The Artists and Studios of Summit Artspace

The Artists and Studios of Summit Artspace Artists and studios at Summit Artspace, Akron's community art center.

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Fun fact: handmade local art makes for a perfect graduation gift! 😉 Check out these artist vendors at Summit Artspace for ArtWalk on June 10.

Anyone who visited Summit Artspace or Artists of Rubber City/the BOX gallery in the last two decades surely crossed path...

Anyone who visited Summit Artspace or Artists of Rubber City/the BOX gallery in the last two decades surely crossed paths with Frances Ryan, who died in February. She was an avid patron of both visual and performing arts. Maybe she greeted you at the door or you chatted with her at opening receptions. Maybe you remember her as the volunteer or fellow audience member who always dressed for the occasion in colorful ensembles. For those who knew her, Fran will be remembered as a good friend whose love for the arts and animals was bountiful.

For more than thirty years Frances lived in a spacious Highland Square apartment with plant filled windows that sparkled with colorful glass. The interior, filled with books and artwork, was a visual delight.

Fran would be delighted to know that the intention of this sale is to find new owners and homes for artwork from her collection while benefiting two arts organizations that she supported.

All proceeds will be donated to Artists of Rubber City and Summit Artspace in Fran’s memory.

Cash and checks are appreciated; credit cards are accepted.

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We're gearing up for the next Akron ArtWalk! Join us at Summit Artspace on March 11 from 4-8 p.m. and enjoy live music, art, refreshments, and more. We'll also be providing arts education-themed programming in honor of Youth Art Month. Stay tuned for more details!

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Call for vendors!

Apply to be a pop-up vendor at Summit Artspace for an arts education-themed ArtWalk on Friday, March 11 from 4-8 p.m. This call is open to artisans who sell locally-made products and live or work in northeast Ohio. Find more details and apply on Submittable:
The deadline to apply is Friday, February 18.

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Double feature! Visit Summit Artspace on Saturday, Jan. 29 for two artist talks. Diane Pribojan will give a talk at 2 p.m. about her solo exhibition, "A View of a House." After her talk, migrate up to the third floor for Carole Pollard's artist talk at 3 p.m., presented by the Artists of Rubber City (AoRC). Pollard's exhibition, "Looking Back; Moving Forward" is on view in AoRC's BOX Gallery.
Both artist talks are free and open to all on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Photos from Artists of Rubber City's post

Celebrate the theme of Traditions at Summit Artspace and at participating venues in the Historic Arts District.Friday, D...

Celebrate the theme of Traditions at Summit Artspace and at participating venues in the Historic Arts District.
Friday, December 10, 4 to 8 pm

Summit Artspace will have:
-Resident artists and pop-up vendors selling local handmade goods
-Food vendors
-Music by DJ Ace Epps, The Mickeys, Terry Lilley, and Rubber City Ukes
-A presentation by Genesis Experience Theatre
-Family-friendly holiday activities, including Akron Art Mail and our Traditions Tree

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We are gearing up for two back-to-back events this weekend! Read on for all the important details:

ArtWalk is on Friday, September 10 from 4-8 p.m. Join Summit Artspace and our neighbors in the Historic Arts District for food trucks, pop-up vendors, art, and more! Check back on our social media tomorrow for a suggested path to follow at ArtWalk.

Chalk Fest is on Saturday, September 11 and takes place during Summit Artspace's public hours from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Featured artists will be working on chalk drawings, and Summit Choral Society will perform at 11:30 a.m.

Please note that a portion of Summit Street will be closed to accommodate the festivities on Friday and Saturday! We recommend parking in the lot between Summit Artspace and Akron Art Museum. The lot is accessible via Broadway Street, and on Summit Street from Mill Street (but not Market Street).

For more information, visit our website:

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Per the recommendations of the CDC, Summit County Public Health, and local hospitals, Summit Artspace requests that all visitors wear a mask in the public areas of the building during this period of heightened transmission. We thank you for your cooperation during this time.

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You might have toured Summit Artspace before, but have you gone behind-the-scenes and learned about the building's extensive history in Akron? Watch this video from Cleveland Design Week in which our Executive Director Heather Meeker takes DeAndre Nixon on a tour of our historic building! Take a ride on the original freight elevator, unlock the secrets of the Knight Brothers' vault, and, most importantly, learn more about why Summit Artspace is a special resource for artists and creatives in Akron and beyond!
Special thank you to DeAndre Nixon and his team for featuring us during Cleveland Design Week.

Bidding is now OPEN!

Bidding is now OPEN!

Don't miss the chance to bid on amazing artworks by local artists in the Arts Alive Auction Event!
The auction will take place with bidding beginning June 7 and ending at midnight on June 17. All proceeds will benefit Summit Artspace's mission and the artists they serve. Further information on bidding can be found on the Summit Artspace Bidding for Good webpage. Follow this link:

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We are excited to announce that our public hours will be extended to Fridays from 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. beginning on June 4! Don't miss the opportunity to see our spring exhibitions and visit with resident artists in their studios.

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Looking to invest in a new work of art? Mark your calendar to bid on incredible artworks by local artists during the Arts Alive virtual art auction! The auction will take place with bidding beginning June 7th and ending at midnight on June 17th. All proceeds will benefit Summit Artspace's mission and the artists they serve. Further information on bidding can be found via the link to the Summit Artspace Bidding for Good webpage.
Image: Joan Colbert, "Lily of the Valley"

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Ron is teaching classes in drawing , jewelry, as well as sculpture. You can also see his current works in clay and mural at the Summit Art Space art studios.


Artists of Rubber City Members Show is open Saturday, 11 - 5!
Image: outer wall with work by MM Pamer-Hart, April Couch, Carole Pollard, Don Parsisson and Judith Salamon.
Take an online look at work by Artists of Rubber City members at then stop in to view in person, Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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While Summit Artspace's galleries are closed this Saturday, our Artist Studios are open for business! Please drop by to support Akron area artists and learn about their work.

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As of December 3, Summit Artspace will be pausing their public hours through 2020. All gallery shows will be virtually available on our website or by private appointment (please email [email protected] for private appointment inquiry). Unfortunately, Market on Market: Holiday Edition is cancelled, but we will be posting our vendors throughout the month to celebrate and . Studio artists are operating under their own guidelines, please contact them directly. Find their contact information along with updates at
Stay tuned as we create virtual programming!


cordially invites you, your family and friends to our elegantly easy fundraiser benefiting local artists through SA galleries and programs. What are we auctioning? Amazing art donated by local artists! Check the auction page at our website for information and updates: Bidding (only online) will open Thursday, Oct. 1, noon, and close Sunday, Oct. 4, midnight. Want to see it in person? Thursday Oct. 1 – Saturday Oct 3 during public hours, check the stop into the main gallery at Summit Artspace on East Market to see the works in person. Every person who visits the gallery will have a chance to win a set of Audio-Technica USA wireless bluetooth headphones.


Getting close to the deadline for local artists to let us know they will donate to the "Keeping Art Alive 2020 Auction and Fundraiser." Deadline is Monday, Sept. 14, midnight. We thank you so very much. Proceeds help keep the galleries running and programs happening. These auctions are a tradition, started by print artist Joan Colbert Studios! Preview will be up soon and we'll have the details for the online and in-person event, set for Oct. 1-4, 2020.

Artists head here for details:

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Thirty years and never one like this! The 30th Annual Artists of Rubber City Juried Show opens Friday, July 10, in the Main Gallery of Summit Artspace.

Amid all the changes and challenges here's what you need to know:
The building is reopening to the public this week. New procedures are in place in keeping with state directives.
*Please register for a timed ticket at Eventbrite. Tickets are free. Your ticket is for 1.5 hours but you are welcome to stay longer to view all of the amazing local artwork. Visit for details. If you have questions or are experiencing difficulty, call the office at 330-376-8480.

Due to social distancing there will be no opening reception. Please join juror, Amy Mothersbaugh, online as she announces this year's award winners this Thursday, July 9, at 7 p.m., on the Summit Artspace Facebook and Instagram pages.

note: artists with studios in the building will each have their own reopening timelines and guidelines.

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***The school musical will be cancelled due to the recent banning by the state of Ohio of mass public gatherings. We appreciate the support of everyone who was planning on attending this production that our students have worked hard to prepare for.***

Mary Poppins is popping up earlier!

The new dates / times for the performances are:
Friday, March 13, 2020: 7 p.m. Evening
Saturday, March 14, 2020: 1:30 p.m. Matinee | 7 p.m. Evening
Sunday, March 15, 2020: 2:30 p.m. Matinee

Doors open 30 minutes before curtain, and tickets are available 1 hour before each show.

Here is why we are moving the dates up - in case Ohio state and public health officials change their guidance on public gatherings to discourage events like a high school musical production to take place (and we have no reason to believe they will, we just like to plan ahead) we cannot postpone the show until later in the year.

We have contracts for all of the lighting, equipment, and flying rigs (yes! Mary Poppins will FLY!!), and we are unable to extend those.

Students, crew members, and numerous adults have put an immense amount of time and effort into this endeavor and are excited to share this production with our Barberton community!

All pre-ordered ticket purchases will be honored at ANY of the productions!

So you are aware, we are deep cleaning the theatre before and after each production. And, if you are not feeling well, we encourage you to stay home and get a review of the show from a friend or family member!

We do hope you are able to join us to see all of the hard work and effort our students, faculty, and community have put into what promises to be an amazing production of Mary Poppins!

If you have questions, please call 330.753.1084.


140 East Market Street
Akron, OH

Opening Hours

12pm - 5pm



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The Artists and Studios of Summit Artspace is a continuation and expansion of the original Penthouse Artists page. What began with five studios on the third floor of Akron’s Summit Artspace now encompasses the entire building. Please stop in for a visit and see what’s new!


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