Three Northeast Ohio artists will be featured in a new Akron Art Museum exhibit opening Saturday.

Frameworks: Paintings by Dragana Crnjak, Andrea Joki and Matthew Kolodziej presents abstract works created between 2015 and 2018 that explore the relationships between time, memory and place, especially how the rapid influx of images and information in the digital age affect those interrelationships.

To do that the artists have created what museum Chief Curator Ellen Rudolph calls “dynamic environments with large-scale, spatially and optically complex paintings” that are placed within and mingle with floor-to-ceiling compositions “painted directly on the walls in response to the gallery’s architecture.”

Kolodziej, a professor of painting and drawing at the University of Akron, photographs construction and demolition sites, assembles them and uses a computer to turn them into a line drawing that forms the basis of his paintings.

He will also project a drawing of a contorted aerial view of a construction site onto the walls, manipulate it in response to the gallery architecture and trace it in paint.

Crnjak, an associate professor of painting at Youngstown State University, views paintings as a foil against moving images. She distorts photographs of embroidery patterns from her native Serbia by crumpling the paper, photocopying it, then projecting those distorted images onto canvas to paint. She will also create a wall-sized environment within the gallery, drawing directly on it with charcoal.

Joki, based in Cleveland and Los Angeles, creates paintings that blend landscapes, people and places, shifting from loose, spontaneous brushstrokes to precise, hard-edged lines. She draws on impressions of the landscape from cross-country road trips and hiking in the Mojave Desert.

At 6:30 p.m. April 12, the artists will speak in the gallery about their influences and processes. Audience participation will be invited. Other programs and registration information will be at AkronArtMuseum.org.

‘Maus’ creator at KSU

Art Spiegelman has been a potent influence in the comics genre since the 1960s, from his creation of the Garbage Pail Kids trading cards, his cover designs for The New Yorker and his graphic novel Maus.

Spiegelman is the guest speaker at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Kent Student Center Kiva. Kent State University’s College of Arts and Sciences and the Jewish Studies Program are sponsoring the event.

The program, Comix, Jews ’n Art – Dun’t Esk, is free and open to the public.

Maus, his autobiographical account of the Holocaust written in comics form, was published in 1991 and received international acclaim, including a special Pulitzer Prize. The graphic autobiography is also seen as a seminal step in elevating the art of comics.

For more information about Kent State’s Jewish Studies Program, go to www.kent.edu/jewishstudies.

THURSDAY

Art Talk — At 5:30 p.m., Kirsten Pai Buick, professor of art history at the University of New Mexico, gives a talk at the Allen Memorial Art Museum, 87 N. Main St., Oberlin, on the final years of Edmonia Lewis (1844–1907), a sculptor of African-American and American Indian heritage who attended Oberlin College during the Civil War and went on to achieve success in Rome. Galleries remain open until 7:30 p.m. 440-775-8670.

FRIDAY

Opening — The 14th Annual Fresh Juried Art Exhibition opens with a 5-8 p.m. reception at Summit Artspace, 140 E. Market St., Akron. Winners announced at 7 p.m. Free artists’ panel discussion led by exhibit juror Charles Beneke at 7 p.m. March 22. Reserve your seat at http://bit.ly/2BBUzlq. The show is on view until March 31. 330-376-8480; www.summitartspace.org.

SATURDAY

Last Look Tours — Museum members can get Last Look Tours of Micro/Macro: Views of Earth by Marilyn Bridges and Jeannette Kluteat 11 a.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Tuesday. Assistant Curator Elizabeth Carney will lead the tour. Registration is required and limited to 20. To register, go to https://tinyurl.com/ybub6tkc.

SUNDAY

Art Talk — Hendrick ter Brugghen’s 17th century painting St. Sebastian Tended by Irene is the focus of a Sunday Object Talk offered at the Allen Memorial Art Museum, 87 N. Main St., Oberlin, at 2 p.m. by Oberlin College junior Maya Blumenberg-Taylor.

TUESDAY

Opening — Human Figure Exhibition opens at the Cuyahoga Valley Art Center, 2131 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls, through April 12. Awards ceremony and reception 5:30-7:30 p.m. March 23. 330-928-8092; www.cvart.org.

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.