Akron Soul Train (AST) has awarded three fellowships for the 2017-18 program year.
Photographer Stephen Tomasko, painter and installation artist Jenniffer Omaitz and collage and installation artist Michelle Droll will join the AST family for a month each between August and October. The Akron Soul Train Fellowship Selection Committee chose these fellows out of more than 20 applicants.
Tomasko, Omaitz and Droll, all local artists, will conduct their fellowships out of their home studios over the duration of one month each while receiving a paid stipend for their time. During the course of their fellowships, the artists will also take part in a variety of events for the community, like demonstrations, workshops and artist talks to be held at the Akron Art Museum.
At the end of their fellowships, each fellow will present the work they created in an exhibition for the public. Details of events, along with additional information about each fellow, will be released once a schedule of events is finalized.
John Sokol was Akron Soul Train’s inaugural fellow in 2016, and he worked out of his home studio just as fellows will this year. Sokol, during the month-long fellowship, created over 30 paintings, which were displayed at Spectrum Gallery. The exhibition had over 1,000 visitors in three days and excellent sales of Sokol’s work. The AST team says it plans for many more successes for the 2017-18 fellows.
Akron Soul Train is an artist residency village connecting and empowering the community and artists by granting fellowships that provide resources for all creative disciplines, thereby fostering a more vibrant downtown Akron. To be located in the Northside Arts District, Akron’s City Council recently approved the sale of land to AST in a unanimous vote. This will allow the beginning of construction at the future site of 100 Canal Street.