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Akron Society of Artists’85th Anniversary Juried Member Show

October 14th to November 19th in the Artspace Gallery

Now Open Thursdays and Fridays, 12 to 7 pm; Saturdays, 12 to 5 pm.
Awards include First Prize of $300, Second Prize of $200, Third Prize of $100 and Honorable Mentions at $50 each. Click here for a list of all works in the show (alphabetically by artist and showing awards). Click here for the Akron Beacon Journal story.

Celebrating 85 years of artistic fellowship and discovery!

Top award winners, left to right: Sun Shadows by Tom Jackson, Majestic Oak by Dino Massaroni and 30 Rock III by Ted Lawson.


The selection and awards jurors were John Smolko (more info) and Charles Basham (more info). Here are their statements about our work:

It was a real honor for me to judge the Akron Society of Artists exhibition this year and the quality of the entrants was exemplary. It was also an honor to be paired with my colleague Ben Bassham who I hold in the highest regard and respect as an educator and an artist. It was not an easy job to select the awards from this year’s pool of outstanding works of art. My compliments to all the artists who have entered this year and I am just amazed at the caliber of the members of this fine organization. Selecting the show and awarding the prizes was challenging though very rewarding for two practicing artists.
When selecting works of art for an exhibition, and for the final recipients of the awards presented, I always focus on the three D’s of success; desire, discipline, and dedication. These three words encompass all the necessary ingredients needed to create a successful work of art. The artists in this exhibition displayed a very high level of skill and professionalism. Presentations were clean and accented the best qualities of each individual piece. It was nice to see artists who have established their own identities and have found their voice in personal expression. The several artists who were recognized for awards displayed all of the elements mentioned above and their individual works had a presence that was dynamic and at times breath taking. Bravo! Congratulations to all the award winners and congratulations to all the artists in this fine exhibition.

John P. Smolko, CPSA

Participants in the ASA group show well might wonder what this juror looked for. My answer: works of art that combined a high level of technical skill; an ease of command in handling the medium; a personal, “signature” take on the subject; a mastery of composition, and, finally, a professional level of presentation (framing, matting, and the like). Those works of art that were awarded the top prizes or were selected for honorable mention succeeded in bringing all of those elements together to make strong statements.
Ben Bassham
Emeritus Professor of Art
Kent State University


Studio News

Monday Still Life participants continue to enjoy outdoor sessions (weather permitting). They organize plein air sessions from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm week to week. Send an email to ASA if you would like to be included in the weekly notices. (Non–members may join in for a $5 session fee.)

Wednesday Evening Programs are underway. Check the Calendar page for the latest details. A downloadable pdf will be posted there when the program is finalized.

Friday Model Sessions are active again at the usual 9:30 am to 12:30 pm time slot. An email request can get your name on the list for weekly notifications. All of ASA’s Model sessions, require a fee of $8 for members and $10 for non–members.

And to keep in practice when you're traveling, check this figure drawing directory