Winners of the 419 Square Miles of Summit County, Summit Artspace photography show, March 1-30

419 Square Miles show image

A new photography show opening March 1 at Summit Artspace on East Market will capture the realistic, vibrant life and locations found in Summit County.

The show, 419 Square Miles of Summit County–Photos of People and Places, opens with a free artist reception on Friday, March 1, 5-8 p.m., in the main gallery at Summit Artspace on East Market, 140 East Market St., Akron. The exhibition which runs until March 30 is free and open to the public.

Winners of the juried show will be announced at 7 p.m. More than 100 photographs were submitted. Juror for the show is Gary Harwood, a veteran photographer and photography teacher from Kent.


The focus of the exhibit is to highlight life throughout Summit County using portraits, landscapes, interior spaces, nature and street photography submitted by local and regional photographers, both professional and hobby.

Harwood will lead a panel with the photographers on Thursday, March 28, from 7-8 p.m. in the main gallery surrounded by the photos. The event is free. Reserve your seat here:

Summit County covers 419 square miles in Northeast Ohio representing many facets of geography, business, rural and urban venues and diverse people.

The expanse of Summit County will be reflected in photographs that convey emotions speaking to the people, history and significance of life in the county. At a time when urban and rural areas are sometimes divided, the common, visual narrative found in photography provides an avenue for conversation and mutual appreciation.


Juror Gary Harwood of Kent has worked as a photographer and teacher for more than 30 years. He teaches Visual Storytelling and other photography courses at Kent State University and is also an Artist in Residence with the Ohio Arts Council. He is the co-author of Tiger Legacy: Stories of Massillon Football and Growing Season: The Life of a Migrant Community.

419 Square Miles show juror
Gary Harwood, Photographer and 419 Square Miles Juror

His work has appeared in the Communication Arts Photo Annual, Graphis Photo Annual, The Sun Magazine and Double Take/Points of Entry. He has twice won the James R. Gordon Ohio Understanding Award from the Ohio News Photographers Association’s Pictures of the Year competition. Tiger Legacy was selected as one of the ten best photography books for the summer of 2016 by American Photo Magazine. Growing Season won the Carter G. Woodson Honor Award from the National Council for the Social Studies and the Ohioana Book Award from the Ohioana Library Association.


This exhibit, much like the exhibit title, is meant to embrace inclusion in all of its forms and through it, a more complete picture of the Summit County community.

The concept of documenting all 419 square miles of Summit Country through a diverse range of photographic styles and approaches, captured by professional photographers and serious hobbyists offers a presentation that includes illustration, photojournalism, documentary, street photography, portraits, landscape and environmental images. 

The exhibition also brings together a diverse and talented photographic community and it is my hope that it will open a door to new relationships, opportunities and even collaborative projects for those whose work is included in this exhibition.

419 Square Miles of Summit County serves as a historical and artistic record of the rich and diverse range of opportunities that are available each and every day for the talented photographers of Summit County, Ohio.

The show image illustrates the people and places of Summit County with the center photograph of the Manchester Dance Ensemble by Harwood and the outdoor photographs of Virginia Kendall Park by Taylor Clapp.

Summit Artspace’s main gallery is open Thursdays and Fridays, 12-7 p.m., and Saturdays, 12-5 p.m. Additional hours include the March 2 Artwalk, 5-9 p.m., and during 3rd Thursday, March 21, 4-7 p.m.


Fred's Diner Does Bacon by Debra-Lynn Hook in 419 Square Miles
Fred’s Diner Does Bacon by Debra-Lynn Hook, First Place

“Fred’s Diner, in a non-descript, white concrete building on Home Avenue, has been serving up Akron folks with down-home food for 30 years. None more copiously than bacon. Fourteen tons a year, says owner Fred Spencer. Here is his son, heir apparent by day and a rapper by night.”
Debra-Lynn Hook

Location is Fred’s Diner on Home Avenue in Akron.

Verticalibration by Thomas Skala in 419 Square Miles
Verticalibration by Thomas Skala, Second Place

 “Being accustomed to larger urban areas, I’ve always been interested in attempting to portray Downtown Akron as a busy and bustling big city. I always thought this photo captured that feeling perfectly. It has businesses, building renovations, towering brick structures, a satellite dish, a construction barricade, and — in a nod to Akron’s connection to the CVNP — a thin sliver of trees beyond the All-American Bridge.”
Thomas Skala

The location is the Maiden Lane Historic District in downtown Akron.

Underpass by Pollock Youngpole in 419 Square Miles
Underpass by Pollock Youngpole, Third Place

“I cropped the picture then mirrored the image to create the photo being submitted. Very little photoshop techniques were used to create.”
Pollock Youngpole

Location is the Towpath Trail under the railroad crossing north of Wilbeth Road.

MeBike5 by Marc Braun in 419 Square Miles
MeBike5 by Marc Braun, Honorable Mention

“I look at our surrounding area with an eye for how we interact with nature, our surroundings and people. This image represents a look how I personally interact with others. It is a study of my shadow intertwined with others along the towpath.”
Marc Braun

Location is the Beaver Marsh Towpath located in the
Cuyahoga Valley National Park between Akron and Peninsula. 

Untitled 2 by Jacob Mollohan in 419 Square Milesa
Untitled 2 by Jacob Mollohan, Honorable Mention

“My goal with this series is to show interaction between people, but also show how much care goes into keeping Akron neighborhood community spaces maintained. I have a fondness for the idea of relationship building through community sports. As a young man, I served in the Army and built many of my friendships through pick-up games during our off hours. It was a way for us to blow off some steam and get to know each other outside of our day to day duties. I see this happening now in the neighborhoods around Akron. Even when I go to photograph, the people at these spaces are so welcoming and genuine. These photographs show how pick-up basketball games can bring together a diverse group of people. They are also highlighting the bonds between people within a community through spectating, participation, and socialization. Community-based sports have the opportunity to teach tolerance through inclusion …
Jacob Mollohan

Location is Reservoir Park on Brittain Road.

Lock 26 Winter Silence by Beth Becker in 419 Square Miles
Lock 26 Winter Silence by Beth Becker, Honorable Mention

“This is the location of one of Akron’s canal locks, Lock 26, also known as Pancake Lock near Beaver Marsh. During the spring and summer it welcomes visitors with plenty of wild flowers, blackberry bushes and wildlife. But in the stillness of winter it can become otherworldly–a hovering silence of fog and ice. It’s said to be a haunted location, but in my eye, it has an ethereal glow and calm to it. As a photographer and illustrator, I strive to have the viewer feel the mood, look deeper and escape into the world I create.”
Beth Becker

Location is Ira Road and Riverview Road. 

A Mind of Her Own by Bill Beuther 419 Square Miles
A Mind of Her Own by Bill Beuther, Honorable Mention

 “This young girl photographed at a PorchRokr Festival clearly has a mind of her own. How fortunate she is to be growing up at a time when opportunities for women abound. Abstract shapes and colors were added in PhotoShop to intensify the sense of her empowerment.”
Bill Beuther

Location is the Porch Rockr Festival in Highland Square.


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