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.

Constructed Answer, Kent State University May 4 - 50 Years, Medallion in box

Constructed Answer

A contemporary metals exhibition inspired by tragedy, trauma and violence that celebrates the resiliency of a human spirit.  Curated in response to a Commemorative Medallion made by Philadelphia College of Art students (now University of the Arts)  in honor of the students who perished at Kent State University on May 4, 1970.

January 24 – February 28, 2020

Reception: January 24, 5-7 p.m.

Kent State National Ceramics Invitational - pictured work by Adam Posnak and Sanam Emami

Kent State National Ceramics Invitational 2020

The School of Art Collection and Galleries at Kent State University presents “Kent State National Ceramics Invitational” from March 6 – April 11, 2020 at the KSU Downtown Gallery. The exhibition was curated by Peter Pincus and includes artists Sanam Emami, Hannah Thompsett, Adam Posnak, and Brooks Oliver. An opening reception will be held on Friday, March 6 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Both the exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. The KSU Downtown Gallery is located at 141 East Main Street in Kent. A full-color catalog will be available.

  • 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.