Visual Arts Exhibit for High Arts Festival at Summit Artspace, Sept. 14-Oct. 6

Akron annual High Arts Festival logo with emblems showing music, film, literary arts and visual arts

Summit Artspace is the location for Visual Arts
for the High Arts Festival, Sept. 14-Oct. 6, 2018

a 23-day visual art, music, film and literary art festival

High Arts Festival, organized by the Akron Downtown Partnership, elevates the excellence of the arts community through peer-to-peer assessment, connecting new audiences to local art and individual artists, and increasing the awareness of the vibrant artistic hub that exists in downtown Akron. The public will continue to vote for favorites in each category via a mobile app or kiosks in participating venues.

Young people viewing the art at Summit Artspace for the 2017 High Arts Festival

Making the High ARts Festival possible

The event is sponsored by Peg’s Foundation and made possible by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge. Additional support is provided by Ohio Arts Council.  Visit the website for more information on the entire festival:

art to See…

142 visual art pieces at Summit Artspace Thursdays through Saturdays from 12 to 7 p.m. between Sept. 14 and Oct. 6. Visual art weekend kicks off at Opening Night on Sept. 14, 5:30 to 10 p.m.


SEP 14 – OPENING – 5:30 to 10 pm
SEP 15 – 12 to 5 pm – Exhibition
SEP 15 – 1 to 2 pm – FREE Marbling Demo in Studio 301, Tickets
SEP 15 – 3 to 4 pm – FREE Artist Panel Discussion, Tickets
SEP 20 – 12 to 7 pm – 3rd THURSDAY – Exhibition
SEP 20 – 5:30 to 8 pm – FREE Workshop with Artists from Bao Mistura, TIckets
SEP 21 – 12 to 7 pm – Exhibition
SEP 22 – 12 to 5 pm – Exhibition
SEP 27 – 12 to 7 pm – Exhibition
SEP 28 – 12 to 7 pm – Exhibition
SEP 29 – 12 to 5 pm – Exhibition
OCT 4 – 12 to 7 pm – Exhibition
OCT 5 – 12 to 7 pm – Exhibition
OCT 6 – 12 to 9 pm – ARTWALK – Exhibition

Or visit our event calendar at


35 super short (60-second or less) and short (61 second-10 minute) film entries at The Nightlight during the film festival weekend on Sept. 22. Dates and times here:

Words to Listen to…

28 poetry and prose submissions in the Historic Arts District on Sept. 29 during the literary art festival weekend. Dates and times here:


Up to 39 solo/due or group musical entries at the music festival weekend on Oct. 6 from 2-8 p.m. at MusicaUncorked Wine BarBlu Jazz+ and an outdoor stage. Dates and times here:


At the the finale reception and awards presentation on Oct. 6 from 8-10 p.m. This night a total of $32,000 will be distributed to winners that are decided by public and juried votes. The High Arts Festival app is available for free from the Google Play Store/iTunes Store. Through the app, you can register to vote, explore all of the entries and vote on your favorite art, music, film and literary work throughout the event.

Follow HIgh Arts on Facebook to stay up-to-date and share your experiences – and with #HighArtsFest on Twitter and Instagram.

Scenes from the 2017 High Art Festival; looking at art at Summit Artspace, the Akron Art Museum and Rogers Garden at night, entertainment and closing party

Parking behind the Summit ARtspace on East MArket building
Handicap accessible

See the Summit Artspace exhibit calendar for open hours for High Arts Visual Arts.
Plan your visit by clicking here.
Have questions? Here is our Frequently Asked Questions page. 

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Grace Carter

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