College of the Arts

Rami Daud and Nathaniel Bailey, photographers with University Communications and Marketing, smile after receiving their Silver ADDY Awards. (Photo credit: Smithberger Photography) Kent State University brought home the gold after this year’s Akron ADDY Awards, with both professionals and students being recognized for their work. The ADDYs, put on by the Akron Chapter of the American Advertising Federation, celebrate the area’s best creative work in advertising.   A Gold ADDY was awarded...

Assistant professor Gregory King   "You must say something, and after that you must do something..." In an incredibly moving and important essay for ThINKingDANCE, assistant professor of dance Gregory King calls on us all to reject silence and inaction in the face of racial injustice. The piece, titled "The Deafening Silence of Dance Organizations," is a call to action for arts...

Porthouse Academy students Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Porthouse Theatre has decided to cancel all of its educational programs for the summer of 2020, including the High School Shadow Program, the Porthouse College Academy, and the Porthouse International Academy. Porthouse Theatre looks forward to resuming its education programs in the summer of 2021. For further...

Scenic Design class – 2020 Emmy nomination Kent State University’s School of Theatre and Dance is thrilled to announce that Assistant Professor of Scenic Design Tamara L. Honesty and seven students are nominated for a 2020 National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) Lower Great Lakes Chapter Emmy® Award for their design of set for the 2019 Lower Great Lakes Emmy Awards...

Fashion Fundamentals book cover and a photo of Robin Vande Zande Professor of Art Education, Robin Vande Zande, has a newly released book titled Fashion Fundamentals that she co-authored with three other educators. According to the publisher’s website, Fashion Fundamentals covers methods and approaches to teaching fashion including design history, foundations, cultural and...

Fruits of Empire, painting of bananas and a photo of the author, Shana Klein A new book by Shana Klein, Assistant Professor of Art History, titled “The Fruits of Empire: Art, Food, and the Politics of Race in the Age of American Expansion” is now available for pre-order through the University of California Press website. The release date is scheduled for October 2020. The Fruits of...

Andrew Kuebeck brooch in sterling silver (silhouettes of nude men), Molly Johnson ceramic artwork, white ceramic abstract form Nine Kent State alumni, students and faculty have been selected for Ohio Designer Craftsmen’s “Best of 2020” exhibition at the Ohio Craft Museum in Columbus. Now in its 37th year, this juried exhibition features established and emerging artists in all craft media. It showcases functional, sculptural or...

Dan Alexander in front of his glass artwork, images of glass art by Dan, a blue vase and a tall cup with lid In his professional career as a glassblower, Kent State University alumnus Dan Alexander has done a lot in the decade since graduating with a B.F.A. in Craft in 2010. From humble beginnings in the hot shop at Hale Farm and Village, he has since traveled the world as an educator and demonstrator for the Corning Museum of Glass, working with some of...

A screen shot of the online store for the ARTshop, a fox print, a ceramic vase and a pillow made of woven textiles The School of Art’s ARTshop has opened an online store for purchase of student-made artwork, creating a convenient way for the public to support students. The KSU ARTshop opened in 2017 at the Center for the Visual Arts as a student-run retail shop where students can sell their work while refining their entrepreneurial skills. Patrons can browse...

button created by Jerry Casale - Kent Students Medical Fund Most Northeast Ohio residents have at least a passing familiarity with Devo, the visually-driven, post-punk brainchild of Kent State University School of Art alumni Jerry Casale, Bob Lewis and Mark Mothersbaugh. Perhaps less commonly known is the story of exactly how the band came to be. Devo’s creation was...