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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

Biennial Faculty Show, Artwork by School of Art Faculty Oct. 16-Nov. 16, 2018, CVA Gallery

Biennial Faculty Show

The School of Art Collection and Galleries and the School of Art at Kent State University present Biennial Faculty Show, on view at the CVA Gallery from October 16 through November 16, 2018.  An opening reception with the artists will take place at the Center for the Visual Arts (325 Terrace Dr. Kent, Ohio) on Friday, October 19 from 5-7 p.m.  Both the exhibition and the reception are free and open to the public.  

Mahwish Chishty, Naming the Dead, ArtPrize 2018

Mahwish Chishty Named Among Top 25 for ArtPrize Jurors' Shortlist

Mahwish Chishty, Assistant Professor in Foundations, was named among the top 25 on the Jurors’ Shortlist for the international ArtPrize competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan.   Her exhibit “Naming the Dead” which was located at The Ruse Escape Room was originally installed at SPACES gallery in Cleveland in January 2018.  The artwork was on view in Grand Rapids during the competition from September 29 through October 7, 2018. 

Peter Christian Johnson - Sculpture Space NYC

Peter Christian Johnson's Solo Exhibition at Sculpture Space NYC

Peter Christian Johnson, Assistant Professor in Ceramics, has a solo exhibition called "Acts of Contrition” at Sculpture Space NYC.  "Acts of Contrition" explores the tension between toil and collapse, between precision and failure.  It is a meditation on entropy that uses architecture as a foil to examine human nature and the dichotomy of creation and destruction. The exhibition is on view through November 17, 2018.  

Natalie Friedl in the classroom, recipient of the NCAEA Elementary Art Educator of the Year

Alumna Natalie Friedl Awarded NCAEA Elementary Art Educator of the Year

Art Education alumna, Natalie Friedl (’04), has been awarded the North Carolina Art Education Association’s Elementary Art Educator of the Year award for 2018-19.  She will receive her award during the NCAEA Professional Development Conference November 1-4, 2018 in Asheville, NC. 

Alyse Hanna and Ashley Smith's work in The Fine Art of Enameling: Revisited

Undergraduate Students’ Artwork Included in New Enameling Book

Two undergraduate students in the Jewelry/Metals/Enameling program, Alyse Hanna and Ashley Smith, have been selected to have their work published in the book “The Art of Fine Enameling: Revisited” by Karen Cohen, which is scheduled to be published in November 2019.