College of the Arts

On Tues., Nov. 14, 2017 the Knight Foundation announced the 17 winning projects chosen from the 300 submitted ideas for the 2017 Knight Arts Challenge Akron. Among the recipients is Kent State University faculty member Christopher Coles, whose grant totals $45,000 out of the $743,000 awarded this year. His winning idea, entitled “Nine Live,” involves the creation of an interdisciplinary piece that will immerse the audience into the lives and stories of nine African Americans killed during an evening prayer service in Charleston, South Carolina in 2015.

Dr. Robin Vande Zande, Professor in Art Education at Kent State University (pictured left), has been awarded two high honors for her outstanding accomplishments in higher education.  She was one of three recipients for the Kent State Alumni Association’s Distinguished Teaching Award, which she accepted along with Zhiqiang Wang (Chemistry, Geauga Campus) and Gary Koski (Biological Sciences, Kent Campus).  Dr.

Kent, OH – The School of Theatre and Dance at Kent State University continues its 2017-2018 season with "Dance '17: Mosaic." The concert is  artistic directed by associate professor Jeffrey Marc Rockland and runs Fri., Dec. 1 through Sun., Dec. 3 in E. Turner Stump Theatre, located in the Roe Green Center for the School of Theatre and Dance, Center for the Performing Arts, 1325 Theatre Drive, Kent, OH 44242.

Kent State University’s Fashion School has again been recognized in the Business of Fashion’s annual Global Fashion School Rankings. Moving up two spots in the undergraduate program category, Kent State’s Fashion School is ranked No. 17 worldwide in the 2017 review – a two-spot improvement from last year. In the Business of Fashion ranking, the Fashion School continues to be ranked No. 4 in the United States only behind Parsons School of Design, FIT and SCAD.

Nikki Couppee (MFA Jewelry/Metals/Enameling, 2011) has been selected to exhibit work in Munich as part of the 2018 Schmuck Exhibition.  Couppee is one of 65 artists from 21 countries were selected from 912 applicants for the 59th installment of this international jewelry exhibition. Schmuck is a special show of the International Trade Fair for the Skilled Trades taking place in Munich in March each year since 1959.

The Kent Dance Ensemble, under the artistic direction of Gregory King, will welcome its third guest artist of the 2017-2018 season, Angela Luem, the weekend of November 2-6, 2018.

The Kent State University Orchestra presents their second concert of the 2017-2018 season on Sun., Nov. 5 at 3 p.m. in the University Auditorium at Cartwright Hall. Cartwright Hall is at 650 Hilltop Drive in Kent. Free parking available off of Terrace Drive. Advance tickets are available online, in-person and over the phone through the Performing Arts Box Office.

Assistant professor and Performance Area coordinator Amy Fritsche is currently performing as Miep Gies in Cleveland Play House's production of "The Diary of Anne Frank." The production, written by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett and adapted by Wendy Kesselman, runs October 21 through November 19 and is directed by Cleveland Play House's artistic director Laura Kepley. 

B.F.A. Musical Theatre alumnus Scott Miesse is working to bring his play Abnormal Off-Broadway in the Spring of 2018. The play made its New York City debut on October 6 in a staged reading at Shetler Studios Penthouse 1. Abnormal was originally performed as part of the School of Theatre and Dance’s Student Theatre Festival.

Cuyahoga Falls, OH - Porthouse Theatre, Kent State University’s outdoor, summer theatre located on the grounds of Blossom Music Center, will celebrate its 50th Anniversary Season with "Anything Goes," "Next to Normal," and "Oklahoma!".

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