Kent State Celebrates 50 Years of Glass with Exhibitions and Lectures

Kent State University’s School of Art Collection and Galleries present three exhibitions featuring local and national artists to celebrate fifty years of the School of Art’s studio glass program. The program, one of the first of its kind in the country, was started in 1969 by Henry Halem, professor emeritus and co-founder of the Glass Art Society.  Visiting artist lectures and a curator talk will also accompany the exhibitions. 

Three glass-centric exhibitions will be on view at galleries on and off campus, including a national curated exhibition at the CVA Gallery “Kent State Glass@50,” a national juried exhibition at the Payto Gallery “Emerging Glass,” and a solo exhibition by a Kent State alumnus “Tim Stover: Linear Integration” at the KSU Downtown Gallery. All three exhibitions will be on view starting September 4 with opening receptions on Friday, September 6 from 5-7 p.m. during the First Friday Art Walk in downtown Kent. All exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public.

A special lecture by Henry Halem about the history of the Kent State glass program and its beginnings will take place on September 6 at noon in room 165 at the Center for the Visual Arts.  Two artists featured in “Kent State Glass@50,” Marc Petrovic and Kari Russell-Pool, will present a joint lecture on Friday, September 13 at noon in CVA 165 on their individual and collaborative practice.  Both lectures are free and open to the public. 

About the exhibitions:

Kent State Glass@50 - CVA Gallery - September 4 - October 4, 2019

Reception: Friday, September 6, 5-7 p.m.

Artists featured: Sarah Blood, Steven Durow, Katherine Gray, Henry Halem, Alli Hoag, Jiyoung Lee, Carmen Lozar, Anna Mlasowsky, Kit Paulson, Mark Peiser, Marc Petrovic, Kari Russell-Pool, Einar & Jamex de la Torre, Brent Kee Young, and Zac Weinberg.

Curated by professors Davin Ebanks (Kent State University) and Benjamin Johnson (Cleveland Institute of Art).

A curator talk with Davin Ebanks will take place on Saturday, September 21 at 12:30 p.m. for the “Kent State Glass@50” exhibition in the CVA Gallery.  This will take place during campus Homecoming celebrations and is free and open to the public.

Location: Center for the Visual Arts, 325 Terrace Dr., Kent, Ohio

Emerging GlassPayto Gallery - September 4 - October 4, 2019

Reception: Friday, September 6, 5-7 p.m.

Emerging Glass is a new national juried exhibition organized in honor of the 50th anniversary of Kent State University's School of Art studio glass program. The exhibition, featuring sixteen artists, was juried by Davin Ebanks and Lisa Demagall out of 164 submissions from around the country.

Artists included in the exhibition are: Mark Abildgaard, Dara Alper, Brianna Barron, John Fansmith, Terri Grant, Dorie Guthrie, Lou Krueger, Emily Lamb, Emily Leach, Lorain Lynn, Paige Morris, Tate Newfield, Sebastian Shepherd, Blain Steiner, Amanda Takacs and JiEunYoon.

Location: Center for the Visual Arts, 325 Terrace Dr., Kent, Ohio

Tim Stover: Linear Integration – September 4 - October 5, 2019

Reception: Friday, September 6, 5-7 p.m.

A solo exhibition by Kent State Glass alumnus Timothy Stover (MFA ’13). 

About the artist: Timothy Stover is a sculptor currently exploring the medium of glass.  He earned his B.F.A. in Sculpture from the University of Toledo and his M.F.A. in Glass from Kent State University.  Stover received scholarships to study at the Pilchuck Glass School and the Corning Museum of Glass, both of which he later returned to as a teaching assistant. While at Pilchuck, he was introduced to a method of laminating glass that changed the way he approached his art. The tedious and time consuming process of gluing glass together, grinding, and polishing it into new shapes mixed well with the dedication and attention to detail inherent in his sculptural practices. He currently lives and works in Toledo, Ohio where he teaches at the University of Toledo and serves as the casting instructor for the Toledo Museum of Art.

Location: KSU Downtown Gallery – 141 E. Main Street, Kent, Ohio

Calendar of Events:

Henry Halem Lecture: The History of Kent State’s Glass Program, Friday, September 6, 12-1 p.m., Center for the Visual Arts, Room 165

Opening receptions for exhibitions: Friday, September 6, 5-7 p.m., CVA Gallery, Payto Gallery, KSU Downtown Gallery

Artist Talk: Marc Petrovic and Kari Russell-Pool, Friday, September 13, 12-1 p.m., Center for the Visual Arts, Room 165

Curator Talk: Kent State Glass@50, Saturday, September 21, 12:30 p.m., Center for the Visual Arts, CVA Gallery

Gallery Hours:  CVA Gallery and Payto Gallery at the Center for the Visual Arts (325 Terrace Drive, Kent, Ohio)

Tues. & Weds. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thurs. 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Fri. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Closed Saturday, Sunday, Monday.

KSU Downtown Gallery (141 E. Main Street, Kent, Ohio)

Mon - Fri.  10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Sat. 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Closed Sunday

Parking: Complimentary visitor parking is available for the opening reception (Sept. 6) and Homecoming (Sept. 21) only behind the Center for the Visual Arts in the R19 lot and overflow parking is available at Cartwright Hall (R15 lot) and the Business Administration Building (R2 lot).  During regular gallery hours, meter parking is available around CVA and at the Visitors Lot in front of the Student Center on Summit Street. 

Free parking is available on the street and rear lot at the KSU Downtown Gallery.

For more information:

Anderson Turner, Director, School of Art Collection and Galleries,, 330-672-1369 (office) or visit our website at

About the School of Art:  The School of Art at Kent State University was established in 1941 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 and photography, sculpture and expanded media, ceramics, glass, jewelry/metals/enameling, and textiles. The School of Art Collection and Galleries consist of eight exhibition spaces located on the Kent campus and downtown Kent 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.


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