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Simon Tatum and Davin Ebanks headshots and an installation view of the Cayman Islands Biennial, an art gallery with works of art hanging on the walls.

Davin Ebanks and Simon Tatum Featured in Cayman Islands Biennial

Davin Ebanks, assistant professor of glass (M.F.A. ‘10), and recent alumnus Simon Tatum, who earned his M.F.A. in sculpture and expanded media this spring, are being featured in the second Cayman Islands Biennial, entitled "Reimagined Future(s)."

Recent Art History Graduate Earns CMA Internship

Kent State University School of Art graduate Brianna Robinson recently earned the role of Object Conservation Intern at the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA). Brianna earned her B.A. in Art History and Sociology from Kent State in the fall of 2020.

Nelson Stevens (MFA '69) and the AfriCOBRA Movement

You might have heard of a group called AfriCOBRA (African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists) and its legacy in African American art history. What you might not know is that one of its earliest members was Kent State al...
Three artworks by School of Art faculty

Six Faculty, Four Alumni Receive Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Awards

Ten Kent State University School of Art faculty and alumni have been awarded the Ohio Arts Council’s Individual Excellence Awards for 2021. Full...
Davin Ebanks standing in front of his glass sculpture, a circular glass shape that has realistic water ripples texturing the surface

Davin Ebanks Opens Solo Exhibition at The Sculpture Center

Davin Ebanks, assistant professor of glass, has a solo exhibition at the Sculpture Center in Cleveland on view Jan. 29 through Mar. 13, 2021. “Nowhere is Blue” includes new glass sculptures created by Ebanks that serve as metaphors for the subjective nature of identity and person...
Artwork by Micah Kraus and Taryn McMahon

Faculty and Alumnus Featured in Making Your Mark

Three School of Art faculty and one alumnus (Micah Kraus, B.A. Art Education ’99, M.A. Printmaking ’01) are being featured in the Akron Art Museum exhibition “Making Your Mark.” This exhibition features art nine artists living and working in Northeast Ohio.
Stills from FEAST: a ballet

Alumna Corrie Slawson Produces FEAST Ballet

Corrie Slawson, MFA alumna and part-time professor in painting and drawing, is serving as the Executive Producer of “FEAST: a ballet” which will make its online debut the day after Thanksgiving on Nov. 27.
Two paintings one by Gianna Commito geometric shapes in pink and grey, and Shawn Powell, a black and white striped umbrella.

Faculty and Alumni in Small Works Exhibition at Abattoir Gallery

Painting professors Gianna Commito and Shawn Powell and School of Art alumni Grace Summanen, Billy Ritter and Hildur Jonsson are showing their work at the upcoming Small Works exhibition at Cleveland’s Abattoir Gallery.
Artworks by Meagan Smith and Chandler Brutscher

Alumni and Grad Student Take Home Prizes in Waterloo Arts Juried Exhibition

Three School of Art alumni and one current graduate student have been awarded prizes in the 2020 Waterloo Arts Juried Exhibition, juried by Arnold Tunstall.
Diana Al-Hadid (left) and her sculpture Phantom Limb on the right

Diana Al-Hadid Featured on Vogue Italia Cover

Internationally known sculptor and Kent State alumna Diana Al-Hadid (BA ’03, BFA ’03) was on the cover of Vogue Italia, as one of the "100 People, 100 S...