College of the Arts

We the People large scale portraits of refugees on display on Kent State Campus "We the People" returns to Kent State University campus from September 6 - 30, 2019 and will be on view during the College of the Arts' Kent Creativity Festival.  This gives students and the community who may have missed it the first time it was up in May a chance to view the exhibition and learn about local...

Student work in textiles - Emily Schmidt, Meagan Smith and Kate Mamone This summer, five textiles students, both graduate and undergraduate, were recognized by national organizations for their work in textiles design. The Alpaca Owners Association Student Design Competition is open to over 200 North American art and design colleges and universities. Three Kent State students were...

Student work in textiles - Emily Schmidt, Meagan Smith and Kate Mamone Kent State University School of Art is happy to announce the hire of four new full-time faculty, three tenure track and one visiting professor, non-tenure track, who will be starting this fall semester. We are proud to welcome these talented and knowledgeable individuals to Kent State University.  J. Leigh Garcia...

J. Leigh Garcia and Taryn McMahon at the Coburn Gallery at Ashland University The Coburn Gallery at Ashland University will host a two person exhibition titled Displacement: New Works by Taryn McMahon and J. Leigh Garcia. The exhibition will open with a reception on Thursday, August 29, from 4:30-6:30pm. The reception is free and open to the public. The exhibition will run from August 26 through September 28. J. Leigh Garcia...

Kent State Glass@50, Alli Hoag Kent State University’s School of Art Collection and Galleries present three exhibitions featuring local and national artists to celebrate fifty years of the School of Art’s studio glass program. The program, one of the first of its kind in the country, was started in 1969 by Henry Halem, professor emeritus and co-founder of the Glass Art...

Janice Lessman-Moss headshot in front of weaving Janice Lessman-Moss, professor of textiles in Kent State University’s School of Art, has been named Cleveland Arts Prize’s 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award winner. Cleveland Arts Prize promotes creativity in Northeast Ohio by honoring artists for artistic excellence and recognizes community leaders who help regional arts flourish.  Lessman-Moss...

Ohio Quilts Exhibit - Keckley Quilt The Kent State University Museum’s newest exhibition, “Ohio Quilts,” which is now open through April 12, 2020, features an eclectic group of historical quilts that in many ways reflects the history of Ohio dating back to the early 19th century.    This exhibition assembles quilts reflecting a variety of techniques, including appliqué,...

Dr. Kent McWilliams-Director, School of Music Kent, Ohio – After a national search, the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music and the College of the Arts at Kent State University are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Kent McWilliams as the next Director of the School of Music. Formerly, Dr. McWilliams served as a Professor of Music and Associate Dean of Fine Arts at St. Olaf College in...

Dillon Sedar receives the Arts Alive Arts Educator Award from Summit Artspace.  He holds the award surrounded by Summit Artspace employees.  Arts Alive logo is on the right. Art education alumnus, Dillon Sedar (B.A. ‘13, M.A. ’17), was named the Arts Educator Honoree at Summit Artspace’s Arts Alive award ceremony in June 2019. He was one of three finalists for the award category. According to Summit Artspace’s website, the Arts Alive Awards “were created to recognize gifted artists, talented art educators...

Artist residencies - Studio Kura (left) and Arquetopia Foundation (right) Textiles graduate students, Meagan Smith and Diana Pemberton, both received Kent State University’s International Travel Award from the Graduate Student Senate to study textiles at international artist residencies this summer. Ms. Smith was awarded a residency for the month of July 2019 through Studio Kura’s...