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Opening of YOU-Topia Juried Virtual Art Exhibit

What does your YOU-Topia look like? Artists are constantly responding to the state of the world and creating pertinent work that shapes perspectives and impacts the future.


A utopia is defined as an imagined place or state of things in which everything is perfect. The YOU-Topia Juried Art Exhibit opens online during Virtual Akron Artwalk, May 2, 5:30 p.m., 2020, on our Artwalk and Summit Artspace Facebook pages and Instagram. You can also look there for information before the event. Free access to the exhibit and Artwalk.

Winners will be announced on Facebook Live at the 5:30 p.m. unveiling by juror/artist Edith Wadkins of Grove City, Ohio. Cash prizes will be sent to the winners.

During these unprecedented times, imagining a perfect or better world, a utopia, can temporarily relieve anxiety and bring comfort. For this virtual exhibition, artists have been prompted to respond to current events and create work that imagines a better future. The show features different types of media by local artists.

The show can be accessed here after May 2:  YOU-Topia Juried Virtual Art Exhibition
A second YOU-Topia for youth is here: YOU-Topia Virtual Youth Challenge.


Edith Wadkins is a fine artist, theatrical scenic artist and set designer. Her work encompasses pastel and watercolors, faux painting, murals and theater scenery.
YOU-Topia Edith Wadkins
Edith Wadkins, Juror, YOU-Topia
A current resident of Grove City, Ohio, Edith (Edie) was raised in the small town of Amsterdam, Ohio in the rolling hills of the Appalachian Mountains. She attended the Edison Local School District and graduated in 1998. Then she went to Otterbein College (now Otterbein University) where she obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Design and Technology.
Since she was twelve she has rarely spent a day without negotiating some kind of art media. She has designed and/or painted scenery for over 200 shows. Her work has been seen in almost every Columbus professional theatre and many educational institutions around town. Some recent design highlights include the sets for CATCO productions of Master Class, Sex with Strangers and Fun Home, CATCO is Kids’ production of Anne of Green Gables, Cowgirls Don’t Ride Zebras and Madeline’s Christmas. She has also painted the scenery for many recent Columbus Children’s theatre shows such as James and the Giant Peach and Shrek the Musical. She has received Theatre Roundtable Set Design Awards for Babar and Kabuki Sleeping Beauty. She has done workshops with local pastel portrait artist Sandy Reddig.
She also spent two years at Cooley Studios learning to draw and paint in the French atelier curriculum. She has illustrated a book by Linda Lee Greene called Bussy and His Champion Roosters. She has received many ribbons at the Ohio State Fair including a Best in Show Ribbon in Creative Arts in 2011.  


Akron Artwalk will be online! You won’t miss a thing through Summit Artspace social media!


Artwalk YOU-Topia

We know ARTWALK as the downtown arts and cultural ramble will return but in the meantime… We’ll be bringing you the Saturday April 4 Artwalk online from 5:30 to 7 p.m. via Summit Artspace social media. Artwalk is an art/retail event organized by Summit Artspace the first Saturday of the month. We’ll be showcasing our Summit Artspace artist tenants and featuring them in demos, workshops and interviews. We’ll also be sharing the work of our Artwalk partners, as well as our pop-up vendors who have special offers through the weekend. Two new virtual art shows will be opening.

Check our Artwalk and Summit Artspace Facebook pages and Instagram for the event and information.



  • 5:30 p.m. – Unveiling of virtual shows YOU-Topia Juried Art Exhibition and YOU-Topia Youth Challenge (links go live at 5:30 p.m., May 2); Juror Edith Wadkins  will announce the winners via Facebook Live
  • 5:45 p.m. – Mini demos/workshops/interviews with artist tenants
  • 6 p.m. – Featuring pop-up artists, promo code “MayArtwalk2020” for discounts through the weekend
  • 6:15 p.m. – Mini demos/workshops/interviews with artist tenants
  • 6:30 p.m. – Featuring Artwalk partners
  • 6:35-7 p.m. – Mini demos/workshops/interviews with artist tenants
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Northside Cellar: Check out what they have in the shop plus Art 4 Artwalk.
Bluff Blue Door Gallery: Art galleries in a unique setting.
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Akron Soul Train: Akron Soul Train is an artist residency village connecting and empowering the community and artists by granting fellowships that provide resources for all creative disciplines to foster a more vibrant downtown Akron.
Gallery C: A new location at East 66 Cuyahoga Falls Ave., open for Akron Artwalk

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