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news release Two Weeks Remaining to Submit Games to Open World Arcade at the Akron Art Museum

For Release: May 30, 2019

Akron, Ohio—Just over two weeks remain before the deadline to submit video games and table top games for consideration in Open World Arcade, coming to the Akron Art Museum on Saturday, December 7, 2019. The museum is calling for submissions of games from indie developers, students and game-creators for the event. The arcade will be presented in conjunction with the innovative exhibition Open World: Video Games and Contemporary Art, which explores the powerful influence of video games on contemporary art. Game submissions have been open since March 15 and will be accepted through June 15, 2019. Entries can be submitted for free at A panel of museum staff, artists and video game professionals will judge the games based on novelty, professional polish, aesthetics, quality of game experience and “wow factor.”

Akron Art Museum Associate Curator Theresa Bembnister said, “We’re excited to host Open World Arcade as a complement to the Open World exhibition. What better way to honor the creative expression that video games have inspired in contemporary artists than to showcase a selection of fantastic, creative indie games?”

The museum hopes to receive submissions from indie game developers, meaning: creators with financial and creative independence, without the support of large publishers. Games submitted for entry do not need to present art-related subject matter or adhere to an art theme. Bembnister added, “We mainly want to see amazing games. It’s not necessary for creators to come up with something based on art or that addresses art.”

Developers of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Both professional and student games will be accepted. Selected games will be featured in the Open World Arcade, at the Akron Art Museum on Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 11:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Creator of multi-award-winning game Walden, a game and Director of the joint University of Southern California Games Program Tracy Fullerton will serve as one of the judges on the selection panel. Joining Fullerton will be J. Collins, game policy expert and computer science teacher at Hathaway Brown School in Shaker Heights, Ohio. Open World participating artist Angela Washko will also serve as a judge. Washko is the creator of The Game: The Game, a dating-simulator-style game presenting the practices of several prominent seduction coaches (aka pick-up artists) through a critical lens, and area head, electronic time-based art at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Rounding out the panel will be Open World artist Angelo Ray Martínez, a painter and visiting assistant professor and department chair in the Department of Creative Arts of Holy Cross College in South Bend, Indiana.

Open World: Video Games and Contemporary Art is organized by the Akron Art Museum and will open on October 19, 2019, and run through February 2, 2020. The exhibition features paintings, sculptures, animations, video games, video game modifications and artworks in other media by artists who consider the rich opportunities games offer for creative expression.

Open World: Video Games & Contemporary Art is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, The Tom and Marilyn Merryweather Fund, and National Endowment for the Arts. Media Sponsorship is provided by Western Reserve PBS.

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