The School of Art Hires Four New Full-Time Faculty

Kent State University School of Art is happy to announce the hire of four new full-time faculty, three tenure track and one visiting professor, non-tenure track, who will be starting this fall semester. We are proud to welcome these talented and knowledgeable individuals to Kent State University. 

J. Leigh Garcia
J. Leigh Garcia is the new assistant professor in the Print Media and Photography program.  J. Leigh Garcia is an artist born and raised in Dallas, TX. Following the roots of her own biracial ancestry, Garcia explores the complex relationship between Texans and Mexicans—particularly, the racialization and displacement of unauthorized Latinx immigrants. Garcia frequently creates and exhibits work with collaborative art partners in projects such as Soñé una MilpaWe Are Women United Against Hate, and Resiliencia.

Garcia received her MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and BFA from the University of North Texas. She has received numerous awards for her work including Southern Graphics Council International Best in Show, Arts Institute Sinaiko Frank Graduate Fellowship for a Woman in the Arts, Madison Arts Commission Art Education Grant, and Madison Print Club Madison Printmaking Award. 


Eli Kessler
We welcome Eli Kessler as an assistant professor in Sculpture and Expanded Media at Kent State University. He earned a BFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University and an MFA in sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University. He approaches sculpture as a way to examine particular artifacts, rituals, and cultural phenomena. Within his process, ideology and iconography are cut up, rematerialized, and arranged in an attempt to find meaning. His work has led him to investigate methods such as metal fabrication, woodworking, video, casting, and digital fabrication. His work has been on view in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh PA, Newton MA, Tyler TX, Washington D.C., New York NY, and Venice, Italy.



Michelle Summers
Michelle Summers is a new NTT visiting professor in our Ceramics area.  She received her B.F.A. from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and M.F.A. from the University of Minnesota. Summers has taught in various ceramic communities, schools, and was an artist in residence at the Northern Clay Center, Archie Bray Foundation and Holter Museum. Her artwork merges many types of art and craft in the vehicle form of pottery.  



Hye-shim Yi
Dr. Hye-shim Yi joins our Art History division as an Assistant Professor and the first full-time professor at the School of Art whose specialization is in Asian Art History. Hye-shim Yi is an art historian of late imperial China, with a minor concentration in Korean art. Dr. Yi received her Ph.D. in Art History from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), an M.A. in Art History from Seoul National University in South Korea, and a B.A. in Aesthetics from Seoul National University. She was awarded several fellowships for her research, including the Confucius China Studies Program: Joint Ph.D. Research Fellowship from the Chinese National Office for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language, the Marilyn A. Papp Scholarship in Chinese Art and Culture from the Marilyn A. Papp Scholarship Trust, and the Chancellor’s Prize Award at UCLA. Her dissertation, “The Calligraphic Art of Chen Hongshou (1768-1822) and the Practice of Inscribing in the Middle Qing,” addresses the emergence of calligraphic carving as a new avenue of literati expression during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries in China. Her research interests include the intersections of literati arts and artisanal crafts, the interplay between multiple art media, the relationship between intellectual and manual work, the materiality of calligraphy and painting, and antiquarianism. Dr. Yi offers courses on East Asian visual and material cultures that cover a wide array of artistic productions including calligraphy, painting, seal carving, and ceramics. 
POSTED: Friday, August 23, 2019 - 11:21am
UPDATED: Friday, August 23, 2019 - 11:23am