College of the Arts

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John R. Crawford, Ed.D., Kent State University’s dean of the College of the Arts, was recently inducted as the 19th president of the International Council of Fine Arts Deans (ICFAD) during the organization’s annual conference in Kansas City, Missouri. Crawford will serve a two-year term as its president.

In October 2014, three Foundations of Excellence: Building the Future events took place on the Kent Campus: the College of Architecture and Environmental Design broke ground on its new building, the College of the Arts celebrated the launch of the new Center for the Visual Arts, and the Department of Residence Services dedicated the newly remodeled Tri-Towers residence hall complex.

Kent State University student Robin Bonatesta, a junior computer science and fashion merchandising major from Branchburg, N.J., has been named a University Innovation Fellow by the National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation (Epicenter). The program is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and directed by Stanford University and VentureWell (formerly NCIIA). 

Kent State University invited the community to celebrate the launch of the Center for the Visual Arts on Oct. 9. The event, which was free and open to the public, took place on the second floor of Cartwright Hall, overlooking the center’s construction site, east of Terrace Drive.

Kent State University invites the community to celebrate the launch of the Center for the Visual Arts on Thursday, Oct. 9, at 4 p.m. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place on the second floor of Cartwright Hall, overlooking the center’s construction site, east of Terrace Drive.

One of the most all-encompassing transformations in university history is taking place right now at Kent State University. The Foundations of Excellence: Building the Future initiative includes the construction of new buildings, facility upgrades and establishment of dynamic, new spaces. These projects support academic success, while demonstrating Kent State’s leadership in campus safety, accessibility and sustainability and serving as a powerful magnet for top students, employees and partners.

Part of Kent State University's College of the Arts, the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music provides excellent music instruction to students at the undergraduate and graduate levels who wish to pursue careers in music performance and music education.

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Kent State University Fashion School graduate Anastasia Iafrate was named this year’s winner of the prestigious Supima Design Competition during a Sept. 4 event at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York. Iafrate, who graduated in May with a Bachelor of Arts in fashion design, beat out finalists from five other institutions to win the award, which carries a $10,000 prize.

Transforum Theatre, a student organization in Kent State University’s School of Theatre and Dance, performed last month at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Edinburgh, Scotland. Dedicated to helping students pursue their passions and explore their creativity through art, Transforum Theatre was invited by the Edinburgh Festival Fringe to perform an original work, “A Collection of Grimm’s Fairy Tales,” at the Greenside @ Nicholson Square venue Aug. 18–23.

Scholar of the Month
Margarita Benitez
Assistant Professor
College of the Arts
2010-present

Margarita Benitez is an assistant professor of fashion design in the Fashion School of the College of the Arts. Her interdisciplinary focus on interactivity in textiles and fashion blends art and technology, interface design, tangible computing, 3D, architecture and fiber and material studies.

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