Summit Artspace Launches Gallery Alignment Plan
Summit Artspace’s art deco building, commissioned by John S. and James L. Knight in 1927 to house the Akron Beacon Journal, has abundant space to showcase art and engage the public with local artists. The historic edifice boasts five galleries and over 25 resident artist studios within its 55,000 square feet.
Summit Artspace’s professional leadership recently created a strategic vision for each of the five galleries, allowing the organization to better serve local artists. Supported in part by a grant from Peg’s Foundation, each gallery has a target audience and specific exhibition formats. Three new gallery names reflect both the physical locations of the spaces in the building and the gallery alignment plan, designed so that artists at all points in their careers have a place to show their work. “This is a milestone for Summit Artspace and helps ensure that we are resourcing artists at all points in their careers,” notes Director of Artist Resources Natalie Grieshammer Patrick.
The Taylor Gallery, named after Summit Artspace founders and patrons Betty and Howard Taylor, presents emerging and established artists through signature juried exhibitions with noteworthy jurors, and mid-career and established artists with solo exhibitions. Recently, the Taylor Gallery has displayed prominent local artists such as Eva Kwong, Micah Kraus, and PR Miller. Additionally, it features longstanding annual exhibitions such as the Kaleidoscope juried exhibition and FRESH, which invites artists to submit innovative and challenging works.
The Welcome Gallery, located adjacent to the front entrance, features community-forward exhibitions selected based on partnerships and community projects, such as the annual StarBurst Juried Regional High School exhibition and solo shows from Summit County Developmental Disabilities Board artists.
The Intersections Gallery serves established artist communities through group member exhibitions and celebrates the milestones and histories of these organizations, including the Artists of Group Ten, the National Collage Society, and the Women’s Art League.
The Forum Gallery highlights emerging and established artists with group exhibitions. This space encourages dialogue between local artists and elevates creativity and exploration.
The Horizon Gallery links emerging artists to new audiences through solo exhibitions. This space celebrates rising local talent and provides recent graduates, or those new to the field, the opportunity to build their portfolios.
Summit Artspace announces calls for art through newsletters and social media. Artists wishing to exhibit at Summit Artspace may apply through the calls for art or submit exhibition proposals to Natalie Grieshammer Patrick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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