Empowering global leaders to transform lives through the arts.
Welcome to Kent State University's College of the Arts, where you can experience our nationally and internationally recognized programs and learn from faculty who are leaders in the fields of visual, performing and design arts.
Our multitude of program options, including 28 majors, 20 minors and our signature Arts Entrepreneurship minor, make us the destination of choice for your arts education.
Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
The advancement of diversity, equity and inclusion is critical to our mission to be creative leaders and transform lives through the arts.
Line by Line Exhibition Explores the Language of Weaving
"Line by Line," presented by Kent State University School of Art Galleries, features artists Erin M. Riley, Samantha Bittman, Crystal Gregory, Diedrick Brackens, Kira Dominguez Hultgren, and collaborators Barrow Parke. The exhibition, curated by Janice Lessman-Moss, will be on view at the Center for the Visual Arts (CVA) Gallery from Jan. 25 through March 11, 2022, with an opening reception on Friday, Jan. 28 from 5-7 p.m.
Kent State Ranks High on 2021 Fashion-Schools.org Lists
Kent State University’s School of Fashion once again ranks as one of the best fashion programs in the United States according to Fashion-Schools.org.
Davin Ebanks Awarded Top Prize in 2nd Cayman Islands Biennial
Davin Ebanks, M.F.A. '10 and assistant professor of glass at the School of Art, was awarded the top prize in the 2nd Cayman Islands Biennial.
Israeli Choreographer and Educator Rina Badash in Residence at Kent State
The School of Theatre and Dance welcomes choreographer, interdisciplinary artist, and educator Rina Badash, Ph.D. to Kent State for a guest residency Sept. 17-26, 2021.
Dr. Badash's visit is facilitated the the East Meets West student organization and is supported by Cleveland Israel Arts Connection, Jewish Federation of Cleveland and The State of Israel, through its Consulate in New York.
School of Art Selected Among 15 Best Schools for Art and Art History
Kent State University School of Art was recently placed in the Best 15 Schools with a Bachelor’s in Art and Art History in 2021 with Best Value Schools. Kent State ranked at number nine among universities and colleges around the United States. The School of Art offers B.A. degrees in Art History and Art Education as well as B.A. and B.F.A. degrees in Studio Art.
College of the Arts Welcomes Dean Diane Petrella, D.M.A.
Welcome Dean Petrella!
The College of the Arts is thrilled to welcome Diane H. Petrella, D.M.A. as Dean effective July 1, 2021. Dean Petrella was selected for the position of Dean following a national search.
Dean Petrella joins Kent State University's College of the Arts after 16 years at the University of Missouri-Kansas City's (UMKC) Conservatory, where she served as Dean from 2016 to 2021. At UMKC, Petrella had oversight of all academic, fiscal, development, personnel and administrative functions as chief executive officer.
'TEXTURES: the history and art of Black hair' Opens Sept. 10 at the Kent State University Museum
The Kent State University Museum is thrilled to announce the opening of its long-awaited exhibition “TEXTURES: the history and art of Black hair.” Already gaining national and international attention, “TEXTURES” opens Sept. 10 and is a landmark exploration of Black hair and its important, complex place in the history of African American life and culture.
College of the Arts Condemns Racism and Violence Against Asian Community
Hate has no home at Kent State University.
Hate has no home in the College of the Arts.
The College of the Arts condemns the ongoing incidents of hate, racism, xenophobia, and violence against the Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander community. In the past year, there were more than 3,800 hate incidents against persons of Asian descent in the United States and on Tuesday, eight people, including six Asian women, were murdered in the Atlanta metro area. This bigotry and violence must stop.