By Dorothy Shinn
Beacon Journal art and architecture writer
Summit Artspace Gallery is looking for recent works by area artists for its 10th Fresh Art Annual exhibit at Summit Artspace galleries from March 7 to April 12.
This year, to encourage more artists and college students to submit to the show, the gallery is looking for work created in 2013 or 2014.
Sponsored by the Summa Foundation, the exhibit attracts unique works in a wide variety of media by both emerging artists and established art professionals.
The exhibit will be curated based on a contemporary approach to subject, materials and innovation. There will be $1,000 in cash prizes distributed to artists.
Entry is open to professional and student artists who live, work or attend colleges or universities in Summit, Portage and Medina counties.
Winners will be announced at a 5-8 p.m. March 7 reception.
This year’s judge is Massillon Museum executive director Alexandra Nicholis Coon. She has been with the museum since 2001, serving as museum curator from 2003-2010. Nicholis Coon served as adjunct faculty for Walsh University from 2006 to 2011 and is a committee member for the World Artists Program at SPACES Gallery in Cleveland.
Submissions will be accepted from noon to 7 p.m. Feb. 27 at Summit Artspace, 140 E. Market St., Akron. There’s a $15 entry fee for up to two entries per artist. More details and an application form are available at www.akronareaarts.org or by calling 330-376-8480.
The Kent State University School of Art and the family of the late Kirk Mangus have announced the formal startup of the Kirk Mangus Ceramics Scholarship Fund.
Mangus actually started the fund three years ago through proceeds from the sale of his work and works donated by KSU alumni.
The goal of the scholarship is to help students who have a difficult time covering the cost of tuition and fees.
The fund currently has about $5,000, according to Eva Kwong, Mangus’ widow, and needs another $20,000 to make the endowment viable. Any amount of donation will be appreciated.
Donations to the fund are 100 percent tax deductible.
Those who would like to make a donation are asked to make checks out to Kirk Mangus Ceramics Scholarship Fund/KSU Foundation 39342 and mail to Eva Kwong, c/o School of Art, Kent State University, 400 Janik Drive, Kent, OH 44242.
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Art talk — Fred Bidwell, interim director of the Cleveland Museum of Art and co-founder of the Transformer Station contemporary art museum, will give a talk at 12:15 p.m. at the Cleveland Institute of Art, Gund Building, 1141 East Blvd. He will discuss the role of creativity in his career and what motivated him and his wife, Laura, to collect art and start a private museum. Free. Pizza provided (first come, first served). For more information, call 216-421-7000.
Making a documentary — The Valley Art Center, 155 Bell St., Chagrin Falls, and the Chagrin Documentary Film Fest will meet at 7 p.m. to screen a short film from the 2013 film festival and to talk with Travis Pollert and Joseph Jurecki about making a documentary. A wine and dessert reception is included. Local author Scott Lax will moderate. Advance tickets are $10 through the Valley Art Center, $12 at the door. Purchase online at www.valleyartcenter.org or call 440-247-7507.
Talk called off — The artist’s talk by Willie Cole, set for 7 p.m. Feb. 6 at the College of Wooster Art Museum, Ebert Art Center, Room 223, has been canceled. Information, call 330-263-2495 or go to http://www.wooster.edu/arts/museum/.
Dorothy Shinn writes about art and architecture for the Akron Beacon Journal. Send information to her at the Akron Beacon Journal, P.O. Box 640, Akron, OH 44309-0640 or email@example.com.