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 at Kent State University is now hiring three full-time tenure-track faculty positions in printmaking, art history, and sculpture and expanded media. The School of Art offers a long tradition of imagination, thought, skill, and achievement in the visual arts.
The Kent State University School of Art Collection and Galleries presents “Memoirs of Disintegration” by Marie Bukowski. This solo exhibition is a collection of recent prints created by Bukowski and will be on view at the KSU Downtown Gallery from December 5, 2018 through January 12, 2019. An opening reception will take place on Friday, December 7 from 5-8 p.m. during the First Friday Art Walk in downtown Kent.
The Ohio Art Education Association (OAEA) named the Kent State University Stark Campus as one of the Distinguished Buisinesses/Organizations for Art Education in 2018. The award was presented to Professor Jack McWhorter, who teaches painting and drawing at the Stark campus, at the OAEA conference on November 9, 2018. McWhorter and the Stark campus were recognized for their diligent and continual work in hosting the regional Scholastic Art Awards.
Assistant professor in art history, Shana Klein focuses on American art and also researches representations of food and social politics in art. Recently, she spoke at a symposium about a paper she wrote about race and violence in representations of watermelon.
The #metoo movement has propelled the world into discussing issues around sexual assault and abuse, but what happens when survivors come together and turn these shared negative experiences into a positive source of healing? Megan Taylor, junior Studio Art, Textiles major at Kent State University, is doing just that. When she is not creating art and music, she is on a mission to help survivors of sexual violence heal from their trauma. Inspired to name the group after a song she wrote, Taylor founded the More Than A Body project (MTAB) two years ago.
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.