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‘Turn The Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose’ to Open at Akron Art Museum

After a grand opening at Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, "Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose" now travels to Akron Art Museum in Akron, Ohio, where it will open on Feb. 10. The exhibit, hosted in the Karl and Bertl Arnstein Galleries, features 51 contemporary artists from across the world, all featured sometime during the first decade of Hi-Fructose Magazine’s existence. The media is as diverse as the home cities and varying careers of the artists: painting, ceramics, installation art, sculpture, and more are present. “Turn the Page” runs through May 7.

Beth Cavener

After a grand opening at Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, “Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose” now travels to Akron Art Museum in Akron, Ohio, where it will open on Feb. 10. The exhibit, hosted in the Karl and Bertl Arnstein Galleries, features 51 contemporary artists from across the world, all featured sometime during the first decade of Hi-Fructose Magazine’s existence. The media is as diverse as the home cities and varying careers of the artists: painting, ceramics, installation art, sculpture, and more are present. “Turn the Page” runs through May 7.

The opening party, offering opportunities to meet some of the artists, arrives Feb. 10. The public opening kicks off at 7:30 p.m., with a members’ preview preceding at 6:30 p.m.

Featured artists include Jennybird Alcantara, Barnaby Barford, Chris Berens, Tim Biskup, Tiffany Bozic, Ray Caesar, Victor Castillo, Beth Cavener, Kevin Cyr, Wim Delvoye, Gehard Demetz, Brian Dettmer, Fulvio Di Piazza, Ron English, Shepard Fairey, AJ Fosik, Camille Rose Garcia, Jeremy Geddes, Sam Gibbons, Femke Hiemstra, Scott Hove, James Jean, Audrey Kawasaki, Josh Keyes, Kris Kuksi, Travis Louie, Kate MacDowell, MARS-1, Marco Mazzoni, Brian McCarty, Tara McPherson, Scott Musgrove, Yoshitomo Nara, Lisa Nilsson, Olek, Parra, Marion Peck, Jean-Pierre Roy, Mark Ryden, Todd Schorr, Greg “Craola” Simkins, Tracey Snelling, Jeff Soto, Kazuki Takamatsu, Gary Taxali, Mark Dean Veca, Nicola Verlato, Wayne White, Kehinde Wiley, Martin Wittfooth and Erwin Wurm.

Kehinde Wiley

The exhibit is organized by Virginia MOCA and made possible by the City of Virginia Beach. Funding comes via grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Virginia Tourism Corporation. Major support for the exhibition: Acoustical Sheetmetal, Capital Group Companies, PRA Group, the Fine Family Fund of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation, and other donors, as well as grants made possible by the Virginia Beach Arts and Humanities Commission, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, and the Business Consortium for Arts Support.

Kris Kuksi

In Akron, the exhibit is supported by Ohio Arts Council, the Calhoun Charitable Trust, Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLC and the Akron/Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau. Media sponsorship comes from Western Reserve PBS and 91.3 The Summit.

This summer, the exhibit goes to Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, California (June. 11-Sept. 17).

Jennybird Alcantara

Wim Delvoye

James Jean

Martin Wittfooth

Beth Cavener

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