Akron Art Museum
The Anniversary Show: Commemorative Art Through the Years. Closing this weekend, this 90th anniversary shows off some of the institution's most remarkable commissions throughout the years, including photographs from its impressive collection by Robert Glenn Ketchum, Andrew McAllister and Penny Rakoff. Through February 3. Adolph Gottlieb: Sculptor. The Abstract Expressionist's sculptural experiments here receive a rare American exhibition. Through February 17 at One South High St., Akron. Call Call 330-376-9185 or go to akronartmuseum.org.
Arts Collinwood Gallery
Pretty Vacant. Five artists from the rustbelt outposts of Canton, Pittsburgh, Chicago and Cleveland contribute pieces responding to the social and physical decay of their cities. Joseph Carl Close, Dana Depew, and Dave Desimone represent Northeast Ohio. An opening reception will be held Friday February 1 from 6 to 9 p.m. An artists' talk will be held Thursday February 7 at 7 p.m. Through February 23 at 15605 Waterloo Rd. Call 216-692-9500 or go to artscollinwood.org.
Cleveland Institute of Art
Project Site: Still Life of the Party. In 2010, Trevor Marzella was named a Gund Scholar, the highest honor for graduating CIA students. Now, he is exhibiting a series of lively still-life photographs. Through March 8 at the Joseph McCullough Building at 11610 Euclid Ave. For more information, call 216-421-7000, or go to cia.edu.
Thomas Kinkade Tribute Exhibit. Whether you love the shining rainbow world of the late Thomas Kinkade's sentimental landscapes, or ironically "love" his work on the level of supreme kitsch, you can appreciate (or appropriate) his work at this career retrospective for America's best-selling painter. Through August 31 at 7003 Center St., Mentor. For more information, call 440-255-1200 or go to galleryone.com.
Tara Seibel Art Gallery
Les Miserables. Cleveland artist Tara Seibel's original sketches, watercolors and prints from her comic book adaptation of Victor Hugo's epic of personal redemption and social revolution are for the first time made available for sale. An opening reception will be held Saturday February 2nd starting at 7 p.m. Through April 5 at 12107 Mayfield Rd. Call 216-375-0760 or go to taraseibel.blogspot.com.
David Mull + Martha Cliffel. Heights Arts recognizes the accomplishments of two artists without formal training. David Mull's ink and graphite drawings show obsessive attention to details made all the more impressive by the fact they are made on recycled paper, rocks, and other found objects. Martha Cliffel's assemblage works move between whimsy and political outspokenness. Through February 23 at 2175 Lee Rd., Cleveland Heights. Call 216-371-3457 or go to heightsarts.org.
Light of Day and Bridging Cleveland. The opening exhibits for the West Side's first museum focus on photography. "Light of Day" presents pictures from the collections of Fred and Laura Bidwell by internationally renowned photographers like Hiroshi Sugimoto, Adam Fuss and Abelardo Morell. Specially commissioned for the station, Vaughn Wascovich's pinhole camera images series Bridging Cleveland memorializes the city's spanning architectural achievements with an eye towards honoring the workaday heroes who use them. Opening February 1, and running through May 4 at 1460 West 29th St. Call 330-730-1273or go to transformerstation.org.