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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

School of Art Open House, 100 Years of Homecoming at Kent State University

School of Art Open House

Everyone is invited to tour the recently completed Center for the Visual Arts during Homecoming on Oct. 6 from noon to 3 p.m. All the facilities will be open, including art studios, art education classrooms, and art history lecture halls.

Erik Waterkotte Artist Talk, Sept. 7 at noon, CVA 165

Artist Talk - Erik Waterkotte

The School of Art’s First Friday Lecture Series begins with visiting artist in Print Media, Erik Waterkotte on Sept. 7. Erik Waterkotte is an associate professor of print media in the Department of Art & Art History at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.  His creative research integrates a variety of graphic media creating layered exhibits that explore concepts of belief, ritual and space.

Kent Sate University School of Art, professors Dr. Robin Vande Zande and Mahwish Chishty

Two School of Art Professors Receive President’s Faculty Excellence Awards

Kent State University President Beverly J. Warren recently presented 13 Kent State faculty members with the 2018 President’s Faculty Excellence Award, which recognizes exceptional performance that leads to the achievement of national or international recognition in the faculty member’s discipline.  Dr. Robin Vande Zande (Art Education) and Mahwish Chishty (Foundations) both received this prestigious honor.  

Kent Blossom Art intensives: The First Ten Years, Highlights from the School of Art Collection, image: Alex Katz, "Late July" Lithograph

Kent Blossom Art Intensives: The First 10 Years

Since 1968, the School of Art has been conducting studio art intensives during the summers where visiting artists travel to Kent State to teach and mentor a select group of students. In this exhibition, artworks from the School of Art Collection created by visiting artists who participated during the first decade of the Kent Blossom Art program (1968-1977) will be on display.  Join us to celebrate 50 years of Kent Blossom Art Intensives!