Emily Davis Gallery

Emily Davis Gallery The University Art Galleries, at the University of Akron's Myers School of Art The University Art Galleries present challenging contemporary exhibitions and events that showcase the most current expressions and critical thinking evolving in the visual arts today.

The objective of the University Art Galleries is to serve students, faculty and the community by creating the most saturated environment possible for encouragement and inspiration. Emily Davis Gallery, Folk Hall: The Emily Davis Gallery is located in Folk Hall. Exhibitions include yearly faculty, student, local and international exhibitions. Projects Gallery, Folk Hall: Located in room 116 in Folk

The objective of the University Art Galleries is to serve students, faculty and the community by creating the most saturated environment possible for encouragement and inspiration. Emily Davis Gallery, Folk Hall: The Emily Davis Gallery is located in Folk Hall. Exhibitions include yearly faculty, student, local and international exhibitions. Projects Gallery, Folk Hall: Located in room 116 in Folk

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@myersschoolofart Faculty Exhibition Feature: David SzalayDavid Szalay is an Associate Professor in the Graphic Design p...
09/24/2021

@myersschoolofart Faculty Exhibition Feature: David Szalay

David Szalay is an Associate Professor in the Graphic Design program at the Myers School of Art. He has been a professional designer and illustrator since 1985, and his work can be found in national editorial, advertising, and communications media. He currently has an active professional practice, Dave Szalay Design + Illustration, out of his home studio in Richfield, Ohio. His illustration blends digital media with traditional techniques and is inspired by vintage mid-century advertising and storybooks. His research interest is in narrative imagery, visual storytelling, animation, and illustration history. Dave has two picture books published in 2020, including Travel Guide for Monsters which is on view in our Faculty Exhibition. Signed copies are also available for purchase in our Made @ Myers store located within the @emily_davis_gallery !

Travel Guide for Monsters, 2020
digital illustrations and book

@daveszalayillo @the_cat_agency @uakron #myersschoolofart #emilydavisgallery #uakron #mymeyers

@myersschoolofart Faculty Exhibition Feature: Sherry SimmsSherry Simms is an Associate Professor of Art and the Coordina...
09/22/2021

@myersschoolofart Faculty Exhibition Feature: Sherry Simms

Sherry Simms is an Associate Professor of Art and the Coordinator of the Metalsmithing and Jewelry area at the University of Akron’s Myers School of Art. Simms is a mixed media artist who creates jewelry and sculptural objects that challenge cultural understandings of craft,  jewelry and ornamentation. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, which include: three Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowships; a 2017 University of Akron Summer Research Fellowship, and a Jentel Foundation Residency Fellowship. Simms has exhibited her artwork in group and solo exhibitions for more than twenty years.

Fractured Beauty, 2021
laser-cut acrylic mirror and wood
28 x 38 x 3 in.

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Myers School of ArtFaculty Exhibition Feature: Elisa GargarellaElisa Gargarella, Associate Professor and coordinator of ...
09/21/2021

Myers School of ArtFaculty Exhibition Feature: Elisa Gargarella

Elisa Gargarella, Associate Professor and coordinator of Art Education at The University of Akron, where she began teaching in 2001. She is creator and director of the award-winning Arts LIFT program, a summer arts residency for inner-city high school students. She is also the creator and co-director of the Art Bomb Brigade is a two-time winner of the Knight Arts Challenge Award by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation facilitates murals that are designed and painted by professional artists and art students at The University of Akron Art Bomb aims to breathe new life into Akron neighborhoods through high impact public art, while fostering a new generation of creative organizers who use art to transform their communities. Art Bomb students and alumni have helped to create 19 murals in just four years for Akron.

First Picture:
AMP Mural, Akron, OH, March, 2021
Installation view of mural designed and hand-painted by Art Bomb Brigade co-directors,
Elisa Gargarella and Marissa McClellan for Amp Strategy marketing firm

Pictures 2-4: Recent Art Bomb Brigade projects

Only two weeks left to come and view the Faculty Exhibition!Myers School of Art The University of Akron
09/20/2021

Only two weeks left to come and view the Faculty Exhibition!

Myers School of Art The University of Akron

Only two weeks left to come and view the Faculty Exhibition!

Myers School of Art The University of Akron

@myersschoolofart Faculty Exhibition Feature: Brittyn DeWerthBrittyn DeWerth is an Associate Professor of Practice in Gr...
09/17/2021

@myersschoolofart Faculty Exhibition Feature: Brittyn DeWerth

Brittyn DeWerth is an Associate Professor of Practice in Graphic Design at the Myers School of Art. In addition, she is the Owner and Creative Director of @typetwentyseven a graphic design and letterpress studio in Cleveland, Ohio.

Brittyn has been fortunate to be involved in the design of several Cleveland International Film Festival campaigns, the design of the Sherwin-Williams “Center of Excellence,” Yoko Ono’s “Image Peace” traveling installation and—most recently—the NAMII Innovation Center in Youngstown as part of Barack Obama’s goal to bring manufacturing back to America.

All three of Brittyn’s prints featured here are available at the Made @ Myers store located within the Emily Davis Gallery!

Cleveland, 2020 
letterpress 
11 x 17 in. 

Crawfish, 2020 
letterpress 
17 x 11 in. 

The Fish of the Great Lakes, 2020 
letterpress 
17 x 11 in. 

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@myersschoolofart Faculty Exhibition Feature: Dave Flynn is an Associate Professor of Practice in Graphic Design for the...
09/15/2021

@myersschoolofart Faculty Exhibition Feature: Dave Flynn is an Associate Professor of Practice in Graphic Design for the Myers School of Art. His piece in the Faculty Exhibition provides a QR code that connects viewers to a blog of short stories. Below the code is a response sheet that encourages viewers to interact with the work by writing down what their creative outlet is.

View Dave’s short stories at https://www.causeicantpaint.com/

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Myers School of Art Faculty Exhibition Feature: Kate BuddKate Budd is the Sculpture Area Coordinator and Associate Profe...
09/14/2021

Myers School of Art Faculty Exhibition Feature: Kate Budd

Kate Budd is the Sculpture Area Coordinator and Associate Professor of Art at the Myers School of Art where she has taught 3-D Design and Sculpture since 1998. Kate’s sculpture, tiny carved wax and bronze hybrids that reference organic forms and ancient artifacts have been shown in numerous solo and group exhibits.

Five artifacts from the Trove series, 2021
gold plate on bronze
c. 2 in. each

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@myersschoolofart Faculty Exhibition Feature: Markus VoglMarkus Vogl is the Faculty Director of the M-Lab Makerspace and...
09/10/2021

@myersschoolofart Faculty Exhibition Feature: Markus Vogl
Markus Vogl is the Faculty Director of the M-Lab Makerspace and a Professor in Art at The University of Akron. Margarita Benitez is the Fashion Technologist, TechStyleLAB Faculty Director and an Associate Professor at The Fashion School at Kent State University. Their collaboration as //benitez_vogl began in the year 2000. Their current project on view explores NFT.

Fungible non-fungible, 2021
porcini spore print on acetate
4 ½ x 4 ½ in.

//benitez_vogl's first foray into NFT with fungible non fungibles. Mushrooms spore overnight, these images are the collection of overnight sporing of different species of harvested mushrooms.

Myers School of Art Faculty Exhibition Feature: Matthew KolodziejMatthew Kolodziej is a tenured Professor of Art at the ...
09/09/2021

Myers School of Art Faculty Exhibition Feature:
Matthew Kolodziej

Matthew Kolodziej is a tenured Professor of Art at the University of Akron, Myers School of Art, he teaches painting and drawing. In 2007, he started Synapse, a series of lectures, workshops, exhibitions, and conversations about the intersection of science in art. In 2012, he joined forces with colleagues in polymer science, engineering and biology on a new initiative at the University of Akron to develop a Center for Biomimicry research.

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Packing, 2019
acrylic on canvas
72 x 79 in.

Night, 2020
acrylic on canvas
17 1/8 x 14 ¼ in.

Manage, 2020
acrylic on canvas
17 1/8 x 141/8 in.

Trace, 2020
acrylic on canvas
14 ¼ x 17 ¼ in.

@uakron @myersschoolofart Featured Faculty from our current exhibition: Christopher Hoot is a graphic design professor a...
09/08/2021

@uakron @myersschoolofart Featured Faculty from our current exhibition:

Christopher Hoot is a graphic design professor at The Myers School of Art. In addition to restructuring and teaching courses in graphic design and 2-D design foundations, he has worked as a designer with a variety of clients through his design business, HootDesign.

Christopher Hoot
Temperature Formations, 2021
collage, archival digital print marbled with acrylic paint, laser-cut acrylic sheet
36 x 24 in.

Say hello to our new first year graduate assistant, McKenzie Beynon! McKenzie is a graduate of Myers School of Art with ...
09/07/2021

Say hello to our new first year graduate assistant, McKenzie Beynon!

McKenzie is a graduate of Myers School of Art with a BFA in Photography and minor in Art History! McKenzie is currently a student in the Arts Administration graduate program at The University of Akron School of Dance, Theatre, and Arts Administration. Since graduating from Myers, McKenzie has gained great museum and gallery experience as an art handler, and gallery administrator in Akron and Cleveland. She is co-founder and owner of KINK Contemporary at 78th Street Studios in Cleveland! We are grateful to welcome McKenzie and all of her experience to our team here at Emily Davis Gallery! Stop by and meet her!

McKenzie Beynon
The University of Akron School of Dance, Theatre, and Arts Administration, The University of Akron
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Say hello to our new first year graduate assistant, McKenzie Beynon!

McKenzie is a graduate of Myers School of Art with a BFA in Photography and minor in Art History! McKenzie is currently a student in the Arts Administration graduate program at The University of Akron School of Dance, Theatre, and Arts Administration. Since graduating from Myers, McKenzie has gained great museum and gallery experience as an art handler, and gallery administrator in Akron and Cleveland. She is co-founder and owner of KINK Contemporary at 78th Street Studios in Cleveland! We are grateful to welcome McKenzie and all of her experience to our team here at Emily Davis Gallery! Stop by and meet her!

McKenzie Beynon
The University of Akron School of Dance, Theatre, and Arts Administration, The University of Akron
#mymyers #myersschoolofart #emilydavisgallery #uakron

Enjoy the holiday weekend everyone!(Illustration by Dave Szalay from his publication “Travel Guide for Monsters”)
09/03/2021

Enjoy the holiday weekend everyone!
(Illustration by Dave Szalay from his publication “Travel Guide for Monsters”)

Enjoy the holiday weekend everyone!
(Illustration by Dave Szalay from his publication “Travel Guide for Monsters”)

@uakron @myersschoolofart Featured Faculty:Charles Beneke is the printmaking area coordinator for Myers School of Art.He...
09/03/2021

@uakron @myersschoolofart Featured Faculty:

Charles Beneke is the printmaking area coordinator for Myers School of Art.

Hell! Yes!, 2021
lithograph
28 x 22 in.

Push/Pull, 2021
lithograph
28 x 22 in.

Doggo-docent Elton has chosen his favorite pieces and is ready to tour visitors!The Myers Faculty Exhibition is up! Come...
08/30/2021

Doggo-docent Elton has chosen his favorite pieces and is ready to tour visitors!

The Myers Faculty Exhibition is up! Come see it anytime 10-5pm (and Elton by appointment🐶)!

#emilydavisgallery #myersschoolofart #mymyers #uakron The University of Akron Myers School of Art

Thanks for sharing, Downtown Akron Partnership!!
08/30/2021

Thanks for sharing, Downtown Akron Partnership!!

We are so happy to see students back in the gallery directly engaging with objects.Our Faculty Exhibition is now open th...
08/27/2021

We are so happy to see students back in the gallery directly engaging with objects.
Our Faculty Exhibition is now open through October 1st

We are so happy to see students back in the gallery directly engaging with objects.
Our Faculty Exhibition is now open through October 1st

We’re installing our Faculty Exhibition! The show opens Monday, August 30th! Stop by and see us anytime between 10a-5p. ...
08/23/2021

We’re installing our Faculty Exhibition! The show opens Monday, August 30th! Stop by and see us anytime between 10a-5p.

#myersschoolofart #mymyers #uakron
Myers School of Art The University of Akron

We’re installing our Faculty Exhibition! The show opens Monday, August 30th! Stop by and see us anytime between 10a-5p.

#myersschoolofart #mymyers #uakron
Myers School of Art The University of Akron

Final days to see “Rubber City to Rustbelt” photographs by local artist, Daniel Mainzer. Extended thru Aug. 6th. M-F 10-...
07/27/2021

Final days to see “Rubber City to Rustbelt” photographs by local artist, Daniel Mainzer.
Extended thru Aug. 6th. M-F 10-4:30
#rustbelt #tires #rubbercity #photography #filmphotography

Drop by to celebrate Kayla! Her exhibition “Cravings” will remain on view in our atrium gallery through the start of the...
07/22/2021

Drop by to celebrate Kayla!
Her exhibition “Cravings” will remain on view in our atrium gallery through the start of the school year 🔵🟢🟡🟣🔴

Honoring John Puglia today.Images from our memorial exhibition of his art, on this day 2014.
07/14/2021

Honoring John Puglia today.
Images from our memorial exhibition of his art, on this day 2014.

so fun to have a visitor who studied with the namesake of our gallery, Dr. Emily Davis - former school director and prof...
07/06/2021

so fun to have a visitor who studied with the namesake of our gallery, Dr. Emily Davis - former school director and professor.

Today we were pleasantly surprised by a visit from a #MyersGrad who earned her degree in 1950: Pat Neely! She and her friends stopped in to see the exhibitions in the Emily Davis Gallery.

This piece from Jennifer Vanderpool was a favorite of Pat in the upper gallery. The imagery inspired her to share the story of being hired out of art school to work as a drafter for Goodyear, spending some time working in the air dock.

The photographs from Daniel Mainzer in the lower gallery had the friends reminiscing about their experiences spending time around Akron during the time of the rubber boom.

Pat went on to share memories of taking classes from Emily Davis, who she still remembers as a wonderful teacher.

There's still time for you to see these two exhibitions! Visit us weekdays between 10:30 am - 4:30 pm.

05/20/2021
Art + Tech Synergy Series

Today! Watch Myers School of Art alum Alexandria Couch and local artist Micah Kraus and see how their artwork meshes with new technology in downtown Akron!

Have a good Break everyone!Artwork by Myers alumni John Puglia.  Puglia’s art is included in our ‘Selections from the My...
05/17/2021

Have a good Break everyone!
Artwork by Myers alumni John Puglia.
Puglia’s art is included in our ‘Selections from the Myers School of Art Collection’ currently on view.
#onbreak #universityofakronalumni #myersgrad #johnpuglia

Have a good Break everyone!
Artwork by Myers alumni John Puglia.
Puglia’s art is included in our ‘Selections from the Myers School of Art Collection’ currently on view.
#onbreak #universityofakronalumni #myersgrad #johnpuglia

We'd like to thank our graduate assistant, John Aylward, for his work in Emily Davis Gallery the last two years!John has...
05/06/2021

We'd like to thank our graduate assistant, John Aylward, for his work in Emily Davis Gallery the last two years!

John has completed his coursework in the MA Arts Administration program here at The University of Akron and is wrapping up his time here at EDG this week. John also previously worked in EDG as an undergraduate student (2009-2012). We wish John luck as an arts administrator!

The University of Akron School of Dance, Theatre, and Arts Administration
Myers School of Art
#artsadministration #emilydavisgallery #uakron #myersschoolofart

Our two concurrent exhibitions: Selections from the Myers School of Art and Rubber City to Rust Belt featuring the photo...
05/05/2021

Our two concurrent exhibitions: Selections from the Myers School of Art and Rubber City to Rust Belt featuring the photographs of Daniel Mainzer are now on display at Emily Davis Gallery.

Pictured here are pieces from the Myers School of Art collection by Andy Warhol, Dmitri Baltermants, and Myers visiting artist Jennifer Vanderpool

@uakron @myersschoolofart @warholfoundation
#uakron #myersschoolofart #photography #screenprint #printmaking

Our two concurrent exhibitions: Selections from the Myers School of Art and Rubber City to Rust Belt featuring the photographs of Daniel Mainzer are now on display at Emily Davis Gallery.

Pictured here are pieces from the Myers School of Art collection by Andy Warhol, Dmitri Baltermants, and Myers visiting artist Jennifer Vanderpool

@uakron @myersschoolofart @warholfoundation
#uakron #myersschoolofart #photography #screenprint #printmaking

04/30/2021
Bearing Witness Artists Interview

From August - October 2020 “Bearing Witness: A Response to Current Events by Regional Photographers” was on display here at the Emily Davis Gallery. The exhibition investigated the topics of social justice, pride, police brutality, and a world pandemic impacting lives of essential workers and those at home. “Bearing Witness” presented photographic artwork from four regional artists including Aja Joi Grant, Christopher Mason, Omid Tavakoli, and Myers School of Art alum Autumn Bland. The exhibition also debuted works from the school of art collection by legendary activist and photographer Danny Lyon.

For the first time, we present the interviews we conducted with the four regional artists.

Omid Tavakoli was featured in our exhibition Bearing Witness last Fall. His work themes related to identity, gender, med...
04/28/2021

Omid Tavakoli was featured in our exhibition Bearing Witness last Fall. His work themes related to identity, gender, media, land use, protest, and pop culture. His most recent series have explored cultural identity and focused on their African-American and Iranian roots given contemporary cultural contexts in both America and Iran from a feminist perspective. This piece directly confronts police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement.

Myers School of Art has acquired this piece for the collection, and it will be featured in our upcoming exhibition, Selections from the Myers School of Art Collection, which opens Monday, May 3rd.

Recently, Tavakoli has began to share some stories about his life and art practice, focusing on Equity in Art: Balancing Biracial Identity. You can find a link to hear him discuss at the link tree in our bio.

Tavakoli obtained his BA in Art History with his focus on African-American Art and Contemporary Islamic and Middle Eastern Arts from Cleveland State University in 2014, while obtaining a Post Baccalaureate Study in Photography and Digital Media from the The Cleveland Institute of Art in 2015. He recently earned his MFA in Print Media and Photography from Kent State University in 2019.

Image: Save Our Saints, Take a Knee for Alton Sterling, 2019 by Omid Tavakoli
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#emilydavisgallery #myersschoolofart #uakron #myers #universityofakron #photography #bearingwitness #fineart #fineartphotography #akron #art #blacklivesmatter #blm #takeaknee #protest #protestart #blackart #contemporaryart #contemporaryphotography

Omid Tavakoli was featured in our exhibition Bearing Witness last Fall. His work themes related to identity, gender, media, land use, protest, and pop culture. His most recent series have explored cultural identity and focused on their African-American and Iranian roots given contemporary cultural contexts in both America and Iran from a feminist perspective. This piece directly confronts police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement.

Myers School of Art has acquired this piece for the collection, and it will be featured in our upcoming exhibition, Selections from the Myers School of Art Collection, which opens Monday, May 3rd.

Recently, Tavakoli has began to share some stories about his life and art practice, focusing on Equity in Art: Balancing Biracial Identity. You can find a link to hear him discuss at the link tree in our bio.

Tavakoli obtained his BA in Art History with his focus on African-American Art and Contemporary Islamic and Middle Eastern Arts from Cleveland State University in 2014, while obtaining a Post Baccalaureate Study in Photography and Digital Media from the The Cleveland Institute of Art in 2015. He recently earned his MFA in Print Media and Photography from Kent State University in 2019.

Image: Save Our Saints, Take a Knee for Alton Sterling, 2019 by Omid Tavakoli
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@kid_indie13 The University of Akron
#emilydavisgallery #myersschoolofart #uakron #myers #universityofakron #photography #bearingwitness #fineart #fineartphotography #akron #art #blacklivesmatter #blm #takeaknee #protest #protestart #blackart #contemporaryart #contemporaryphotography

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