Student Feature - Larry Staats

The undergraduate students at the School of Art at Kent State University never cease to impress. Get an inside look at a student's path through the program with this feature on one of our many exceptional students, Larry Staats.

Larry Staats is a senior Studio Art major with a concentration in Sculpture and a minor in Art History. He became inspired to pursue a minor in Art History after spending a month in Florence, Italy with our Travel Study program. Staats also works at the Kent State University Museum as assistant preparator and is learning about art handling and installation. Recently, he has received the Library Student Scholarship for an essay he wrote about why the library is important to students.  

Staats enjoys working in a variety of media, especially found elements, and often makes work tackling issues about human impact on the environment. His work has been exhibited at the Summit Artspace Gallery, the GAR Foundation Juried Show, and the R2 Gallery at Carbondale Arts in Colorado. 

Staats was asked how the faculty and courses he has taken at the School of Art have influenced him.  He said, “I started at Kent with a concentration in drawing and I had intentions of being a concept artist. I dropped that idea as soon as I took Sculpture I. Each class pulls my work in a new direction and my ideas get slightly more developed each time. Ceramics has introduced me to clay as a sculptural material and Time Arts introduced me to using installation and making socially engaged artworks.”



After he graduates this coming December, he hopes to continue working in galleries or museums while being able to continue to make art in his spare time.  

Header Image: Larry Staats, Ruination, plaster, sawdust, hand axe, 2016

Top Left: Larry Staats, Monolithwalnut, poplar, pine 2015 

Bottom Right: Larry Staats, Tools, cherry wood, 2016