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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

Alumna Diana Al-Hadid speaking in front of her artwork installed at Summa Health Systems

Kent State Alumni and Faculty Artwork Chosen for Summa’s New Patient Tower in Akron

Twelve Kent State University School of Art alumni and one faculty member have been selected for acquisitions and commissions for the art collection located at Summa Health System’s new patient tower in Akron, including Diana Al-Hadid and Don Drumm. 

Fruits of the Tropics, lithograph, 1871, Currier and Ives

Shana Klein Receives Farris Family Innovation Award

Dr. Shana Klein, Assistant Professor of Art History, received the Farris Family Innovation Award to help fund her book project, “The Fruits of Empire: Art, Food, and the Politics of Race in the Age of National Expansion.” Dr. Klein is one of the first recipients to receive this award outside the scientific community. 

Jolynn Santiago artwork, marking time and vestige

Alumna Jolynn Santiago Awarded Arrowmont Artist Residency

Jolynn Santiago (B.F.A. Jewelry/Metals/Enameling ’13) was recently awarded an 11-month residency at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Tennessee.