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. in room 165 at the Center for the Visual Arts (325 Terrace Drive, Kent, Ohio) and are free and open to the public.
Grant Garmezy and Erin Garmezy (Glass) – Wednesday, May 30
Susanna Crum (Printmaking) – Thursday, May 31
Shannon Goff (Ceramics) – Friday, June 1
Bryan Hopkins (Ceramics) – Monday, June 4
Amanda Lee (Printmaking) – Wednesday, June 6
Parking: Free parking is available for these events behind the Center for the Visual Arts (325 Terrace Drive). The Visitor’s Lot by the Student Center is also available.
About Kent Blossom Art Intensives: Kent Blossom Art Intensives was started in 1968 when the Cleveland Orchestra moved to a new summer home at Blossom Music Center, just north of Akron, and about 15 miles from the Kent State Campus. Under an agreement with the Cleveland Musical Arts Association, Kent State University instituted two new programs; an intensive musical apprenticeship program, using the Cleveland Orchestra members, together with visiting musicians, and an equally intensive art program with carefully selected students and a distinguished group of visiting artists. Students are able to study their medium of choice with the guidance of resident faculty and other accomplished working artists, gaining insight, inspiration and new perspectives on their work. Harold Kitner, a painting professor at the School of Art, founded the then titled Blossom-Kent Art Program. He wrote the original proposal for the program and served as its director for many years.
Within the first decade, an impressive roster of visiting artists had formed and continues to this day. Notable visiting artists include Alex Katz, Richard Anuszkiewicz, Philip Pearlstein, Wayne Thiebaud, Otto Piene, Richard Hunt, Larry Zox, Julian Stanczak, Dale Chihuly, Diana Al-Hadid, Ann Hamilton and Arline Fisch. Visiting artists also give lectures on their work as a part of the program.
About the School of Art: The School of Art at Kent State University was established around 1940 and maintains a tradition of excellence in visual arts education, creation, scholarship and leadership. Its undergraduate and graduate programs in the visual arts offer a range of directions and opportunities in the fields of arts education, art history, and a comprehensive array of studio disciplines including painting, drawing, print media & photography, sculpture, ceramics, glass, jewelry/metals/enameling, and textile arts. The School of Art Collection and Galleries consist of six exhibition spaces located on the Kent campus, downtown Kent and at the Blossom Music Center and a collection of over 4,000 artworks and objects. The School of Art is located at the Center of the Visual Arts at 325 Terrace Dr. in Kent, Ohio. The 27,900-square-foot facility — twice the length of a football field —had its grand opening in 2016 and houses all School of Art studios and classrooms under one roof.