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


Fresh Art 2014 Open March 7th Through April 19th

The 10th Fresh Art Annual juried show opens Friday, March 7th at Summit Artspace Gallery.  It attracts unique works in a wide variety of media by both emerging young artists and established art professionals.  The exhibition is sponsored by the SUMMA FOUNDATION and Akron Area Arts Alliance is indebted to their support for the creative in our community.  The cash prizes have served as great recognition for established artists and encouragement for emerging artists in the region.

Best in Show-Maggie Duff “Found Sign V”

Second Place-Andy Dreamingwolf “Sister Ray”

Third Place-Frances Lehnert “Driving Mrs. Daisy”

Best Fresh AIR-Nathan Mayfield “Stick A Fork In It”

This year’s judge is Alexandra Nicholis Coon, the Executive Director of the Massillon Museum.  She has been with the Massillon Museum since 2001, serving as Museum Curator from 2003-2010.  Nicholis Coon served as adjunct faculty for Walsh University from 2006 – 2011 and is currently a committee member for the World Artists Program at SPACES Gallery in Cleveland.

Prize winners were announced at a special public reception on Friday, March 7th .  Representatives from the SUMMA FOUNDATION distributed the prizes. Summit Artspace is a project of the Akron Area Arts Alliance in partnership with Summit County government.  It is located in the historic Akron Beacon Journal building at 140 E. Market St., one block east of the Akron Art Museum.  It is supported by the Akron Community Foundation, Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation, Burton D. Morgan Foundation, OMNOVA Solutions Foundation, GAR Foundation, Summa Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, and Audio-Technica.

"Found Sign V" by Maggie Duff

“Found Sign V” by Maggie Duff

"Sister Ray" by Andy Dreamingwolf

“Sister Ray” by Andy Dreamingwolf

"Driving Miss Daisy" by Frances Lehnert

“Driving Miss Daisy” by Frances Lehnert

"Stick A Fork In It" by Nathan Mayfield

“Stick A Fork In It” by Nathan Mayfield












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