Museums are designed for the ultimate art-viewing experience. White walls, tall ceilings, perfect lighting. However, where people experience art most often is not the gallery, but in their own homes, surrounded by family and friends, amidst the furniture, decorations, and knick-knacks they’ve chosen. This informal experience of art was the inspiration for “Living with Art,” an exhibition that will be on view in the Akron Art Museum’s Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation Gallery, through Apr. 5, 2015.
The exhibition was dreamed up by the museum’s education department and designed by interior designer and owner of Hazel Tree Interiors, Karen Starr. Starr worked with local designers to select furnishings that would complement artworks from the museum’s collection, which she also chose. The artwork, including paintings, photographs, drawings, and prints, is installed as it would be in a home- above a couch or behind a dining table.
Starr says “I have had such an amazing time working on this exhibition over the last year with the museum staff, and also collaborating with local furniture and lighting designers. John Strauss and Kevin Busta worked with me to furnish the gallery, top to bottom, with locally-made furniture and lighting.”
Through this unique gallery experience, visitors can really envision what it might feel like to live with artwork from the museum’s collection. Instead of standing in a gallery, staring at a wall, visitors can pull up a chair, have a seat, and spend some time with the art. Akron Art Museum Associate Educator Gina Thomas McGee adds “Visitors may anticipate a specific kind of experience in the galleries but the truth is, there is no right or wrong way to look at art. It seems like a dream take your favorite museum pieces home and live with them, but this exhibition allows visitors to experience just that.”
Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Sunday: 11 am – 5 pm, Thursday: 11 am – 9 pm, Closed Monday and Tuesday and most major holidays
Admission: Adult general admission is $7, Student and Senior (65+) general admission is $5, Children (17 and under) are FREE, members are FREE. Gallery admission is FREE every Thursday.
Akron Art Museum, One South High, Akron, OH 44308