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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.

Featured News & Events

Collection Room with students studying artwork

Now Hiring - Three Tenure Track Faculty at the School of Art

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.

Image: Olivuccio di Ciccarello (Italian, Marche, 1360/65-1439), The Madonna of Humility with the Temptation of Eve, c. 1400, tempera and gold on wood panel, Cleveland Museum of Art, detail

Visiting Scholar Talk - Megan Holmes

First Friday Lecture Series

Art Historian and Professor, Megan Holmes

"Rethinking 'Vandalism' and 'Iconoclasm'"

Friday, December 7 at 12:00 p.m.

CVA 165

Marie Bukowski, Memoirs of Disintegration, KSU Downtown Gallery, Dec. 2018

Memoirs of Disintegration by Marie Bukowski

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.

Kent Stark Fine Arts Building - Art Gallery

Stark Campus, Jack McWhorter Awarded OAEA Distinguished Organization in Art Education

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.

Guest Post with Shana Klein - Valerie Hegarty, Still Life with Watermelon, Peaches and Crows, 2013

Art History Guest Post - Shana Klein

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. 

More Than A Body - Board Members

Undergrad Founds "More Than A Body" Group for Survivors of Sexual Violence

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.