Akron Art Museum Director Resigns – Search for replacement to commence immediately

Akron, Ohio – Akron Art Museum (AAM) Director Mark Masuoka has resigned his position effective immediately and longtime Akron businessman and former AAM Board member Jon Fiume has been selected as Interim Director while a search begins for a permanent replacement. The AAM will establish a multi-faceted search committee comprised of Board members, Museum staff, and community leaders with credentials in both the art world and the Akron region. An executive search firm will be selected by this committee to guide the process. An important

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Akron Art Museum to Remain Closed Until Further Notice

Akron— The Akron Art Museum will be closed to the public until at least June 30. “The museum has made this decision, proactively, for the health and well-being of the staff and community despite the financial hardship it will cause the organization,” said Mark Masuoka, the John S. Knight Director and CEO. “The safety of our community is paramount. While we could have waited to react to evolving government decisions, the uncertainty this causes our staff and community adds stress in an already uncertain time.”

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Akron Art Museum closes starting March 14th to support public health effort

FOR RELEASE: March 13, 2020 Akron—In response to the state of emergency declared by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and concerns of “community spread” of COVID-19, Akron Art Museum joins state and national museums in closing to the public starting March 14th until further notice. The museum had previously postponed all public programming originally scheduled through April 30. The museum staff is reaching out to anyone with upcoming scheduled events in the building and will update any changes on its website along with its social media

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13th Annual Art & Ale at the Akron Art Museum Celebrates Local Brews and Social Experiences

Akron—The Akron Art Museum will hold its popular craft beer tasting event, Art & Ale on Saturday March 28. The wildly popular event will continue its expanded format from last year, with two tasting sessions and VIP ticket options. Fans can purchase a ticket for one of two sessions: the first from 2:00 to 5:00 P.M. and the second from 6:00 to 9:00 P.M.  Art & Ale pairs exceptional craft brews with delicious offerings from local food purveyors and includes coveted awards for best overall

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Akron Art Museum to continue Juried Game Design Showcase, GameFest Akron

Akron, Ohio—The Akron Art Museum is calling for submissions of video games and tabletop games from developers and game-creators for GameFest Akron (previously called Open World Arcade), a day-long indie game event held at the museum on Saturday, November 7, 2020. Game submissions will be accepted from March 1 through June 1, 2020. Games can be entered for free by going to http://akronartmuseum.org/gamefestakron. Entries will be judged by a panel of museum staff and video game professionals based on novelty, professional polish, aesthetics, quality of

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Monumental, Complex Tableaus by Elias Sime Coming to Akron Art Museum

Akron—From a distance, Ethiopian artist Elias Sime’s artworks appear to be large-scale abstract paintings. Upon closer inspection, their complexity and nontraditional materials become apparent. Sime’s tableaus are not paintings at all, but breathtaking compositions assembled from thousands of motherboards, buttons, computer keyboard keys and electrical wires. Visitors to the Akron Art Museum can experience Sime’s work in person when Elias Sime: Tightrope opens on Saturday, February 29, 2020. Tightrope is Sime’s first major traveling survey and contains two works created specifically for the exhibition, exhibited

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Akron Art Museum Looks at Everyday Items in a New Way with Objects to Be Destroyed

Akron—In the hands of an artist, almost anything can become art—not just in terms of subject matter, but literally, any object or material A new Akron Art Museum exhibition, Objects to Be Destroyed, features works of art made with everyday items including glass bottles, clocks, rocks, umbrellas and books. The artists in Objects to Be Destroyed incorporate found, man-made products or natural materials into their sculptures, assemblages and photographs. Drawn completely from artworks in the Akron Art Museum collection, Objects to Be Destroyed opens on

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Promotions at the Akron Art Museum

For Release: October 14, 2019 Akron—The Akron Art Museum is pleased to announce the promotion of three staff members as part of its strategic realignment to enrich the level of experiences that the museum can bring to the community. Key to the realignment is the promotion of Seema Rao to the role of deputy director and chief experience officer. Since her arrival in May 2019, Rao has created ongoing plans for enhancing the museum experience, and she has identified new ways to employ technology to engage

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Artist Angela Washko to Speak at Akron Art Museum

For Release: October 31, 2019 Akron—Angela Washko, whose artwork is on view as part of Open World: Video Games & Contemporary Art, will speak at the Akron Art Museum on Saturday, November 9 from 2:00 – 3:00 P.M. The artist will discuss her interdisciplinary practice combining performance, video, installation art and game-making, which is devoted to creating new forums for discussions of feminism. Open World features a wall-sized projection of three of Washko’s game interventions recorded for video: Nature, Playing a Girl and FEMI NAZIS from the series The

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Akron Art Museum Considers Fact and the Fantastic in The Distance of the Moon

For Release: October 29, 2019 Akron—Would you go to the moon and back to see a work of art? What if the artwork went to the moon and you could see it in a nearby museum? While it may seem like science fiction, it is true that in 1969 six artists and an unidentified collaborator, operating under the name Experiments in Art and Technology, snuck The Moon Museum, a ceramic tile about the size of a thumbnail onto the Apollo 12 lander. The tile displayed images created

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