Recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s top 100 graduate programs in the visual arts, the School of Art provides endless opportunities for undergraduates delving into studio art, art history and art education. Students are supported and challenged by a worldclass 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.
Kent State University professor, Dr. Robin Vande Zande, has received three awards this year from the National Art Education Association (NAEA) for outstanding achievement in the field of art and design education. She has been recognized as the 2018 National Higher Education Art Educator and the 2018 Western Region Higher Education Art Educator in addition to being inducted as a NAEA Distinguished National Fellow.
Celebrating 50 years! Kent/Blossom Art is a series of two-week intensive art workshops conducted each summer at Kent State by resident School of Art faculty and an exciting array of visiting artists. Registration is now open for the 2018 workshops in printmaking, ceramics, and glass.
Our next talk for the Friday Lecture Series will feature curator from the Museum of Art and Design (MAD) in New York City, Shannon Stratton. Her talk, titled "Desire Trails: A Winding Path Through the Visual Arts" will take place on Friday, April 6 at 12:00 p.m. in room 165 at the Center for the Visual Arts (325 Terrace Drive). All curator and artist talks are free and open to all.
Jonas Sebura began as Assistant Professor at the School of Art in 2016 in the sculpture area and students have been benefiting from his contemporary view of art making in a revamping of courses within the discipline. Sebura brings an expertise in the “expanded media” aspect of sculpture to Kent State, teaching courses that focus on time-based, socially engaged and site-specific artworks. His own work touches on themes of religion/belief systems, skateboarding culture and male relationships, often collaborating with his good friend and fellow artist, Alex Gartelmann. Learn more in this Q&A.
Symbiosis: Fashion and Art integrates fashion design and print media in a collection of garments and artworks. The motivation for the project is to integrate two artistic fields that often use similar tools, studio environments, and design skills, but ultimately create distinctive outcomes with different audiences. Effective collaborations between fashion and print media can motivate students to transfer their ideas between the two dimensional art pieces and three dimensional wearable garments.
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, printmaking, sculpture, 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.