Visiting Artist and Scholar Lecture Series

First Friday Lecture Series:
Every semester, the School of Art brings artists and scholars from around the country to Kent State to present their work to an audience of students and community members. All lectures are free and open to the public and take place at 12:00 p.m. in room 165 at the Center for the Visual Arts unless otherwise noted. 


Fall 2021

October 22 - Curlee Raven Holton (in-person) - Program for A Collaboration of Creativity in the CVA Gallery

November 1 (Monday at 5:00 p.m.) - Tali Weinberg (in-person), visiting artist in Textiles

December 3 - Dakota Mace (in-person), visiting artist in Art History and Print Media and Photography

All lectures were be presented virtually for the 2020/21 school year. Recordings of these virtual lectures are available to the Kent State community via the link below. You will need to login using your Flashline credentials in order to view the videos.

School of Art Lecture Series Recordings

Spring 2021 

FEBRUARY 5 - Visiting Scholar, Dr. Susan Zwirn - Art Education

FEBRUARY 12 - Mehdi-Georges Lahlou – Curator Conversation with Dr. Joseph Underwood

Into the Wind, the Veils” is on view in the Crawford and Payto Galleries in the Center for the Visual Arts.

FEBRUARY 19 - Visiting Artist, Jessalyn Boeke, Co-Founder Rust Belt Fibershed - Textiles

MARCH 5 - Visiting Scholar, Dr. Lanisa Kitchiner - Art History

MARCH 12 - Visiting Artist, Ben Kinsley, Sculpture and Expanded Media

APRIL 2 - Visiting Artist, Rachel Eulena Williams, Painting

APRIL 9 - Visiting Art Historian/Critic, Glenn Adamson (11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) - Presented in partnership with Cleveland Institute of Art.

APRIL 23 - Artist Talk - "Import/Export" juror Dawit L. Petros. Presented by Kent State University Global Understanding Research Initiative

APRIL 30 - Visiting Artist, Naeem Mohaiemen - Presented in partnership with moCa Cleveland.

Past Lectures:

Fall 2020

SEPTEMBER 25 - Visiting Scholar Maria Elena Buszek, Art History and Painting

OCTOBER 2 -  Visiting Artist Stephen Saracino, Jewelry/Metals/Enameling

NOVEMBER 6 -   Visiting Artist Faisal Abdu'allah, Print Media and Photography

DECEMBER 4 -   Visiting Scholar, Dr. Kevin Jenkins, Art Education - "TMI: Giving an Account of a Trans Self"

Spring 2020

FEBRUARY 7 -  Renee Zettle Sterling, Visiting Artist in Jewelry/Metals/Enameling 

FEBRUARY 21 - Lenka Clayton, Visiting Artist in Sculpture and Expanded Media 

FEBRUARY 28 – Holland Houdek* ​​​​​​,Visiting Artist in Jewelry/Metals/Enameling - *Will take place in room 140 at 2 p.m.

MARCH 6  -  Marianne Fairbanks, Visiting Artist in Textiles 

Fall Semester 2019

Fri, Sept 6

Henry Halem Lecture: The History of Kent State’s Glass Program – CVA 165, 12-1 p.m.

Fri, Sept 13 

Artist Talk: Marc Petrovic and Kari Russell-Pool, Visiting artists in glass - CVA 165, 12-1 p.m.

Fri, Oct 4

Art Byte – Presentations by School of Art Faculty

Shana Klein, Joseph Underwood, Davin Ebanks, J. Leigh Garcia, Michelle Summers, and Marie Bukowski

Fri, Oct 18

Artist Talk: Melanie Yazzie, Visiting Artist in Print Media and Art History

Fri, Nov 1

Artist Talk: Wayne Gonzales, Visiting Artist in Painting and Drawing

Fri, Dec 6

Artist Talk: Salvador Jiménez-Flores, Visiting Artist in Print Media and Photography,


January 25 - Brett Binford, Visiting Artist, Ceramics  

March 1 - Sharon Massey, Visiting Artist, Jewelry/Metals/Enameling 

April 5 - Lauren Salazar, Visiting Artist, Textiles

May 3 - Austin Porter, Visiting Scholar, Art Historian (rescheduled from Feb. 1)

Fall 2018

September 7 -  Erik Waterkotte, Visiting Artist/Printmaking

September 28 - Heather Lenz, Visiting Artist in Art History 

October 5 - Scott Carter, Visiting Artist/Sculpture and Expanded Media

November 2 - Jonathan Juravich, Visiting Lecturer in Art Education 

December 7 - Megan Holmes, Visiting Scholar/Art Historian 

Spring 2018

January 26 - Chalkie Davies, Visiting Artist in Art History

February 2 -  John Paul Morabito, Visiting Artist in Textiles

March 2 - Joseph Lupo, Visiting Artist in Printmaking

April 6 - Shannon Stratton, Chief Curator at the Museum of Art and Design

April 20 - Stratosphere Lecture (Sponsored by the College of the Arts), Visiting Artist Deirdre Murphy

April 27 - Heidi Hahn, Visiting Artist in Painting

Fall 2017

September 1 -  Arron Foster, Visiting Professor in Printmaking

October 6 - Giselle Hicks, Visiting Artist in Ceramics (sponsored by Peter Johnson)

November 3 - Mitchell F. Chan, Visiting Artist in Sculpture (sponsored by Jonas Sebura and Isabel Farnsworth)

December 1 - Imin Yeh, Visiting Artist in Printmaking (sponsored by Arron Foster)