College of the Arts

Transforum Theatre, a student organization dedicated to helping students pursue their passions and explore their creativity through art, and the School of Theatre and Dance are producing the original work, "Alice and the Dream Child," at the renown Edinburgh Festival Fringe this summer. Transforum Theatre and the School of Theatre and Dance previously produced "A Collection of G

Congratulations to BFA Dance Performance major Dakota Lindesmith who was awarded 2nd place at Kent State's 3rd Annual Undergraduate Symposium on Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity for her choreographic work SHE. Her work (pictured above) was performed at the 2016 BFA Senior Dance Concert in March by dance majors Ashley Ostrowski and Briggs Van Sickle and dance minor Noelle Flynn. Professor Barbara Allegra Verlezza served as the faculty mentor for this project.

Third year lighting design graduate student Yu Leo Lei was awarded First Place in Graduate Lighting Design Competition at the Southeastern Theatre Conference convention in Greensboro, NC in March. He won for his design of the School of Theatre and Dance's production of "Side Show." 

Theatre students David Holland, Devin Gallo and Stewart Blackwood were awarded a College of the Arts Flash Grant this Spring to produce an adaptation of "The Tell Tale Heart" as part of the School's Black Box Series.

"The Tell Tale Heart" is a short story by Edgar Allen Poe and adapted for the stage by Gerald P. Murphy. This production incorporated music and original choreography into the classic gothic horror story where the main character, Lucas, details his murder of another man while attempting to convince himself of his sanity.

Kent, OH – The School of Theatre and Dance at Kent State University concludes it 2015-2016 season with William Inge’s dramatic comedy “Bus Stop.” The production runs Fri., April 22 through Sun., May 1 in Wright-Curtis Theatre, located in the Center for the Performing Arts, 1325 Theatre Drive, Kent, OH 44242.

The finalists of the 2016 Stratosphere Juried Art Competition will have their work on display April 20-30 at Kent State University’s Downtown Gallery, located at 141 E. Main St. in Kent. A reception and awards ceremony will take place on Thursday, April 21, from 5 to 7 p.m., with competition winners announced at 6 p.m. Both the gallery and reception are free and open to the public.

Amanda Boyd, B.A. & M.A., Art Education

Art education alumna Amanda BoydAmanda Boyd is a two-time graduate of the Kent State University School of Art. She received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in art education.

Now, Boyd serves as the curriculum director for Skullz Salon’s House of Skullz, the shop’s professional development program.

Devo founder Mark Mothersbaugh, who attended the Kent State University School of Art, is collaborating with printmaking students and faculty as part of an upcoming retrospective of Mothersbaugh’s work.

Michael Loderstedt, professor of printmaking, was selected to produce 100 prints to be sold at the Akron Art Museum during “Myopia,” the first retrospective of Mothersbaugh’s work. Loderstedt then obtained approval from Mothersbaugh, his assistant and the Akron Art Museum to bring on two assistants of his own, senior printmaking students Casey Engelhart and Katie Metcalf.

Janice Lessman-Moss, professor of textile arts, was recently named the winner of a 2016 Governor’s Award for the Arts in Ohio. She is one of two artists recognized by the state in the “individual artist” category.

The Center for the Visual Arts, the new facility and home of the Kent State University School of Art, will celebrate its grand opening on May 6, 2016. The festivities begin at 3 p.m. with a short program, immediately followed by building tours, live entertainment, student exhibitions and refreshments.