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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.

Featured News & Events

Kent Blossom Art Intensives

Kent Blossom Art Lecture Series Begins May 30

Kent State University’s School of Art is proud to present the Kent Blossom Art Lecture Series from May 30 - June 6, 2018.  Visiting artists from around the country who are teaching the Kent Blossom Art Intensives will be giving presentations on their work. These artists will be working with students during the three intensives in ceramics, printmaking and glass.  This year marks the 50th anniversary of the summer visual art program, which has a rich legacy of inviting accomplished visiting artists to Kent State since 1968. All artist talks will take place at 6:00 p.m.

Alumna, Caryl Church with her art students in the classroom

Alumna Caryl Church Receives Outstanding Art Teacher Award from OAEA

Caryl Church, alumna of the Art Education program at Kent State University School of Art, has received an Outstanding Art Teacher Award from the North East Region Ohio Art Education Association (OAEA). Church earned both her B.A. and M.A. in Art Education from the School of Art and has been teaching art for twelve years.  She has spent the last four years teaching at Perry Elementary School in Perry, Ohio. 

Dara Ronli Alper BFA Thesis Exhibition - Glass

Undergrad Dara Ronli Alper Awarded Glass Residency in Murano, Italy

Undergraduate student, Dara Ronli Alper, was awarded a residency at Autonoma Factory in Murano, Italy, a city known for its rich history in the glass industry. The residency was awarded from the Pilchuck Glass School supported by Laguna B to only six candidates from around the world.  She and the five other intermediate to advanced glassblowers are spending two weeks in the city, learning from the Venetian maestros with guidance from glass artist, Andy Paiko from April 30 – May 11, 2018.

Lindsey James and Joe Scanlan

Lindsey James Creates DIY Coffin Project with Artist Joe Scanlan

Have you ever thought about building your own coffin?  This may seem like one of the most bizarre DIY projects, but one of the School of Art’s graduate students explored this possibility through a book she discovered during one of her classes. Lindsey James, M.F.A. student in Textiles, was researching relational art when she began reading about artist, Joe Scanlan.  She discovered his book "DIY or How to Kill Yourself Anywhere in the World for Under $399" which outlines how to build your own coffin out of supplies purchased from an IKEA furniture store.

Headshot of Maria Iafelice

Alumna Maria Iafelice Selected for Getty Leadership Institute

Maria Iafelice, who earned both her M.A. and B.A. in Art Education from the School of Art at Kent State University, was recently selected for a prestigious learning experience in March 2018 at the Claremont California for the Getty Leadership Institute as a part of the NextGen program.  The program is for mid-level staff in their first three to five years as managers and the 2018 cohort included just 35 museum professionals from the United States and abroad. 

Stark Scholarship winners with representatives from the foundation

Scholarship Awards 2018

On April 13, 2018 the School of Art hosted the Scholarship Award Ceremony where undergraduate and graduate students received over $42,000 in funds for tuition, travel study and artist residencies.  Thank you to all the donors who made this possible!