Akron Art Library

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The Akron Art Library is a collection of original artworks, paintings, prints, photographs & mixed-media created by local, regional & international artists.

The Akron Art Library is displayed at the Akron-Summit County Public Library Main Library, across from the reference desk in the Culture and AV department on the second floor. Artwork is available for four-week check out periods with up to five renewals if the work has not been reserved by another library patron.

The Akron Art Library aims to enrich lives through contemporary art & encourage participants to collect art & engage with local artists & programs as they curate their own lives. As part of this lending program. the museum will offer programs about collecting. displaying & caring for art.

Thanks to generous support from the Huntington–Akron Foundation, the Akron Art Library expanded from the original Akron-Summit County Main Library to include the Odom Boulevard Branch, with 10 new original artworks available for library patrons to borrow. 

Odom Boulevard Branch Library recently hosted an Akron Art Library Launch Party in partnership with the Akron Art Museum on Monday, December 9, 2019.

Local patrons were able to meet many of the contributing artists who attended the launch party. This included Alexandria Couch, Kwame Gomez, Chris Harvey, Hui-Chu Ying, and Maria Zannetta, plus many other University of Akron / Myers School of Art artists. Library patrons were able not only try their hand at art, but also treated to a printing press demonstration with newly created art they could take home.

Learn more about the participating artists and their works below:

Main Library Collection

Amy Casey, Tilt

Amy Casey

ARTIST

Tilt, 2016

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Aquatint etching on paper

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Andrew Thomas Lopez, Thumbs Up

Andrew Thomas Lopez

ARTIST

Thumbs Up, 2011

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Archival inkjet print

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Angelo Merendino, Parents Waving Goodbye at the Door

Angelo Merendino

ARTIST

Parents Waving Goodbye at Door, 2013

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Inkjet print

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Butch Anthony, Birds of the World

Butch Anthony

ARTIST

Birds of the world, 2016

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Mixed media

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Christine Paringer, Untitled Collage

Christine Paringer

ARTIST

Untitled Collage, 2010

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Mixed media collage

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David Szalay, Darwins Fox

David Szalay

ARTIST

Darwins Fox, 2017

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Digital print

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Derek Hess, B-24

Derek Hess

ARTIST

B-24, 2017

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Graphite on paper

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Emily Sullivan, Smith Plight of the Passenger Pigeons

Emily Sullivan Smith

ARTIST

Plight of the Passenger Pigeons, 2015

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12 color screen print with gold leafing

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Erik Neff, Monothon Monoprint 3

Erik Neff

ARTIST

Monothon Monoprint 3, 2017

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Monoprint

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Erin Guido, Sometimes Things Work Out

Erin Guido

ARTIST

Sometimes Things Work Out, 2017

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Monoprint

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Jay Croft, Dont Worry We Can Still Be Friends

Jay Croft

ARTIST

Dont Worry We Can Still Be Friends, 2012

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Screenprint on paper

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Jenny Schmid, XXOO (Yolo)

Jenny Schmid

ARTIST

XXOO (Yolo), 2015

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Lithograph screenprint

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Joan Colbert, Limoges Market

Joan Colbert

ARTIST

Limoges Market, 2006

TITLE, DATE

Linoleum block print

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John Sokol, Rita Dove as Mother Love

John Sokol

ARTIST

Rita Dove as Mother Love, 1999

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Screenprint on paper

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Kadir Nelson, Mood Indigo

Kadir Nelson

ARTIST

Mood Indigo, 2004

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Giclée on paper

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Kristina Paabus, along with

Kristina Paabus

ARTIST

along with, 2017

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Etching, aquatint, and lithograph

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Maria Alejandra Zanetta, Vino

Maria Alejandra Zanetta

ARTIST

Vino, 2017

TITLE, DATE

Mixed media

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Mark Mothersbaugh, Ashtabula Perambulator

Mark Mothersbaugh

ARTIST

Ashtabula Perambulator, 2007

TITLE, DATE

Epson giclée print

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Melissa Kreider, After-care

Melissa Kreider

ARTIST

After-care, 2015

TITLE, DATE

Photograph

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Melissa Markwald, Abstract Portrait

Max Markwald

ARTIST

Abstract Portrait, 2016

TITLE, DATE

Oil on panel

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Micah Kraus, PUI Madrid

Micah Kraus

ARTIST

PUI Madrid, 2017

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Laser engraved acrylic ink on rag paper

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Michael Loderstedt, Craig Lucas,  Rhino

Michael Loderstedt, Craig Lucas

ARTISTS

R from Bestiary, 1999-2000

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Screenprint and relief on paper

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Michelle Martin, Crypsis

Michelle Martin

ARTIST

Crypsis, 2017

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Polymer plate photogravure

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Miller Horns, Morning, Noon, and Night

Miller Horns

ARTIST

Morning, Noon, and Night, 1980s

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Mixed media

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Natalie Lanese, Mountain High

Natalie Lanese

ARTIST

Mountain High, 2017

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Gouache and collage on paper

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Shane Wynn, Beekeeper

Shane Wynn

ARTIST

Beekeeper, 2015

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Photograph

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Timothy Callaghan, La Grange

Timothy Callaghan

ARTIST

La Grange, 2016

TITLE, DATE

Gauche on paper

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Natalie Lanese, Mountain High

Lizzi Aronhalt

ARTIST

Viejo San Juan, 2018

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Acrylic and paint marker on gessoboard

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Shane Wynn, Beekeeper

Ron Barron

ARTIST

Snacks - Washington Heights, 2015

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Scanned digital collage, signed artist’s proof

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Timothy Callaghan, La Grange

Christi Birchfield

ARTIST

Tip of the Iceberg , 2018

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Batik on muslin

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Natalie Lanese, Mountain High

Alexandria Couch

ARTIST

Only at Home Inside Your Head, 2018

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Pen and ink on paper

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Shane Wynn, Beekeeper

Brooke DiDonato

ARTIST

Prima Donna, 2018

TITLE, DATE

Archival pigment print

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Timothy Callaghan, La Grange

Mike Gable

ARTIST

Stage, 2015

TITLE, DATE

Oil on cardboard

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Natalie Lanese, Mountain High

Lauren Mckenzie-Noel

ARTIST

Twins, 2018

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Acrylic and oil on wood panel

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Shane Wynn, Beekeeper

Andrea Myers

ARTIST

Weathering I, 2018

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Acrylic on layered paper

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Timothy Callaghan, La Grange

Darius Steward

ARTIST

Baggage Claim (Rise), Sketch, 2017

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Watercolor on paper

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Natalie Lanese, Mountain High

Adana Tillman

ARTIST

Hide and Seek, 2018

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Cotton with hand embroidered details

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Odom Boulevard Collection

Amy Casey, Tilt

Amy Casey

ARTIST

Distant Lands, 2011

TITLE, DATE

Etching on paper

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Andrew Thomas Lopez, Thumbs Up

Joan Colbert

ARTIST

Get Back, Jack!, 2012

TITLE, DATE

Linocut with acrylic on paper

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Angelo Merendino, Parents Waving Goodbye at the Door

Jay Croft

ARTIST

Cat Lover, 2017

TITLE, DATE

Mixed media on canvas

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Amy Casey, Tilt

Kwamé Gomez

ARTIST

Sweet Slumbers, 2019

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Acrylic, glitter, ink and wood on wood panel

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Andrew Thomas Lopez, Thumbs Up

Chris Harvey

ARTIST

SHERO: UNMASKED, 2018

TITLE, DATE

Digital inkjet print on paper

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Angelo Merendino, Parents Waving Goodbye at the Door

Micah Kraus

ARTIST

Please Knock Hard, 2013

TITLE, DATE

Inkjet print on paper

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Amy Casey, Tilt

Donald Miller

ARTIST

The Recovery of Memory, 2002

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Mixed media on canvas

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Andrew Thomas Lopez, Thumbs Up

John Sokol

ARTIST

THIS IS READ, 1972

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Screenprint on paper

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Angelo Merendino, Parents Waving Goodbye at the Door

Maria Alejandra Zanetta

ARTIST

Detour, 2016

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Mixed media on paper

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Amy Casey, Tilt

Hui-Chu Ying

ARTIST

Merce’s Improvisation: Chance Dance, 2019

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Monoprint relief on paper

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The Akron Art Library is a project of the Akron Art Museum in partnership with the Akron-Summit County Public Library.

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The Akron Art Library is organized by the Akron Art Museum & presented in partnership with the Akron-Summit County Public Library. It is made possible with the generous support from the John S. & James L. Knight Foundation, GAR Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation, & the Lehner Family Foundation. Additional support was provided by members of lhe philanthropic community.
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