The public is being invited to vote on winners of $10,000 in cash prizes at the second annual Akron Art Prize.
The competition, sponsored by the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation and coordinated by Downtown Akron Partnership, began Saturday at the Downtown Akron Artwalk. Voting runs until the Akron Artwalk on Oct 5.
More than 120 artists have entered this unusual competition with a $5,000 first prize and five $1,000 runner-up awards. Entrants range from professional artists to hobbyists with works of all shapes, sizes and mediums.
Entries will be on display at four Akron galleries: Akron Glass Works, 106 N. Main St.; Summit Artspace, 140 E. Market St.; We Gallery, 20 N. High St.; and Zeber-Martell, 43 Furnace St.
Voters must be 16 or older with a valid driver license and can register to vote with their mobile phones or at www.downtownakron.com/artprize. This year, computer tablet voting has been added for those without cellphones or a way to text.
Winners will be announced at an Oct. 5 closing reception at the Akron Art Museum.
In addition to the cash prize, the first-place winner’s artwork will be displayed at the museum Oct. 6-19.
More details and voting instructions are at http://downtownakron.com/artprize or 330-374-7676.
Wednesday marks the eighth year for Special Project/SmArts grants, sponsored by ArtsinStark, a program to encourage Stark County nonprofit organizations, teachers and individual artists, both performance and visual to submit ideas on how the arts can be used in education.
The SmArts Grants Program encourages K-12 classroom teachers to integrate the tools and processes of the arts into daily learning.
Awards will range from $750 (the cap for teachers/artists) to $7,500 for projects that will be completed by Dec. 31, 2014, in Stark County.
Over the last seven years, ArtsinStark has funded over $1,000,000 in Special Project Grants for more than 200 projects. More information can be found at 330-453-1075 or www.artsinstark.com.
Collider6: Data, an array of events presented by the University of Akron’s Myers School of Art, showcases how data influence artists and the rest of us. In conjunction with the exhibit, Jer Thorp, UA’s 2013-14 Mary Schiller Myers Artist-in-Residence, will speak about Making Data More Human at 7 p.m. in the Folk Hall Auditorium, adjacent to the Emily Davis Gallery, 150 E. Exchange St., Akron.
Immediately after Thorp’s talk, an opening reception will be held until 10 p.m., including an 8:15 p.m. dance performance by the Cleveland-based Travesty Dance Group using S.A.R.A., or “synesthetic augmented reality application,” a fully interactive mobile app that creates its own sounds and visuals based on video input and body movements.
UA’s Markus Vogl and Margarita Benitez, assistant professor of fashion design at Kent State University, created the app. More information about S.A.R.A. is at http://benitezvogl.com/projects/sara/.
Co-curated by Anthony Samangy and Markus Vogl, UA assistant professors of graphic design, the Collider6: Data exhibition runs through Oct. 11 in the Emily Davis Gallery, open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.
The exhibit features works by Peter Crnokrak, Ben Fry, Jonathan Harris, Genevieve Hoffman, Jesse Thomas, Thorp, and Carlo Zapponi.
Data is the sixth in the UA Myers School of Art’s Collider Series. The series examines the impact, implications and inspiration of new media within design and fine arts. The exhibition’s closing reception will be held 4-6 p.m. Oct. 11.
For more information, call 330-972-6030 or go to www.uakron.edu/art.
Workshops — The Cleveland Museum of Art, 11150 East Blvd., will hold workshops Sunday and Wednesday for its annual Chalk Festival, to be held 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 21 and noon–5 p.m. Sept. 22, rain or shine. The free event features street art created with colorful soft pastels and live music. Professional chalk artists, community groups, families and individual participants will showcase their work on the museum’s south-side plaza and throughout the pathways, which wind through the Fine Arts Garden and down to Wade Lagoon. Register at www.clevelandart.org.
Art City — A celebration commemorating the pilot mural project from Art City will be held 1-5 p.m. at the Agora, 5000 Euclid Ave., Cleveland. The Art City committee selected six winning artists based on the theme, Community and Unity in Cleveland and Music, Technology & Innovation. The full completion of the mural is set for Sept. 30. More information can be found at http://877cleveland.com/artcity.html.
Award Winner — Bialosky + Partners Architects, Cleveland, has been cited by ERC (Employers Resource Council of Mayfield Village), winning a NorthCoast99 Award as one of Northeast Ohio’s best places to work, The firm will be honored today at a dinner at LaCentre Conference and Banquet Facility in Westlake. Bialosky + Partners were in the final four for the competition to build the new Kent State University School of Architecture. This is the first time the firm has received the award.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.