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$15.00 USD


Embracing Heritage 

Juried Literary and Visual Art Exhibition

Summit Artspace on E. Market- Transition Gallery

February 13- March 14

Call for art

Embracing Heritage is a juried visual and literary art exhibition that is to honor and embrace the impact and history that African Americans and African American culture has had in shaping Akron, the United States, and globally. We invite all artists to show us how they are inspired by the music, movements, history, and roots that have shaped and will continue to shape our culture and nation.


“I know now it's a hashtag and people have various feelings about it, but really if you look at all black art, even in hip-hop, it's all about that I exist and these are my feelings and this is what I feel about the world. It's always been an undercurrent”.  -Cheo Hodari Coker

Deadline for Entry:  February 3, 2020 Midnight

Entry Fee: $15 

Drop Off: Monday, February 10, 2020

Juror:  Ace Epps

Media: all media types 

Opening Reception: Thursday, February 13, 4-7pm

Pick up: Monday, March 16, 2020

Eligibility: The exhibition is open to artists residing in or attending school in the following Ohio counties: Summit, Cuyahoga, Medina, Stark, Wayne and Portage  Must be at least 18 years old to enter. Artwork must be completed upon submission.

Notification of the juror’s decision will be made via email by 11:59 pm on February 7, 2020.

Jurying will be done via digital image. Artists may submit one piece of artwork to be considered for inclusion with each submission.  Artists may submit up to three different pieces to be considered. Each piece must be submitted separately.  For each submission, artists may submit up to three high quality digital images (.jpg, .pdf, .tiff. .png) of the artwork.  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 included in the file name of digital images.  Submissions with file names that include the artist’s name will be disqualified. 

Literary work must be submitted as a word DOC or PDF, typed and double-spaced. Please do not include your name on this DOC or PDF file. Your work will be tagged to your name by Summit Artspace staff.

Poetry limited to 50 lines and short stories are limited to 1,000 words.

Judging is by blind jury. Submissions that include the author’s name or exceed the word/line count will be disqualified.

Accepted visual Artwork must be delivered to the Transition Gallery at Summit Artspace on E. Market on Monday, February 10, 2020 during the hours of 10:00 am - 2:00 pm or 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm. Literary work will be printed by Summit Artspace.

 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 pieces with saw tooth hangers will be accepted. 
  • 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 may be required to provide a special display fixture appropriate for the installation. Please note all display fixtures 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. If accepted,  the artistyou will be expected to gallery sit at least one shift (2-5 hours during gallery hours). Artists with multiple pieces will be expected to sit more than one shift.  

All artists who submit a piece  for consideration will  be emailed all  future call for art opportunities at Summit Artspace.

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.