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Painting of a city street by David Buttram and a photograph of the artist.
Painting of a city street by David Buttram and a photograph of the artist.
Painting of a city street by David Buttram and a photograph of the artist.
Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 2:59pm
Nelson Stevens - Spirit Sister print from the School of Art Collection
Nelson Stevens - Spirit Sister print from the School of Art Collection
Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 3:17pm
You might have heard of a group called AfriCOBRA (African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists) and its legacy in African American art history. What you might not know is that one of its earliest members was Kent State al...
Georgio Sabino III at his exhibition of photography standing in front of a photograph of President Barack Obama.
Georgio Sabino III at his exhibition of photography standing in front of a photograph of President Barack Obama.
Georgio Sabino III at his exhibition of photography standing in front of a photograph of President Barack Obama.
Friday, April 2, 2021 - 1:57pm
It is not often that you have the opportunity to photograph figures such as Oprah Winfrey or to meet former President Barack Obama, but Georgio Sabino III’s career has led him to do so. Owner of GS3 Innovations, LLC, he earned his B.A. in Fine Ar...
Fran Ugalde Z. in the Cummings Center by some Native American artifacts. She is installing some of those artifacts on the left from a ladder.
Fran Ugalde Z. in the Cummings Center by some Native American artifacts. She is installing some of those artifacts on the left from a ladder.
Fran Ugalde Z. in the Cummings Center by some Native American artifacts. She is installing some of those artifacts on the left from a ladder.
Friday, March 19, 2021 - 4:34pm
Kent is surrounded by opportunities for community engagement— just ask School of Art alumna Francisca Ugalde Zapico. She graduated from Kent State University with her B.F.A. in Painting in 2005 and earned her M.A. in Arts Administration from The University of Akron. She currently...
The storefront of Squirrel City Jewelers in downtown Kent and an example of a ring made by the owner with a blue sapphire and diamonds.
The storefront of Squirrel City Jewelers in downtown Kent and an example of a ring made by the owner with a blue sapphire and diamonds.
The storefront of Squirrel City Jewelers in downtown Kent and an example of a ring made by the owner with a blue sapphire and diamonds.
Monday, March 15, 2021 - 1:35pm
If you take a stroll down Acorn Alley, you will find a charming shop called Squirrel City Jewelers owned by Kent State alumnus Michael Faehnel. Michael earned his B.F.A...
Alexandra Nicholis Coon in the Massillon Museum. Picture of a group of people with construction helmets on in front of the museum.
Alexandra Nicholis Coon in the Massillon Museum. Picture of a group of people with construction helmets on in front of the museum.
Alexandra Nicholis Coon in the Massillon Museum. Picture of a group of people with construction helmets on in front of the museum.
Friday, February 26, 2021 - 2:50pm
The field of art history is one rich with inspiring paths to follow. Between curating, researching, and taking on leadership roles, Alexandra Nicholis Coon has worn many hats since earning her B.A. degree in Art History from Kent State in 2001. She went on to earn a Masters degre...
Three paintings by Patricia Zinsmeister Parker - One still life in blue, one nude woman reclining and one self portrait with multiple faces
Three paintings by Patricia Zinsmeister Parker - One still life in blue, one nude woman reclining and one self portrait with multiple faces
Three paintings by Patricia Zinsmeister Parker - One still life in blue, one nude woman reclining and one self portrait with multiple faces
Thursday, February 11, 2021 - 4:13pm
The journey of an artist comes with many twists and turns. Opportunities and challenges arise throughout artists' careers, creating pathways to take charge of their future in the arts. For Patricia Zinsmeister Parker, this has meant exploring different painting techniques, defyin...
Davin Ebanks standing in front of his glass sculpture, a circular glass shape that has realistic water ripples texturing the surface
Davin Ebanks standing in front of his glass sculpture, a circular glass shape that has realistic water ripples texturing the surface
Davin Ebanks standing in front of his glass sculpture, a circular glass shape that has realistic water ripples texturing the surface
Thursday, January 14, 2021 - 5:27pm
Davin Ebanks, assistant professor of glass, has a solo exhibition at the Sculpture Center in Cleveland on view Jan. 29 through Mar. 13, 2021. “Nowhere is Blue” includes new glass sculptures created by Ebanks that serve as metaphors for the subjective nature of identity and person...
Stills from FEAST: a ballet
Stills from FEAST: a ballet
Stills from FEAST: a ballet
Friday, November 13, 2020 - 4:15pm
Corrie Slawson, MFA alumna and part-time professor in painting and drawing, is serving as the Executive Producer of “FEAST: a ballet” which will make its online debut the day after Thanksgiving on Nov. 27. The original concept fo...

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