Meet artists at Jan. 13 reception
— The BOX Gallery in downtown Akron is hosting two solo shows from Jan. 13 through Feb. 18: “Earth Magic” by Matt Miller and “m” by m coy. A “meet-the-artists” opening reception will take place Friday, Jan. 13 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the BOX Gallery, on the third floor of Summit Artspace, 140 E. Market St.
“Earth Magic” features a body of work from Akron artist Matt Miller, a multi-disciplinary artist working as a painter, illustrator, printmaker and tattoo artist and whose work is inspired by his passion for mythology, American super hero comics and vintage rock n’ roll poster art. A graduate from the Mary Schiller Myers School of Art at the University of Akron, he later went on to work as the apprentice and eventual studio assistant to the renowned sculptor and craftsman Don Drumm.
Most recently, Miller was the lead artist and designer of the “Clean & Bright” mural at the Downtown Laundromat in downtown Akron alongside the Art Bomb Brigade and ArtsLift groups. His artwork has been shown extensively through the greater Akron and Cleveland areas and he’s worked alongside several Akron area youth programs including Akron Arts Alliance, Summit County Youth Employment for Success, The Digital Media Camp and the Ellet Library.
“m” is a collection of m coy’s current body of work. Working with objects, icons and symbols in a style that is loose, quick and energetic, he creates images capturing the essence of the emotions that he feels in the moment. His tools are simple: paint, razor blades, a spray gun and smooth plastic. With these tools, he creates bright bold pieces of art that speak about the artist and his life.
The BOX Gallery will also be open on Saturday, Feb. 4 for the Akron Artwalk from 5 to 9 p.m. in addition to its regular hours. Admission is free and open to the public.
In 1978, Artists of Rubber City (AoRC) was founded by a group of University of Akron art students looking for places to display their work and for a way to stay connected. The BOX Gallery is an artist-run gallery owned by the Artists of Rubber City. Gallery exhibition proposals are open to the public and can be acquired at the gallery or at ArtistsofRubberCity.org. Accepted artist and curator proposals have the opportunity to be featured in two exhibition spaces: the Big BOX and the small box. The BOX Gallery is free and open to the public during exhibitions on Friday and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m., during Friday art openings and during the Akron Art Walk, the first Saturday of each month from 5 to 9 p.m.