The 2014 Streetscapes: Akron in Plein Air event is pleased to that nationally-known artist Laurence Channing as this year's judge.

The paintings were created between June 26 and 28 in downtown Akron. They will be on exhibit at Summit Artspace July 5 through Aug. 16. The awards reception will take place on July 11th from 5 to 8 p.m., with the awards announced at 6 p.m. A $500 grand prize will be sponsored by the Greater Akron Chamber; there also will be a $300 second prize and a $100 third prize.

A graphic artist and designer, Channing received his BFA and MFA from Yale University. His work has included graphic and exhibition design for major art museums, and from 1985 to 2009 he served as Head of Publications at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Solo exhibitions of his drawings have been held regularly at the William Busta Gallery and The Bonfoey Gallery in Cleveland from 1990 to the present; his work may be seen in several public collections and has been widely exhibited in Ohio and elsewhere. He has received Ohio Arts Council Fellowships in 1990, 1998, and 2003 and the prestigious Cleveland Arts Prize in 2000. He also has been the recipient of a Creative Workforce Fellowship from the Cuyahoga County Community Partnership for Arts and Culture in 2009.

En plein air is a French expression which means "in the open air" and is particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors, which is also called peinture sur le motif ("painting on the ground"). It can also be used to describe other activities where a person partakes in an outdoor environment.

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