Akron Art Museum

photo by Richman Haire

Akron, OH




A Legacy of Beauty: Paintings & Prints from the Edwin C. Shaw Bequest; article by Wendy Kendall-Hess (4/20/05)

New Master Drawings (3/1/05)

In a Romantic Mood: American Impressionists and Their Era (5/30/03)

Indivisible: Stories of American Community (12/12/00)

Lure of the West: Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum (7/31/00)

Do You Like Green Eggs and Ham? Drawings by Dr. Seuss (4/18/00)

Chuck Close's "Linda" Returns to the Akron Art Museum (11/17/99)

Raphael Gleitsmann: Recent Acquisitions (11/17/99)

Alvin Langdon Coburn: Photographs 1900 - 1924 (9/26/99)

Apocalyptic Giggles: The Industrial Cartoon Humor of Derf (7/28/99)

Komar & Melamid: the People's Choice (12/98)


Providing visitors an intimate setting for learning and discovery, the Akron Art Museum is a world-class institution that showcases regional, national and international art created since 1850. The Museum is located in the heart of downtown Akron, Ohio at 70 E. Market St.

In July 2004 the Museum began construction on a 64,000 square foot expansion. The new building will be built adjacent to the existing museum, increasing its size to 85,000 gross square feet. The expanded Akron Art Museum is expected to open in late summer 2006.

The architect's design for the new Akron Art Museum features three distinct elements: a soaring glass and steel "crystal" lobby; a large, flexible exhibition space called the Gallery Box; and the Roof Cloud, a large cantilevered structure that reaches over the existing museum and above the city's main artery. The project will almost triple gallery space from 8,000 square feet to over 20,000 square feet, allowing greater display of the museum's important paintings and sculpture from its permanent collection as well as selections from its distinguished photography holdings. The expansion also provides a number of amenities long requested by museum visitors such as classroom space, a childrens gallery, auditorium, museum gift shop and café.

Coop Himmelb(l)au was selected as the design architect for the Akron Art Museum project in September 2001 during a year-long architect selection process, which culminated with a competition that included three finalists: Coop Himmelb(l)au, UN Studio Van Berkel & Bos of Amsterdam and Snøhetta based in Oslo.

Please see the Museum's website for hours and admission fees.

Google Book Searches conducted in 2008 and 2013 by Traditional Fine Arts Organization (TFAO) located the following brochures, catalogues and gallery guides published on paper in connection with the Museum and with a topic of American representational art. The list may not include all relevant publications. Titles are listed by date of publication, with most recent listed first. Information on publications may be in error or incomplete. Titles may be followed by links to related essays published by Resource Library. See Definitions for more information on finding brochures, catalogues and gallery guides using TFAO's website.

Ohio Perspectives: Contemporary African American Artists, Akron Art Museum, March 16-June 2, 2002

Akron Art Museum: Art Since 1850, an Introduction to the Collection, by, Mitchell Douglas Kahan, Jeffrey D. Grove, Akron Art Museum, 2001 - 269 pages

La Wilson, Metaphorical Objects, by La Wilson, Ellen H. Johnson, Akron Art Museum, Kathleen Monaghan, Rod Bengston, Akron Art Museum - Art - 1986 - 12 pages. Catalog of an exhibition held at Akron Art Museum, Nov. 14, 1986-Jan. 18, 1987.

The Edwin C. Shaw Collection of American Impressionist and Tonalist Painting, by William H. Robinson, Carolyn Kinder Carr, Akron Art Museum, Margot Jackson - 1986 - 140 pages. Exhibition catalogue. A Legacy of Beauty: Paintings & Prints from the Edwin C. Shaw Bequest; article by Wendy Kendall-Hess (4/20/05)

Hollis Sigler: Paintings, Drawings and Prints 1976-1986, by Hollis Sigler, Akron Art Museum - Art - 1986 - 8 pages. Catalog of an exhibition held Akron Art Museum, Nov. 14, 1986-Jan. 18, 1987 and Chicago Public Library Cultural Center Jan. 24-Mar. 21, 1987.

Cindy Sherman, by Akron Art Museum - 1984. Catalog of an exhibition held June 23-Sept. 2, 1984.

William Merritt Chase: Portraits, by William Merritt Chase, Carolyn Kinder Carr, Akron Art Museum - 1982. Catalogue of an exhibition held Akron Art Museum on 5th June - 29th Aug. 1982

The Image in American Painting & Sculpture, 1950-1980: Akron Art Museum, September 12-November 8, 1981, The Museum, 1981 - 103 pages

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