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Past Events

Foundation Program Student Show

April 17, 2014
School of Art Galley, 3-5 PM

Foundation Program Student Show 2014 Reception

Thursday April 17th, 3-5 PM

School of Art Gallery

Award Presentation at 4 PM


Keith Beasley Lecture

April 7, 2014
Art Building, 306, 2:00 PM

Gianna Commito Artist Talk

April 5, 2014
Beachland Ballroom Tavern | 15711 Waterloo Road, 2 PM

Saturday, April 5 | 2 p.m.
Beachland Ballroom Tavern | 15711 Waterloo Rd.

Michael Loderstedt, Clevisland

April 5, 2014
William Busta Gallery, 2-4 PM

Michael Loderstedt
March 7 to April 19, 2014
Michael will be in the gallery
this Saturday April 5, from 2-4.
William Busta Gallery
2731 Prospect Avenue
Cleveland Ohio 44115

Keith Lemley Lecture

April 4, 2014
Art Building, 202, 12:00 PM

Keith Lemley

My work is about seeing the unseen – the invisible presence which exists in our minds and surrounds all objects, experiences, and memories.  Working in my studio in rural Appalachia, I have developed a keen interest in being part of and observing natural systems, time and the process of life and death, and an aesthetic sensibility synthesizing the organic and the machine.


I focus on the quiescent potential of materials and environments to be more and different than how they are currently perceived and understood; fulfilling an innate desire to explore, discover, share, and think.  Drawing attention to physiological systems of vision, thought, and memory, I am interested in making conspicuous our abbreviated and abstracted understanding of reality, time, and identity.  Initially capturing attention through formal means, the content of my work then enters the cognitive as one actively relates this experience with those already held in the mind as memory. At this juncture of feeling and thought meaning is produced. By delaying this process through reorganizing the fabric of the everyday into the unusual, a heightened sense of the present is felt. Ultimately, one walks away more self aware and delighted in everyday visual ephemera and the experience of being a living breathing being.

School of Art, MFA Show Reception

April 3, 2014
School of Art Gallery, 5-7

Eva Kwong, Bioforms + Microcosms

March 28, 2014
Harris Stanton Gallery, 5:30- 8:00

 Bioforms + Microcosms (March 28 – April 25, 2014) is an exhibition of three-dimensional works inspired by the systems and processes of the biological and natural worlds, and the relationships between art and science. Eva Kwong explores how our human bodies function under the skin, referencing fertility and mortality. Kate Budd works with archetypal forms, creating hybrids that take emotional cues from the human body and possess the singularity of fruit, shells and roots. Both Donna Webb and Beth Lindenberger are interested in the relationships between the very small and the very large. Although the sculptures they make are human sized, made to fit in the hand, they refer to solar systems and microscopic plant and animal structures.

Harris Stanton Gallery

2301 West Market Street

Akron, Ohio 44313


Lori Kella Lecture on her work, Artificial Worlds

March 24, 2014
The Shaker Historical Society, 3-5 PM
The Shaker Historical Society 
16740 South Park Boulevard 
Shaker Heights, OH 44120

Jounha Jung & Rachel Suzanne Smith, Candidacy Exhibition

March 20, 2014
School of Art Sculpture Gallery, 5-8 PM

Rachel Suzanne Smith, Cultivate

Younha Jung, Duality

Little Boxes, Jessica Todd, MFA Thesis Exhibition

March 20, 2014
School of Art, Painting Gallery, 5-8 PM

Gianna Commito, Exhibition opening

March 20, 2014
Native Cleveland Annex | 15813 Waterloo Road, Cleveland, OH 44110

 March 20, 7–9 p.m.
Native Cleveland Annex | 15813 Waterloo Road, Cleveland, OH 44110

In a small gallery on Waterloo Road, Commito + Harnischfeger will feature work by two acclaimed Ohio-based artists. Vibrantly colored stripes and geometric forms lend an architectural feel to Gianna Commito's modestly-sized paintings, while Hilary Harnischfeger's sculptures are more organic in nature. Upon close inspection, the work of both artists slips in and out of these categories, intersecting at a point that deeply explores the materials, structures, landscape, and environment that surrounds each artist.

The exhibition will be open March 21–April 5 | Thursdays–Saturdays, 1–6 p.m.

Curated by Heather Cook.

School of Art Scholarship Deadline

March 17, 2014

Last day to submit applications for School of Art Scholarships.

Details here

Bad Language, Kathryn Shinko, MFA Candidacy Show

March 14, 2014
School of Art, Painting Gallery, 5-7 PM

14th Annual National Juried Cup Show Opening


March 13, 2014
Downtown Gallery
The Kent State University School of Art presents the 14th Annual National Juried Cup Show, on display from March 13 to April 5 at the School of Art’s Downtown Gallery (141 E. Main St. in Kent). This year’s juror is Jake Allee, assistant professor of art at Colorado Mesa University, who has selected 40 cups from over 24 states.

There will be an opening reception on Thursday, March 13, from 5 to 7 p.m. Both the gallery and the reception are free and open to the public.

The internationally recognized ceramics program at the Kent State University School of Art was one of the original sponsors for the National Juried Cup Show. The ceramics program continues to play an integral role in organizing the cup show and maintaining its integrity. The 2014 juror, Jake Allee, has donated several cups that will be sold to support the Kirk S. Mangus Graduate Student Fellowship in Ceramics, a scholarship fund created in memory of Prof. Kirk Mangus. Kirk Mangus oversaw the ceramics program at Kent State until his death in late 2013.

This 14th Annual National Juried Cup Show is sponsored in part by the Ohio Arts Council.

For more information, contact Anderson Turner, director of galleries, at 330-672-1369 or

Downtown Gallery hours:
Monday to Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Luke Sheets Lecture

March 12, 2014
Ceramics Lab, 11:00

Veronica Ceci MFA Thesis Exhibition

March 11, 2014
School fo Art Sculpture Gallery, 6-8 PM

Andrea Donnelly

March 7, 2014
Art Building Room 202, noon

A 2010 Virginia Commonwealth University MFA Craft (Fiber) alumna, Donnelly weaves by hand monumental-scale images of the human figure, inkblots, and manipulated forms she calls bodyblots. Donnelly’s laborious process involves dying her fibers and hand painting patterns and images on the warp (perpendicular threads) before weaving the cloth. Created through a complex yet highly spontaneous process of weaving, staining, unweaving, and reweaving, Donnelly’s figurative works explore cloth’s intimate and universal material relationship with the body. She employs cloth as a literal reference to the human figure, drawing on sensory memories and the intimate connections we all have to cloth in its many domestic forms. Donnelly’s mural sized weavings depict abstracted self-portraits, paradoxically presenting the figure on a medium traditionally used to conceal it.

Information from:

Photography by David Hunter Hale and Shannon McGill

2014 Student Annual

Juried exhibition featuring graduate and undergraduate student work

March 6 - 19, 2014
School of Art Gallery

The Kent State University School of Art will host the 2014 Student Annual art exhibition from March 6 through March 20, at the School of Art Gallery in the Art Building (400 Janik Dr.). The Student Annual is the only exhibition of the semester that comprises a juried sampling of both graduate and undergraduate student work. There will be an opening reception for the show on Thursday, March 6, from 5 to 7 p.m. The reception will boast live jazz accompaniment and double as an award ceremony, with over $1,500 in prizes distributed to the artists.

The juror for the 2014 Student Annual is Hilary Gent, who received her B.F.A. in painting from the School of Art. Currently, she is the director of the HEDGE Gallery, part of 78th St. Studios in Cleveland’s Gordon Square Arts District. Gent is quick to point out the overlap between her work in Cleveland and this juried show at her alma mater. “Much of the work I curate at the HEDGE Gallery is also by emerging student artists,” she says. “It will be refreshing to be immersed in the art school environment once again!”

Hilary Gent will determine the works to feature in the exhibition following the submission deadline, which is Monday, March 3. Awards in the graduate and undergraduate categories will be announced during the reception on Thursday.

Contact: Anderson Turner, director of galleries,, 330-672-1369 (office).

Textiles Studio Open House

February 28, 2014
Textiles Studio, 2nd Floor Terrace Hall

Open House, Friday February 28th, 12-2.

Hephaestos Challenged: 7 Women Sculptors

Isabel Farnsworth

February 27, 2014
The Galleries at CSU

Opening Reception Thursday, January 16th from 5:00 – 8:00 pm – Artist Talk 6:30 pm

Isabel Farnsworth:

My artistic process is one of gathering, sorting, and assimilating my experience of the world. In sculptural form, I re-shape and articulate distillations of my subjective experiences. I use imagery, color and tactile materials as an entry point. The pieces emerge from the act of making, responding, contemplation and play.

Whereas much of my work has used the figure or ‘the body’ as a starting point, this new installation embraces landscape and memory. Out of various materials such as re-purposed wood, found paper, recycled monoprints and dyed tubing, I construct hills, water, flowers and a forest. The inspiration for the piece began with a writing class, “Writing Your Spiritual Autobiography.” The act of writing and reading aloud to a group was very meaningful and enlightening. What emerged again and again, through the journey of remembering and writing, was a strong connection to the landscapes of my childhood.

For more information on Hephaestos Challenged: 7 Women Sculptors, see:

The Galleries at CSU

John L. Moore Lecture

February 25, 2014
Art Building, 202, 5 PM

John Moore has been making paintings and prints as well as working as a curator in Ohio and New York, as well as in other venues. On Tuesday, he will talk about his work and his career as a maker and advocate in New York City.

Jane Farver Lecture

February 24, 2014
Art Building, 202, 5 PM

Jane Farver is an independent curator and museum professional who will speak on her career. She will be of particular interest to students traveling to NY on this semester's travel-study course in light of her experience as one of six guest curators for the Whitney BIennial in 2000.

Rendered: Portraits and Processes

Brian Babb

February 22, 2014
Downtown Gallery

The work of Akron-based artist Brian Babb will be featured in a solo exhibition at the Kent State University School of Art’s Downtown Gallery beginning in January.
Babb’s show, dubbed “Rendered: Portraits and Processes,” will run from Tuesday, Jan. 21, to Saturday, Feb. 22. The gallery, located at 141 E. Main St. in Kent, will also host an opening reception for “Rendered” on Thursday, Jan. 23, from 5 to 7 p.m. Both the gallery and reception are free and open to the public.

Melissa Cameron, Visiting Artist Lecture

February 14, 2014
Art Building Room 202

Friday February 14th, 12 noon in Room 202, Art Building.

Melissa Cameron is an Australian-born artist jeweller who lives and works in Seattle, Washington in the USA. She holds a Masters of Fine Art in jewellery and metalsmithing from Monash University and Bachelor of Art with honors in interior architecture from Curtin University. Her works are in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia (Canberra), the Cheongju City Collection (South Korea), the Powerhouse Museum (Sydney, Australia) as well as the Arts Centre Melbourne (Australia), and her pieces have featured in the publications Jewel Book, Art Jewellery Today 3 and Lark Books’ 500 Silver Jewelry Designs.

Paul O'Keeffe, a distant silence

February 14, 2014
William Busta Gallery


Paul O'Keeffe a distant silence

Opening Reception: February 14th, 5-9 PM

2731 Prospect Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115

February 14- March 22nd, 2014

The artist will also be in the Gallery on March 1 from 2-4 PM.


Nakedness and Art in the Renaissance

A Lecture by

Dr Gustav Medicus

February 12, 2014
University Library, 4th Floor, 1:20 PM

Explore, Learn, Share ,and Celebrate World Cultures

More information at:




The Digital Hand

February 11 - 28, 2014
School of Art Gallery

Kent State School of Art Metalsmithing Showcase Examines “Digital Hand”
KENT, Ohio – The School of Art Gallery at Kent State University will present “The Digital Hand,” an exhibit spotlighting the work of metalsmiths who incorporate digital technique in their design and production. Curated by Kathleen Browne, head of the jewelry/metals programs at the School of Art, the show will run from Feb. 11 to 28. The School of Art Gallery is located on the second floor of the Art Building at 400 Janik Dr. in Kent.
There will be an opening reception for “The Digital Hand” on Feb. 13 from 5 to 7 p.m. Additionally, visiting artist Melissa Cameron, whose works features in the exhibit, will give a tie-in lecture on Feb. 14 at noon in the adjacent auditorium (room 202). Both events, and the gallery itself, are free and open to the public.
“The exhibition is a survey of the work of 18 metalsmiths who have integrated digital technologies into their art practice,” says Browne. “These artists’ engagement in digital technologies covers a broad spectrum, from using computer programs solely as a design tool to fabricating works of art using laser cutting and 3D printing.”
The artists whose work appears in “The Digital Hand” are Pam Argentieri, Kristin Beeler, Allyson Bone, Doug Bucci, Melissa Cameron, David Choi, Joshua DeMonte, Arthur Hash, Matthew Hollern, Nicole Jacquard, Amy Klainer, Plural Studios (Courtney Starrett and Michael Gayk), Phil Renato, Rebecca Strzelec, Kim Tatalick, Jess Todd and Linda Threadgill.
Contact: Anderson Turner, director of galleries,, 330-672-1369 (office)

Biennial Faculty Show

January 31, 2014
School of Art Gallery

1/14/2014 Through 01/31/2014. Reception 1/16/2014, 5-7 PM.

Rendered: Portraits and Processes

Brian Babb

January 23, 2014
Downtown Gallery

The work of Akron-based artist Brian Babb will be featured in a solo exhibition at the Kent State University School of Art’s Downtown Gallery beginning in January.
Babb’s show, dubbed “Rendered: Portraits and Processes,” will run from Tuesday, Jan. 21, to Saturday, Feb. 22. The gallery, located at 141 E. Main St. in Kent, will also host an opening reception for “Rendered” on Thursday, Jan. 23, from 5 to 7 p.m. Both the gallery and reception are free and open to the public.

Biennial Faculty Show Gallery Talk

Chuck Basham and Isabel Farnsworth

January 17, 2014
School of Art Gallery

School of Art Gallery, 12 noon to 1:00 PM

Biennial Faculty Show Reception

January 16, 2014
School of Art Gallery, 5-7

Foundations Faculty Show

Julie Friedman, Charles Basham, Kortney Niewierski, Jennifer maitz-Collier, Sarah Jane, Kelly Kietrick, Emily Sullivan, Don King, Taryn McMahon, Mark Schatz

December 4, 2013 - January 10, 2014
The Downtown Gallery
Reception: December 5, 2013 from 5-7PM

Pageant of Pulchritude

BFA Painting Exhibition

Abby Boliantz

December 4 - 6, 2013
Sculpture Gallery, Room 112 ART
Closing Reception Friday Dec. 6, from 5-8PM

Holiday Sale


November 30 - December 1, 2013
The Downtown Gallery
Saturday Nov. 30th, 10AM - 4PM Sunday Dec. 1st, 12PM - 5PM

Abstract Painting in Northeast Ohio

Gianna Commito, Mark Keffer, Steve McCallum, Erik Neff, Dana Oldfather, Scott Olson, Lorri Ott, John Pearson

October 22 - November 16, 2013
School of Art Downtown Gallery
Reception: Oct 24, 2013, 5-7PM

Structure and Distruption

MFA Thesis Show

Melissa English Campbell

October 16 - 19, 2013
School of Art Downtown Gallery
Reception: October 17, 5-7PM

Works on paper & in clay

Eva Kwong & Kirk Mangus

October 11 - 27, 2013
Drury Gallery, Marlboro College
Artist Talk Monday October 14, 4PM
Drury Gallery, Sunday-Friday, 1-5pm
Marlboro College
2582 South Rd, Marlboro, VT 05344

First Friday Artist Lecture

Printmaking & Pattern

Taryn McMahon

October 4, 2013
Noon, Room 202 Art Building

Downtown Gallery presents:
Doug Unger, Charles Basham, and Ben Bassham: Recent Landscapes
On view 09/04/2013 - 10/05/2013
Opening reception Thursday, 5 September, 5-7p.

The School of Art Gallery presents:
Room of Relief
An installation designed by three master printmakers —
Curlee Raven Holton, Veronica Ceci & Francine K. Affourtit
09/03/2013 - 10/11/2013
Reception & Artist Talk: Thursday, October 10, 5-7 PM