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Kent State’s School of Art Welcomes New Director, Marie Bukowski

Marie Bukowski, Director of the School of ArtThe School of Art at Kent State University is proud to announce the hire of new Director, Marie Bukowski.  Bukowski comes to Kent State from the School of Art and Design at Southern Illinois University Carbondale where she served as Director for four years. She was also employed at the School of Art at Louisiana Tech University where she held a variety of positions over the course of 13 years, including Professor of Art, Graduate Program Coordinator, and BFA Studio Program Coordinator. Bukowski received her Master of Fine Arts with Honors with a double degree in Painting and Printmaking in 2000 from the University of Pennsylvania and her BFA in 1992 from Carnegie Mellon University, with a double major in Painting and 19th Century German Literature.  In addition to her education in art, Bukowski speaks German and Polish and has a love for mathematics, which is often reflected in her art making.

“We are thrilled to have Marie Bukowski join the College of the Arts as Director of the School of Art.  Marie’s expertise, talent, knowledge and great interpersonal and administrative skills will be a wonderful asset to the School, College and University.  We look forward to increased growth, development and collaborations,” said Dr. John R. Crawford-Spinelli, Dean of the College of the Arts at Kent State University.

Bukowski is an internationally recognized printmaker who has had numerous solo, invitational, juried and group exhibitions throughout the United States and Internationally.  She has received eight artist-in-residence positions with prestigious institutions such as Tamarind Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Anchor Graphics in Chicago, Illinois, the Frans Masereel Centrum in Kasterlee, Belgium and Milkwood International in Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic.  She has received over a dozen grants to support her work since 2002 including a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

“I am thrilled to be part of Kent State University and honored to be Director of the School of Art,” said Bukowski. “I was impressed by a myriad of things during the interview process, such as the quality and diversity of the program offerings and the fabulous new building to showcase each discipline’s strengths. But most importantly, I was impressed by the School’s greatest asset, its faculty. They are a talented, persevering, hardworking group of individuals who come together to offer the best education in the arts that I have seen. I am proud to be part of their team to lead them into the future.”

The School of Art, which offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in art education, art history and eight studio art disciplines, welcomes Bukowski’s diverse experience to enrich the School’s already renowned program. Bukowski is coming to Kent State a year after the fully-completed Center for the Visual Arts had its grand opening, which places the School of Art at an important stage in its growth.  Students, faculty and staff welcome her and look forward to benefiting from her leadership and vision.

About the School of Art:  The School of Art at Kent State University was established soon after the University was founded 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 art 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. 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.