CapSOUL Gallery Projects
The Akron Soul Train CapSOUL Gallery was formed in the Fall of 2020 to showcase the region's emerging artists and provide a space for community projects.
September 20 - October 28, 2023
Footprints, an exhibition and fundraiser. Enjoy art prints that can be purchased to support the mission of Akron Soul Train: to provide local artists with funds, resources, and visibility in the Akron community. All printed artworks are 12” x 12” or a “foot” by a “foot.”
Althea Jones: Skin Color
August 1 - September 9, 2023
Akron Soul Train is working with emerging Akron artist Althea Jones to present and host her exhibition, Skin Color, a community-building interactive art performance. Skin Color was conceptualized after Jones encountered a container of peachy ink labeled “skin color.”
Nick Lee: A Ripple in My Reflection
June 21 - July 22, 2023
Spotlight Artist during our 2023 Members' Show, Nick Lee uses self-portraiture to address post-pandemic racial disparities and the dangers that threaten minorities in this country. Personal, eye-opening, and centered around cultural empathy, the exhibit asks its audience to experience the reflection of another.
Orlando Caraballo: Capicú
January 5 - March 4, 2023
Visual artist Orlando Caraballo’s exhibition “Capicú” presents a story about how personal, familial, and cultural systems create complex histories and futures, and how one inherits the choices of those that went before. Through drawing, printmaking, installation, and photography, Caraballo creates portals that peer into his life and the life of his ancestors. Layered in love, death, grief, time, and acceptance, “Capicú” contains generations of struggle, progress, and legacy.
Lauren Baker: Glacial Uprooting of a Cotton Candy Dream
September 7 - October 15, 2022.
Glacial Uprooting of a Cotton Candy Dream, focuses on ideas of the simulacra. When peeking into a microscope, dendrites become tree roots, osseous tissue become cave formations, and zygotes become astronomical orbs. Rooted in playful imagination and contradiction, Glacial Uprooting of a Cotton Candy Dream strategically deviates from mere imitation. Recycled and highly synthetic materials falsify the natural, posing larger questions about the reciprocal relationship between human beings and the environment to which we inhabit.
Gregory Hatch: That's All Folk!
June 1 - July 9, 2022
Gregory Hatch’s new series, That's All Folk, builds upon a decade of exploration into the felting process. He is inspired by queer comics, folk horror, weird fiction, cartoons, folk magic, and personal rituals. He uses undyed and naturally dyed wool to explore the varied possibilities of a limited palette.
Reshaping the Narrative
November 3 - December 18, 2021
Akron Soul Train and the Black Artists Guild teamed up to produce an exhibition titled Reshaping the Narrative. Reshaping the Narrative shows positive stories of African Americans to promote equity, empathy and empowerment for all.
June 9 - July 3, 2021
The Suitcase Project was a juried exhibition showcasing 9 artists whose families either migrated or immigrated to North East Ohio, up to two generations removed. The project was created by Shari Wilkins of the Cleveland Print Room, inspired by an exhibition by Tom Kiefer that documented the personal belongings carried by migrants at the US/Mexican border.
Maya Matthews Ceramic Sculptures
October 14 - November 14, 2020
This inaugural CapSOUL show was inspired by Maya's culture and life experiences. Her pieces explore healing, freedom, and black expression.