Kent Blossom Art Intensives

Kent Blossom Art Intensives (KBAI) are a series of two-week studio art intensives conducted each summer since 1968 at Kent State University. Similar to an artist residency, participants create a self-directed body of artwork under the guidance of resident School of Art faculty and talented visual artists from around the country. These studio intensives offer in-depth discussions, professional mentorships and unforgettable experiences to all that participate.

Each course is specific to one medium and the offerings change annually. KBAI provides students and individual artists with two weeks of focused learning, experimentation and creation under the guidance of experienced artists from around the country. Students may continue their explorations of the medium most familiar to them; experienced artists are equally encouraged to discover new modes of creating.  We are proud to invite an outstanding roster of visiting artists to complement the instructional insights of our resident faculty. Visiting artists also present public talks on their work, giving KBAI participants and the greater public an opportunity to learn more about contemporary issues and ideas in the visual arts.

Enrollment is open to undergraduate and graduate students at any college or university as well as individual artists. Participants must have an intermediate understanding of the medium to enroll. 

Kent Blossom Art Intensives 2023
May 18 - 31, 2023

KBAI 2023 Details

Ceramics: Materials, Methods, Meaning
Resident Faculty: Peter Johnson
Visiting Artists: Heesoo Lee and Steven Young Lee

Glass: Sculptural Glass & the Decorated Surface
Resident Faculty: Davin Ebanks
Visiting Artist: Leo Tecosky and Aya Oki

Painting: Color and Curiosity
Resident Faculty: Shawn Powell
Visiting Artists: Alteronce Gumby and Kelsey Shwetz

Textiles: Line, Surface, and Space
Resident Faculty: John Paul Morabito
Visiting Artists: Melissa Leandro and José Santiago Pérez

Application Information here:

Kent Blossom Art Admissions

Kent Blossom Art Intensives are scheduled from 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. for two full weeks. 

**Refund Policy: Must have 7 days notice prior to the start of the program of withdrawal intention in order to receive full refund. No exceptions.


Claire Bowman, assistant of print media and facilities coordinator at the University of Dayton, attended Kent Blossom Art Intensives (KBAI) twice, focusing on print media.