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Akron Soul Train announces its 2023 Artists-in-Residence
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Akron Soul Train is happy to announce the recipients of a 2023 Artist-in-Residency at Akron Soul Train.  They are:

Debra DeGregorio (visual artist from Akron)

David Maynard (visual artist from Cuyahoga Falls)

Katie Beck (theatre performance artist from Akron)

Sujatha Srinivasan (dance performance artist from Strongsville)

Eva Polzer (clay sculptor from Kent)

Kristen Cliffel (ceramic artist from Lakewood)

Jeri Lee Sapronetti (musical performance artist from Akron)

Ewuresi Archer (visual artist from Cleveland Hts.)

Sylvia Sykes (visual artist from Akron)

Gina Washington (visual artist from Cleveland)

Raja Belle Freeman (poet and visual artist from South Euclid)

Nyki Fetterman (visual artist from Kent).


The Akron Soul Train Selection Committee scores artists on the innovativeness of their work proposal, originality of their community engagement component and quality of past work in order to present cultural experiences from a broad spectrum of the arts.


Part of a residency with Akron Soul Train includes an artist-led community engagement program.  Expect to see meaningful discussions on Black identity, feminism and storytelling.   In-person and virtual programs are planned.  Each gallery exhibition will be accompanied by a virtual walk-through on the Akron Soul Train social media platforms as we continue to navigate the pandemic.


Akron Soul Train began its residency program in fall 2016 after receiving the Knight Arts Challenge Award.  Each year AST has seen exponential growth in the number of artists supported through its Artist-in-Residency program as well as the addition of a community engagement component, further enriching the lives of those living in the greater Akron area.  Residencies include all forms of disciplines including visual arts, literary, filmmaking, theater, choreography and performing arts.

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