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Release Date: June 17,2024

Summer Exhibitions Open at Summit Artspace on July 12

Featured solo exhibitions include internationally renowned artist Kasumi and local artists Steven Mastroianni and Melih Meric 

Akron, OHIO (June 17, 2024) — Five exhibitions open at Summit Artspace on Friday, July 12 from 5-8 p.m. Summer Exhibitions will be on view Fridays 12 p.m.-7 p.m. and Saturdays 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. through September 14.  

Summit Artspace’s Summer Exhibitions Opening Night will showcase a diverse group of local artists in five galleries throughout all three floors of the historic Akron building. The event provides an opportunity to meet exhibiting artists, hear their stories, and engage with the community.  

"The solo exhibitions are united by the theme of exploring our inner worlds in contrast to society around us, and they explore the concept in distinctive ways,” notes Summit Artspace’s Director of Artist Resources, Natalie Grieshammer Patrick. “Each artist employs familiar motifs through repetition and patterns to examine various cultural norms. Kasumi draws on 60s-era film and Japanese popular culture; Steven Mastroianni the uses numbers, everyday objects, and simple shapes; while Melih Meric uses Middle Eastern imagery from traditional crafts. These subjects are transformed by the artists’ unique visions, offering diverse and compelling interpretations.” 

Betty and Howard Taylor Main Gallery 

Persistence of Vision | Kasumi 

In partnership with Collective Arts Network 

This retrospective of artworks from the late 1990s to present highlights the ongoing dedication to experimentation of internationally renowned artist Kasumi. While best known for her digital videos and films, Kasumi’s staggering range of methods and media— including collage, printmaking, painting, installation, and more — are also on display for this show. Repeated subjects, gestures, and expressions connect the works across a wide variety of media. 

Welcome Gallery 

Overdose Awareness Exhibition  

In partnership with Summit County Public Health 

In honor of Overdose Awareness Day on August 31, artists in Summit and contiguous counties created artworks exploring their personal experience with overdose and addiction, honoring a loved one who has died, and serving as an ally for those who have struggled. The day represents the world’s largest annual campaign to end overdose, remember without stigma those who have died, and acknowledge the grief of those left behind. 

Intersections Gallery 

Women’s Art League Member Exhibition 

Women’s Art League of Akron is an artist group that unites women artists interested in the advancement of the arts and service to the community. For over 90 years, the prize-winning league has remained a force to be reckoned with on the local art scene through its creative use of every medium and outside-the-box thinking. 

Forum Gallery  

Diagrams for Inner Space | Steven Mastroianni 

Evocative of watery depths, imaginary heavens, and mysterious maps, the largescale photograms and drawings on view in this exhibition create an immersive world examining the intersection of symbols, surrealism, and abstraction. Like dreams, these images seem familiar but weird; letters that don’t exist, mechanical forms floating in space, math problems that don't add up, and patterns that follow their own logic. 

Horizon Gallery  

Stitched Editions: Walking Through the Sacred Garden | Melih Meric 

Through a unique method of presenting editioned prints, this exhibition challenges traditions of the print world as it crosses the borders of “paper.” Highlighting generative patternmaking and referencing Middle Eastern tiles and textiles, the prints pose questions of excessiveness and repetition to reclaim erasure and identity in Middle Eastern communities. The exhibition draws parallels between hierarchies in art and contemporary systems of oppression through traditional methods of crafts.   

BOX Gallery 

Resident organization Artists of Rubber City presents three upcoming solo exhibitions in The BOX Gallery, located on the third floor of Summit Artspace. Tamara Jaeger will explore paper mosaics and discarded transformations featuring wildlife in A Phoenix First Must Burn, on view July 5-27. Come Closer, on view August 2-24, will feature abstract acrylic paint and mixed media works by Care Hanson. From August 30-September 14, Blake Newhem Valenzuela will exhibit collage, paper, and mixed media works in Dain Bramage.