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.
College of the Arts partners with Embassy of Colombia for event with fashion designer Laura Laurens
In partnership with the Embassy of Colombia, the College of the Arts will present a virtual conversation with Colombian fashion designer Laura Laurens on Wed., Sept. 29, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. ET.
En colaboración con la Embajada de Colombia en Estados Unidos, la Facultad de Artes presentará un conversatorio virtual con la diseñadora de modas Colombiana Laura Laurens el Miércoles 29 de Septiembre de 2021 a las 11:00 a.m. hora del este.
'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.
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.
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.
Six Faculty, Four Alumni Receive Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Awards
Ten Kent State University School of Art faculty and alumni have been awarded the Ohio Arts Council’s Individual Excellence Awards for 2021. Full-time faculty members Peter Christian Johnson, Taryn McMahon, Andrea Myers, and Shawn Powell were selected for the award. Four School of Art alumni including Tom Bartel (B.F.A. ‘93), Sarah McMahon (M.F.A. ‘18), Marc Ross (M.F.A.’80), and Priscilla Roggenkamp (M.F.A. ‘99) were also included on the list, as well as part-time faculty in Foundations, Sharon Koelblinger and Professor Emeritus Paul O’Keeffe.