This one's for you
October 20 - November 18, 2017
Betty Taylor was truly an activist on behalf of local artists. Her passion for artists and their voice in the community inspired many artists to pursue their calling. Her connection, vision and persistence is linked to Summit Artspace’s history and success. Her dream for a gallery for all local artists which began with the Artists of Rubber City, was realized when she helped found Summit Artspace in 2002. She also was one of the original members of Artists of Rubber City, founded in 1978, and Alliance for the Visual Arts, founded in 2001. Artists of Rubber City remains housed in Summit Artspace and operates the Box Gallery and the Little Box Gallery.
Betty, who passed away earlier this year, and her late husband, Howard, were honored with the "Arts Alive!" Volunteer Award by the Akron Area Arts Alliance (now Summit Artspace) in 2003.
Summit Artspace is proud to honor this champion for the arts and local artists with a tribute exhibition in the main gallery from October 20 to November 14.
The show is open to any artist who was influenced and inspired by Betty.
You may have been in class with her at University of Akron, exhibited your work in a show at Summit Artspace, heard and been moved by her persistence and determination, or worked alongside her in her many community causes.
As part of the submission for inclusion, artists will be asked to include their relationship with Betty and give a brief statement how her dedication and vision inspired them. Entries can be current or past work. Please share your story and memories of Betty as we honor her with a show in her name.
Betty’s own personal pieces will be displayed as part of the exhibition.
Deadline for Entry:
Monday, October 2, 2017, by midnight.
ENTRY FEE: $15
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 more than one entry for consideration in the show, but each entry must be submitted separately.
The curatorial process will be done via digital image using the Submittable online platform.
The images must accurately represent the work: accepted work must be professionally presented for exhibition in order to be accepted during intake. Improperly wired 2-D work, damaged frames, or improperly mounted 3-D work cannot be accepted (see notes below). Works that do not meet these criteria will not be exhibited.
It is required that artists complete the “artist statement” field on the entry form. The artist statement should explain the connection that the artist had with Betty Taylor and/or the influence that Betty Taylor had on the artwork itself. This statement may be consulted during the curatorial process as well as for publicity and to inform gallery visitors about the artworks in the exhibition.
Size and Weight Limits
Final installation size of 2-D work cannot exceed 6' (72") 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.
Please read the dates in the following timeline carefully and make sure that you can be present, or make arrangements for a representative to be present, as required. Thank you!
Monday, October 2, 2017 – Call for Artists concludes at midnight.
Friday, October 6, 2017 – Notification of the curator's decision will be made by midnight.
Monday, October 9, 2017 – Contracts will be sent to artists via email by midnight. Artist must bring one copy of the completed and signed contract with them when dropping off artwork.
Monday, October 16, 2017 – Intake of accepted artwork from 10am-2pm and 4pm-7pm.
Friday, October 20, 2017 – Opening reception from 5-8pm
Thursday, November 9, 2017 – Panel discussion from 7-8pm
Monday, November 20, 2017 – Pickup of artwork from 10am-2pm and 4pm-7pm
Exhibition Hours: Thursdays and Fridays, from 12-7 pm; Saturdays from 12-5 pm, with extended hours during special programming.
Work must be identified (labeled) with the artist's name and contact information when delivered.
Accepted work must be delivered ready to install. 2-D works must be appropriately wired, no saw tooth hangers. Frames must be intact, without chips or cracks. Mounts, bases, and other components of 3-D work must be intact and secure. Work must meet size and weight requirements outlined above. Audio visual equipment must be in proper working order.
Summit Artspace has a limited number of pedestals available, however the artist may need to provide any special display fixtures required.
Suitability of works which must be suspended, hung in windows, are especially heavy, are very large, require a power source, or have other special installation requirements will be determined on an individual basis. Artists may be asked to assist with the installation and de-installation of their work.
Artists are requested to volunteer for one or more shifts as gallery sitters/docents during the exhibition. Summit Artspace Gallery relies on volunteers to assist with monitoring the gallery.
Care will be taken when handling and displaying all artwork, however Summit Artspace waives responsibility for either damage or loss of artwork.