Release Date: July 10,2019

Area artists display self-portraits in new juried show opening July 19 at Summit Artspace

The new show at Summit Artspace on East Market brings together self-portraits where artists interpret themselves as pixels, stone coldness, the familiar of avian beauties, a hat, feet and the many ways to create the human face.

The “Me, Myself and I? Juried Art Exhibition” opens with a free reception with the artists and juror on Friday, July 19, 5-8 p.m., in the main gallery at Summit Artspace on East Market, 140 East Market St., Akron. Winners will be announced at 7 p.m. by juror Ron White.

The exhibition, which runs until Aug. 31, is free and open to the public. It will feature 45 pieces in different media by 40 local artists.

A self-portrait is a representation of an artist that is drawn, painted, photographed or sculpted by that artist. Artists have been making self-portraits since the earliest of times, sometimes depicting themselves as the main subject or as important characters in their work.

“Me, Myself and I?” is an exhibition of self-portraits with the works depicting the artists who produced the pieces. The exhibit is juried by noted local artist and educator, Ron White and will feature a variety of mediums, such as sculpture, painting, drawing, and photography.  

Hear the artists and juror talk about creating themselves in a visual medium on Thursday, Aug. 29, 7 p.m., in the main Summit Artspace on East Market gallery. Visit the show before the panel; gallery opens at noon. Please reserve your seat at https://bit.ly/2x7sxdR.

Visitors will see all styles of self-depictions, including realism, abstraction, representational, self-portraiture, traditional, conceptual and modern. Artists have been encouraged to use this exhibition to fully explore their own image and provide the exhibition audience with an inside view of the “Me, Myself and I?” hidden inside.

An award-winning artist, juror Ron White is known for his captivating and often haunting images, often of himself, that allow the viewer a glimpse of his vision of the world, how he is affected by what he sees, and how he wants you to view both his work and him.  

White creates with clay, charcoal, ink and ice. His murals are larger than life and draw you into a tightly-drawn universe of complexities and relationships. He is well-known for his portrait busts which freeze-frame the character of a subject, often incorporating wicked humor or cutting political commentary.

White’s work is in private homes and collections. He shows throughout Akron, Cleveland and the Short North in Columbus.  A member of the Akron Society of Artists and the Artists of Rubber City, he can be seen working at his studios at Summit Artspace on East Market in downtown Akron or at Summit Artspace on Tusc in Barberton. White teaches art at Barberton High School.

Summit Artspace is open weekly on Thursday and Friday, 12-7 p.m., and Saturday, 12-5 p.m., for visitors to check out galleries and artist studios. Additional hours include Saturday, Aug. 3 for Artwalk, 5-9 p.m., and during 3rd Thursday, Aug. 15, 4-7 p.m.