School of Art Collection and Galleries

2020 Exhibition Calendar

CVA Gallery

325 Terrace Dr., Kent, Ohio - First Floor

Gallery Hours: Valid during exhibitions only. Gallery is closed when the University closes.

Tues., Weds., Thurs. 10 a.m.-4p.m., Closed Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday

Mission Statement: The Ethics of Collecting and Curating “Diversity”

September 8 - September 25, 2020

The Kent State School of Art Collection is a teaching collection composed of over 4,000 objects in a variety of media. The curatorial mission of the School of Art Collection is to collect and promote artwork by artists of color and women.

This exhibit explores some of the works that have been recently donated or acquired for the collection as well as some of the objects we’ve collected over the 48-year history of the School of Art Collection. We work to support artistic research in an equitable way, while at the same time collecting pieces in the different types of media that reflect the research happening within the School of Art.

2020 Mid America Print Council Members Exhibition

October 6 - November 13, 2020

The Members’ Juried Exhibition occurs every fall and is intended to promote the organization and to give our membership regular opportunities to exhibit their work throughout the country. This year’s exhibition is juried by Imin Yeh.

KSU Downtown Gallery

141 East Main Street, Kent, Ohio

Gallery Hours: Mon-Thurs 10:00 am - 6:00 pm (10-11 reserved for our at-risk Guests please) , Fri & Sat 11:00 am - 5:00 pm , Closed on Sundays

Acquiring History: The 50 Year Legacy of Robert Smithson’s Partially Buried Woodshed at Kent State University

August 4 - September 26, 2020

In January 1970, School of Art students and faculty welcomed Robert Smithson to Kent State University as an artist-in-residence. The event came about through the invitation of several students who wrote to Smithson and invited him, and then worked to make a sculpture during his time on campus. In the years since Robert Smithson visited, his fame and the influence of his artwork has grown. 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.

Amos Kennedy

October 6, 2020 - January 9, 2021

Amos Paul Kennedy Jr. is an American printer, book artist and papermaker best known for social and political commentary, particularly in printed posters.

View Amos Kennedy 3D Exhibition

Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center Gallery

215 S. Depeyster St., Kent, Ohio 44240

Michael Loderstedt: Dark Waters 

August 4- December 6, 2020

This photographic project examines Cleveland’s relationship with its boundary waters, specifically the city’s shorelines of Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga River. Historically, access to a plentiful supply of water for transportation and industrial needs, helped the city develop its economy at the expense of the environmental concerns for the health of the water, shoreline and sediments. The Cuyahoga River fires of the early 1970’s outraged and shamed city residents, sparking a national conversation on water quality that led to the enactment of the Clean Water Act.

Michener Gallery

Second floor, Kent State University Main Library, 1125 Risman Dr. Kent, OH 44242

Gallery is open during library hours

Ten Degrees of Wikipedia

October 1, 2020 - February 1, 2021
In the Fall of 2019, the Intermediate and Advanced Intaglio students in Professor J. Leigh Garcia’s class at Kent State University organized an exchange portfolio. The theme of this portfolio, “Ten Degrees of Wikipedia,” required each participant to begin on the “intaglio” web page of Wikipedia, then click a series of 9 hyperlinks to arrive at a prompt for their print.