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.
Diana Al-Hadid (B.F.A. Sculpture, B.A. Art History ’03) has a new public art exhibition in Madison Square Park called “Delirious Matter.” Six sculptures are on view through September 3, 2018 throughout Madison Square Parks’ central Oval Lawn, peripheral lawns, and northern reflecting pool. This is Al-Hadid’s first public art project.
Gianna Commito, Professor in Painting at the School of Art, will be exhibiting her work as a part of the FRONT International Triennial in Cleveland this summer. She is one of 114 artists participating in the exhibition and one of only 13 who are from Northeast Ohio. FRONT is a summer-long exhibition of contemporary art from around the world on view from July 14 to September 30 in Cleveland, Akron and Oberlin.
Kent State University School of Art students will be selling their work at the Boston Mills Artfest this year at both the June and July shows. Students have the opportunity to sell their artwork in a professional setting for the fourth year in a row thanks to a generous donor, Kady Pownall, who supports Kent State’s participation in Artfest.
Recent B.F.A. graduate, Kade Marsili, was accepted into the prestigious XL Catlin Art Prize with his painting, “Boy Sitting Infront of a Tiger Tapestry.” Developed in partnership with the New York Academy of Art, the XL Catlin Art Prize is open to figurative paintings, drawings and prints created by undergraduate and graduate art students. The competition aims to focus on the reemergence of figurative art in the contemporary art world.
The School of Art Collection and Galleries are now accepting submissions for the 2018 alumni exhibition. The application deadline is August 15, 2018 for possible inclusion in the October 2018 show at the KSU Downtown Gallery. The exhibition will run from September 28 - October 27, 2018 with a reception on October 5, from 5-8 p.m.
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.