Akron Art Museum: Stranger in Paradise. The late Rev. Howard Finster is one of America's most recognizable outsider artists, even creating album covers for R.E.M. and Talking Heads. Through June 3 at One South High St. in Akron; call 330-376-9185 or go to akronartmusuem.org.
The Art Gallery at Cleveland State University:
The 41st Annual Student Art Show. CSU students from all majors present works in painting, sculpture, photography, mixed media, and more. Through April 21 the Wooltex Gallery in the Tower Press Building, 1900 Superior Ave.; call the Art Gallery at Cleveland State University at 216-687-2103 or go to csuohio.edu/artgallery.
Clara Fritzsche Library at Notre Dame College: Table, People, Thing. The playful, rubbery style with which CIA graduate Harris Johnson renders his still lifes and portraits contrasts their frank content, with its suggestions of violence and other lettings of bodily fluids. Their outrageousness is meant to jolt the viewer — and the art world at large — from comfort zones and assumptions. An opening reception will be held Thursday, April 12, from 7 to 9 p.m. Through May 15 at 4545 College Rd. in South Euclid; call 216-373-5267 or go to notredamecollege.edu/resources-and-services/clara-fritzsche-library.
Cleveland Artists Foundation: Unchallenged Workmanship. Marking the centennial anniversary of the founding of the Modernist ceramics studio Cowan Pottery, this show displays works by local luminaries like Viktor Schreckengost, Alexander Blazys, and Elsa Vick Shaw. Through May 5 at Beck Center for the Arts: 17801 Detroit Ave., Lakewood. Call 216-521-2540 or go to clevelandartists.org.
Cleveland Institute of Art:
Art of Scale & Form. Recently retired CIA sculpture professor Barbara Stanczak displays a selection of her work from the last two decades, revisiting creations that complicated or made paradoxes of the relationship between visual and tactile experience. Meanwhile, Rhode Islander David Cole presents a two-ton music box rebuilt from the parts of an industrial compactor. Through May 19 at 11141 East Blvd. Call 216-421-7407 or go to cia.edu/reinberger_galleries/.
Cleveland Museum of Art:Rembrandt in America.
The largest collection of authentic Rembrandts exhibited in America in 100 years presents a comprehensive history of the painter's reception and interpretation in the States, and illuminates how collectors' desire to own a Rembrandt fueled research into his work. The exhibition continues through May 28 at 11150 East Blvd. Tix are $7 to $14. Call 216-421-7350 or go to clevelandart.org.
Fawick Gallery at Baldwin-Wallace: Student Art Exhibition. B-W students from all majors and programs exhibit works in various media. An opening reception and award ceremony will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on April 13, and the show will run through April 27 at 95 East Bagley Rd., Berea. Call 440-826-2152 or go to bw.edu/academics/art/news/ for more information.
Gallery One: The Giant Begins to Stir. Aviation painter William S. Phillips presents a visual history of the Doolittle Raid operation in WWII's Pacific theater. The show opens Saturday, April 14, from 1 to 5 p.m., with a talk by Phillips, and runs through June 30 at 7003 Center Street, Mentor. For more information, call 440-255-1200 or go to galleryone.com.
Mastroianni Arts: Kilimanjaro Express: My African Adventure. Terri P. Tufts presents paintings inspired by her recent expedition to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the tallest peak on the African continent. The works draw on the minimal colors and shapes of Tanzania's indigenous traditions. An opening reception will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. April 13, and will feature musical performances by Tom Orange and Frass Accolades. Tufts will give a talk on her work April 27 beginning at 7 p.m. The show runs through April 30 at 2688 West 14th St., Tremont; call 216-235-6936 or go to mastroianniarts.com.
River Gallery:Sixth Annual Ceramics Invitational. More than 30 top ceramicists celebrate the beautified functional object in this showcase. An opening reception will be held Saturday, April 14, from 3 to 7 p.m. Through May 24 at 19046 Old Detroit Road, Rocky River. Call 440-331-8406 or go to rivergalleryarts.com.