The College of the Arts encourages entries from all artists, regardless of their major or experience. All KENT Campus undergraduate students are eligible to enter! Free submission of up to three pieces. Any 2-D or 3-D accepted.

  • Submission deadline: February 23, 2020

  • Juror review of submissions: March 2020

  • Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony, April 16, 2020, 5-7 p.m. - Open to students and the public at the KSU Downtown Gallery


A group art exhibition of work of up to 25 finalists will be held April 16 - May 2, 2020 at the School of Art's Downtown Gallery (141 East Main Street).


Glenn Adamson

Glenn Adamson is a curator, writer and historian who works at the intersection of craft, design and contemporary art.  Currently Senior Schoolar at the Yale Center for British Art, he has previously been Director of the Museum of Arts and Design; Head of Research at the V&A; and Curator at the Chipstone Foundation in Milwaukee.


Adamson's publications include:

Thinking Through Craft (2007); The Craft Reader (2010); Postmodernism: Style and Subversion (2011, co-edited with Jane Pavitt); The Invention of Craft (2013); and Art in the Making (2016, co-authored with Julia Bryan-Wilson). 


His book Fewer Better Things: The Hidden Wisdom of Objects was published by Bloomsbury in 2018. Most recently he has completed a biographical study of the artist Lenore Tawney, included in the John Michael Kohler Art Center’s exhibition catalogue Lenore Tawney: Mirror of the Universe.



  • Best in Show ($1,000)
  • First Runner Up ($500)
  • Second Runner Up ($250)
  • A People's Choice Award ($500) will also be awarded to the finalist whose work garners the most votes at the gallery.


1. Original works in any medium

2. Hanging work must be fitted with a professional hanging device (no tape, poorly attached wire/string/fishing wire, etc.). All artwork should be clearly labeled with the artist's name, title, medium, dimensions, and insurance value. Pieces missing any of the above may forfeit the right to be displayed.

3. No substitutions of accepted work.

4. All work will remain on display for the duration of the exhibit

5. In order to enter the juried competition, you must submit a PDF or JPEG image of your artwork via an online entry form. The competition is only open to works submitted online, and subsequently chosen, by the judges, to be displayed in the KSU Downtown Gallery in Kent, Ohio.

6. If your work is chosen for exhibition, the committee reserves the right to use an image of your work for promotional purposes.

7. You must have a Kent State University Banner ID to submit work and be currently enrolled at the Kent Campus at the time of the exhibit.

8. Submissions are limited to three pieces per person.