July 12 – September 14, 2024  
Welcome Gallery, Summit Artspace

Free to apply! 

In honor of Overdose Awareness Day, visual artists in Summit County and contiguous counties (Cuyahoga, Geauga, Medina, Portage, Stark, Wayne) are invited to submit artworks about their own experience with overdose or in honor of a loved one who passed from an overdose. Artists working in all visual media are eligible to apply. There is no entry fee to apply. 

Important Dates: 

Deadline for Entry: Friday, May 31 at 11:59 p.m.

· Notification of Acceptance: Friday, June 14

· Artwork Drop-off: June 28 from Noon—7 p.m. & June 29 from 11 a.m.—5 p.m.

· Exhibition Opening: Friday, July 12, 5 – 8 p.m.

· Overdose Awareness Event: August 31; More details to be announced

· Artwork Pick-up: Monday, September 23, from 11 a.m.—2p.m. & 4—6 p.m.

 PLEASE NOTE: Exact dates and location of exhibition are subject to change due to anticipated construction taking place at Summit Artspace this summer.


In the Shadow: Artwork from the Total Solar Eclipse 

May 24 – June 15, 2024  
Welcome Gallery & Hallways 

Submissions open April 5 
Free to apply! 

Artists, are you inspired by the idea of witnessing a once-in-a-lifetime astronomical event? On April 8, 2024, at 3:15 p.m., a total solar eclipse will be crossing over Northeast Ohio. In recognition, Summit Artspace is hosting the exhibition In the Shadow: Artwork from the Total Solar Eclipse for artists who create artworks in response to experiencing this special event. Beginning April 5, artists can submit artwork in all media directly inspired by the total solar eclipse or any artwork inspired by celestial bodies and events. As many artworks will be accepted for display as possible. The exhibition will be on view in the Welcome Gallery and Hallways throughout the building from May 24 through June 15, 2024. 

According to NASA, “For a total eclipse to take place, the Sun, Moon, and Earth must be in a direct line. The people who see the total eclipse are in the center of the Moon’s shadow when it hits Earth. The sky will become very dark, as if it were night. Weather permitting, people in the path of a total solar eclipse can see the Sun’s corona, the outer atmosphere of the Sun. A total solar eclipse is the only type of solar eclipse where viewers can watch without their eclipse glasses – and they can only remove them when the Moon is completely blocking the Sun.” For more information about how to safely witness the total solar eclipse, click here.

Important Dates: 

Submission Deadline: Friday, May 3, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. 
Notification of Acceptance: Friday, May 10, 2024 
Artwork Drop-off: Friday, May 17 from Noon to 7 p.m. & Saturday, May 18 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Exhibition Dates: May 24 – June 15, 2024 
Artwork Pick-up: Friday, June 21 from Noon to 7 p.m. & Saturday, June 22 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Eligibility: The exhibition is open to artists who live, work, or attend school in Summit and contiguous counties (Cuyahoga, Geauga, Medina, Portage, Stark, or Wayne County) 


Event: Friday, June 14, 2024, 5-9 p.m.

Submissions due by Friday, May 10 at 11:59 p.m.


This application is for the participation of the Akron ArtWalk at Summit Artspace (140 E. Market St., Akron, OH) in the capacity of a Pop-up Artist on Friday, June 14, from 5-9 p.m.
IMPORTANT: Summit Artspace will be undergoing construction this summer. It is unknown at this time whether Pop-up Artists will be located indoors or outdoors. If outdoors, artists can choose to bring their own 10’x10′ tent/canopy. Artists can set-up how they’d like their display within their tent. We can still provide one 6′ table to each artist. If indoors, the parameters will be the same as before: one 6′ x 4′ space to each artists, with Summit Artspace providing one 6′ table. Artists will be notified 1-2 weeks before the event whether they will be located indoors or outdoors. Booth/table refunds WILL NOT be granted if an artist decides not to participate after May 24, 2024.
  • Application is open to those who live and/or work in Summit or the contiguous counties.
  • A non-refundable application fee of $10 is due at the time of entry. If this is a financial barrier, please contact Jaclyn at to obtain a fee waiver.
  • Accepted Pop-up Artists are approved to sell their artwork, set-up an information table, or have an approved activity within their given space, on this evening only.
  • Accepted individual artists will be allotted one 6′ x 4′ space, and receive one 6′ table & two chairs to use the evening of the event. Artists will be expected to keep their display within that area, and respect adjustments that Summit Artspace staff may make due to fire code safety. For organizations, a 12′ x 4′ space will be allotted and two 6′ tables will be reserved for your use.
  • Summit Artspace does not take a portion of artist/organization sales.
  • There are limited spots available.
Applications are due by Friday, May 10 at 11:59 p.m.
You will be notified of acceptance by Wednesday, May 15.
For individuals: A signed agreement letter (sent at the time of acceptance) and non-refundable payment of​ $35 will be due by Friday, May 24 at 5:00 p.m. in order to vend.
For organizations: A signed agreement letter (sent at the time of acceptance) and non-refundable payment of ​$50 will be due by Friday, May 24 at 5:00 p.m. in order to vend. Two (2) 6″ tables will be reserved for your use.
If an accepted artist or organization does not complete both their agreement letter and payment by the date above, Summit Artspace will fill that spot with another applicant.
  • Participants will be assigned a space by Summit Artspace staff.
  • Participants must be able to independently carry and assemble their products and display materials during Set-up (3:00 – 5:00 p.m.) and Tear-down (9:00 – 10:00 p.m.).
  • Participants must commit to the event times of ArtWalk and agree to staff your booth for the duration of the entire event.
  • Participants must agree to COVID-19 government health department checklist, including that you are healthy, do not exhibit any symptoms and have not been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • There are no refunds unless a government directed shutdown occurs or the event is canceled.
Summit Artspace will be promoting ArtWalk via various print and digital outlets including, but not limited to postcards, print ads, email newsletters, our website, and social media. A marketing “tool kit” of graphics will be provided to participants prior to the event for their optional use.


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