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.
The School of Art Collection and Galleries at Kent State University presents “The Student Annual” from March 1 – March 16, 2018 at the CVA Gallery. This year’s juror is former Chief Curator at the Akron Art Museum, Janice Driesbach. Driesbach will choose a selection of undergraduate and graduate artwork to display at the School of Art’s main gallery and select several awards for outstanding submissions. The opening reception and award ceremony will be held on Thursday, March 1 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Both the exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.
The School of Art Collection and Galleries at Kent State University present “Kent State National Ceramics Invitational” from February 22 – March 17, 2018 at the Downtown Gallery. The exhibition was curated by Assistant Professor in Ceramics at the School of Art, Peter Christian Johnson and includes artists Kyle Johns, Shalya Marsh and Sara Parent-Ramos. An opening reception will be held on February 22 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
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.
Join us on Friday, March 2 for an artist talk with visiting artist in print media, Joseph Lupo. The talk begins at noon at Kent State’s Center for the Visual Arts. Visiting artists and scholars from all over the country come to Kent to give presentations on their work throughout the year. All lectures take place in room 165 at the Center for the Visual Arts (325 Terrace Drive, Kent, Ohio). Free and open to all.
Janice Lessman-Moss, Professor and head of Textiles, has a new exhibition “Rhythms and Rotations” showing at PraxisFiberWorkshop from February 2 through March 31, 2018. Two opening receptions are scheduled for the show, February 2 and March 2 from 5-7 p.m. Gallery hours are Wednesdays & Sundays from noon to 4pm or by appointment.
Mahwish Chishty, Assistant Professor in Foundations, was invited to do a SWAP (SPACES World Artists Program) residency at SPACES Gallery in Cleveland. The artist residency results in a solo exhibition at the gallery from January 26 – March 23, 2018. Chishty’s project titled “Naming the Dead” is a sound installation with participants who are school-age children.
Gianna Commito, Associate Professor in Painting at Kent State's School of Art, has a solo exhibition at Rachel Uffner Gallery in New York City featuring a new body of work. The exhibition will be on view from January 5 - February 25, 2018.
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.