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.
Everyone is invited to tour the recently completed Center for the Visual Arts during Homecoming on Oct. 6 from noon to 3 p.m. All the facilities will be open, including art studios, art education classrooms, and art history lecture halls.
The School of Art’s First Friday Lecture Series begins with visiting artist in Print Media, Erik Waterkotte on Sept. 7. Erik Waterkotte is an associate professor of print media in the Department of Art & Art History at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. His creative research integrates a variety of graphic media creating layered exhibits that explore concepts of belief, ritual and space.
Kent State University President Beverly J. Warren recently presented 13 Kent State faculty members with the 2018 President’s Faculty Excellence Award, which recognizes exceptional performance that leads to the achievement of national or international recognition in the faculty member’s discipline. Dr. Robin Vande Zande (Art Education) and Mahwish Chishty (Foundations) both received this prestigious honor.
Since 1968, the School of Art has been conducting studio art intensives during the summers where visiting artists travel to Kent State to teach and mentor a select group of students. In this exhibition, artworks from the School of Art Collection created by visiting artists who participated during the first decade of the Kent Blossom Art program (1968-1977) will be on display. Join us to celebrate 50 years of Kent Blossom Art Intensives!
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.