Recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s top graduate programs in the visual arts, the School of Art provides endless opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students delving into studio art, art history and art education. Students are supported and challenged by a world-class faculty, who stimulate individual and collaborative creativity in the classroom, studio and gallery spaces. An accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, the School of Art lies in the heart of the vibrant Northeast Ohio arts community and also offers travel-study to New York, Chicago, Florence and Beijing. All studios and classrooms are located in the new Center for the Visual Arts.
The School of Art Collection and Galleries and the School of Art at Kent State University present Biennial Faculty Show, on view at the CVA Gallery from October 16 through November 16, 2018. An opening reception with the artists will take place at the Center for the Visual Arts (325 Terrace Dr. Kent, Ohio) on Friday, October 19 from 5-7 p.m. Both the exhibition and the reception are free and open to the public.
Mahwish Chishty, Assistant Professor in Foundations, was named among the top 25 on the Jurors’ Shortlist for the international ArtPrize competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Her exhibit “Naming the Dead” which was located at The Ruse Escape Room was originally installed at SPACES gallery in Cleveland in January 2018. The artwork was on view in Grand Rapids during the competition from September 29 through October 7, 2018.
Peter Christian Johnson, Assistant Professor in Ceramics, has a solo exhibition called "Acts of Contrition” at Sculpture Space NYC. "Acts of Contrition" explores the tension between toil and collapse, between precision and failure. It is a meditation on entropy that uses architecture as a foil to examine human nature and the dichotomy of creation and destruction. The exhibition is on view through November 17, 2018.
Art Education alumna, Natalie Friedl (’04), has been awarded the North Carolina Art Education Association’s Elementary Art Educator of the Year award for 2018-19. She will receive her award during the NCAEA Professional Development Conference November 1-4, 2018 in Asheville, NC.
Two undergraduate students in the Jewelry/Metals/Enameling program, Alyse Hanna and Ashley Smith, have been selected to have their work published in the book “The Art of Fine Enameling: Revisited” by Karen Cohen, which is scheduled to be published in November 2019.
Whether you are just starting out or are an experienced art educator interested in enhancing your knowledge and skills, you will work with a support system of faculty, advisers, and peers who will help you succeed. You will take courses in art and design education, studio, and art history through a liberal arts education.
The art history major examines both the creative expressions of individual artists and the cultures that supported them, encompassing both Western and non-Western traditions. In addition, students enrolled in the degree program will have a wellspring of forms, symbols and ideas to stimulate their own creative endeavors. The program provides a strong foundation for the successful pursuit of advanced degrees and other opportunities in the field, including teaching, research, publishing and curating.
The Studio Art major offers abundant opportunities for students to work in a variety of media with guidance from our talented faculty. Studio concentrations include Ceramics, Drawing, Glass,Jewelry/Metals/Enameling, Painting, Print Media and Photography, Sculpture and Expanded Media, and Textiles. Students are encouraged to work across disciplines and employ a contemporary approach to art making, helping them define what it means to be an artist and a maker in the 21st century.