Dorothy Shinn

The Akron Art Prize kicks off Saturday at the Downtown Akron Artwalk and runs through Oct. 6. More than 135 artists have entered the competition, for which public voting determines the winners.

Entries will be on display at five downtown Akron locations: Akron Art Museum (1 S. High St.), Millworks Gallery (106 N. Main St.), Redlight Gallery (111 N. Main St.), Summit Artspace (140 E. Market St.) and WE Gallery (20 N. High St.).

“They are installing the works at the galleries this week,” said Rich Hoselton, director of events for the Downtown Akron Partnership, of which Downtown Art Works is a program. “The last installations have to be done by 6 p.m. Friday.”

Anyone over the age of 16 may vote by visiting one of the five galleries during the open voting period.

Sponsored by the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation, the exhibit will use text-to-vote technology to determine the winners. Vote for the winner of the $5,000 first prize and five $1,000 runner-up prizes by registering with cell phones, on site during the Artwalk, or in advance at www.downtownakron.com/artworks. Voting will only be allowed within downtown Akron.

There will be two rounds of voting. The first round begins during Saturday’s Akron Art Walk from 5 to 10 p.m., and ends at 10 p.m. Sept. 22, Hoselton said.

The 10 works receiving the most votes in the first round will be featured in the second round, Sept. 28 through Oct. 6. Winners will be announced at the conclusion of the Oct. 6 Artwalk.

Applicants range from professional artists to hobbyists. Works include paintings in oil, watercolors, acrylics and pastels, outdoor installations, three-dimensional wall hangings, clay and pottery, and sculptures.

The Art Prize is modeled after similar competitions around the country and is intended to encourage conversations and excitement about art, and to bring visitors downtown.

“The MCMF is delighted to partner with DAP to bring the Akron Art Prize to life in 2012,” said Rick Kellar, president of the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation, in a statement. “The potential economic and social impact this type of event can have on a city has been proven throughout the country in places like Grand Rapids, Mich., and Seattle, Wash. We are grateful for the hard work and fellow partners, and are looking forward to a great event.”

Downtown Art Works is also supported by the city of Akron, county of Summit, GAR Foundation and John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Secrets of science films

Akron Film+Pixel presents the premieres of four animated films on “scientific” topics at a free screening, 7 tonight at the Akron Art Museum, 1 S. High St., Akron. Each filmmaker or group took two weeks to make these short animations about randomly chosen phenomena and how they work. (Their explanations did not need to be true.)

• Kyle Harlan — Record players.

• Maya Miller, Rowan Miller and Miriam Bennett — Beer.

• Grant Spears and Jericho Rose — Hybrid cars.

• Zach Christy — Precipitation.

TODAY

Video editing — Akron-Summit County Main Library and the Akron Community Foundation hold a free class from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the library, 60 S. High St., Akron, on “Editing Your Video Into a Story.” 330-376-8522.

Reception in Kent — A reception is being held from 5 to 7 p.m. for In Her Closet, work by Clare Murray Adams at Kent State University’s School of Art Downtown Gallery, 141 E. Main St., Kent. On view through Sept. 29. 330-672-1369.

Japanese prints — A 5 to 7 p.m. opening reception will be held for Kent State University’s School of Art Galleries exhibit, Japanese Prints & Japonisme. Curated by Sharon Divell, the show remains on view through Oct. 5. 330-672-1369.

FRIDAY

Opening — Allegory in Wood by James Mellick opens today, and will be on display at the Canton Museum of Art, 1001 Market Ave. N., Canton, through Oct. 28. 330-453-7666.

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 dtgshinn@att.net.