Summit Artspace Gallery is once again posing that age-old question -- how to challenge regional artists this year?

This year, the letter Q is the secret ingredient in the art, as the annual exhibition calls on regional artists to stretch their creativity and challenge themselves to include or represent Q in within their artwork: literally, figuratively, covertly, disguised, camouflaged or just plain quirky.

"Artists are invited to interpret the theme in any way their imagination leads them. We encourage graphic designers to enter the juried exhibition this year with interesting approaches to the letter Q as well." said gallery coordinator Joan Colbert.

This is the ninth Summit Artspace Fresh Art juried show, which is open to artists who live, work or attend colleges or universities in Summit, Portage and Medina Counties. It attracts unique works in a wide variety of media by both emerging young artists and established art professionals. Judges for this year's show include: Robert Thurmer, gallery director at Cleveland State University and Jack McWhorter, painter and faculty member in the Art Department at Kent State University. The judges will also select three top winners to be awarded cash prizes of $500, $300 and $200. The Summa Foundation is the Fresh Art prize sponsor for the fifth consecutive year.

Submissions will be accepted Feb. 28 from noon to 7 p.m. at Summit Artspace, 140 E. Market Street in Downtown Akron. Only one entry is allowed per artist, and there is a $10 entry fee. The exhibition opens on March 8 and continues through April 13. More details and an application form are available at or by calling 330-376-8480.

Prize winners will be announced at a special public reception March 8 from 5 to 8 pm.

Summit Artspace is at 140 E. Market St., one block east of the Akron Art Museum.