Alumni News

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Alumna Maria Iafelice Receives Ohio Museums Association Award

Maria Iafelice (BA ’09, MA ’13, Art Education) was awarded Emerging Professional of the Year from the Ohio Museums Association. This award recognizes exceptional pr...
Dan Alexander in front of his glass artwork, images of glass art by Dan, a blue vase and a tall cup with lid

Alumni Spotlight - Dan Alexander

In his professional career as a glassblower, Kent State University alumnus Dan Alexander has done a lot in the decade since graduating with a B.F.A. in Craft in 2010.
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Remembering May 4 - An Interview with Devo's Jerry Casale

“I had always been making art and music but the events of May 4th and beyond galvanized my creativity, infusing it with an existential anger and urgency that would otherwise not have happened. In short Devo and the idea of De-evolution as a manifesto would not exist without that...
Members of the band mr. Gnome, including art eduction alumna Nicole Barille; image of a woman and man standing in a frame of gold leaves

Alumni Spotlight - Nicole Barille

The journey towards a professional career in the arts is different for everyone. For Kent State University alumna Nicole Barille, an art degree laid the groundwork for success in an unexpected way, lending inspiration and creative direction to her music. You may not need a degree...
Jennifer Ling Datchuk portrait by Clint Datchuk

Kent State Alumna Jennifer Ling Datchuk Awarded $50k Fellowship

Alumna Jennifer Ling Datchuk has been awarded the coveted United States Artist Fellowship in Crafts. Datchuk received her BFA in Crafts from Kent State in 2004 with a concentration in ceramics.
Dillon Sedar receives the Arts Alive Arts Educator Award from Summit Artspace.  He holds the award surrounded by Summit Artspace employees.  Arts Alive logo is on the right.

Alumnus Receives Arts Educator Award from Summit Artspace

Art education alumnus, Dillon Sedar (B.A. ‘13, M.A. ’17), was named the Arts Educator Honoree at Summit Artspace’s Arts Alive award ceremony in June 2019. He was one of three finalists for the award category.
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. 
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. 
Natalie Friedl in the classroom, recipient of the NCAEA Elementary Art Educator of the Year

Alumna Natalie Friedl Awarded NCAEA Elementary Art Educator of the Year

Art Education alumna, Natalie Friedl (’04), has been awarded the North Carolina Art Education Association’s Elementary Art Educator of the Year award for 2018-19.  She will receive her award during the NCAEA Professional Development Conference November 1-4, 2018 in Asheville, NC....