Kent State’s School of Art to Hold Large, Inaugural B.F.A. Gala in New Building
This year, the School of Art Collection and Galleries and the School of Art at Kent State University will present the work of several Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) students in an unprecedented way as part of the B.F.A. Senior Thesis Exhibit. Eighteen students will have their artwork on display in gallery spaces throughout the entire Center for the Visual Arts. The opening reception and B.F.A. Gala celebration will be April 21 from 5-8 p.m. for all 18 students’ exhibits. The exhibit will be on view from April 21-28. Both the exhibit and the reception are free and open to the public.
The B.F.A. Gala on April 21 will mark the first time in the school’s history that all the students graduating this spring with their B.F.A. degrees will have their thesis exhibits open simultaneously. Students majoring in a variety of areas of studio art will have their work on display during this exhibit, including drawing, painting, jewelry/metals/enameling, sculpture and expanded media, print media and photography and ceramics. The 18 artists included are: Joshua Bentley, David Braun, Katie Burkett, Ziru Chen, Taylor Egan, Kayla Ewanko, Matthew Hall, Avin HannahSmith, Andrea Lombardo, Ian Marshall, Mycala Nichols, Jesse Nutter, Gabriel Poucher, Megan Schimmoeller, Anna Serraglio, Shelby Solomon, Ashley K. Spangler and Nicole Thomas.
This school year was the first that all School of Art programs, studios and classrooms were located under one roof at the newly constructed building. The Center for the Visual Arts building has given students and faculty new opportunities to work collaboratively, as well as access to new facilities, studios and exhibition spaces.
The gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The Center for the Visual Arts is located at 325 Terrace Drive in Kent.