Notice: All on-campus galleries are closed until the beginning fall semester 2020. The KSU Downtown Gallery is open during set hours. More info:

The School of Art Collection and Galleries are comprised of seven gallery spaces located on the Kent State University campus and downtown Kent, Ohio. The galleries exhibit art from local, regional, national and international artists with new exhibitions every 4-6 weeks.  Students also have opportunities to exhibit their work in many of these spaces.

The collection consists of over 4,000 historical and contemporary art objects contained in an open storage space located at the Center for the Visual Arts. The space is easily accessible to classes so students can get up close and even handle objects. The mission of the School of Art Collection is to collect objects important to the history of the School of Art as well as works created by women and artists of color.

The School of Art Collection and Galleries are supported in part by the Ohio Arts Council.

Left image is a sketch for Robert Smithson's "Partially Buried Woodshed," and right image is a photo of one of the students who helped with the project.

Acquiring History

In January 1970, School of Art students and faculty welcomed Robert Smithson to Kent State University as an artist-in-residence. The piece he made here, “Partially Buried Woodshed,” has led an arduous existence and only a very small remnant of it remains. This exhibit celebrates the 50 year legacy of the work and highlights the student led activities that helped make this important moment in the history of art happen.

  • Gallery Hours

    Gallery Hours

    View gallery hours for our gallery spaces on and off campus.

  • CVA Gallery

    CVA Gallery

    The CVA Gallery is the main School of Art Gallery, located on the first floor of the Center for the Visual Arts (CVA) on Kent Campus.

  • KSU Downtown Gallery

    KSU Downtown Gallery

    The KSU Downtown Gallery is located in the heart of downtown Kent, Ohio, with rotating exhibitions every 1-2 months featuring local, national and international artists as well as School of Art alumni and faculty.

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