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Assistant Professor of Dance and Kent Dance Ensemble artistic director Gregory King will present at Open Engagement, an annual, three-day, artist-led conference dedicated to expanding the dialogue around and creating a site of care for the field of socially engaged art, on May 12, 2018 at the Queens Museum in New York. 

Undergraduate student, Dara Ronli Alper, was awarded a residency at Autonoma Factory in Murano, Italy, a city known for its rich history in the glass industry. The residency was awarded from the Pilchuck Glass School supported by Laguna B to only six candidates from around the world.  She and the five other intermediate to advanced glassblowers are spending two weeks in the city, learning from the Venetian maestros with guidance from glass artist, Andy Paiko from April 30 – May 11, 2018.

CVA InteriorThe Center for the Visual Arts, which had its grand opening in 2016, was recently awarded the ALA (Association of Licensed Architects) Merit Award in the Institutional category.  The 2017 ALA awards honored two Payto Architects projects.

Assistant Professor in Print Media, Taryn McMahon, has been included in three group juried and invitational exhibitions. The first is "Tiny Acts Topple Empires," curated by Heather Darcy Bhandari, and is on display through June 2 in the Woskob Family Gallery in State College, PA.

On April 13, 2018 the School of Art hosted the Scholarship Award Ceremony where undergraduate and graduate students received over $42,000 in funds for tuition, travel study and artist residencies.  Thank you to all the donors who made this possible!

After making a name for herself in the fashion industry, Molly Langenstein, the general business manager of Macy’s Ready to Wear, is returning home to her alma mater. Ms. Langenstein was recently announced as the Kent State University Fashion School’s 2018 Hall of Fame inductee. Ms. Langenstein will join an impressive group of previous inductees, including Estée Lauder, Oscar de la Renta, Leonardo Ferragamo, Dana Buchman, Allen Questrom, Ralph Rucci, Josie Natori and Don Witkowski.

Faculty from the School of Theatre and Dance will present a world premiere reading of Lauren Gunderson's "Natural Shocks" on Thurs., April 19 as part of a national activism campaign against gun violence.

The School of Theatre and Dance at Kent State University closes its 2017-2018 season with a contemporary take on the Henrik Ibsen classic "Hedda Gabler." The production is presented through the Roe Green Visiting Director Series and runs Fri., April 20 through Sun., April 29 in Wright-Curtis Theatre.

School of Theatre and Dance alumna Tee Boyich '13, makes her Broadway debut in Mean Girls, opening April 8 at the August Wilson Theatre.

Oxana Dallas, graduate student in textiles, was recently featured in the Canton Repository for her M.A. thesis exhibition, “Augmented Reality: The Art of Story Telling Through the Blend of Digital Photography and Woven Jacquard Structure.” The exhibition, which was on view in the Crawford Gallery at the Center for the Visual Arts at Kent State University in March, featured digital jacquard weavings based on photographs she took of her friend during her battle with cancer.