Akron Art Museum
The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats. Over 80 sketches, drafts, and final works from the portfolio of Ezra Jack Keats (1916–1983), author and illustrator of the first full-color illustrated children's book to feature an African American protagonist, are on display. Through June 30 at One South High St., Akron. For more information, call 330-376-9185 or go to akronartmuseum.org.
78th Street Studios
Shedding Light. This show uses art to examine domestic violence and relationship abuse. Area talents including Augusto Bordelois, Hilary Gent, Liz Maugans, Julie Morgan, Meghann Snow, and Douglas Max Utter contribute works in painting, sculpture, and mixed media. Through May 10 at 1300 West 78th St., Suite 200. For more information, call gallery director Hilary Gent at 216-650-4201 or co-curator Jane Lui at 646-753-2059.
River Gallery Arts
7th Annual Ceramics Invitational. This show features finely crafted ceramic objects and vessels from nearly 30 local artists, including Gina DeSantis, Sharon Grossman, Mark Goertzen, and Bob Bruch. An opening reception will be held Saturday, April 27 from 3 to 7 p.m. Through June 15 at 19046 Old Detroit Rd., Rocky River. For more information, call 440-331-8406 or go to rivergalleryarts.com.
Survival Kit Gallery
Space/Time. The photographs of Jason Robert Carroll and a video installation from Elena Harvey Collins compel viewers to reexamine the spaces they live in. Multiple exposures and exhaustive film shots challenge viewers to realize how their concepts arrange things just as much as object's physical positions do. Through May 17 at 305 West 80th St., Suite 303. For more information, call 216-533-4885 or go to survivalkitgallery.com.
The Sculpture Center
I Was Going To Make a Model of the Earth But it Won't Stop Moving. Mark Schatz builds a centerless series of landscapes and cityscapes meant to represent the interconnectedness of human societies even across distances. An opening reception will be held Friday April 26 from 5 to 8 p.m. For more information, call 216-229-6527 or go to sculpturecenter.org.
William Busta Gallery
Ecotone. Painter Matthew Kolodziej tries to draw out scientific precision from swift, twitchy brushstrokes. An opening reception will be held Friday April 26 from 5 to 9 p.m. Through June 1 at 2731 Prospect Ave. For more information, call 216-298-9071 or go to williambustagallery.com.