College of the Arts

Kent State University Fashion School student wins the top award at the 2020 Fashion Scholarship Fund Gala in New York City. The Fashion Scholarship Fund’s (FSF) 83rd annual gala was held Jan. 7 at the New York Hilton in Manhattan and revealed the next generation of young talent in the fashion industry. Tyshaia Earnest, a senior at Kent State University’s School of Fashion Design and Merchandising, emerged as the standout of the evening and was awarded the...

Ray Mercer The Kent Dance Ensemble, under the artistic direction of Gregory King, will welcome guest artist Ray Mercer to Kent State for a residency Feb. 6-9, 2020. During his residency, Mercer will set a piece on members of the Kent Dance Ensemble which will then be performed at KDE's annual concert in April. Ray Mercer, a native of Omaha, NE, is in his...

Fabio Polanco as Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha The School of Theatre and Dance is proud to announce that Porthouse Theatre was recognized by the Cleveland Critics Circle Awards in multiple categories for the 2019 Season. Congratulations to associate professor Fabio Polanco who was recognized as Best Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of Miguel de Cervantes/Don Quixote in Man of La...

Fabio Polanco as Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha Porthouse Theatre is thrilled to be recognized by the Cleveland Critics Circle for achievements during the 2019 season. Fabio Polanco, Best Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of Miguel de Cervantes/Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha Martín Céspedes, Best Choreographer for Man of La Mancha Terri Kent, Honorable Mention for her direction of Man...

Gregory King    Assistant professor of dance Gregory King will present research titled "Tenure and Race: Faculty of Color Navigating Higher Ed" at three conferences in the Spring of 2020. King will present at Moving Forward: The 2020 American Dance Platform Symposium presented by The Joyce Theater in New York and sponsored by NYU/Tisch and NYU/Education. The...

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Gregory King    You might call Alli Reich an overachiever... and you wouldn't be wrong! Her story encompasses a true entrepreneurial journey of exploring her passions. Lucky for us she took some time to tell us about it. Tell us about Alexanda. I grew up in the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia, PA. I was an all-star high school cheerleader, my family...

Portrait of Lori Kella Lori Kella, part-time professor of photography at the School of Art, was selected for the inaugural exhibition at The Momentary, a new contemporary art space at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas. Kella is one of 60 artists selected from around the country and one of three from the state of Ohio...

Michael Loderstedt in the Photocentric Gallery space in Waterloo Professor Emeritus and alumnus Michael Loderstedt is opening an art photography gallery in Cleveland this December called Photocentric. The gallery is located in the Waterloo Arts District of Cleveland at 15515 Waterloo Rd. and E. 156th St. (formerly the “Gold Building”). Photocentric has 1000 sq. ft. of newly renovated, well-lit gallery space...

Ohio Art Education Association students with their awards Two Kent State University undergraduate art education students received significant awards at the 2019 Ohio Art Education Association (OAEA) Conference in Columbus. Amelia Golec received the Pre-Service Division Award for the state of Ohio and Megan Carney received a $1000 scholarship from the Ohio Art Education Foundation (OAEF) for an essay she...

The cast of Hair The School of Theatre and Dance’s Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Musical Theatre program at Kent State University has been selected by On Stage Blog as one of the Top 30 College Musical Theatre programs for the 2019-2020 academic year. In its rankings, On Stage highlights Kent State’s multi-faceted program that focuses on developing...