Out-of-the-Box Auction and Exhibition

Calling All to step Out of the Box!

Deadline for participation forms extended to May 15. Artwork due May 27.

Artists are sought to create unique box-themed artwork to donate to Summit Artspace. The boxes will be exhibited and auctioned at the Arts Alive! awards celebration, a fundraiser directly benefitting community exhibitions and art programs at Summit Artspace.


or click here to download a PDF of the participation commitment form

Email us your completed form or mail it to us by May 15.


  • Donate your time and talents to create a work of art that incorporates a “box.” (Sign up to participate by May 15. Artwork due by May 27.)
  • Items will be sold during the silent auction during the Arts Alive! awards celebration with all proceeds directly supporting Summit Artspace, which is dedicated to showcasing work by local artists and providing opportunities for our community to experience great local art.
  • Artwork will be displayed at Summit Artspace from June 4 through Arts Alive! on June 15, 2016.

Think Out-of-the-Box and see where your imagination takes you! Creating a box is fun! A box is whatever you interpret it to be. Your box can be traditional or outlandish, literal or conceptual, sculptural or two-dimensional. You can showcase your signature style or try your hand at something new. Over the years, the Out of the Box creations have become collector’s items for Arts Alive! patrons, including artists, educators, business people and community and government leaders who attend the event. Whatever your take on it, there will surely be an art enthusiast who will wish to take it home.

Out-of-the-Box donors will receive discounted admission to Arts Alive!, and enjoy increased exposure, publicity and name recognition, along with the satisfaction of supporting your community art center. All materials used to create your artwork are tax-deductible, and all proceeds from auction sales will benefit Summit Artspace community exhibitions and art programming.


The Arts Alive! awards will be announced on Wednesday, June 15 at Summit Artspace. The celebration honors artists, arts leaders and arts supporters in our area. Details about the event, including past winners, can be found at www.summitartspace.org/artsalive.


Download the Out of the Box participation commitment form or sign up online. Forms can be returned via mail to Summit Artspace, attn.: Out of the Box, 140 East Market Street, Akron, OH 44308 or via email at joancolbertstudios@gmail.com.

Thank you in advance for joining us at Out of the Box! Please call Out-of-the-Box chair Joan Colbert at 330-328-9539 or email her with questions. Important dates are below. Check back for more info.

From artist Joan Colbert, chair of the Out-of-the-Box auction and exhibition: I am excited to be the 2016 chairperson of one of my favorite art events – the Out of the Box Exhibition & Auction. This fun, biannual event is part of Summit Artspace’s Arts Alive! Awards Celebration. It’s a great chance for artists to show off their creativity and talents and be part of the new energy that’s taking place at Summit Artspace. I have been a box donor for every Arts Alive! since 2001 and have enjoyed the challenge of creating something outside of my usual two-dimensional work. I invite you to join me this year as a box donor and exhibitor in a fun and creative way to benefit Summit Artspace, your community art center.


  • May 15 – Entry/commitment deadline
  • May 27 – Artwork delivery deadline
  • June 4 – Out-of-the-Box auction opening, reception and Downtown Akron Artwalk
  • June 15 – Arts Alive! celebration