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2018 B.F.A. Musical Theatre graduate Matti-Lynn Chrisman was crowned Miss Ohio in June and will compete for the title of Miss America on Sunday, September 9 in Atlantic City.

School of Theatre and Dance assistant professor Gregory King has been selected for the San Francisco Public Library's SHOW US YOUR SPINES residency. The 1-month residency program provides an opportunity for Queer and Trans People of Color (QTPOC) writers to work with the Hormel Center LGBT archives around a specific queer theme and then write/produce a piece to be be read/presented the following month at the Hormel Center.

The School of Theatre and Dance’s BFA Design, Technology, and Production program has been selected by On Stage Blog as one of the top 25 programs for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Associate professor of Theatre Fabio Polanco is set to perform in Cleveland Musical Theatre's (CMT) world premiere production of "Jane Eyre," Aug. 31 – Sept. 9 at  Tri-C East's Simon Rose Mandel Theatre. Polanco, a member of Actors' Equity Association, portrays Richard Mason.

Multiple School of Art faculty and alumni were invited to participate in the exhibition “Full Fathom Five” organized by the Progressive Art Collection.  “Full Fathom Five” is a peer-selected invitational exhibition of 30 artists working in Northeast Ohio whose artworks collectively demonstrate the depth of studio strategies at work in our coastal region.  Three School of Art alumni, including Hildur Ásgeirsdóttir Jónsson, David King and Eli Gfell, are featured as well as five faculty:

The Kent Dance Ensemble, under the artistic direction of Gregory King, will once again perform at Playhouse Square's Dance Showcase on Friday, September 7 at 7:00 p.m. Excited from their performance at the Kennedy Center this summer, the dancers of the Kent Dance Ensemble will share their hard work with the Cleveland and Catherine Meredith's Aftermath.

Associate Professor in Art Education, Dr. Linda Hoeptner Poling has been named the 2018 Ohio Art Educator of the Year by the Ohio Art Education Association.  Additionally, she will also be inducted as an OAEA Distinguished Fellow, a prestigious position for members who have made long-term marked contributions to the Association and to the advancement of art education. 

Kent State University President Beverly J. Warren recently presented 13 Kent State faculty members with the 2018 President’s Faculty Excellence Award, which recognizes exceptional performance that leads to the achievement of national or international recognition in the faculty member’s discipline.  Dr. Robin Vande Zande (Art Education) and Mahwish Chishty (Foundations) both received this prestigious honor.  

Kaycee Marshall, a fashion design senior at Kent State University, says she owes a debt of gratitude to Riley Hospital for Children. She has had nine surgeries at the hospital since being born with a spine that was not fully formed. Read more from WISH

Darice Polo, Associate Professor in Drawing, will be featured in a curated group exhibition, Ohio Artists for Freedoms at the Art Academy of Cincinnati.  Curated by Emily Hanako Momohara, this exhibition is part of the For Freedoms 50 State Initiative—a non-partisan, nationwide campaign to use art as a means of inspiring broad civic participation.