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The Art of Y

Juried Art Exhibition

Summit Artspace on E. Market - Main Gallery

May 22 – June 27

Summit Artspace is collaborating with the Y to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Akron Area YMCA. For this exhibition we invite artists to create pieces that include the letter “Y” in any way whether it is literal, hidden or abstract. Show us your Y story.

For 150 years, the Akron Area YMCA has been a strong place to launch and a safe place to land. From the highest quality rated Early Care & Education to the Super Senior Series, the Y has been a place for people to find their community, while finding themselves. The Y’s mission is to strengthen communities and they have done so with swimming, sports, healthy living programs, mentor programs with area schools, before and after care, camps, and social responsibility.


First Place $200

Second Place $100

Third Place $50

Winning pieces will be invited to be on display at the Y’s Gala on August 22, 2020.

Deadline for entry: April 27, 2020

Entry Fee: $15 per entry, up to three separate entries

Media: Open to all medias

Juror: Sharon Mazgaj

Notification of Acceptance: May 4, 2020

Opening Reception: May 22, 2020, awards announced at 7pm

Drop off: May 18, 2020

Pick up: June 29, 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. Artwork cannot have been previously displayed in a Summit Artspace related Gallery.

Jurying will be done via digital image. Artists may submit one piece of artwork per submission and up to three separate submissions for consideration. Artists may submit up to three high quality digital images (.jpg, .pdf, .tiff. .png) of each artwork entered (to show framing/ different angles/cropped to show more detail). 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 11:59 pm on May 4, 2020. Accepted work must be delivered to the Main Gallery at Summit Artspace on E. Market on Monday, May 18, 2020, during the hours of 10:00 am - 2:00 pm or 4:00 - 7:00 pm.

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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 or 7' (84") high, 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. If wall mounted work absolutely cannot be wired, please let Summit Artspace know via email prior to drop off and in “Special Installation Requirements” section of the submission form. No singular piece shall exceed 10 nail holes for installation. Please note all displays are subject to Summit Artspace approval. If submitting a triptych or diptych it must be: clearly labeled as so in the “Special Installation Requirements” section of the submission form, prepared as one piece of artwork with one wire, listed with one title, price, and artist statement, as well as fit within the size restrictions above. 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 you will be expected to gallery sit at least one shift (2-5 hours during gallery hours). Upon entering you will be emailed future call for art opportunities at Summit Artspace.

All jurying is blind and if artists contact the juror in regards to their piece(s) from the time of submission to the announcement of winners, artists shall be subject to disqualification from this and future exhibitions. Signatures on artwork shall be covered for final jurying to ensure blindness of juror.

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