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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.

Arron Foster, Assistant Professor of Print Media, will be exhibiting his work at four different galleries in April.  His work has been included in two shows at the Southern Graphics Council International (SGCI) Conference in Las Vegas from April 4-7.  He has also been included in a juried exhibition at the MINT gallery in Atlanta, Georgia titled “Interrupted.” Lastly, Foster has solo exhibition at the BOX Gallery in Akron, Ohio titled “Another Time has other Lives to Live” opening on April 13.

The School of Theatre and Dance at Kent State University continues its 2017-2018 season with the Kent Dance Ensemble’s annual concert Prime, running Fri., April 6 through Sun., April 8 in E. Turner Stump Theatre. 

New funding will support student research and curriculum expansion efforts in Kent State University’s School of Fashion Design and Merchandising.

Kent State University professor, Dr. Robin Vande Zande, has received three awards this year from the National Art Education Association (NAEA) for outstanding achievement in the field of art and design education.  She has been recognized as the 2018 National Higher Education Art Educator and the 2018 Western Region Higher Education Art Educator in addition to being inducted as a NAEA Distinguished National Fellow.