Well-Guarded & Institutionalized: Works by Akron Art Museum Staff

Well-Guarded & Institutionalized: Works by Akron Art Museum Staff

The Akron Area Arts Alliance is pleased to welcome staff members at the Akron Art Museum in a gallery exhibition celebrating the creativity running through every department in the museum. Akron Art Museum staff constantly are surrounded by amazing artwork and inspirational visitors from places near and far. See how this translates into their personal artwork at Summit Artspace Gallery from August 9th until September 15th. A free opening reception for the artists takes place on Friday, August 9th from 5 pm until 8 pm.

Participating staff members include: Toni Billick, Stephanie Brewer, Justin Campbell, Laura Firestone, Maria Iafelice, Melissa Markwalk, Bridget O’Donnell, Emma Pavlik, Melissa Roth, Emily Sullivan, Joseph Kolliner, Alex Strader, Chris Ross, Joseph Walton, Nicole Schneider and Arnold Tunstall. The variety of work spans painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography, digital drawing and installations make up the contributions to the exhibition.

Joseph Walton’s reductive paintings captured in resin shine like jewels in the galleries. His technical prowess combined with his artistic talent is evident in his paintings. Chris Ross is inspired by popular culture and current events, using the collage medium as a commentary on cities, neighborhoods and society in general. Toni Billick’s portraits and Arnold Tunstall’s architectural facades and atmospheric works show the many different ways photography can be used as an observational and interpretive artistic tool. The prints of Nicole Schneider, Stephanie Brewer and Emily Sullivan all explore various facets of this medium, from a series of prints and visual thinking to taking prints into a 3-dimensional presentation of Emily Sullivan’s LED light-boxes. Other mediums are in the exhibition including pantings by Melissa Roth, Melissa Markwald and Joseph Kolliner. Drawings come from staff members Justin Campbell, Laura Firestone and Alex Strader. Emma Pavlik’s mixed-media sculptures with materials as unusual as chewing gum and found complete the exhibition.



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