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School of Art Collection and Galleries

The School of Art Collection and Galleries are comprised of seven gallery spaces located on the Kent State University campus, downtown Kent and at the Blossom Music Center. 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 as well as works created by women and artists of color.

School of Art Collection Acquires Section of Christo and Jeanne-Claude's 'Running Fence'

Running Fence by Jeanne-Claude and Cristo, 1976

Kent State University School of Art Collection and Galleries has acquired an important piece of art history, thanks to the research of Assistant Professor, Dr. John-Michael Warner. Dr. Warner has been working on a new book focusing on the stories and relationships forged during the creation of Running Fence: A Project for California by well-known land artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude. A section of the fabric measuring 18 feet by 60 feet was recently donated by Beagle Brodsky, a onetime employee at the Running Fence Corporation, a business developed exclusively for the implementation of this project. Brodsky was hired to help install and de-install the fence. 

Featured Events

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

On View and Coming Soon

Student Annual, March 8-21, 2019

Student Annual 2019

Kent State University's School of Art invites you to our Student Annual.  This exhibition features work in all media by School of Art undergraduate majors and minors and graduate students, juried by a different guest juror each year.  This year's juror is Annie Wischmeyer, Assistant Curator at the Akron Art Museum.  Multiple awards will be announced at the opening reception on Friday, March 15 from 5-7 p.m.  The exhibition will be on view from March 8 through March 21, 2019 at the CVA Gallery, located on the first floor of the Center for the Visual Arts (325 Terrace Dr.).  G

Going to Ground - two prints featured in the exhibition

Going to Ground

KSU Downtown Gallery

April 3 - 13, 2019

Opening reception: Friday, April 5, 5-7 p.m.

Going to Ground is an exchange organized for the Southern Graphics Council International by Alison Judd and Anna Gaby-Trotz. This curated body of work includes prints by 15 artists and focuses on the notion that land is something that we use to mark other losses against and that through a visceral approach to observing, studying and documenting specific locations we can be witness to change.

MFA Thesis Exhibitions 2019

MFA Thesis Exhibitions 2019

Eight MFA studio art candidates will be exhibiting their thesis exhibitions in the CVA Gallery and the adjacent student galleries.  Two groups of students will be installing their artwork for a duration of a week each. Artist receptions will take place on April 5 and April 12 from 5-8 p.m.  Free and open to the public.

April 5: Omid Tavakoli (Print Media and Photo), Chandler Brutscher (Print Media and Photo), Luca Taylor (Print Media and Photo), Dave Braun (Sculpture and Expanded Media)

April 12: Tirzah Legg (Ceramics), Shannon Black (Ceramics), Ryan Morris (Painting)