College of the Arts

Painting graduate student in her studio Kent State University School of Art is proud to announce that our M.F.A. program has again been ranked among the top in the country by U.S. News and World Report. Kent State climbed four spots to #110 in 2020 from the 2016 ranking of #114. We are honored that our world-renowned graduate faculty and students are being recognized for their talent and...

School of Art

Gallery view of the 2020 Student Annual The 2020 Student Annual was cut short this year because of the pandemic but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate our talented students! Every year, we invite a juror from an outside organization to select the work included in the Student Annual show as well as several prize winners. This year, Christy Davis, Curator of Exhibitions at the Canton...

Members of the band mr. Gnome, including art eduction alumna Nicole Barille; image of a woman and man standing in a frame of gold leaves The journey towards a professional career in the arts is different for everyone. For Kent State University alumna Nicole Barille, an art degree laid the groundwork for success in an unexpected way, lending inspiration and creative direction to her music. You may not need a degree to rock, but it helps. Nicole graduated from Kent State in 2004 with...

Kent State Glauser School of Music Building Kent, OH — In accordance with the order of Ohio Department of Health director Amy Acton, M.D. to stay at home to slow the spread of COVID-19, Kent Blossom Music Festival regretfully announces the cancellation of its 2020 season, scheduled for June 28 – August 2, 2020. This does not include other independent programming of The Cleveland...

Kent Blossom Music Festival News Header Dear Kent Blossom Music Festival Community, I hope you and your loved ones are staying healthy and safe. It is with deep sadness and regret that I inform you of the 2020 Kent Blossom Music Festival season cancellation. Please know that this cancelation of programming is for our Faculty concerts, Young Artist performances and all educational...

Aerial photo of Porthouse Theatre In accordance with the order of Ohio Department of Health director Amy Acton, M.D. to stay at home to slow the spread of COVID-19, Porthouse Theatre regretfully announces the cancellation of its 2020 season, scheduled for June 11 – August 9, 2020. As a result of this difficult decision, the productions of Little Shop of Horrors, BKLYN, and West...

MamLuft piece – Decent Dissent Kent, OH – Kent State University's School of Theatre and Dance will welcome MamLuft&Co. Dance for the premiere of a new dance theatre work Decent Dissent, created in conjunction with the 50th Commemoration of May 4.  The Kent State performance of Decent Dissent will take place on Mon., April 6, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. in E. Turner Stump...

Richard Agbeze (grad student) portrait and an image of his artwork, a realistic pencil drawing of a boy M.A. Art Education candidate and international student Richard Agbeze is happy to have our faculty as his mentors as he realizes his purpose as an art educator. Richard is in his second year of the program and is currently doing research that focuses on the implementation of addressing subjects of social justice in...

John-Michael Warner, Mary Jenea Sanchez and Gabriela Muñoz Dr. John-Michael Warner, assistant professor of art history, was awarded the Andrew W. Mellon-Fronteridades Fellowship for U.S.-Mexico border research. The fellowship was awarded through the University of Arizona’s Confluence Center Creative Scholars program. The Mellon Foundation-Confluence Center initiative addresses gaps in knowledge such as...

Textiles included in the Heights Arts Exhibition, Point-Line-Pattern-Plane Heights Arts in Cleveland Heights, Ohio is currently showcasing Point - Line - Pattern - Plane, a selection of textiles curated by Kent State University professor of textiles, Janice Lessman-Moss. This exhibition highlights the work of fiber artists working in Northeast Ohio who utilize a foundation of traditional fiber arts techniques and...