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Akron Soul Train is an artist residency program connecting and empowering the community and artists by granting residencies that provide resources for all creative disciplines to foster a more vibrant downtown Akron.

2024 Artists in Residence Announced! 

Akron Soul Train is thrilled to reveal the talented cohort of artists selected for its 2024 Artist Residency program. Now in its eighth year, the residency program will take place at the Akron Soul Train Gallery, situated at 191 S. Main Street, Akron, OH 44308, spanning from January to December 2024.


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Members' Show ​/ May 22 - June 29, 2024 in the Burton D. Morgan Gallery

Opening celebration will be held May 23, from 5:00 - 7:30pm

Akron Soul Train Members’ Show 


The Akron Soul Train (AST) Members' Show celebrates the creativity, cultural voice, and experiences of the AST community. Showcasing a cross-section of talent from around the region, the exhibit will highlight individuals who care for and appreciate Akron Soul Train’s ultimate mission to support creators and make art accessible to all. 


Support the arts in Akron, become a member, and receive an invite to the private members' mixer on Thursday, June 20, from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. 

Meet the Artists:   

Aleathea G. Higginbottom 

Althea Jones

Alyssa Lizzini

Andrea Schepis

Anna Young

Beth Prindle

Brennen Cooper

Brittney Esther

Care Hanson

Celeste Stauber

Dara Harper

Denise A. Harrison

Earl James

Gwen Waight

Hailey Gay

James Buckey

Jennifer Masley

Jordi Rowe

Joyce Morrow Jones

Juniper Mainelis

Kathryn Skidmore

Katie Butler

Katina Pastis Radwanski

Kayla Weinman

Kayla Billings

Kwesi Agyare

Laura D’Alessandro

Laureen McGarry

Lizzie Joy Lukens Conrad

Lou Camerato

Makaylah Clark

Mary Mazzer

Matt Begley

Matt Kurtz

Melih Meric

Meryl Engler

Michael Boyd Roman

Natalie Petrosky

Nathaniel Opoku

Neil Sudhakaran 

Nico Cacho Flores

PJ Hargraves

Prosper Parabu

Rachel Roberts

renney renee

Ricki Denes

Ryan Cermak

Sara Showman

Shannon Timura

Tamara Jaeger

Theresa Yondo

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Chen Peng: The Mountains in My Living Room

May 22 - June 29, 2024, in the CapSOUL Gallery

Opening celebration will be held Thursday, May 23, 2024 from 5:00 - 7:30pm

Akron Soul Train welcomes Chen Peng and her exhibition “Mountains in My Living Room” to the CapSOUL Gallery. Stemming from her desire to find stillness and grounding as an immigrant, Peng explores the intimate connection between landscape and the complexities of one’s identity and sense of belonging. Using a variety of water- and oil-based mediums, Peng creates foreign and playful landscape paintings. A melding of her imagination, memory, and past experiences, the destinations conjure wonderment and curiosity alongside a disorienting sense of not knowing exactly where home is. In extension, Peng’s free-standing ceramic installations capture the nature of the landscape, with textures and marks that convey the essence of mountains, clouds, and the moon. For Peng, the sculptures represent physical engagement with nature and allow her a tactile and personal connection with her creations.

“I invite viewers to embark on a journey that blurs the boundaries between reality and imagination, offering a space for introspection, connection, and hopefully, a sense of comfort and consolation.” – Chen Peng

About the Artist Chen Peng:

Chen Peng (she/her) is a Taiwanese artist currently based in Cleveland, Ohio. She received an MFA in Painting from Boston University, a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art, and a BA in Philosophy from National Taiwan University. Peng received fellowships and grants from MASS MoCA, Vermont Studio Center, the National Culture and Arts Foundation in Taipei, Taiwan, and the Ministry of Culture Taiwan. She has exhibited paintings in New York, Boston, Cleveland, and Taiwan galleries. She had a solo exhibition at MUMU gallery in Tainan, Taiwan (2022), and a partner exhibition at Ohio State University (2023). Peng's work was recently published in New American Painting and ArtMaze Magazine. She teaches at the Cleveland Institute of Art.

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