Release Date: August 26,2019

Akron Art Museum offers free admission to University of Akron students, faculty and staff

The Akron Art Museum and The University of Akron (UA) are joining forces to make art more accessible to college students, faculty and staff. Beginning Aug. 29, and continuing the entire 2019-20 academic year, general admission to the museum is free for UA students, faculty or staff members with a valid Zip Card.  

At the heart of the partnership is the belief in the importance of access to meaningful art and educational experiences as a means to enrich quality of life, catalyze creative thinking and encourage a greater sense of community. The museum will host a special welcome event on Thursday Aug. 29 where Zip Card holders can take advantage of 20% off all café and museum shop purchases to Zip Card holders, in addition to free admission from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

“The University of Akron partnership with the Akron Art Museum provides full access to a world-class modern and contemporary art collection, as well as engaging public programs and events. I can’t think of a better way to collectively join forces to strengthen our commitment to the arts and education in our community,” said Mark Masuoka, director of the Akron Art Museum.
The museum and UA are working together to continue the momentum of the kickoff, with museum events being planned for the entire academic year to engage the UA community.

John Green, Ph.D., interim president of UA, remarked, “One goal of an academic institution is to enrich the lives of its students. This partnership with the Akron Art Museum will offer UA students, faculty and staff the chance to expand their artistic view and grow their love for art, culture and community.”

In addition to the museum collection galleries, which contain significant works by Andy Warhol, Ohio-native Jenny Holzer, Frank Stella, Mickalene Thomas and many others, UA visitors will have access to stunning temporary exhibitions, including Dread & Delight: Fairy Tales in an Anxious World and, coming in October 2019, Open World: Video Games and Contemporary Art. An array of museum events, from artist talks to music concerts are also available for UA visitors to enjoy.