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Political Quagmire by Deborah Shapiro

Political Quagmire by Deborah Shapiro

The 13th Annual FRESH Juried Art Exhibition

January 13 – February 18, 2017

Opening Reception – Friday, January 13, 2017, 5-8 pm

Summit Artspace Gallery
Free and Open to the Public

Open for the Akron Artwalk, Saturday, Feb. 4 

The 13th Annual FRESH Juried Art Exhibition, Akron’s anticipated, contemporary regional art show, opened in January at Summit Artspace with works reacting to a turbulent world.

Refugee by Prascilla Roggenkamp

First Place–Refugee by Priscilla Roggenkamp

Priscilla Roggenkamp of Alliance took first place with her piercing interpretation of war and displacement with the piece “Refugee,” fabricated of cotton, rafts, keys, tote bags and rope. She is an associate professor of Art at Ashland University.

Second place went to Emily Duke of Mogadore for “Double Presence,” an ethereal three-dimensional work that shows division and shadows but whose sky blue surface offers hope.  Jasmine Kornel of Cuyahoga Falls was the third place winner for her fiber art work, “Bandage,” described as a waterfall of weaving excellence.

The FRESH Air Award went to Erica Bishop of Seven Hills, Ohio, for two works, “River” and “Pond,” both archival pigment prints. The prints remind the viewer of the fragility and beauty of the environment.  

Second Place--Double Presence by Emily Sebura-Duke

Second Place–Double Presence by Emily Sebura-Duke

Displaying 33 pieces from 29 local artists, the show runs until Feb. 18 at the Summit Artspace Gallery, 140 E. Market St., Akron.

With reputation of celebrating new perspectives, FRESH challenges regional artists to take their art in new directions for the annual competition. Juror Charles Beneke, professor of Art at The University of Akron Mary Schiller Myers School of Art and associate dean of the Graduate School, selected the works from 71 entries.

Beneke characterized FRESH as an “awaited welcoming of the new year with an exposition of new explorations in the visual arts by members of our vital, regional community.”


Third Place–Waterfall by Jasmine Kornel

The works this year vibrate with “a sense of unease and trepidation—our world is unsettled; our political climate is divisive; big changes are impending,” according to Beneke.

In the selected pieces created in a variety of media and styles, he examined works addressing the recent U.S. election, reflecting upon changes in world cultures as a result of ethnic diasporas and questioning personal identity.

The common theme among the pieces that struck Beneke was the exploration of space. As a nationally and internationally-known visual artist, he observed artists using their craft to ground themselves and come to terms with uncertain times and a new, uncertain world.

“FRESH 2017 explores new definitions of space and this new place that we must all learn to navigate and inhabit together,” he articulated.

The exhibition is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Thursdays and Fridays, noon-7 p.m., and Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. The show is open Saturday, Feb. 4, noon-9 p.m. during regular hours and for Artwalk in downtown Akron, which runs 5-10 p.m.

Parking is available behind the Summit Artspace building when visiting the gallery. Summit Artspace is handicap accessible and has an elevator. For information about Summit Artspace, go to or call 330-376-8480. Find Summit Artspace on Facebook, on Twitter at @AkronAreaArts and on Snapchat.



River by Erica BIshop

FRESH Air Award–River by Erica Bishop


Pond by Erica Bishop

FRESH Air Award–Pond by Erica Bishop



Embroidered Necklace by Jaclyn Hale

Embroidered Necklace by Jaclyn Hale


Into the Light by Don Parsisson

Into the Light by Don Parsisson



Bandage by Jasmine Kornel


We have new, expanded
hours at Summit Artspace!
Noon to 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays
and noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays
during exhibit dates!


Parking behind the building
Handicap accessible


Summit Artspace Gallery Location
140 East Market Street
Akron, Ohio 44308
Phone: 330-376-8480

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