Dorothy Shinn

The Akron Art Museum’s second year of the community-activated art project Inside|Out expands its reach in 2016, taking on eight new neighborhoods to install 40 art reproductions from the museum’s collection.

In 2015, the museum installed 30 reproductions at outdoor locations in six neighborhoods in and around the Akron area for its inauguration of Inside|Out, made possible by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Barberton is one of four communities scheduled to receive Inside|Out artworks when the project resumes this spring.

Besides those in Barberton, the spring 2016 (April – June) installations include the Akron neighborhoods Firestone Park, Kenmore, and Northwest Akron and Wallhaven.

In the fall (August – October) artwork will travel to the city of Kent and the Akron neighborhoods of South Akron and Summit Lake, Goodyear Heights and the Merriman Valley.

Each neighborhood will receive 10 outdoor installations of high-quality, framed reproductions from the Akron Art Museum’s world-class collection. Brochures and maps of the installation sites will be distributed throughout each neighborhood and will be available at the Akron Art Museum and online at the museum’s website.

The Akron Art Museum staff will work with community partners to plan out the locations of the artwork and to create programming and events inspired by the artwork.

Last year, the museum successfully partnered with the International Institute of Akron, Better Block in North Hill, Akron Bike Party, the University of Akron’s Myers School of Art, Summit County Historical Society, and the Akron2Akron walking tours, among others.

Updates about the project will be posted on the Akron Art Museum’s social media accounts, including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Starting in April, downloadable maps and event information can be found at AkronArtMuseum.org/inside-out.

Follow Inside|Out online: AkronArtMuseum.org/inside-out

Learn about the artwork in your community with the Inside|Out Tour App: insideoutakron.toursphere.com.

Search #InsideOutAkron on social media and Facebook.com/Akron?ArtMuseumOfficial.

Schenkelberg at UA

Resident artist Julie Schenkelberg joins the University of Akron Mary Schiller Myers School of Art fine arts students to create a fantastical interior landscape.

Schenkelberg gives a 2 p.m. public lecture on the project and her work on Sunday at the Akron Art Museum, 1 S. High St.

Work with students on the project will begin Monday, and an exhibit is set for Feb. 18-20 at Emily Davis Gallery, UA Myers School of Art, 150 E. Exchange St., Akron. An opening night reception is set for 6-8 p.m. Feb. 18.

Schenkelberg is the latest artist to participate in the Myers Residency program at the University of Akron. Based in Brooklyn, N.Y., Schenkelberg returns to Northeast Ohio to work with Myers School of Art students to create an installation in the Emily Davis Gallery.

Born and raised in Cleveland, Schenkelberg’s early exposure to the decay and renewal of the rust-belt region is evident in her evocative installations and sculpture. Her background in theater and years of working in set production in New York and elsewhere contribute to the material complexity and drama of her work. Densely layered with the meanings and associations inherent in found objects such as broken cups, reclaimed building materials and vintage furniture, these interior landscapes and still lifes are a palimpsest of shared history and memory.

Schenkelberg’s work has been exhibited at Art Basel in Miami Beach, and Asya Ginsberg Gallery in New York. Schenkelberg is currently the resident artist for one year with the curatorial group SiTE:LAB out of Grand Rapids, Mich., and one of her installations is currently on view at the Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh.

For more information, contact Elisa Gargarella, interim gallery director, at 330-972-8325 or gelisa@uakron.edu.

MacArthur talk

Architect and MacArthur Fellow Jeanne Gang gives a free 7:30 p.m. public lecture Thursday at the Kent State University Auditorium, Cartwright Hall, 650 Hilltop Drive, Kent.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Reservations are not required, and the lecture will be followed by a complimentary dessert reception.

Gang is at KSU as part of the Thomas Schroth Visiting Artist Series, in conjunction with the KSU College of Architecture and Environmental Design. She is the founding principal of Studio Gang, an architecture and urbanism practice in Chicago and New York that specializes in sustainability, collaboration and material experimentation. In addition to her MacArthur Fellowship, she is a recipient of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award.

Internationally recognized for her innovative use of materials and environmentally sensitive approach, Gang explores the role of design in revitalizing cities. Through projects ranging in scale from community anchors and cultural institutions to tall mixed-use buildings and urban planning, she engages pressing contemporary issues and their impact on human experience. Addressing global issues through local engagement, she has produced some of today’s most compelling design work, including the Aqua Tower (Chicago), Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo, WMS Boathouse at Clark Park, and Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership. Jeanne Gang and Studio Gang are currently engaged in major projects throughout the country, including the expansion and renovation of the American Museum of Natural History, tall buildings in San Francisco and New York, and the Campus North Residence Hall for the University of Chicago.

For more information, contact Effie A. Tsengas, communications and marketing director, College of the Arts, Thomas Schroth Visiting Artist Series, etsengas@kent.edu or call 330-672-8398.

Monday

Opening — NFS: Art from Artists’ Collections opens today at the BOX Gallery, 140 E. Main St., Akron, with a 5-8 p.m. reception. The show remains on view until March 5. For more information, email Roza Maille, gallery director at roza.art81@gmail.com or call 330-687-5690.

Opening — The 12th Aquarius Exhibition, featuring original artwork by Medina County Art League members, can be seen today through Feb. 26 in the B. Smith Gallery, third Floor, Medina County District Library, 210 S. Broadway St., Medina, during regular library hours. An opening reception is set for 1-3 p.m. Saturday. Awards announced at 2 p.m. For more information, call 330-722-6235.

Opening — Today MOCA Cleveland, 11400 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, opens Stranger with work by artists Huma Bhabha, Valérie Blass, Sascha Braunig, Antoine Catala, Ian Cheng, Simon Dybbroe Mřller, Cécile B. Evans, Andro Wekua, and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye. It remains on view through May 8. For more information, call 216-421-8671 or go to www.MOCAcleveland.org.

Tuesday

Opening — Oberlin College’s Allen Memorial Art Museum, 87 N. Main St., Oberlin, opens Judit Reigl: Body of Music, a retrospective of one of the foremost practitioners of European painting to emerge in the second half of the 20th century. Organized by Denise Birkhofer, Ellen Johnson ’33 Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, the exhibit remains on view through May 29. This exhibit is a part of the museum’s yearlong focus on artistic representations of, and related to, the human body. Also featured through May 29 is a guest-curated exhibition, A Picture of Health: Art and the Mechanisms of Healing, on view in the Ripin Gallery. For more information, call 440-775-8670 or go to http://www.oberlin.edu/amam.

Dorothy Shinn writes about art and architecture for the Akron Beacon Journal. Send information to her at the Akron Beacon Journal, P.O. Box 640, Akron, OH 44309-0640 or dtgshinn@att.net.