FRESH Exhibit Artist Call

FRESH Art 2017 Juried Exhibition 

Deadline for Entry: December 1, 2016

Exhibition dates: January 13-February 18, 2017 

Flex your creative muscles and take your art in new directions using a FRESH perspective in this 13th annual juried show. Accepted work will feature novel styles, original thinking, and demonstrate a high level of skill in the artist’s chosen 2D or 3D media. Work must have been made since January 1, 2015. Cash prizes totaling $1,000 will be awarded.

The juror for 2017 is Charles Beneke, Professor of Art, Printmaking, Myers School of Art, Associate Dean of the Graduate School—Academics, at The University of Akron. Beneke was the recipient of

Torso #2 by James Leslie, First Place

Torso #2 by James Leslie, First Place

the Akron Area Arts Alliance 2016 Arts Alive! Award for Outstanding Visual Artist.

Click here to submit your work for FRESH.

First place in the 2016 juried exhibit went to James Leslie of Akron, who holds a Masters of Fine Arts from Kent State University, for the ink on paper, “Torso #2.” The second place winner was Nathan Prebonick of Akron for “Neutral Spaces,” acrylic on canvas. Charisse Harris of Akron, a mixed media artist who teaches drawing at Kent State University, took third place with “Kinship,” acrylic on luan wood.

The Fresh Air Award for an emerging artist went to Rachel Smith of Stow, adjunct art faculty in the Jewelry Metals Enameling program at KSU, for “Dueling Ideals,” wearable art that is waterjet cut aluminum with powder coating. Honorable mentions went to sculptural artist and taxidermist Meaghan Herbert of Bedford for  “Uniyote,” a mixed media piece; Jeremy Jenkins of Akron whose work often reflects global and mystical perspectives for “Untitled,” created with water-based paint; and Canton resident Michael Weiss for “The Island,” which combines photography and other media. Weiss is the Creative Services Director at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens.

Neutral Spaces by Nathan Prebonick, Second Place

Neutral Spaces by Nathan Prebonick, Second Place


Kinship by Charisse Harris, Third Place

Kinship by Charisse Harris, Third Place


Dueling Ideals by Rachel Smith

Dueling Ideals by Rachel Smith, The FRESH Air Award

Uniyote by Meaghen Herbert

Uniyote by Meaghen Herbert, Honorable Mention


Unititled by Jeremy Jenkins, Honorable Mention

Unititled by Jeremy Jenkins, Honorable Mention


The Island by Michael Weiss, Honorable Mention

The Island by Michael Weiss, Honorable Mention


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