Educators. Makers. Scholars.

Kent State University’s School of Art is one of Ohio’s top schools in the visual arts, offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in Art Education, Art History, and Studio Art. Our program offers a wide array of studio disciplines, expert faculty, and a place for fine arts and liberal arts to come together in creative and inspiring ways.  All studios and classrooms are located under one roof in the new Center for the Visual Arts which had its grand opening in 2016.

Recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s top graduate programs in the visual arts, the School of Art offers competitive graduate assistantships in all degree areas. 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 cities such as New York, Chicago, Florence and Beijing. 


  • Art Education

    Art Education

    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.

  • Art History

    Art History

    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. 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.

  • Studio Art

    Studio Art

    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, Print Media and Photography, Sculpture and Expanded Media, and Textiles. 


Janice Lessman-Moss, professor of textiles in Kent State University’s School of Art, has been named Cleveland Arts Prize’s 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award winner. Cleveland Arts Prize promotes creativity in Northeast Ohio by honoring artists for artistic excellence and recognizes community leaders who help regional arts flourish.

  • Studying art history can be thrilling and exciting, just ask graduate student Jonathan Gonzalez. He has been busy this year curating exhibitions alongside faculty advisors Dr. Shana Klein and Dr. Joseph Underwood. One of the exhibitions is currently on view in the Michener Gallery on the second floor of the Kent State University Library and another, for which he served as curatorial assistant, is set to open on November 7 in the Uumbaji Gallery in Oscar Ritchie Hall.

  • Liz Maugans (BFA '89) studied printmaking and painting at Kent State University and during this time, she began her community building skills with other artists. After receiving her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, she began her trajectory as an artist and an advocate in Cleveland, making it the bustling arts community it is today. 

  • School of Art faculty members curate small exhibitions of artwork from the collection, showcasing their unique perspectives. The Kent State University School of Art Collection is comprised of over 4,500 pieces, ranging from artworks donated by visiting artists and alumni, to prints acquired from the Andy Warhol Foundation, to a section of Christo and Jeanne-Claude's "Running Fence," to purchases made to fulfill the mission. On view October 18 - November 26, 2019.

  • Drawings by Kent State alumnus Lawrence Baker will be on view at the KSU Downtown Gallery from Oct. 16 through Nov. 20, 2019.  Baker earned his BFA, MA and MFA from Kent State's School of Art in painting and drawing.  He currently lives in Cleveland, Ohio and is a retired visual arts instructor for the Cleveland Municipal School District. An opening reception will take place on Friday, Oct. 18 from 5-7 p.m.  Both the reception and the exhibition are free and open to the public.  

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Explore your options at the School of Art

  • Kent Blossom Art Intensives

    Kent Blossom Art Intensives

    Kent Blossom Art Intensives are a series of two-week studio art intensives conducted each summer at Kent State by resident School of Art faculty and an exciting array of visiting artists. Different courses and mediums are offered annually. 

  • Visiting Artist and Scholar Lecture Series

    Visiting Artist and Scholar Lecture Series

    The Visiting Artist and Scholar Lecture Series provides several opportunities each semester for visiting artists and Kent State University faculty to share work and current scholarship with colleagues and students.

  • Art Enrichment Program

    Art Enrichment Program

    Art Enrichment is a hands-on experience and community outreach program offered by the Art Education division. Each semester, a fresh group of children aged 4-13 come to campus after school to experience inventive, cutting-edge curriculum provided by our undergraduate students in Art Education.

  • Travel Study

    Travel Study

    The School of Art offers several travel study programs each year. Trips to New York, Washington D.C., Florence, and China are offered each semester, annually, or bi-annually. Each program is designed to enhance the student's learning experience by modeling professional practice, museum study, and other cultural experiences.

  • Scholarships


    Scholarships are available for both current and incoming students. Students in the School of Art can receive merit and need-based aid through multiple opportunities.

  • School of Art Collection and Galleries

    School of Art Collection and Galleries

    The School of Art Collection and Galleries are comprised of seven gallery spaces located on the Kent State University campus and downtown Kent, Ohio. The galleries exhibit art from local, regional, national and international artists with new exhibitions every 4-6 weeks.  Students also have opportunities to exhibit their work in many of these spaces.