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.
In the Galleries
The School of Art Collection and Galleries at Kent State University presents “Nurturing Positivity and Strength,” an exhibition that features artists Donald Black Jr. (Cleveland, Ohio) and Dáreece Walker (Brooklyn, New York). Photographs and drawings by the artists portray Black fathers spending time with and caring for their children in typical everyday scenes, providing a window into the world through their own unique experiences. The exhibition will be on view January 21 through March 13, 2021 at the KSU Downtown Gallery in Kent.
School of Art Collection and Galleries presents “Into the Wind, the Veils,” an exhibition of photography, digital collage, and performance/video works by Franco-Moroccan artist Mehdi-Georges Lahlou. His work explores the themes of religiosity and queerness in contemporary North African contexts and its Diaspora in Europe. “Into the Wind, the Veils” will be on view in the Center for the Visual Arts galleries from Jan. 21 through Feb. 25, 2021.
January 26 - March 4, 2021
The School of Art Collection and Galleries presents the Biennial Faculty Show in the Center for the Visual Arts Gallery. All full-time, part-time, and emeritus faculty at Kent State University’s School of Art at all campuses are invited to participate in the show. Artwork of all media is on display, including sculpture, photography, textiles, metals, digital media, ceramics, painting, printmaking, and drawing. The exhibition is free and open to the public.