College of the Arts

Two paintings one by Gianna Commito geometric shapes in pink and grey, and Shawn Powell, a black and white striped umbrella. Painting professors Gianna Commito and Shawn Powell are showing their work at the upcoming Small Works exhibition at Cleveland’s Abattoir Gallery. School of Art alumni Grace Summanen, Billy Ritter and Hildur Jonsson are also included in the exhibition. Abattoir Gallery held a socially distanced opening on Nov. 20 through Nov. 22.. The show will...

Artworks by Meagan Smith and Chandler Brutscher Three School of Art alumni and one current graduate student have been awarded prizes in the 2020 Waterloo Arts Juried Exhibition, juried by Arnold Tunstall. Jacob Sagan (B.F.A. Sculpture ’20)  was awarded Second Best of Show, Emily Schmidt (B.F.A. Textiles ’19) was awarded Outstanding Work in Sculpture and...

BJ Tindal and Joey Contreras During the Fall 2020 semester, the School of Theatre and Dance welcomes playwright B.J. Tindal and musical theatre songwriter Joey Contreras as Roe Green Visiting Artists. As the School moves its Fall 2020 mainstage productions to a virtual format, Tindal and Contreras have spent the semester in "virtual residency" working with faculty staff and...

BJ Tindal and Joey Contreras The School of Theatre and Dance's Fall 2020 mainstage productions will soon be available to view on a screen near you. Throughout the semester, School of Theatre and Dance students, faculty, and staff have worked to find innovative and creative ways to bring performance and design to life amidst a global pandemic, taking choreography and...

KSU Fashion alumna, Tiarra Smallwood, received an award of $10,000 from the HFR Icon 360 Fund to support her business MAX+min. Since graduating from the Kent State University School of Fashion in 2011, Tiarra Smallwood has had an impressive career in the fashion world. After designing for brands such as Abercrombie & Fitch and The Gap, she launched her brand MAX+min in 2019.  Smallwood was recently awarded $10,000 from Harlem Fashion Row’s (HFR) Icon 360 Fund to...

KSU Fashion alumna, Tiarra Smallwood, received an award of $10,000 from the HFR Icon 360 Fund to support her business MAX+min. Kelsey Snyder, a 2018 alumna from the Kent State University School of Fashion’s merchandising program, was recently interviewed for the popular fashion blog Career Queen, where she discussed life after Kent State and her current role as Assistant Merchant for American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) Aerie brand.   Growing up in Erie, Pennsylvania,...

KSU Fashion alumna, Tiarra Smallwood, received an award of $10,000 from the HFR Icon 360 Fund to support her business MAX+min. Anne Cate, a Cleveland based accessories manufacturer and brand, created by Kent State University School of Fashion alumna Anne Skoch, recently teamed up with New York-based fashion illustrator, (and fellow School of Fashion alumna) Deanna First. The new collection, Deanna First x Anne Cate, features First’s illustrations on Anne Cate’s...

Campbell Kent State University School of Fashion assistant professor, Melissa Campbell, is tackling fiber art in her most recent project that focuses on personal evolutions and how people evolve and become their true selves.  “The fiber art that I do is inspired by the shifting nature of our personal evolutions.  I find the rhythmic structure that...

Terry Roberts of AEO Last month, Kent State University School of Fashion students, faculty and alumni gathered on Zoom for the first "New York City Industry Insider Series" discussion, hosted by the Kent State University New York City Fashion program. Viewers were treated to a powerful conversation on diversity, equity and inclusion in the fashion industry led by Terry...

Glassblowing process, flame being held to glass bubble on blowpipe Navigating the pandemic restrictions in all of the School of Art studio art classes this semester has been challenging to both faculty and students. A large part of the adaptation is the requirement for everyone across campus to maintain 6 feet of physical distance when possible and wear face coverings at all...