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Creativity and Research

The College of the Arts at Kent State University uses its distinctive and innovative resources in the visual, performing and design arts to engage in interdisciplinary research and creative practice that expand knowledge and human understanding. Faculty, staff and students actively participate in arts-based research connected to science, education, business, communication, public health and industry.

Kent State University is a proud member of the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru), a partnership committed to ensuring the greatest possible institutional support for the full spectrum of arts and arts-integrative research, curricula, programs, and creative practice for the benefit of all students and faculty at research universities and the communities they serve.

Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities

Arts and Accessibility Research Group brings together faculty from the disciplines of art, music, theatre, dance, fashion, public health, nursing and the physical and biological sciences whose research focuses on issues of accessibility.  Examples of projects include the effects of dance on mobility in patients with Parkinson’s Disease, the effects of music on children with autism, and “(Dis)Abled Beauty,” an exhibition of uniquely designed devices used in physical impairments such as mobility, dexterity and deafness.

Yes I can Dance!

Kent State dance professor Joan Meggitt leads a movement class with people with Parkinson's Disease at InMotion Studio.

 

2016 ARTS COLLEGE CATALYST GRANT RECIPIENTS

The College of the Arts awards Catalyst Grants to faculty for interdisciplinary  research and creative projects involving undergraduate students.

H. Gerrey Noh, Hugh A. Glauser School of Music, David Hassler, Wick Poetry Center and Frank Wiley, School of Music. “Singing Verse: Orginal Compositions by Kent State Composers and Poets.”

 

Gargi Bhaduri, School of Fashion Design and Merchandising and Xinyue Ye, Department of Geography. “Mapping and Modeling Public Attitude toward Fashion sustainability in Online Social Media”

Elizabeth Carr, School of Fashion Design and Merchandising and Jon Yoder, College of Architecture and Environmental Design.  “Fusion: Fashion + Architecture Beyond Inspiration”

 

 

Jonghan Hyun, School of Fashion Design and Merchandising and Tom Gober, Gracy Lane Retail Stores. “Branding Symposium.”

Jeffrey Marc Rockland, School of Theatre and Dance; Denny J. Euprasert, Conservatory of Music at Rangsit University, Bangkok, Thailand; Sun Tawalwongri, Department of Theatre and Dance, Suan Sunandha University, Bangkok; Chommanad Kijkhun, Graduate School, Rajabhat Suan Sunandha University, Bangkok. “’East Meet West,’ An Educational Exchange and Collaboration in Thailand.” 

Andrew Shahriari, Hugh A. Glauser School of Music; Jennifer Johnstone, School of Music and Phillip Hamrick, Department of English.  “A Study of World Music Listening as an Intervention for Autism.”

Tameka Ellington (Fashion) and Stacey Lim (Audiology/Central Michigan University). (dis)ABLED BEAUTY:The Evolution of Beauty, Disability and Ability

Publications

Diane G. Scillia, "Dressing the Part: Costume in Ishrahel van Mechenem's Secular Imagery" in Sacred and Secular: Israhel van Meckenem and Early German Engraving, catalogue to the exhibition, July 9 to September 19, 2016 at The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo. Organized by The National Museum Tokyo, Staatliche Graphische Sammlungen Muenchen, an The Tokyo Shimbun (Tokyo 2016), pp. 188 - 204 (Japanese text) and 250 - 261 (English text).

This is an international loan exhibition (with art works from various German collections and from The British Museum).  Three scholars contributed essays, one from Europe (Germany), one from North America (the United States) an one from Asia (Japan), each discussing an aspect of this artist's career.   My essay updates earlier publications, adding and building upon recent scholarship (2010+) in costume studies. Two copies of this publication have been given to KSU Main Library and KSU Fashion Library.  Another will be given to the library at The Cleveland Museum of Art. 

Projects

Kent State Prof Puts the Big Screen on Tiny Jewelry Your favorite movie or video might soon help accessorize your wardrobe thanks to Margarita Benitez, assistant professor in Kent State University’s School of Fashion Design and Merchandising.

 

Summer Fashion School Academy is a collaboration between the School of Fashion Design and Merchandising and Art Education. The summer academy for high school students had its launch in 2015.

 

 

Interdisciplinary Research

Maker Faire Makers across all disciplines, from art and design to technology and science have the opportunity to exhibit and discuss their unique talents in one environment. The Mini Maker Faire is a collaboration of four departments and colleges across campus, and includes makers such as tech enthusiasts, crafters, homesteaders, scientists and garage tinkerers.


Wearable Technology In the expanding world of wearables, one challenge is how to tailor technology into something we’d actually want to wear. As fashion and technology merge, Kent State researchers and students from diverse fields are collaborating on innovations that could become an essential part of our everyday lives. Wearable Technology In the expanding world of wearables, one challenge is how to tailor technology into something we’d actually want to wear. As fashion and technology merge, Kent State researchers and students from diverse fields are collaborating on innovations that could become an essential part of our everyday lives. 


@Infinitum (Create+Lead+Learn) Traveling Exchange Exhibit of Faculty Work, a celebration of more than three decades of diplomatic ties between the United States of America and the People’s Republic of China. This exchange exhibit serves as an experimental channel for direct connections among contemporary studio faculty members in both cultures. Gravitating toward uniqueness is typical in new artistic creation and cultural expression, which may inadvertently overemphasize contradictory outcomes stemming from differences.  Works of the 54 invited participants from three universities will form a collective manifesto of continuities, featuring essentials they wish to retain from their traditions and testing new ideas that embody their visions of change and distinction.

 

ARTS COLLEGE SPONSORED UNDERGRADUATE COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH AND CREATIVE PROJECTS

Flash Grants are awarded to undergraduate teams working collaboratively on an interdisciplinary project.

Stratosphere is an annual juried art competition for all Kent State University students.

Wearable Technology Hackathon is hosted by the School of Fashion Design and Merchandising and Kent State’s LaunchNet, the Hackathon is a cross-curricular event allowing teams of student participants to create and innovate within the realm of wearable technology. It is presented in partnership with the Kent State Fashion School’s TechStyleLAB and LaunchNET Kent State (formerly Blackstone LaunchPad), which helps students, faculty, staff and alumni turn ideas into thriving businesses. http://216digital.com/visualizing-the-future-of-wearable-technology-fashiontech-hackathon-2016/