: Elias Sime Interviewed by Louis Bury

Everett Potter’s Travel Report | From Addis Ababa to Clinton, NY: Elias Sime at the Wellin Museum of Art

Galerie Magazine | Ethiopian Artist Elias Sime’s First Major Show Goes on View at the Wellin Museum

Hyperallergic | Love and Craftsmanship in the Relationship Between Machines and Humanity

Elias Sime: Tightrope is organized by the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art at Hamilton College, Clinton, New York.

Its presentation in Akron is made possible through the generous support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; Ohio Arts Council; the Kenneth L. Calhoun Charitable Trust, KeyBank, Trustee; Katie and Mark Smucker; and Mr. and Mrs. Joseph S. Kanfer.

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March 1, 2020 - March 31, 2020, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Family Film Fest

Join us for two programs of award-winning, family-friendly short films from the 2019 New York International Children’s Film Festival. Register for one or both programs below. Ongoing art activities are available in the lobby 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

Kid Flix I: Animated Shorts (ages 3-7)
12:30 – 1:30 PM

Kid Flix II: Live Action and Animated Shorts (ages 8+)
2:30 – 3:45 pm

Space is limited in the Charles and Jane Lehner Auditorium. Advance tickets are recommended. Short films and related art activities are free. Gallery admission free for members and children (age 17 and under).

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Family Days are made possible by PNC with additional support from the Kathy Moses Salem Philanthropic Fund of 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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March 12, 2020, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Kids After-School Mind Unwind

Best for ages 5 – 12 and their grown-ups

Our open studio is the perfect place for caregivers and kids to express themselves and unwind. We’re tech-free with a quality-time-together guarantee. Hang out with other young visionaries and learn how to develop lifelong positive habits of the mind with fun, energizing art experiences. Don’t settle for bored and tired, get inspired!

Free. *Registration required. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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After-School Mind Unwind is made possible with support from the Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation

March 7, 2020, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Kids Studio

Best for ages 6 – 10

Aspiring artists need opportunities to question, make mistakes and test ideas. Guided by an artist-educator, students engage with contemporary art up close, then funnel personal responses into inspiring oops, wows and what-ifs in the studio. Inventiveness using unique materials is a key component to our studio experience. Dress for messy fun.

$5/member child, $12/nonmember child. *Registration required. Caregivers welcome to participate but not required to stay.

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Kids Studio is made possible with support from the Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation and the Charles E. and Mabel M. Ritchie Foundation.