Call for BIPOC Artists:

Summit Artspace invites local BIPOC artists to apply for a funded solo exhibition. The organizational goal behind this exhibition is to actively undo systems of oppression and domination present in the art world. Summit Artspace is interested in the many ways in which BIPOC artists impact our communities through their art. The exhibition is dedicated to– but is not limited to – uncovering the following themes:

· Exploring and advancing meaningful BIPOC narratives

· Recontextualizing traditionally white-dominated genres to give new meanings

· Restoring hope by envisioning a world where social justice has taken hold

· Building support for social change, equity, and inclusion

· Exposing and denouncing injustices to marginalized communities

· Investigating new ideas and genres to transform viewer perceptions

Eligible artists will be Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Color; they will live in Summit County, or surrounding counties and express an interest of making an impact through their artwork. Through a blind-juried process, one artist will be selected to receive a stipend of $1,000 in support for the creation of a solo exhibition in Summit Artspace’s 3G Gallery during the 2022 Spring Exhibition Season. All types of visual artists are welcome to apply for this opportunity.

The exhibition is funded in part through general operating support from Ohio Arts Council, Akron Community Foundation, and GAR Foundation.

Jurors

Dara Harper | Owner and Artist at Art Only Boutique; Commission Secretary for City of Akron Public Art Program; Co-Founder of Akron Black Artist Guild

J. Leigh Garcia | Artist; Print Media and Photography Professor at Kent State University

Important Dates:

Application Opens: October 1, 2021

Application Deadline: December 15, 2021

Notification of Acceptance: January 15, 2022

Public Announcement: January 30, 2022

Exhibition: April 9 – June 25, 2022

Guidelines and Information:
· Size and weight of final artwork should be easily portable and manageable. If there are special installation requirements, the artist may need to provide necessary hanging devices. Summit Artspace is able to provide basic install supplies. Pedestals and display monitors have limited availability.

· The 3G Gallery is located on the third floor of Summit Artspace; it has 4 walls for display measuring approximately 34 feet by 26 feet with 11 foot high ceilings.

· Please note all final displays are subject to Summit Artspace approval.
· Upon entering, you will be emailed future calls for art from Summit Artspace.
· We cannot accept artwork that is shipped, nor can we ship artwork. 

Group Exhibition Proposals: July 2022 - June 2023 

Summit Artspace invites applicants to organize a group exhibition of at least three artists to be shown in the Second Floor Gallery, a large space for artists to dialogue in exciting ways. We welcome individual artists, groups, and curators who are exploring new and exciting themes in contemporary art to apply. Summit Artspace is interested in highlighting a diverse range of artistic skill sets and backgrounds as well as diverse material and critical exploration.

Exhibition proposals will be reviewed and selected by Summit Artspace staff. Criteria taken into consideration while reviewing applications include media, quality of work, spatial needs, professionalism, and programming related to Summit Artspace's goals for community engagement, especially in relation to themes found in other exhibitions in our schedule. 

We strongly encourage interested applicants to come visit Summit Artspace during public hours (Fridays 12 - 7 p.m. and Saturdays 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.) to better understand the gallery spaces available and how exhibitions are presented.

Deadline for Proposals: January 31, 2022

Notification of Acceptance: February 15, 2022

Eligibility: 

Must be 18+ for consideration. Preference will be given to artists who have a connection to Northeast Ohio or proposals that include one artist who lives/works in Northeast Ohio, but is not required. Artwork cannot have been previously displayed in a Summit Artspace exhibition.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion:

Summit Artspace believes that a diverse community of artists plays a vital role in representing our collective humanity. We foster an inclusive culture and encourage artists from different cultures, languages, sexual orientations, racial affiliations, and abilities to apply.  We strive to provide accessible and accommodating galleries and programming. We are committed to exhibiting, connecting, assisting, and promoting artists without discrimination based on age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, military or protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, transgender status, sex stereotyping, or disability.

Logistics: 

If artists are selected, they will be required to complete an exhibition agreement solidifying details for the exhibition. Artists must adhere to all guidelines provided by staff, including Summit Artspace's consignment agreement, in which 70% of artwork sales are paid to the artist and the organization receives a 30% commission. 

Exhibiting artists must work with staff to coordinate install and tear-down of exhibitions as well as provide artwork data for labeling by agreed upon deadlines. Artists must be available in-person for installation. Professional installation can be provided by Summit Artspace, unless the artist(s) should install their own artwork due to special installation requirements. Care will be taken when handling and displaying all artwork; however, Summit Artspace waives responsibility for either damage or loss of artwork.

All exhibiting artists are requested to assist in marketing efforts, and Summit Artspace staff will promote exhibitions through digital and print media, press releases, and internal signage. Summit Artspace will provide designed exhibition graphics and didactics, as well as photography for virtual exhibitions.

Display:

· Final installation size of artwork cannot exceed 7' (84") high.

· Any single component of an artwork must not exceed 50 pounds.

· The artist may be responsible for providing necessary hanging devices and/or installing artwork themselves if they are not ready to hang.

· Summit Artspace has a limited number of pedestals and display monitors available. The artist may be required to provide a special display fixture appropriate for the installation.

· Suitability of works which must be suspended, require a power source, are between 35-50 pounds, are close to the size limitations or have other special installation requirements will be determined on an individual work basis.

· Please note all displays are subject to Summit Artspace approval. 

Questions or concerns? Please email natalie@summitartspace.org.

Solo Exhibition Proposals: July 2022 - June 2023 


Summit Artspace invites local emerging artists to apply for a solo exhibition to be held in the 3G Gallery, a smaller sized space on our third floor. We welcome artists with new bodies of work exploring exciting themes in contemporary art to apply. Summit Artspace is interested in highlighting a diverse range of artistic skill sets and backgrounds as well as diverse material and critical exploration.


Exhibition proposals will be reviewed and selected by Summit Artspace staff. Criteria taken into consideration while reviewing applications include media, quality of work, spatial needs, professionalism, and programming related to Summit Artspace's goals for community engagement, especially in relation to themes found in other exhibitions in our schedule. 


We strongly encourage interested applicants to come visit Summit Artspace during public hours (Fridays 12 - 7 p.m. and Saturdays 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.) to better understand the gallery spaces available and how exhibitions are presented.


Deadline for Proposals: January 31, 2022
Notification of Acceptance: February 15, 2022

Eligibility:
Must be 18+ for consideration. Preference will be given to artists who have a connection to Northeast Ohio or proposals that include one artist who lives/works in Northeast Ohio, but is not required. Artwork cannot have been previously displayed in a Summit Artspace exhibition.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion:
Summit Artspace believes that a diverse community of artists plays a vital role in representing our collective humanity. We foster an inclusive culture and encourage artists from different cultures, languages, sexual orientations, racial affiliations, and abilities to apply.  We strive to provide accessible and accommodating galleries and programming. We are committed to exhibiting, connecting, assisting, and promoting artists without discrimination based on age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, military or protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, transgender status, sex stereotyping, or disability.

Logistics:
If artists are selected, they will be required to complete an exhibition agreement solidifying details for the exhibition. Artists must adhere to all guidelines provided by staff, including Summit Artspace's consignment agreement, in which 70% of artwork sales are paid to the artist and the organization receives a 30% commission. 


Exhibiting artists must work with staff to coordinate install and tear-down of exhibitions as well as provide artwork data for labeling by agreed upon deadlines. Artists must be available in-person for installation. Professional installation can be provided by Summit Artspace, unless the artist(s) should install their own artwork due to special installation requirements. Care will be taken when handling and displaying all artwork; however, Summit Artspace waives responsibility for either damage or loss of artwork.


All exhibiting artists are requested to assist in marketing efforts, and Summit Artspace staff will promote exhibitions through digital and print media, press releases, and internal signage. Summit Artspace will provide designed exhibition graphics and didactics, as well as photography for virtual exhibitions.

Display:
· Final installation size of artwork cannot exceed 7' (84") high.
· Any single component of an artwork must not exceed 50 pounds.
· The artist may be responsible for providing necessary hanging devices and/or installing artwork themselves if they are not ready to hang.
· Summit Artspace has a limited number of pedestals and display monitors available. The artist may be required to provide a special display fixture appropriate for the installation.
· Suitability of works which must be suspended, require a power source, are between 35-50 pounds, are close to the size limitations or have other special installation requirements will be determined on an individual work basis.
· Please note all displays are subject to Summit Artspace approval.

Questions or concerns? Please email natalie@summitartspace.org.

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Fresh 2022
January 14 - March 26, 2022
Betty and Howard Taylor Main Gallery
140 E. Market St | Akron, Ohio


Call for Visual Art
Take your art in new directions using a FRESH perspective in the 18th annual juried FRESH exhibition. Art accepted as part of this annual exhibition must be innovative and challenging to both the viewer and the artist. Accepted artists will have pushed the boundaries of what art can be– stylistically, conceptually, or technically– and will challenge the viewer to see the world through a new lens. Accepted work will feature novel material, contemporary and unique conceptual thinking and demonstrate a high level of skill in the artist’s visual language. Work must have been created since January 1, 2021 and not previously displayed in Summit Artspace. Art is not what you see, but what you make others see. - Edgar Degas

Juror: Jared Ledesma, Senior Curator at the Akron Art Museum

Deadline for Entry:  December 15, 2021, 11:59 p.m.

Entry Fee: $15

Notification of Acceptance: December 22, 2021

Drop Off: Monday, January 3, 2022

Media: All media 

Opening: Friday, January 14, 2022 

Awards: 1st place: $200, 2nd place $150, and 3rd place $100 and honorable mentions.

Pick up: Monday, March 28, 2022


Eligibility: The exhibition is open to artists who have a connection to Northeast Ohio. Must be at least 18 years old to enter. Artwork must be completed upon submission. Jurying will be done via digital image. Artists may submit one artwork piece per submission for consideration, and may submit up to three high quality digital images (.jpg, .pdf, .tiff. .png) of the artwork entered. Artists may submit up to three entries for consideration in the show, but each entry must be submitted separately. The images must accurately represent the finished work and accepted work must be professionally presented for exhibition (see notes below). Artist's name cannot be in the file name of digital images.  


Submissions that include the artist’s name will be disqualified. Notification of the juror’s decision will be made via email by December 22. Accepted work must be delivered to the Main Gallery at Summit Artspace on E. Market on Monday, January 3rd, 2022 during the hours of 10:00 am - 2:00 pm or 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm.     
Please note changes to this section: Notes: Size and Weight Limits:

  • Final installation size of 2-D work cannot exceed 4' (48") wide or 7' (84") high.
  • 3-D work must not exceed 39" in diameter, nor may any single component of the work exceed 50 pounds.
  • All wall mounted artwork must be wired with appropriate hardware for weight of piece, no saw tooth hangers
  • Screws are not used for any installation
  • All work must be identified (labelled) with the artist name and contact information when delivered.

Summit Artspace has a limited number of pedestals available. The artist maybe required to provide a special display fixture appropriate for the installation. Please note all displays are subject to Summit Artspace approval. Suitability of works which must be suspended, require a power source, are between 35-50 pounds, are close to the size limitations or have other special installation requirements will be determined on an individual basis. Professional installation will be provided by Summit Artspace. Care will be taken when handling and displaying all artwork; however Summit Artspace waives responsibility for either damage or loss of artwork. Upon entering you will be emailed future call for art opportunities at Summit Artspace.

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