KBAI 2022

May 30 - June 12, 2022
Application Deadline: April 30, 2022

This year, we are offering five courses for our annual Kent Blossom Art Intensives (KBAI), featuring an exciting array of visiting artists and resident faculty.  Each intensive is specific to one medium and this year we are offering courses in ceramics, jewelry/metals/enameling, painting, print media, and sculpture and expanded media. Participants will work in the studio seven days a week from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. with access to studio space, labs, equipment and tools at the Center for the Visual Arts at Kent State University.

KBAI provides students and individual artists with two weeks of focused learning, experimentation and creation under the guidance of experienced artists from around the country.  Students may continue their explorations of the medium most familiar to them; experienced artists are equally encouraged to discover new modes of creating.  Similar to an artist residency, participants create a self-directed body of artwork and have the additional benefits of open discussions and professional mentorship. At the end of the two weeks, all participants will have the chance to show the work they created in a gallery exhibition at the Center for the Visual Arts.

Undergraduate and graduate students at Kent State University or other colleges or universities may take any course for credit.  Students can earn 3 undergraduate credits or 3-4 graduate credits in each intensive.  Kent Blossom Art Intensives are also open to individual artists at a non-credit tuition rate at $1100.  **Refund Policy:  Must have 7 days notice prior to the start of the program of withdrawal intention in order to receive full refund.  No exceptions.

See the links below for more information on each course, the visiting artists and how to apply. Housing is available upon request.

KBAI Admissions Information

  • Three enameled vessels by Nash Quinn and an enameled brooch by Andrew Kuebeck

    Jewelry/Metals/Enameling - Enameling in the Round

    Resident Faculty: Andrew Kuebeck
    Visiting Artist: Nash Quinn

    Participants will explore the possibilities of applying enamel onto a variety of three-dimensional metal objects.  Through demonstrations, individual research and group critiques students will gain a better understanding of metal fabrication and construction processes that can then be successfully covered with powdered and liquid enamels.  Once clad with enamel, these objects can then be transformed utilizing enamels' unique ability to layer color, texture, and imagery onto a fused glass surface.

  • Paintings by Gianna Commito, Omar Velázquez and Gina Beavers

    Painting – The Right Tool for the Job

    Resident Faculty: Gianna Commito
    Visiting Artists: Gina Beavers and Omar Velázquez

    Participants are encouraged to push methods and materials to the max during this two-week intensive. Under faculty guidance, artists will work on independently driven projects with an emphasis on developing content as it evolves out of not just what you paint, but how you paint.  With emphasis on the idea that paintings are dimensional objects made from physical material, participants will build images using a variety of media while learning from the visiting artists who use paint in robust and unexpected ways.

  • Prints by J. Leigh Garcia, Kathryn Polk and Althea Murphy-Price

    Print Media - Constructs of Gender and Beauty

    Resident Faculty: J. Leigh Garcia
    Visiting Artists: Kathryn Polk and Althea Murphy-Price

    Working closely with visiting artists and resident faculty, participants will investigate the multiple with emphasis on themes of gender, beauty, and the objects society assigns to these constructs. Stone lithography, plate lithography, and screenprint processes will be demonstrated in this two-week intensive. With access to a fully equipped intaglio, relief, lithography, screenprint, and digital print studio, participants will have the ability to combine print processes in their self-directed work.

  • Sculptures by Douglas Rieger, Eli Kessler and Chris Mahonski

    Sculpture - Investigations in Traditional and Digital Media

    Resident Faculty: Eli Kessler
    Visiting Artists: Christopher Mahonski and Douglas Rieger

    Participants in this two-week summer intensive will explore traditional hands-on sculpting processes along with digital sculpting techniques. Those enrolled in the course will work closely with the visiting artists and resident faculty to develop self-directed artwork. Resident artists and faculty will conduct a variety of demonstrations including wood carving, mold making, casting, and 3D computer-aided design. Participants will have access to the Sculpture wood shop, metal shop, mold making lab, digital fabrication lab and the School of Art computer lab.