AAAA Announces 2014 Webinar Season!

Announcing our 2014 Webinar Season!
Cost – FREE if you come to Summit Artspace! – We are members! – Please join us to watch and discuss this program.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014 – 3:00pm – 04:00pm
Event Description –

Engaging your community’s business and philanthropic leaders as arts advocates and advisors is a goal many arts organizations aspire to but don’t
always accomplish. Learn by example with a case study from Dan Bowers, President of ArtsBuild in Chattanooga, who recently spearheaded the creation of a community-wide cultural plan with input from local artists and business leaders. Hear from the two community advocates–artist and Lyndhurst Foundation program officer, Karen “Rudy” Rudolph and ArtsBuild board member and Vice President of Global Programs at Unum, Cissy Williams–who each played a role in the plan’s development and are actively involved in its implementation today.

The second half of the webinar will bring us John Bryan, President of CultureWorks in Richmond, Virginia. CultureWorks was formed in 2009 through a recommendation by the Richmond Region Cultural Action Plan, a process that engaged leaders from the cultural and business worlds, as well as members of the community. In addition to its support of arts non-profits, CultureWorks collaborates with local businesses and other sectors to spur the economic development of the greater Richmond area.

These case studies will give you the building blocks to engage business and community leaders outside of the funding realm through practical (and successful) examples from local communities around the country.

Presented by: Dan Bowers, President, ArtsBuild; Karen “Rudy” Rudolph, Artist & Program Officer, Lyndhurst Foundation; Cissy Williams, Board Member, ArtsBuild & Vice President of Global Programs, Unum; John Bryan, President, CultureWorks.

Gay Games-GG9-CLE: Call for Portrait Photographers


Gay Games – GG9-CLE

In Residence at Events from August 8 – August 16, 2014
Application Deadline is May 24th

           Gore Vidal


Summit Artspace OFFSite has been funded by the Gay Community Endowment Fund
of the Akron Community Foundation for an artist-in-residence project to take place during this summer’s Gay Games from August 8 – August 16 during selected events. The project, PRIDE in the MOMENT will create an on-line exhibition in real-time from photo-booths or trucks located on the grounds of the sports events in Cleveland and Akron.

We are looking for photographers to apply to be “in-residence” for 1-2 days throughout the event who are willing to set-up portrait studios on-site, take fine-art portrait photos and upload to the GG9CLE and Summit Artspace web-sites to create an on-line exhibition in real-time.

The photographers selected will receive a $1,000 stipend and be willing to spend time planning in June-July prior to the event in August.  Photographers must be willing to use their own equipment and release rights to GG9CLE and Summit Artspace to publish the photos on-line.

Volunteers will be available to assist with technology and logistics at the site.  At this time, we expect that once photographers are selected to participate in this project, they will be able to select the event(s) they would like to cover during the games.


To apply, send your resume, artist’s statement and 10 portrait images under 150 dpi
May 24th to

Photo: Gore Vidal

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Streetscapes: Akron in Plein Air Dates Announced

Summit Artspace Gallery is pleased to announce the dates for S:AiPA 2014. This year the show has been shifted into the earlier part of the summer to accommodate the fall crunch at Summit Artspace. The show will be back in the main gallery on the first floor and we will be up for the July ArtWalk. So, the key dates:

Thursday, June 26:
Evening stamping, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. ( I will probably do an afternoon early-bird session again this year, details to be announced)

Friday, June 27:
Morning stamping, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Saturday, June 28:
Morning stamping, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Sunday, June 29:
Painting turn-in at Summit Artspace, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Friday, July 11:
Awards reception (the show will be hung and open for the July 5th ArtWalk but due to the July 4th holiday, the opening reception and awards will be the following week)

Saturday, August 16:
Final day for the show. Pick up times will be announced later

As with past years, I will work with everyone as much as possible for additional stampings and early turn-ins. I will send out an email alert when the official flyer and entry form is out. All the other details (pick-up times, judge, awards, contact info, etc.) will be included then. Also, watch the Facebook page (Streetscapes: Akron in Plein Air) for updates along the way.

Image of Judith Carducci painting.


Calling All Artists! Downtown Akron Partnership Accepting Entries for 3rd Annual Akron Art Prize

Downtown Akron Partnership is now accepting applications for the 3rd Annual Akron Art Prize sponsored by The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation. Applications will be accepted through Monday, July 7th at 5 pm.

The competition runs September 6th through October 4th and will be open to both solo and collaborative artists, as well as two- or three-dimensional pieces. Each artist must pay a $25 entry fee and sign an agreement to participate. Artists must be at least 18 years of age.

The first place winner receives $5,000 and the honor of displaying the entry in the Akron Art Museum for the week following the competition. There will be five $1,000 runner-up prizes awarded as well.

Akron Art Prize is Akron’s only publicly determined arts competition and we want you to be a part of it. For more information or to apply online visit


Summit County Proclaiming August 2014 “Kids Month”

This August 2014 Russ Pry, Summit County Executive, will be proclaiming “Kids Month” in Summit County. Activities, programs and events are already being planned throughout the month. Each week in August will have a theme and the highlight of the month will be the Summit For Kids Symposium, Luncheon and Expo August 1st and 2nd. The general themes for the month of August are:

Week 1                 Kindergarten Readiness Week           August 3rd-9th

Week 2                 Child Wellness Week                           August 10th-16th

Week 3                  Family Week                                        August 17th-23rd

Week 4                  Child Safety Week                               August 24th-30th

Please keep in mind Kids Month and consider incorporating your child oriented events and programs into your August plans. Summit County is happy to include these events, programs, activities and informational sessions on the Kids Month Calendar.

If you have an addition to the calendar or would like to get involved in one of the planning committees, please contact Tina Merlitti at 330-643-8626.


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Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens Site of New Concours d’Elegnace in 2014

Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens announces the 2014 Concours d’Elegance at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, slated for September 19-21, 2014. Stan Hywet is located at 714 North Portage Path in Akron, Ohio.

The expansive 70-acre estate, America’s 6th largest historic home open to the public, provides a strikingly beautiful and historic backdrop for this re-imagined Northeast Ohio Concours show.

“There are few settings to equal the elegance of Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens,” says David Schultz, the Concours executive director who is a nationally-known auto enthusiast, author and Concours judge. Schultz previously served as executive director of the Glenmoor Gathering in Canton, which was a precursor to this new event.

Given Stan Hywet’s patriarchal connection to the automotive industry — Seiberling also participated in the establishment of the Lincoln Highway — automobile events are not new to the Estate. Every June for more than 50 years, Stan Hywet has hosted an annual Father’s Day Car Show in collaboration with the Ohio Region Classic Car Club of America, which attracts thousands of casual car enthusiasts, hobbyists and collectors.

“The two shows have very distinctive characters and qualities, and they occur in different seasons, allowing the Father’s Day edition to continue, and making the introduction of the Concours d’Elegance at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens a lovely enhancement to our annual events line-up,” notes Linda Conrad, president and executive director. “The Father’s Day Car Show has been a tradition for three generations of northeast Ohioans,” says Conrad, “with a typical display of more than 400 vintage automobiles. By contrast, the Concours is one of the nation’s most iconic celebrations of rare and unique automobiles, featuring approximately 175 of the invitation-only ‘rolling sculptures’ from throughout the United States.”

“We are in the process of selecting our feature classes for 2014,” says Schultz, “but one of our cornerstones will certainly be the great American and European automobiles of the 1920s and ‘30s.”

The motorcars will be the centerpiece of a weekend of time-honored events that are also open to the public. Exhibitors, sponsors and guests will be treated to a variety of cultural experiences that truly represent the art of fine living, including uniquely designed insider’s tours of the garden, grounds and Manor House; the elegance of high tea, special wine tastings and fashion events; gourmet food selections; and a symphony of musical entertainment set against the historic backdrop. Also on the roster is a countryside automobile tour for exhibitors.

According to Schultz, several key members of the former Glenmoor Gathering team will be involved with the Stan Hywet Concours. Schultz notes that Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens has a strong and creative events team with a proven track record. “Simply stated,” he says, “this is something they do very, very well. They are experts at events!”

Stan Hywet offers not only a spectacular venue, but a wonderful history and a legacy dating back nearly 100 years. The name is Old English for stone quarry. Three English country homes —Compton Wynyates, Ockwells, and Haddon Hall —served as the inspiration for Stan Hywet’s 65-room Manor House.

For more information visit or call Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens at 330-836-2626.


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