The Rubber City’s Crown Jewel
A city landmark and community cultural center, the Akron Art Museum is a beacon shining bright in the heart of downtown Akron. The asymmetrical steel-and-glass museum has redefined the city with its modern, award-winning architecture, creating an inviting and inspiring space for members of the community to come together to appreciate art and participate in an array of cultural events.
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The Bud and Susie Rogers Garden offers a unique urban oasis perfect for summer time ceremonies and receptions under the stars, creating a truly magical backdrop for any occasion. For couples looking for a unique and memorable setting for their special day, the Akron Art Museum is the perfect venue for one-of-a-kind weddings, from intimate ceremonies to elaborate receptions.
“The Akron Art Museum stands out from other venues in the region with its bold, distinctive presence,” says Colleen Iacianci, Senior Event Manager at the Akron Art Museum. “With its neutral colors of silver and gray, accented with vibrant art throughout, the space works with any color palette. You can dress up the space with lighting, flowers and other décor, or you can play it down and let the beauty of the space speak for itself.”
‘A Magical Setting’
Designed as an indoor piazza, the Beatrice Knapp McDowell Grand Lobby has more than 7,000 square feet of space for receptions of up to 300 guests. The focal point of the lobby is the stunning 57-foot-tall Crystal steel and glass structure, which serves as the museum’s grand entrance. The Roof Cloud, which resembles wings on the top of the building, is illuminated with blue-violet light at night.
The Bud and Susie Rogers Garden, which opened in July 2016, provides expansive views of the city skyline as well as the museum. Many couples choose to have their ceremonies outside on the green or plaza and receptions under the Crystal. On beautiful nights guests frolic under colored lighting illuminating the space.
“What I love most about this space is how it transforms from day to night,” Iacianci says. “It’s daytime when guests arrive, and throughout the course of the reception, the venue gradually becomes a different space. You can see beautiful sunsets and the lights of the city, and reception lighting reflects from the windows creating a magical setting.”
A Special Place to Say ‘I Do”
The lobby features a dramatic grand staircase, which is a popular location for smaller ceremonies, wedding photography and a couple’s grand entrance as newlyweds to their reception. For larger ceremonies, many couples utilize the lobby space near the colorful large-scale mural by American contemporary artist Sol LeWitt, or the smaller staircase to the left of the main entrance.
“The bright colors of the mural, which contrast with the neutral tones of the lobby, create a magnificent backdrop for wedding ceremonies,” says Dominic Caruso, Marketing Manager at the Akron Art Museum. “Every time I see wedding photos I’m continually amazed at the different iterations that are possible. No two weddings are alike here.”
From Dinner to Dancing…
Receptions are completely customizable at the Akron Art Museum, whether a couple prefers a seated dinner or a cocktail/standing reception. The Bud and Susie Rogers Garden with its Northern Ohio Golf Charities Terrace, is easily accessible from the lobby and is perfect for cocktail hour or dancing the night away on warm summer evenings.
Rental of the venue includes a customized floor plan, the use of museum tables (round, high-top or rectangular), museum security, janitorial, and an on-site event manager. Also included are, for the day of the event, open art galleries during cocktail hour, use of the museum for wedding photos before and after the ceremony, and a comprehensive bar package featuring a wide selection of wine, beer and liquor.
“What sets the Akron Art Museum apart from other venues is the level of service we provide at every wedding,” Bryan de Boer, Director of Advancement at the Akron Art Museum explains. “We have a dedicated team that assists with maintenance, security and setting up and tearing down the event. Our wedding clients do not have to worry about anything on their special day. Our professional and knowledgeable staff ensures the entire planning process is a stress-free experience.”
The couple has the opportunity to take their wedding photos in the galleries on the day of their celebration. “The museum’s world class art collection creates a unique backdrop for wedding photography,” Caruso says. “Many couples gravitate toward their own personal taste in art, whether contemporary, modern or traditional, while others seek out their wedding colors in the artwork.”
Couples who get married at the Akron Art Museum often stay connected to the venue, even years after their wedding day. Whether exhibition openings, summer concerts or community programs, the museum offers many activities to enjoy year-round.
“We had a couple get married here a few years ago and now they have a little girl who they bring to the museum’s baby art program,” de Boer says. “Couples can bring their children, and eventually their grandchildren, to the museum and say, ‘this is where we got married.’ The Akron Art Museum is a special place that can be a part of your life, not only on your wedding day, but forever.”
For more information, contact the Akron Art Museum at 330-376-9186 x214.
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